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Dimension-hopping is something of an X-Men rite of passage, and it's about time the All-New X-Men took the plunge! You don't always have to travel Miles away to visit a new place...but will the Web these time-displaced young X-Men find themselves tangled in Ultimately bring about their end? Okay, enough subtlety: the All-New X-Men meet Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Ma Dimension-hopping is something of an X-Men rite of passage, and it's about time the All-New X-Men took the plunge! You don't always have to travel Miles away to visit a new place...but will the Web these time-displaced young X-Men find themselves tangled in Ultimately bring about their end? Okay, enough subtlety: the All-New X-Men meet Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man - and this is a showdown you won't want to miss! Plus: it's Iceman unleashed, as young Bobby Drake takes the offensive! And for someone who's said that she doesn't find him particularly pleasant to be around, X-23 seems to have taken an odd interest in the high-flying Angel. Tune in as yesterday's X-Men continue to explore the fear-fraught future of the present day! Collecting: All-New X-Men 31-36


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Dimension-hopping is something of an X-Men rite of passage, and it's about time the All-New X-Men took the plunge! You don't always have to travel Miles away to visit a new place...but will the Web these time-displaced young X-Men find themselves tangled in Ultimately bring about their end? Okay, enough subtlety: the All-New X-Men meet Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Ma Dimension-hopping is something of an X-Men rite of passage, and it's about time the All-New X-Men took the plunge! You don't always have to travel Miles away to visit a new place...but will the Web these time-displaced young X-Men find themselves tangled in Ultimately bring about their end? Okay, enough subtlety: the All-New X-Men meet Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man - and this is a showdown you won't want to miss! Plus: it's Iceman unleashed, as young Bobby Drake takes the offensive! And for someone who's said that she doesn't find him particularly pleasant to be around, X-23 seems to have taken an odd interest in the high-flying Angel. Tune in as yesterday's X-Men continue to explore the fear-fraught future of the present day! Collecting: All-New X-Men 31-36

30 review for All-New X-Men, Volume 6: The Ultimate Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I've been enjoying the All-New X-Men already, but adding Miles into the mix just made it even better! For those of you who don't know, Miles lives in the Ultimate universe, and took on the role of Spider-man after Peter Parker (maybe?) died. He's one of the few character's from the Ultimate U that's aware of other universes, and has even met up with our Parker at one point. So. It only makes sense that when Jean & the other young X-men get accidentally thrown into a dimensional portal (by a new mut I've been enjoying the All-New X-Men already, but adding Miles into the mix just made it even better! For those of you who don't know, Miles lives in the Ultimate universe, and took on the role of Spider-man after Peter Parker (maybe?) died. He's one of the few character's from the Ultimate U that's aware of other universes, and has even met up with our Parker at one point. So. It only makes sense that when Jean & the other young X-men get accidentally thrown into a dimensional portal (by a new mutant whose powers had just started to manifest) that they get to team up with Ultimate Spider-man. Right? Right! Anyway, our guys are sucked into the portal, separated, & tossed into different corners of the globe. Some corners are friendlier than others, though, as Beast discovers when he gets chucked into Latveria. The actual plot, where they have to try to find a way back, isn't all that special. They stumble around, fight the local authorities, meet (some of) their counterparts, try to rescue Beast, and then try to find the young mutant that freaked out and sent them there. So, yeah, it goes down pretty much the way you would expect it to. But that doesn't mean that it isn't good. Bendis did a great job keeping me engaged in the characters, and even without having true originality in the action, he still managed to make me smile. I think great dialogue is more of his thing than plotting grand stories...if that makes any sense? It may be a bit of a throwaway volume, but I'm hoping that having Miles connect (again) with the normal Marvel universe means that they are planning on keeping him around. Recommended for fans of the All-New X-men!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    At the risk of causing eye-rolling and cries of “Shaddup, Jeff we already know you hate time travel/alternate universe storylines, stop whining about it and shut your pie hole”, I’ll just say I hate time travel/alternate universe storylines. So guess what this volume is all about? An alternate universe storyline, but…it’s actually fun. The All New X-Men from the past sans Cyclops (because he’s off searching for his evil older self) but, plus, X-23 (because Angel digs her), travel to the “Ultimate At the risk of causing eye-rolling and cries of “Shaddup, Jeff we already know you hate time travel/alternate universe storylines, stop whining about it and shut your pie hole”, I’ll just say I hate time travel/alternate universe storylines. So guess what this volume is all about? An alternate universe storyline, but…it’s actually fun. The All New X-Men from the past sans Cyclops (because he’s off searching for his evil older self) but, plus, X-23 (because Angel digs her), travel to the “Ultimate universe” (when you read this let those words bounce around in your head, like an echo). Jean Grey ends up teaming up with Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man. Angel and X-23 end up in the Savage Land with one of Wolverine’s illegitimate, alternate universe, bastard kids. Ice Boy ends up being groped by a gang of Moloids and Beastie Boy winds up in Dr. Doom’s castle. After serving Beastie Boy a truth serum cocktail, Doom hears of the other universe and this gets his evil brain pan percolating.