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Ultimate Comics X-Men #25 - Natural Resources, Part Two Review


Jean Grey makes her way to Utopia. James Hudson has a talk with some of Mach Two's men.

The Good

Jean Grey has left Tian and made her way to Utopia. Mach Two and Psylocke probe Shola and Warpath after finding out they met and made a deal with Jimmy Hudson. Tension builds and it seems Jean Grey may be at Utopia for other reasons.

This is one of those issues where I don't know what to talk about first because I found myself enthralled with it all. This book has gone through quite a few artists in the past year: Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi, and now, Mahmud Asrar. All three of these artists have pretty distinct styles and lucky for the reader, all three of these artists are fantastic. Juan Vlasco is still inking this book, so there is a bit a familiarity to longtime readers, but everything else about this book, art wise, is fantastic. Asrar's art reminds me a lot of Becky Cloonan's work on DEMO here. It was a slight anime feel, but mature at the same time. The art tells the story, but it doesn't distract from it. Jordie Bellaire's colors add to the distinct style. Bellaire works more with minimalism here. The shadow edges are hard, and when character's are accessing their memories, Bellaire's color palette shifts towards tones of somewhere in between purple and pink. I found it to be a very cool choice.

I love Jean's role in this issue. I really enjoy what writer Brian Wood is doing with her character. She has heavy attachment to Tian and Zorn and Xorn, and while the reader may assume what she's doing there, it's still completely unsure whether or not she's in Utopia to help or to destroy it.

What I found most appealing about this issue is that I feel like I don't know who to side with now. I was a big fan of what Kitty was doing, in prior issues, but now that Jimmy has stated his plans and Mach Two has as well, and we have Jean Grey there, I feel like I'm being a bit torn between characters. I love this.

The Bad

The ending is completely out of left field. I like where it's going, but the focus, on the last two pages, completely changes. We are treated to this wonderful story about in-fighting and who truly leads the mutants, and then, all of the sudden, it's General Ross and a small army going to raid on Utopia. Don't get me wrong. I like that idea for a story, but it didn't fit with the rest of the issue.

The Verdict

There's a reason I keep calling ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN my favorite book in the Ultimate line: It's awesome. Brian Wood came off the heels of some great storytelling from Jonathon Hickman (in ULTIMATES) and created his own story, which I somehow found to be more interesting. I love the build-up and the in-fighting here. It's brewing up to something that I'm sure will be spectacular.

Overall, I highly recommend this isue.

Posted by SolthesunGod

I was never into the Ultimate line but this series sound's pretty interesting. I'm thinking of getting the first trade.

Edited by thenexusrebound

I honestly miss Medina's art, but I am content with the art. It is just hard on the eyes when you get the filler issues. I really love the story Wood is an amazing story teller and he keeps you locked in.

Edited by Crimsonlord53

Still the best X book in marvel's stable.

Edited by silentecko711

<p>I love the ultimate line I just wish the continuity would be intact because I swear up and down General Ross died in the first few issues of Ultimate X-men or Ultimates waaayyyy back then I must research this and confirm lol it's little but it's kinda annoying</p>

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Posted by saoakden

Brain Wood looks like he's doing an awesome job. Can't wait to see what he does in X-Men.

Posted by xtremexfan

@silentecko711: He didn't die. In issue 39 of Ultimate X-men, it was revealed that he was alive. He just had a huge scar, where part of his face was blown off.

Posted by SolthesunGod

@solthesungod said:

I was never into the Ultimate line but this series sound's pretty interesting. I'm thinking of getting the first trade.

The current run started with issue #13 so get the Ultimate Comics: Divided We Fall, United We Stand trade.


I was looking at it on Amazon and they had an X-Men one listed too but it had the exact same info. Seemed pretty strange.

Posted by mrpandopool

Well, I´m really stranged by the fact of psylocke´s behavior, because I remember her as loyal follower of Xavier´s dream and more I don´t know how to say it, but more "adult" since she is an older woman (not grandma old) in mind, I find it difficult to believe she is acting this way and more because she was a woman of the law and very disciplined. Now it may be her younger body´s hormones now that she is starting to look older (not like the little schoolgirl like woman whining about her body´s not being older) but hey a death experience and having to grow up and pass for puberty again maybe it can change someone to being a gal that mind tortures her "lover" and "friend" just because a 12 year old with ego issues and a Magneto complex says so.