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Ultimate Comics X-Men #18 - United We Stand; Chapter Three Review

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Mutants vs Nimrods! The fight for mutant rights ends here with some shocking twists!

The Good

Only a very few comics have an ending to a major story arc as satisfying as this one. Sure, this story will continue into the next arc, but this issue has an ending which is extremely fulfilling for the reader. We get closure to this overall arc, and it pushes these characters and this world into a bit of a new predicament. The future of this book is very exciting.

If you love Sentinels getting blown up, you will love this book. ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN 18 is filled with fantastic fight scenes as the mutants, led by Kitty Pryde, take their final stand for mutant liberation. These scenes are amazing as mutants like Armor and Storm use their powers to take down some Sentinels in an epic way.

By far, the best part of this book is the conversation between Kitty and Captain America about the future of America and the mutant race as a whole. Without giving anything away, the reader is treated to a couple amazing moments that cap (no pun intended) off this issue.

Writer Brian Wood has done a fantastic job with this story line. He's really captured these characters and turned the Ultimate X-Men book into one of the better books at Marvel. In fact, it's one of my overall favorites. I especially liked the scenes featuring Rogue and Quentin Quire here, which may, in the future, tie in heavily to what happens at the end of the issue. You feel for Rogue, and you start to understand all the pain she's gone through just because of her powers. I'm very interested in these two character's relationships and how it will continue through the rest of the arc. It's a nice little break from the craziness happening in the rest of the book.

The art, once again, is top notch. The creative team of Carlo Barberi & Agustin Padilla (pencils), Jaun Vlasco (inks) and Marte Gracia (colors) is one of the best working at Marvel. This book has an amazing sense of smile and even better attention to detail. While the splash pages are amazing, I found myself loving some of these smaller panels where this team would put just as much detail into a foreground character as they would into a background character. It's stunning.

The Bad

My biggest, and only, complaint is that I don't like how this reads digitally. This book is meant to be seen as a whole page, not panel to panel. Yes, you can turn that off easily, but in order to truly appreciate this issue, you need to see each page as a whole.

The Verdict - My Pick of the Week!

I've been praising Marvel's Ultimate line all throughout Divided We Stand/United We Fall because it's not only fantastic storytelling, but it's revived my faith in cross-over events and what they should be. The creative team for this book is phenomenal and some of the best at Marvel.

While United We Stand wraps up, it only opens up more doors for possibilities for the X-Men and all mutants. As much as I loved this storyline, I feel it's only going to get better, which I didn't think was possible. The ending to this issue is fantastic, and I can not wait for issue 19.

Overall, I loved this issue, and I highly recommend it. It's my pick of the week!

13 Comments
Posted by The Mighty Monarch

The solution, as always, is to not buy digital comics. Comics are, and should be, written to be read in paper.

Posted by inferiorego

@The Mighty Monarch said:

The solution, as always, is to not buy digital comics. Comics are, and should be, written to be read in paper.

Sometimes, in order to get reviews up early, I have to go digital, and by sometimes, I mean every week.

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Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@inferiorego said:

@The Mighty Monarch said:

The solution, as always, is to not buy digital comics. Comics are, and should be, written to be read in paper.

Sometimes, in order to get reviews up early, I have to go digital, and by sometimes, I mean every week.

That's a shame.

Posted by Crimsonlord53

I,m thinking of dropping all my marvel books but the ultimate U books. There that good.

Posted by Blood1991

Ultimate X-Men is a brilliant series.

Posted by bookerman20

I just got this feeling that it's gonna be

Ultimate Marvel > Marvel NOW

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

I definitely have to start reading the Ultimate X-Men comics again! This series sounds so much better than the mainstream Marvel Universe.

Posted by JamDamage

this book is great. I'm liking a lot of Marvel lately. I pysched about what the future is going to be, but one thing I'm happy for, is that Ultimate Marvel is what it should be. Differant from the 616 universe but with some of the same characters. It's a place a see what could happen that doesn't in the 616. Event he characters who have replaced the dead major characters do not just seem like replacements anymore. Jimmy Howlet is now Wolverine. Miles is now Spider-man. Etc. Etc. The side universe to Marvel is as almost as great as it was when it started, but it's evolved in a lot of great ways. Who would have thought we'd get something from that dog shit Ultimatum story, but we did.

Posted by thenexusrebound

my only complaint was the random mid-comic change of artist. Barberi's pencil work is amazing and then the switch was meh. I love the Ultimate series it is amazing. Oh and I agree on the digital stand point. I read most of mine digital at the moment and those beautiful panels get all chopped up.

Posted by whitelantern64

Ultamatum ruined ultimate comics for me and forced me to go on a two year boycott which I will break this year for the new deadpool series. Sounds like it got better, but they lost me when they killed off both wolvie and cyclops, if one was dead,fine but both?! HELL NO!

Posted by inferiorego

@whitelantern64 said:

Ultamatum ruined ultimate comics for me and forced me to go on a two year boycott which I will break this year for the new deadpool series. Sounds like it got better, but they lost me when they killed off both wolvie and cyclops, if one was dead,fine but both?! HELL NO!

I also hated Ultimatum, but this new volume of Ultimate books is fantastic. If you want to boycott anything because of Ultimatum, you can boycott the creative team.

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Posted by frochez

While I'm loving this series in general, I did find the ending of the issue a bit odd. One second Kitty is standing on top of a Sentinel, blsting her way through it's skull, and the next the battle is all over, and Captain America's swinging by for a visit. What the actual hell? It feels like a page was missing from the issue; even Striker's final sentence of 'I will thrive-', was cut off, and we didn't even get to see the bloody thing blow up.

Other than that, it's a brilliant comic, and worth picking up for anyone who wants to read Marvel characters without gettting bogged down in too much continuity. One thing I really loved was that all of the Ultimate Comics are involved to some extent in the 'Divided We Stand/United We Fall' story, but you don;t have to go out of your way and buy extra comics for the story to make sense (*cough* AvX *cough cough*)

Posted by adrianjfm

Love ultimate comics and here the art is stuning. I found odd storm poping out since number 10 i think, did i miss a number??