* Brian Michael Bendis is firing on all cylinders here. This one is a fast-paced, funny, quippy, action packed collection. I still hate time travel/alternate universe storylines. *(view spoiler)[Dr. Doom would have gotten away with his nefarious scheme to control the real Marvel universe if it wasn’t for those meddling X-Kids! Suck it, Doom!! (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    A really, really entertaining volume. The storyline worked towards what I see as Bendis's strengths, by giving each individual character moments to shine that weren't combat oriented. And Miles! Bendis writing Miles makes me so happy. I never really read Ultimate X-Men, but I imagine that it would be a nice revisit if you had. But even without that, I had such a good time reading this book. A really, really entertaining volume. The storyline worked towards what I see as Bendis's strengths, by giving each individual character moments to shine that weren't combat oriented. And Miles! Bendis writing Miles makes me so happy. I never really read Ultimate X-Men, but I imagine that it would be a nice revisit if you had. But even without that, I had such a good time reading this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    So nothing is easy if you're a mutant and that seems to go double for the time-displaced X-Men. The X-Men are alerted to a special mutant about to manifest her powers. It sounds nice and easy right? Wrong. This new mutant can form portals to other places in the multi-verse and before they know what's happening... ...the X-Men are all separated and somewhere else. Jean Grey ends up encountering some people she never should have met. First and foremost why is Cyclops on the cover? He's off space fish So nothing is easy if you're a mutant and that seems to go double for the time-displaced X-Men. The X-Men are alerted to a special mutant about to manifest her powers. It sounds nice and easy right? Wrong. This new mutant can form portals to other places in the multi-verse and before they know what's happening... ...the X-Men are all separated and somewhere else. Jean Grey ends up encountering some people she never should have met. First and foremost why is Cyclops on the cover? He's off space fishing with his long lost father or something and doesn't make an appearance in the volume. Having the X-Men displaced again was an odd yet interesting choice likely hinting at Secret Wars. It's always good to see Miles and see how willing he is to help without looking for anything in return. I still find myself asking when the original X-Men will go home, but not as often because the stories have been good. 3.5 out of 5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    kristen ♡

    this volume is one of the best so far but by this point i am wondering what this series was even supposed to be? the writing of this was excellent and i liked the concept, which makes it 5 stars to me. i LOVED laura and warren again and the whole story was tied together and ended well. but it’s like every volume of this series is a different problem happening to the old x-men and i wish they just stuck with the plot going on in the first 2 volumes instead of having time jumps and different dimens this volume is one of the best so far but by this point i am wondering what this series was even supposed to be? the writing of this was excellent and i liked the concept, which makes it 5 stars to me. i LOVED laura and warren again and the whole story was tied together and ended well. but it’s like every volume of this series is a different problem happening to the old x-men and i wish they just stuck with the plot going on in the first 2 volumes instead of having time jumps and different dimensions every volume. you can even see how inconsistent this series is by my ratings going from 2 stars to 5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Frank Eldritch

    Previously in All-New X-Men: Storm, Beast (and another mutant who I just forgot and I am too tired to look through my last review to double-check his/her identity) picked up Kitty, Cyclops, Emma and Illyana from their not-so-secret-anymore-bunker/school-with-an-ironic-mocking-name, because they're about to uncover the last will and testament of the late Charles Xavier (who, if y'all still care and remember and I hope so because he had a bastard son who came back from the future just to remind Previously in All-New X-Men: Storm, Beast (and another mutant who I just forgot and I am too tired to look through my last review to double-check his/her identity) picked up Kitty, Cyclops, Emma and Illyana from their not-so-secret-anymore-bunker/school-with-an-ironic-mocking-name, because they're about to uncover the last will and testament of the late Charles Xavier (who, if y'all still care and remember and I hope so because he had a bastard son who came back from the future just to remind us about it for the last three fucking issues) has been brutally and mercilessly murdered by a Phoenix-possessed Scott Summers because--if you're going to kill your father figure--you might as well have a cosmic excuse about it. Putting that aside, Cyke still got invited to the reading of the will which was nice, I guess. Wolverine is probably not happy to see his jerk face again, though. And Kitty--who basically called it quits with Storm and Wolverine back in Battle of the Atom because she felt that they betrayed her trust--would be put in yet another awkward position being in the same room with the said betrayers. But hey, it couldn't possibly be more awkward than dating the dimension-hopping Peter Quill...as a goddamn hologram. So yeah, Kitty will be fine. She's going to see her ex Bobby a.k.a the Iceman though but Kitty is a big girl now. With the adults gone, the kids are left to their own devices. It's irresponsible in a way but fuck the kids. They'll be all right as long as they stay in the bunker. AND OF COURSE THEY DON'T, especially the OCF. A cerebro alert updated them to the whereabouts of a new mutant who just unlocked her powers. It's bad because the girl is scared, awkward and distrustful of these bunch of teen mutants