Brian Michael Bendis just finished his first story arc on
Ultimate X-Men. Unfortunately, we have to
wait almost a month for the start of the next one.
Title: Ultimate X-Men: Blockbuster
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator: David Finch
ISBN (forthcoming paperback): 0785112197
Original Publication Date: June through November
Cover Price: $2.25 US, $3.75 Can per issue
Buy from: Amazon.com
Wolverine is hunted by a covert ops group led by a woman
known only as
Tara. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Black Widow, and Nick Fury
Ultimate Daredevil. I just love his attitude, and can’t wait
him in combat.
Yet again, the focus is on Wolverine. At least the storyline
in a new position among the team that gets him a little
integrated, while another member gets pushed a little
Hopefully that means we’ll be getting to spend more time
characters in the future.
The core of the story, with another hint at Wolverine’s
isn’t particularly original. The delivery,
however, with the
reluctant recruits from around the Ultimate Marvel
Wolverine’s self-retributions are very well executed, so it
feel as stale as it should. I give it 4 out of 6.
The artwork is fantastic. Apart from my
complaint about Mary
Jane, I love it all. Mary Jane’s not in this much, so it’s not
major issue. Even then, she’s probably just being drawn
like a 15
year old for the first time, which has more to do with
Finch. I can’t convince myself to give it less than 6 out of
The story was excellent for five issues, and
then wrapped up
in a slightly unsatisfactory manner. The ending
conversation makes me
really excited about future issues. I give it 4 out of 6.
The characterization was surprisingly good,
much time was spent on Wolverine. The guy’s about as
shallow as they
come most of the time, but Bendis lets him open up a little
show us what the character can be. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response produced doesn’t
falter on repeat
reading. Daredevil is still cool, Spider-Man is still very
Tara is still easy to hate. Too bad the Wolverine
component has been
done so often. I give it 4 out of 6.
The flow is excellent; the only jarring shift is
that’s meant to be there between parts four and five. I give
it 6 out
Overall, this is still one of the best arcs this title
had. Bendis on a bad day is considerably better than
Millar on a good
day. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Ultimate X-Men #34-39: Blockbuster
receives 34 out