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“Ultimate X-Men”

ultimatexmen.jpg“Ultimate X-Men” by Mark Millar

“Ultimate X-Men” is a superhero comic book published by Marvel Comics. Ultimate X-Men is a modern re-imagining of the long-running Marvel comic X-Men, set in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, outside of the mainstream Marvel Universe continuity.

The protagonists are the X-Men, a group of mutants, whose unusual genetic makeup grants them super powers and set them apart from the rest of humanity. Professor Charles Xavier, the world’s most powerful telepath, leads them. Although the series has an action-oriented slant, the series also includes topics related to minorities, such as racism, intolerance, prejudice, and coming out. Readers familiar with the original X-Men may recognize many familiar characters and storylines. However, Ultimate X-Men almost completely ignores supernatural or mystical elements such as space opera, alternate dimensions or magic as plot devices, the X-Men have no secret identity, and mutants are a recognized minority, rather than mistrusted and hunted down. – From Wikipedia

Setting “Ultimate X-Men” in modern time and taking heavy influences from the success of the motion picture this modern reinterpretation of the X-Men is a welcomed change. There is so much history that its hard for someone “late to the party” to catch up. The Ultimate Universe introduces the X-Men to a new generation and lets them growth with characters as previous generations had the opportunity.

Having read Marvel mainstream I found that I like the Ultimate Universe better. The character changes reflect the modern changes in society. Things taboo when the mainstream started is broached in this one, but it also pulls stories from the rich history of the mainstream.

I find that the characters, in “Ultimate X-Men”, are having more complex motivation, although they are the characters that are familiar to fateful readers. As this series has progressed it interesting to read the modern re-imagining of established stories. The modern retellings are just as intriguing and interest as when they were written for the mainstream.

Any reader being new to the X-Men or having be reading for decades can finds the comic interesting and worthy of reading. Most reader will never find the stories boring even though some of the stories are retellings. From the first edition you pick up you will be addicted to the multi-edition stories told in the pages.

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