just dropping out of nowhere, trying to convince her to go with them. It became worse when the police arrived at the scene which caused panic with the young mutant who cannot control her powers yet and accidentally zapped Jean, Laura, Warren, Hank and Bobby to unknown places, separate from each other and devoid of any familiar acquaintance. Now the five of them are lost in their own personal hell. We got some cool scenes with Bobby as he fights mole people down the sewers and struggles to remain in ice form while on land because Atlanta, Georgia is scathing hot, which in turn dampened his powers. Elsewhere, Laura and Warren were reunited (how convenient was it that they both ended up in Savage Land?) and have met up with Wolverine's alternate-universe son, James Jr. who was weirded out to meet the pair but was open-minded enough to hear them out and possibly try to help them get back to their world. Meanwhile, Hank is kidnapped by Dr. Doom in a rather ironic yet pretty clever allusion to Beauty and the Beast where Doom is the Beast and Hank is his Beauty and he wanted to keep him there in Latveria after recognizing his genius and future use he could provide. Hank got to talk about his feelings of guilt and inadequacy with Doom which was pretty hilarious because of all the people he had to open up with it, it's with his captor. I can't wait to see if this relationship becomes appropriately Stockholm Syndrome-y in Hank's case. That would drive home the B&B allusion even further. Jean Grey, once again, got the better, more nuanced scenes when she encountered the all-female X-Men of the Ultimate world with Miles Morales as Spider-man who totes is already crushing on her sweet ass (ugh, I don't get it though). Jean Grey meets the Ultimate Jean and they hugged because why not? At this point I'm treating her scenes with indifference. She's an integral part of the ANXM narrative, I get that, but I'm more invested to see how the other will fare in their dimensions especially since their contributions are just as interesting. Bobby finally stopped being just a comedic punchline; Hank is owning up to his angst and fears about the future his older self inflicted, and Warren and Laura could actually be a great romantic couple as long as we spend more time on them. So, overall, these issues were getting better and I hope Bendis continues to pick up things from now and lessen the Jean Grey-worship while he's at it. The premise for this four-issued arc didn't start out strong but it was interesting and could have been more nuanced with an additional three to four more issues where we might get to see the OCF deal and overcome something as a group and not just solely depend on Jean Grey's functionality to carry them over a storyline which has been Bendis' go-to scapegoat resolution. It had been ripe with many possibilities, to separate the characters in different locations where they can have their own solo adventures. These did happen but were too abrupt to fully form any meaningful development and, as much as I'm abhorred to say, we still spend more time with Jean's scenes than the rest, since hers are composed of how they are going to get out of there. By issue #35, they did find the mutant whose ability is to create portals and didn't have that much of a hard time convincing her to get them all back safely. It was all too neatly concluded, is all I'm saying. Dr. Doom was such a throwaway character here and even Miles Morales was there to be a crutch to Jean. BUT WHAT IF THEY DIDN'T GET OUT JUST YET? What if they decided they could also make some change in that dimension, sort of like a test run before returning to their actual world and apply the same method, knowing better the success rate of their actions? But what if one of them got killed during their stay in the Ultimate-verse? Like Bobby, for example? That would mean his current self in Earth 616 would expire as well. How will that affect things? What if Laura decided to stay behind Ultimate because she's happier there? Would Warren stick by her or return with the OCF to Earth 616 where he doesn't have a girl he cares about? What happens if two Jean Greys are put together in the same timeline? Will they remain comrades throughout or eventually cancel each other out? How would the X-Men from Earth 616--especially Kitty Pryde--react to this? Would they try finding the OCF or just decide that it's the best thing that ever happened because now they don't have to worry about them running around their timeline? And what if the OCF comes back again, will the X-Men still accept them as their own or completely treat them as eyesores, maybe even become their adversaries in whatever goals the OCF want to accomplish? We will never know now and I actually don't care. RECOMMENDED: 6/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    An entertaining time hopping then reality hopping story. For once a Marvel crossover character felt like a good idea.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Man oh man, this was pretty fun. So after reading volume 4 of Uncanny X-Men and REALLY enjoying it I almost wanted to go to volume 5 but instead I jumped back to All-New X-Men so I keep in some type of order. Now, last volume of All New X-Men was good but I always worry because I hear it falls deep into the shitty zone. However, volume 6 is not that drop! So we got the New X-Men, which are really the old X-Men, but they're teenagers traveling to the Ultimate Universe. If you don't know what that Man oh man, this was pretty fun. So after reading volume 4 of Uncanny X-Men and REALLY enjoying it I almost wanted to go to volume 5 but instead I jumped back to All-New X-Men so I keep in some type of order. Now, last volume of All New X-Men was good but I always worry because I hear it falls deep into the shitty zone. However, volume 6 is not that drop! So we got the New X-Men, which are really the old X-Men, but they're teenagers traveling to the Ultimate Universe. If you don't know what that is, it's a Marvel universe similar to 616 (the regular) but with variations on characters and stories. When they get there both hilarity and touching moments begin when the X-Men meet the Ultimate X-Men (and Ultimate Spider-man which...I guess happened cause Bendis made him and also they know it'll sell more). What I liked: Loved the Jean meeting Jean moments. I also dug the whole Iceman coming into his own. Also his talk with his ultimate counterpart was funny as hell. I dug Miles flirting with Jean cause lol who wouldn't? hot red head come on! The pacing was also pretty great and it just flies by with the snappy dialog and story. What I didn't like: Spider-man felt a bit forced in. Beast could have gotten a better gig in here. He seemed a afterthought. The power of the girl who can take you to different realities felt a bit forced too but you know, we have to have a story. Overall, this was pretty fun and enjoyable. Def was a good volume in this long running series. If you enjoyed All-New X-Men up to this point I doubt this will disappoint either!