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Ultimate X-Men #45

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: David Finch, Danny Miki, John Dell, and Jon Sibal

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Some pretty enjoyable displays of power in the opening half of this issue, as we get to see Storm cut loose, while Xavier puts manages to put on an impressive display of telekinesis. One also has to love the scene where Kitty descends through the innards of the Sentinel., and the display of strength from Colossus as he catches the falling hunk of battered machinery. I also enjoyed the follow-up scene where Nick Fury and his agents make their move against the conspirators that unleashed the Sentinel, as that has to be one of the most effectively chilling uses of Xi'an's mutant gift that I've ever come across. I also have to say I'm genuinely pleased to see Brian Michael Bendis looks to be sticking to his guns when it comes to the first real departure that the Ultimate Universe has made from the mainstream Marvel, when it comes to the death of a character who is very much alive in the Marvel Universe, as there is a sense of permanence to the scene where we see the physical body is buried.

I also rather enjoyed the conversation on the final page as it does leave a very real sense of uncertainty in the air, and one is left with the sense that the X-Men are really a ship with no clear sense of direction. In fact Xavier has never across as more human that he does with his final panel confession. As for the art, David Finach has really emerged as a very solid artist during his time on this series, as he has been a highly dependable monthly artist, and the level of detail he puts on the page is ever so impressive. The art also does a fantastic job conveying the intensity of the action, as well as the profound sense of grief, with Storm's reaction on that final page being particularly
effective.



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