This Week in Comics: 'Ultimate X #1'
Ultimate X #1
After killing off characters we’ve grown to know and love in the Ultimate Universe, Jeph Loeb returns writing the new Ultimate book, “Ultimate X”. Loeb insists that the book isn’t about X-Men or mutants in particular but about life after “Ultimatum”. Anyone that read “Ultimatum” understands why few are interested in this book; Loeb’s Marvel work stinks. Ok, that’s a bit unfair but it caught your attention, Loeb is one of the best comic book writers out there but as of late, he’s been slacking. “Ultimatum” started out really strong- Charles Xavier murdered, deaths of numerous superheroes worldwide, etc- then God knows what happened by the sixth issue. “Ultimates 3” felt like it had nothing to do with the previous two books before it, which were action packed epic sagas, instead Loeb presented us with a pedestrian murder mystery that disconnected readers from the characters. Despite his recent creative slump, Jeph Loeb has written some of the best-selling superhero comics of our time so I’m still willing to take a risk on this book today and fingers crossed, it doesn’t disappoint.
Demo Volume 2 #1
Speaking of returns, Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan return to their 12-issue stand-alone indie hit series “Demo”. The issues promise to have the same feel as the first volume and deal with the same subject matter: young girls working out both emotional and supernatural issues. “Demo” is popular not just among indie comic connoisseurs but mainstream readers alike because of its meticulous pacing and watching characters develop in just one issue. Becky Cloonan’s manga inspired artwork might take a little getting used to but I promise it will grow on you. I recently started reading the first volume-which is available everywhere-and so far it’s a very good read.