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Well good god damn, Bendis finally up and did it. He finally crossed his current books from 616 and Ultimate universes: [Page 3 of the Book of Bad Pick-up Lines] And of course, young Bobby Drake immediately gets the shit end of that stick: It's fun to see them play in each others' sandboxes: And it's especially nice to see the two Jean Greys meet and *not* immediately throw punches: Bobby still gets the shit end: And Bendis does good cliffhanger: And then the bastard cliffhanger where (view spoiler)[ Mi Well good god damn, Bendis finally up and did it. He finally crossed his current books from 616 and Ultimate universes: [Page 3 of the Book of Bad Pick-up Lines] And of course, young Bobby Drake immediately gets the shit end of that stick: It's fun to see them play in each others' sandboxes: And it's especially nice to see the two Jean Greys meet and *not* immediately throw punches: Bobby still gets the shit end: And Bendis does good cliffhanger: And then the bastard cliffhanger where (view spoiler)[ Miles appears to get incinerated by Doom (hide spoiler)] ? Yikes. Good thing I know who's still alive around these parts. Story turns out just as good as it should have. NO FUCKING TIME-TRAVEL SHENANIGANS HERE (OK, but dimension hopping was deemed acceptable? Yes, yes it was. Good clean fun, no time wraiths and unwanted memories to take home to bed.) Overall I still like this book much better than Bendis' version of Uncanny X-Men with mopey Scott and lots of skulking. That's nowhere near as much fun as ass-kicking mutant kids and lots of witty banter.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    What's better than one young badass Jean Grey?...Two young badass Jean Grey's? This was pretty fun. I have little to no knowledge of anything going on the Ultimate universe, but I enjoyed the hell out of this story. What's better than one young badass Jean Grey?...Two young badass Jean Grey's? This was pretty fun. I have little to no knowledge of anything going on the Ultimate universe, but I enjoyed the hell out of this story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    I considered rating this 3.75 stars because it felt disjointed, but I'm pretty sure that was because I was reading it in single issues instead of by volume. Which I don't really enjoy, but I'll have to do that for some comics. Overall, I really liked this plot. It was funny and the art was great, as always. I really liked Miles Morales as Spider-man. I am going to have to read more of him. I considered rating this 3.75 stars because it felt disjointed, but I'm pretty sure that was because I was reading it in single issues instead of by volume. Which I don't really enjoy, but I'll have to do that for some comics. Overall, I really liked this plot. It was funny and the art was great, as always. I really liked Miles Morales as Spider-man. I am going to have to read more of him.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

    2.5* I tend to find these kind of multiverse-sharing stories boring because I usually get lost for nothing since nothing really happens and they can easily be skipped off from continuity And... this one hit the spot! I had to try and connect the dots in order to replace characters in their respective contexts. I even had to google Miles Morales to know who the hell he was. Yeah, I've never read a Spiderman story with him. So sue me. After a while I let it go, I would have spent more time on wikip 2.5* I tend to find these kind of multiverse-sharing stories boring because I usually get lost for nothing since nothing really happens and they can easily be skipped off from continuity And... this one hit the spot! I had to try and connect the dots in order to replace characters in their respective contexts. I even had to google Miles Morales to know who the hell he was. Yeah, I've never read a Spiderman story with him. So sue me. After a while I let it go, I would have spent more time on wikipedia than reading the damn book. The script basically doesn't add any real value to any of the universes concerned (*please leave the place as clean as before you went in*) and I found the reactions of the main characters to their other selves kind of... weird and that's an understatement. They just seem to accept the fact multiverses exist as perfectly natural, they battle against Doom and everybody goes back home like "'kay, t'was fun, should do it more often, see ya next time". Weird. As for the Greys, I reckon I should have found their meeting somewhat cute. Well, I didn't. Call me an old grinch or whatever. The art is good but just that. I greatly appreciate Mahmud Asrar on a regular basis but here I found he was underwhelming. Like doing his job, just his job. I've been used to see him more inspired. If anybody can take over after Immonen, that's him. But not here. Better luck with next vol. I hope...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    This really is the best X-Men book being published at the moment. I loved seeing the young founders (minus Cyclops and plus X-23) interact with the Ultimate X-Men and the Miles Morales Spider-Man. To be honest, the only thing missing from this book, for me, is Cyclops. I wish he was sharing these adventures with his teammates and not swanning around the Galaxy with his dad in what is only a so-so solo series. BRING BACK SCOTT!