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Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 8: New Mutants (Ultimate X-Men trade paperbacks #8)

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Karma, Havok, Polaris, and Dazzler become a part of a new class of mutants selected by the President of the United States and the mysterious Emma Frost after the President decides that Professor Charles Xavier is becoming a problem.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 12th 2006 by Marvel (first published September 1st 2004)
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Other than Archie Comics this was my first experience of a graphic novel and it occurred rather recently. After reading this I felt I had been missing out since I enjoyed the experience so much but instead of pouting over years I could have been read graphic novels I can celebrate having discovered new and fun material to explore. This was also my first taste and experience with the X-Men mythology. Needless to say I would like to read more. I found comfort and relevance from this story. More an ...more
Federiken Masters
Un buen desempeoramiento de los Ultimate X-Men con respecto al aburrido y estiradísimo tomo anterior. Sin ser ninguna maravilla, y con un dibujo que sigue siendo bastante pedorro, este tomo me entretuvo bastante y tiró algunas buenas ideas (los Nuevo Mutantes pacíficos de Emma Frost, la historia del pibe que mataba sin querer, la intervención de Nick Fury para evitar una guerra contra los mutantes) y sólo un par de pedorradas innecesarias (la muerte de B****, de quien ni siquiera recordaba que e ...more
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Brian Michael Bendis, the man who writes everything, takes over the X-Men for a bit with this story that tries to sort out what it means for the mutant population to be officially protected by the US government, something we've never seen in the original universe. In his wordy way, Bendis looks at this problem with a lot of speeches, and even has a character, Emma Frost, espouse that words are the way to solve the problem. (I can't help but see this as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the way his style ...more
So Bendis does something in this volume that he rarely does. He writes not one but two issues that are one issue stories. He's surprisingly good at it.

I'm not a fan of this Emma Frost. I remember not going one way or the other last time I read it, but now that I've read Morrison's New X-Men, it's hard to think that this Emma Frost is inexcusably bland. I think this is the most blatant they've been about Colossus' sexuality.

The art is pretty awesome. David Finch is one of my favorite.
Inside this volume is Issue 41. A story to rival any sad-goth-arm-cutting-teenage-angst. Everything the main character is around is destroyed, literally. Damn rogue mutant powers. There is no happy ending, this is not a bildungsroman. He dies. And he is brave about it. His is just a side story, aren't we all though. *sighs* In this little drama we see the ruthlessness it takes for the greater whole to survive. We also witness the inner darkness that must exist inside Wolverine to have dedicated ...more
Volume 8 is yet another strong volume by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch. This volume wraps up Bendis' run on the title and I have to say that it was a really refreshing and exciting story. No huge end of the world scenarios, just a lot of development in both story and character department. Don’t get me wrong, there was a rather climatic battle where the X-Men save the day, but nowhere on the scale of saving humanity from extinction as last seen in volume 6. I guess that’s the big differenc ...more
This is an origin story that I didn't mind the re-tweaking. Highly enjoyable
Andrew Christman
Bendis rights the sinking ship with his first run of Ultimate X-Men. I have to say, this is probably my favorite arc. Somehow, in 6 issues he introduces about as many characters as Millar had in his whole team AND manages to weave a pretty interesting political story.

And for being an "edgy" comic writer, Millar didn't take the risk to pull such a daring finish to the arc. Don't want to spoil anything but it was just what Ultimate X-Men needed right now.
While I enjoy the concept for why Bendis brings in mutants like Emma Frost and Havok, I feel these characters could use a little more TLC. Emma is meant to be a tough minded, and tough skinned (pun intended) woman. Here, she's a confused kid with no direction. My favorite Havok narratives are from the Apocalypse narrative, and here, he doesn't even get to use his powers. Disappointing, but enjoyable, in the least. Bendis can write a line.
Zach Danielson
Brian Michael Bendis continues to shake up the Ultimate X-Men and I like it. In particular, the issue with Wolverine on his own is very grim and very good. A bunch of well-known characters make their "Ultimate" debut, and they're different enough (from their main continuity counterparts) to intrigue me.
Orrin Grey
Again, I liked this volume more than just about any of the others, and I can't see anything to blame that on besides Brian Michael Bendis. Since this is his last Ultimate X-Men volume, maybe I'll trade these guys in for Ultimate Spider-Man here shortly.
For calling itself ‘New Mutants’ I would have thought more of the New Mutants would have made at least a cameo, but when all was said and done only Karma shows up, albeit coolly but I would have liked to see Cannonball and Magik. Not a bad storyline as with the Ultimate X-Men I find a lot of it a bit high school.
Jeff Raymond
Still reliable, still somewhat frustrating at times. It’s different reading X-Men than it is for Spider-Man for me, because I have an idea of the former, but not the latter, thus reading Spider-Man doesn’t screw with my previously-held perceptions. It’s still good, but what a difference.
This collection always remains one of my favorites. It has a spectacular Wolverine one shot plus the death of Hank McCoy. Fabulous fabulous stuff.
Ben Nealis
wee woo wee woo !spoiler alert! we say farewell to Henry/hank McCoy/beast in this vol crushed by a pile of ruble farewell comrade.wolverine out.
La Revistería Comics
Nuevo tomo de Ultimate X-Men con la dupla creativa que cambiara el universo Avengers con "Vengadores desunidos".
Issue 41 (second issue in this collection) is one of the more powerful comics I've ever read.
Kzee Mikols
I found this one very exciting! Angel is pretty cool and the end was super intense!
Nabby Chatrath
5 or 6 separate stories reads better in single issues
Beast! How could you die?
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

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