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A Good Quality Saga Continues. Kitty Pride and her team Battle On,
This review is from: Ultimate Comics X-Men by Brian Wood Volume 2 (Paperback)
Warning: this review will contain not so much spoilers as a Soap Box style rant, I will try and keep that brief.
This continues where Ultimate Comics X-Men by Brian Wood - Volume 1 left off. Kitty Pryde and her community holding the line against a splinter group of mutants and anti-mutant forces while a very enigmatic Jean Grey turns up.
The continuity which has been running since Ultimate Comics: X-Men and `The Divided We Stand' cross over is maintained and linking with the Ultimates run in this time-line is turning out to be a worthy sort of epic. This tale revolves not just around the community's battle to survive but it's evolution and what it is making out of the harsh piece of land granted to it. Quite a lot of dialogue and action managing to allow many of the familiar characters to have their own important `time on stage'
The story is constructed in such a way that it works as a stand-alone in that the reader can pick up on the back story fairly quickly although previous volumes Ultimate Comics: X-Men, Ultimate Comics: X-Men Vol.2 Ultimate Comics X-Men: Divided We Fall - United We Stand and Ultimate Comics X-Men by Brian Wood - Volume 1are recommended (`cas they're good apart from anything else).
Without too much in Spoiler Zone in this tale the splinter group of mutants shows its own tensions; which was a relief to me as sullen 14-something Mach 2 leading a group of hardened veterans was grating on my nerves; I keep an open mind though to see where that sub-plot leads. Throughout this long run and cross-over with The Ultimates Jean Grey's goals have been as clear to read as Nick Fury's. Here her appearance in Kitty's domain is interesting; her intentions and motivations adding another layer to the mix....Rant Warning...Rant Warning...
The same cannot be said of The Suits in Washington! Another bunch of cardboard cut-outs from the Marvel Sub-Plot category! Their only constructive use being to allow the Marvel art team to have fun with shadows and poses. Considering in earlier volumes we had interesting appearances of Lyla Miller AND a Lord Apocalypse (OK I know it looked as if he was wearing era-muffs-perhaps the guy was feeling a chill!) I would have thought we could have ditched the over-used Manipulative Corporate Bore Box (perhaps they are pawns of either of the aforementioned two-oh good that means they get to be killed off as pawns do). So they send soldiers to kill mutants and you know that will not go according to their plan or end in a clear cut way; as for their dialogue-least said!! In fact they are so shallow they do not detract from the quality of the tale-paradox I know! OK I could go on, but I'll spare you and fall off of my Soap-box now.
Naturally there is no set conclusion at the end of this volume, but it sets up a very compelling idea for the next in the series.
Recommended for those who have been following this arc but also for anyone who just wants a taste to what has been going on in the Ultimate-verse of late.
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2013 11:49:20 GMT
Timelord - 007 says:
Brilliant review of product.
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