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    I just don't understand all the hate for this volume on Goodreads. This book is awesome. The X-Men from the past accidentally end up in the Ultimate universe and end up kicking so much ass! I absolutely loved it. The ending was especially cool, when (view spoiler)[the X-Men from the past, together with Ultimate X-Men, kill Doctor Doom and destroy his castle (hide spoiler)] ! I mean, how friggin' bad-ass is that?! I just don't understand all the hate for this volume on Goodreads. This book is awesome. The X-Men from the past accidentally end up in the Ultimate universe and end up kicking so much ass! I absolutely loved it. The ending was especially cool, when (view spoiler)[the X-Men from the past, together with Ultimate X-Men, kill Doctor Doom and destroy his castle (hide spoiler)] ! I mean, how friggin' bad-ass is that?!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Get X Serious

    I can't help but grin like an idiot when I read this series. I love the way the characters interact with each other, especially if it's one of them essentially talking to themselves (from another time, or universe). Another huge win for Bendis. My only problem is that I only have one more trade paperback to go before I'm done with Bendis' run on the X-Men. I'm immensely unhappy about that. I can't help but grin like an idiot when I read this series. I love the way the characters interact with each other, especially if it's one of them essentially talking to themselves (from another time, or universe). Another huge win for Bendis. My only problem is that I only have one more trade paperback to go before I'm done with Bendis' run on the X-Men. I'm immensely unhappy about that.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Hey look, an arc of All-New X-men that was pretty good! They travel to the Ultimate Universe and meet lots of Ultimate counter parts and then face off with Doctor Doom. I liked this arc. It was fun.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    So basically this new mutant is like Gateway??? meh just okay. I talk about this book here - https://youtu.be/mJqgwgDPCuE So basically this new mutant is like Gateway??? meh just okay. I talk about this book here - https://youtu.be/mJqgwgDPCuE

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Buhs

    Unexpectedly innovative. Until it isn’t. Note that this review actually covers the first 7 volumes of the series. Although X-Men is all about chromosomes—the very stuff of inheritance—I never thought this title was Marvel’s extended family drama. That honor goes to The Avengers, and associated books, with their marriages and their grandfather and father and son melodramas. (The Fantastic Four is clearly about the nuclear family.) The X-Men and associated titles are about friendship, especially as Unexpectedly innovative. Until it isn’t. Note that this review actually covers the first 7 volumes of the series. Although X-Men is all about chromosomes—the very stuff of inheritance—I never thought this title was Marvel’s extended family drama. That honor goes to The Avengers, and associated books, with their marriages and their grandfather and father and son melodramas. (The Fantastic Four is clearly about the nuclear family.) The X-Men and associated titles are about friendship, especially as it is enforced, which is to say, school—when because of biology—either genes or time of birth—and institutional structure, people are forced to be together. There’s a reason the whole thing started with a Professor and his students. This is a book about the wonders and horrors of high school. The setting makes particularly acute a problem common to all serial fiction, but especially super hero books. The readers don’t want the characters to age. And the authors don’t either. It’s one thing to write about a 20-year old super hero. But a 70-year old one? Fiction set in high school has this same problem. Graduating the characters breaks down the things that forced them to deal with each other. And so Archie and Jughead are perpetual adolescences. And superheroes—the X-Men—have fifty years’s worth of drama packed into their short lives. Authors of the various X-books have finessed part of the problem through time travel. The Days of the Future Past story-line allowed the reader to jump ahead many years in the X-Men timeline to see what would happen. Cable and Bishop relied on time travel to various extents. But all of this, while sometimes freeing, ended up making the storylines, already cramped, even more convoluted. Not only does each character have many lives’s of trial and tribulation, they have many incarnations, many possible futures and pasts that they are resisting or trying to re-start. I think writers probably like the confusion, since it gives them chances to tell different stories: there are so many characters, so many permutations. But it can get eye-glazing, and one understands why DC has repeatedly blown up its fictional universe in an attempt to simplify the continuity. In this series, Brian Michael Bendis uses the old trope of time travel, but hits on a variation that opens up whole new vistas. (Until he closes them down.) It is logical and character-driven, but also a smart plot point. In the wake of the X-Men V. Avengers series and the way that Scott Summers has alienated most of his fellow mutants, Hank McCoy chooses to bring the original X-Men, fresh-faced, naive, and young, to the fictional present to confront Scott. But the motivation is layered more deeply than that. The presence of the former X-Men, so idealistic, so full of the young and beautiful Jean Grey, is meant to both inspire and punish Summers, reminding him of the beliefs he had, and the woman he lied; it also is a bit of self-hatred and Beast’s part, punishing himself for his failures, and maybe even an attempt to reinvigorate himself. Suddenly, there are new vistas in the X-Men’s universe. The previous stories need not have the same weight. It’s possible for new relationships to grow, new roles to be assumed. Maybe Hank and Jean—both from the past—will get together. Maybe Kitty Pryde will become as adept as Professor X. Maybe the whole Phoenix