Reading Ultimate X-Men: Blockbuster

With bellies filled and wallets empty, it's that time again. It's the start of a new month, and with nights coming quicker and colder, we're all but waiting for that last leaf to fall from the tree out our window! It's the season we all wait for, Time After Time.

And hey, it's the perfect time to review some trades!

Ultimate X-Men vol. 7: Blockbuster
by Brian Bendis and David Finch

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: After discovering a wedding ring that says, "To my dear James," Wolverine is ruthlessly hunted by a mysterious faction that won't reveal its purpose to him. What does this have to do with S.H.I.E.L.D.? Will he survive? How does the wedding ring relate to all of this? Is Wolverine's real name James?Wolverine travels across New York City for answers, and along the way, he goes on a blockbuster tour of the Marvel Universe's dirtier heroes, teaming up with Spider-Man and Daredevil!

spidey and 'devil

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT: Amidst all the shooting and the explosions and the death threats, Spider-Man in here is a really darn fun guy. Bendis knows how to write Ultimate Spidey as he sics the three heroes on an adventure in NYC.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT IT: We don't really go anywhere. There's a very large build-up as to the people are who're hunting down Wolverine, but it's not really anything too special. I guess the process of the mystery is more important than its conclusion.

Additionally, David Finch really, really sucks at drawing Ultimate Mary Jane Watson, and for some reason, the agent who's after Wolverine climbs an invisible drop-ladder:

EXTRAS?: There's a cover gallery at the end, but that's only because they didn't bother to put the covers at the beginnings of each issue. Meh.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is why the Ultimate Universe was started, back in 2001: to tell stories again in the Merry Marvel Manner, for a new audience. Superhero team-ups are alive and bouncing in the trade, and Wolverine's past is a mystery renewed. Although nothing of real significance happens, we get some really fun superhero interaction, as well as an insightful word on mutantkind in society.

There are also some hints at Jean's identity with the Phoenix entity, when she kills two people who call the X-Men "Baby mutant filth."

All in all, not a bad trade, and a good thing to read to get into the Ultimate Marvel U.

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