What a wonderful set-up to this United We Stand story line. This is already turning out to be an incredibly epic story. Kitty Pryde works with Nick Fury in order to raise a mutant army to take down the sentinels. We get to meet some new mutants, and a few of them look incredibly familiar. It finally feels like we're seeing an expanded X-Men world again. For so long, this book felt so contained and only the actual mutants in this world were the X-Men. I'm glad to see it branching out a bit more.
There's some great development with Rogue here as she meets a man (Is that Kid Omega? I hope so!) that she may be able to actually have a relationship with. I've said it before. Brian Wood is great at writing people. I know that sounds weird, since any writer should be good at "writing people," but Wood seems to have a better understanding of a character's emotion and how those emotions affect their actions than any other contemporary writer. And, as I've said before, he's wonderful with dialogue writing.
Well, this is a first. There are two pencilers on this book, Carlo Barberi and Paco Medina, and not only did I not notice on my first read-through, but I couldn't find anywhere where the art was inconsistent. Yes, I went through again to be nit-picky. I love the fact that this book had multiple people doing pencils and the art never changed up. Thank you. Aside from that, I love how gorgeous this art looks here. It has a great style that fits the book, and the colors and shading are fantastic.
This issue has one fantastic reveal page.
This issue revolves heavily around Kitty Pryde and Nick Fury. I wish there was a bit more room for the other X-Men in this issue as well.
I felt like I zoomed through this issue. I really wanted more, which isn't a bad thing, but I'm personally becoming more and more impatient with waiting a month to read this book. So, essentially, my problem with this issue is that I feel it's so addicting that I can't wait 30 days, or so, to read it.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Ultimate Universe? I think I have. This book is great. I love the new story line so far, and love seeing Kitty in a leadership position. Rogue finds someone to love in this issue, and it looks like Kid Omega; however, it's the Ultimate Universe, for all I know, this could actually be Ultimate Doug Ramsey. The writing and art are fantastic here, and I was really surprised there were two different pencilers on this book because I couldn't tell the difference. This is so close to a 5/5 for me... so close.
My only problem with this issue was that it moved way to fast for me.
Overall, I highly recommend this issue.