story need not have happened, and maybe Warren can have a different future two. The first twelve issues or so revel in this new freedom, and the books seem fresh in a way few old titles seem fresh. I especially liked the development of Hank McCoy young and old. There is also a lot of humor in the books, even as they close in on themselves, and lots of knowing winks at the angsty Marvel style, which I quite enjoyed. Soon enough, though, the title finds its way into a familiar groove, and claustrophobia starts to set in again. There’s the problems of cross-overs, where large chunks of the story are told in other books. These “events” are irritating for the reader of the titles as the come out, but they should not be for readers of the TPB reprints. The whole point of the reprint is to present a complete story, so it is frustrating as heck that Marvel refuses to bring in the other titles and make the stories complete—especially when the company is happy to round out the books with fluffy, unrelated material, such as the anniversary X-Men book included here. There’s no reason the TPB needs to be restricted by the titles of the comics. They should tell the whole damn story. But that is only a minor irritation, comparatively. There’s also the reversals. And so the original X-Men and they allies decide to join up with Scott Summers and his troop anyway, which never seems realistic and also has the effect of making the stories more compact, the possibilities fewer. And then there are the new time travelers that bring back in (a version of) Professor X. The old storylines reassert themselves. Jean Grey still loves Scott Summers. She is still too powerful and shadowed by the Phoenix. She remains a teen boys’ wet dream: beautiful, smart, kind, redheaded, but too modest to know she’s beautiful, only completed by the gaze of the right slightly nerdy boy. Sigh. Kitty continues to be under-used, made into a genius and an administrator, but the full effect of her powers never explored: they really are incredible and, by lights, undefeatable. The sixth volume here momentarily reverses the shrinking universe, when the original X-Men meet a mutant who sends them to different parts of Marvel’s far-flung mutliverse. It’s fun to get to see the different characters on their own, in unfamiliar settings. It’s probably the most character development we get of Bobby, who is otherwise here just a smart-mouthed comedy relief. Until Bendis tries to redeem the jokes by making him—spoiler?—gay. Which just doesn’t play at all, and a lot of special pleading goes on for the point to make any kind of sense. By the seventh volume this freedom is lost, and the book goes in uninteresting directions, with stories that feel like filler, even if they are not. The art through the books is uneven. In the early issues, they are excellent, with the various artists using variations on what I think of as Frank Miller’s 1980s style: a darker palette, the figures blocky and not always perfectly inked. That sounds denigrating, but its not. It makes the characters feel solid, real, but also part of some closely-related-but-not-quite-our-own universe. In later issues, the art can be just off, the expressions on faces not matching the action or the dialogue. There are a few chances for the artists to really stretch their wings and experiment with a lot of different styles, befitting the mix of eras, and these work well. But throughout the books there is a tendency to make the art during the battle scenes abstract, to the point where it is difficult to follow the action. (This is not a Hollywood track to borrow: poorly choreographed action sequences.) The seventh book, fittingly enough, has the worst art, grainy and pallid. I really liked where this started. I have trouble seeing that I will care where it ends.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Tired of all the time travel nonsense in the All-New X-Men series? Well, have I got good news for you because The Ultimate Adventure contains not a lick of time travel! Oh, but it is entirely based on dimension hopping. Which isn't time travel and certainly isn't more confusing. Oh wait, no it is more confusing. Sorry. And Mahmud Asrar is no Stuart Immonen. This one was pretty dumb. There certainly are high highs and low lows with these All-New X-Men. Tired of all the time travel nonsense in the All-New X-Men series? Well, have I got good news for you because The Ultimate Adventure contains not a lick of time travel! Oh, but it is entirely based on dimension hopping. Which isn't time travel and certainly isn't more confusing. Oh wait, no it is more confusing. Sorry. And Mahmud Asrar is no Stuart Immonen. This one was pretty dumb. There certainly are high highs and low lows with these All-New X-Men.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    Totally awesome Bendis All-New X-Men fun! So many great parts here. Some of these Ultimate/616 crossovers are priceless! I love Mahmud Asrar’s art. It’s spot on. The action and characterizations were vibrant. Miles and Young Jean is the power couple we’ve always wanted. Same goes for X-23 and Young Angel. I dig this series. I hope the upcoming Vortex crossover isn’t lame.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Brock

    Really liked this 3.5/5

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    For a completely frivolous adventure that doesn't advance the series' plot at all, this was actually pretty fun! When the Original X-Men try to help a new mutant handle her power, she accidentally teleports them all to different corners of the Ultimate Marvel Universe. This feels like a plot move specifically built to get these X-Men out of the way of the events of Uncanny X-Men, Volume 5: The Omega Mutant, but it ends up rising above this machination to become a thoroughly enjoyable little side For a completely frivolous adventure that doesn't advance the series' plot at all, this was actually pretty fun! When the Original X-Men try to help a new mutant handle her power, she accidentally teleports them all to different corners of the Ultimate Marvel Universe. This feels like a plot move specifically built to get these X-Men out of the way of the events of Uncanny X-Men, Volume 5: The Omega Mutant, but it ends up rising above this machination to become a thoroughly enjoyable little side adventure. I think one thing that sticks out about this book (as compared to the other, lamer All-New X-Men volumes I've read recently) is its attention to character. By throwing the Original X-Men to the wind and forcing them to find their own ways home, Bendis gets to spend a lot of time differentiating their voices and discovering a little more about who they are as individuals. Often his characters all speak in the exact same way, and this time around they really don't. I found it very refreshing. Also, Bendis is always better with a Spider-Man involved. I think writing in Miles Morales must've really perked him up, because the plot as a whole felt more lighthearted and joyfully written. Sure, the mutants are all facing potential death or permanent loss of their homes, but they're still witty and funny in the face of that. It's not heavy and plodding as previous volumes have been. I still want Bendis to deliver on the many promises he's established over this run, which he has yet to do (we still don't know why the Original X-Men can't return to their time, and no one seems to even care), but this was a big step up. Even managed to give me a little hope for this series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    The X-Men are travelling to alternate worlds... yet again! It's a device that the X-books regularly rely upon for a change in the storytelling landscape, the chance to showcase different versions of characters, and to tell wild stories that don't impact the main continuity. What's not to like if you're an X-writer looking to go big? What matters, of course, is one thing: is it any good? The answer here is a resounding yes. Bendis hurls his cast here about the Ultimate Universe, giving himself a cha The X-Men are travelling to alternate worlds... yet again! It's a device that the X-books regularly rely upon for a change in the storytelling landscape, the chance to showcase different versions of characters, and to tell wild stories that don't impact the main continuity. What's not to like if you're an X-writer looking to go big? What matters, of course, is one thing: is it any good? The answer here is a resounding yes. Bendis hurls his cast here about the Ultimate Universe, giving himself a chance to bring Miles Morales into the mix, and unite the 616 X-Men with their Ultimate counterparts. We go to the Savage Land, Atlanta, Latveria, and multiple dimensions in the course of the adventure, and all of it is captured beautifully by Mahmud Asrar's pencils. Seriously, the guy can draw... those who read Supergirl's early New 52 adventures know he was the best part of those books. As an added bonus, Asrar's style is complementary to Stuart Immonen, another All-New X-Men artist, so it's good continuity of style for long-time readers. A few opportunities are missed here to really get into some juicy character stuff for Miles and some of the crew, but that's made up by Jean Grey getting some good moments with her Ultimate self, Hank McCoy going through an ordeal that clearly changes him, and X-23 struggling with the evil spread across worlds. Personally I could have done with less of Bobby and his comedy stylings, but that's a personal preference. Overall this is another solid adventure in what's been a strong run from Bendis & co. Black Vortex, here we come!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    In this volume, Bendis sends his cast of time-displaced young X-Men into Marvel's Ultimate Universe. Typically the gang are split up so we see a fair bit of the Ultimate Universe from New York and Atlanta to the Savage Land and Latveria. It's a fun adventure which sees the All-New X-Men meet a range of Marvel's Ultimate characters. Iceman finds himself in Mole Man's lair, poor Hank McCoy has to face Doctor Doom at home and Jean Grey teams up with the brilliant ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales. P In this volume, Bendis sends his cast of time-displaced young X-Men into Marvel's Ultimate Universe. Typically the gang are split up so we see a fair bit of the Ultimate Universe from New York and Atlanta to the Savage Land and Latveria. It's a fun adventure which sees the All-New X-Men meet a range of Marvel's Ultimate characters. Iceman finds himself in Mole Man's lair, poor Hank McCoy has to face Doctor Doom at home and Jean Grey teams up with the brilliant ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales. Plus the team meet the Ultimate universe versions of themselves! Bendis recently uses a similar idea in Guardians of the Galaxy, splitting the team up to face battles on their own. It worked well in that book and works even better here, given how character-driven the All-New X-Men book is. Meeting alternate universe versions of themselves is excellent and there can never be enough Miles Morales in comic books, although he is a minor character in the story despite what the artwork might suggest. Bendis managed to make the whole reason the X-Men being in the ultimate universe work really well. Mahmud Asrar's pencils are superb and bring the stories and characters to life wonderfully, which is impressive given the range of stuff he has to draw here. They fit in well with regular series artist Stuart Immonen's work so that every page looks stunning and there are some wonderful double page spreads which had me almost drooling over the pages. A great story arc starring a great team and guest-starring a great Spider-Man. You couldn't really ask for more!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Beckiezra

    First, don't put Scott on the cover if he's not in the book. Second, since Scott is what I like about X-Men this book was at a disadvantage from the start. I'll give it 3 stars because the story was fine and the art was all enjoyable enough (except Bobby's transformed eyes, why are they like black beetles coming out of his head?), though I definitely prefer the original artist. I liked Bobby's monster and heat talk, I'm not a fan of how everyone is mean to him though, give a guy a complex why do First, don't put Scott on the cover if he's not in the book. Second, since Scott is what I like about X-Men this book was at a disadvantage from the start. I'll give it 3 stars because the story was fine and the art was all enjoyable enough (except Bobby's transformed eyes, why are they like black beetles coming out of his head?), though I definitely prefer the original artist. I liked Bobby's monster and heat talk, I'm not a fan of how everyone is mean to him though, give a guy a complex why don't you? I like Warren and Laura as a couple, a couple of what I don't know. :) I don't like Jean, I don't like her as team leader, I don't like her as evil psychic in (no)training (though the teaser seems to indicate that'll be taken care of next volume, oh joy more focus on my least favorite person in the book...), I don't like how any guy who meets her loves her, but I do agree she's hotter than the ultimate universe version they ran into. I guess this is leading up to whatever big crossover multiverse mess Marvel is making of their comics. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    B. P. Rinehart

    Well to make things frank, this is a fun book to read. It does not have a whole lot of consequence to All-New X-Men or Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-man (though I enjoyed the writing here better than what was being used in MMUSM at the time), but it does give you some time to breathe after a whirlwind of drama in both books. And it is fun. Whether you have been following All-New X-Men or Ultimate X-Men or Ultimate Spider-Man, this book is still very easily readable. Despite my reading list, I am Well to make things frank, this is a fun book to read. It does not have a whole lot of consequence to All-New X-Men or Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-man (though I enjoyed the writing here better than what was being used in MMUSM at the time), but it does give you some time to breathe after a whirlwind of drama in both books. And it is fun. Whether you have been following All-New X-Men or Ultimate X-Men or Ultimate Spider-Man, this book is still very easily readable. Despite my reading list, I am not against a fun read, if it is written well and given that this crossover is written by the man responsible for everyone in this book, we are in good hands. So for the shorthand: fun, but not really crucial.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    a new mutant appears and it a time travel mess all over again. Bendis is doing a fine job with the new x-men and I enjoy the series but this issue was a bit of a slowdown and I hope the next one picks back up. In this book we discover there is a new mutant who can control time portals to other dimensions of earth, the new x-men minus cyclops and the (older) new x-men are called back for xavier's will reading. So the rest of the team goes out to help this new mutant but in her fear she transports a new mutant appears and it a time travel mess all over again. Bendis is doing a fine job with the new x-men and I enjoy the series but this issue was a bit of a slowdown and I hope the next one picks back up. In this book we discover there is a new mutant who can control time portals to other dimensions of earth, the new x-men minus cyclops and the (older) new x-men are called back for xavier's will reading. So the rest of the team goes out to help this new mutant but in her fear she transports them to another earth, one with miles morales the new spider man. reacap/spoilers. the new team gets displaced to a alternate earth where miles morales is and he helps them find the other x-men so they can return to their earth.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Is there any way possible to exploit time/space/dimension travel with the X-Men yet again? Seriously, this Bendis guy sounds like a one trick pony. This time, the X-Men from the past try to round up a new mutant, but end up getting shifted to the Miles Morales Spider-Man universe, where they team up with the decrepit X-Men there to defeat that world's Dr Doom. This is getting so OLD. It's not a bad story overall, and there are some nice character moments between the two Jean Greys. "Our" Iceman h Is there any way possible to exploit time/space/dimension travel with the X-Men yet again? Seriously, this Bendis guy sounds like a one trick pony. This time, the X-Men from the past try to round up a new mutant, but end up getting shifted to the Miles Morales Spider-Man universe, where they team up with the decrepit X-Men there to defeat that world's Dr Doom. This is getting so OLD. It's not a bad story overall, and there are some nice character moments between the two Jean Greys. "Our" Iceman has a great appearance here, and X-23 and Angel continue their dance of romance. Mahmud Asrar's art is serviceable, yet not terribly inspired.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    I really do like the Miles Morales Spider-Man, more than most of the (former) Ultimate Marvel Universe. There are some good moments between this Jean Grey and the Ultimate Universe Jean Grey. So, this is ok, continuing Bendis' relentless and well-scripted take on a long-form coming-of-age of these characters. I am very grateful for a large library system that orders one copy of this. Mildly recommended. I really do like the Miles Morales Spider-Man, more than most of the (former) Ultimate Marvel Universe. There are some good moments between this Jean Grey and the Ultimate Universe Jean Grey. So, this is ok, continuing Bendis' relentless and well-scripted take on a long-form coming-of-age of these characters. I am very grateful for a large library system that orders one copy of this. Mildly recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    The displaced team find themselves separate and lost in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe! More of an advert for the Ultimate Universe by Bendis than any substantial story line. Nice art by Asrar. A steady 7 out of 12. The displaced team find themselves separate and lost in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe! More of an advert for the Ultimate Universe by Bendis than any substantial story line. Nice art by Asrar. A steady 7 out of 12.

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