Title: Uncanny X-Men #15
Writer: Brian Wood
Art: Paco Medina, Reilly Brown / Juan Vlasco, Terry Pallot
Divided We Fall is the game-changing Ultimate Comics event of the year, and it kicks off with Ultimate Comics: X-Men #14. After Reed Richards destroys The White House and effectively eliminates any semblance of Government control, all hell breaks loose in the good ol’ US of A. Rogue factions are sweeping the nation, claiming territories for their own. States are happily disbanding from American jurisdiction, and most of the world’s superheroes are scattered, held captive, or dead.
It’s a pretty good setup for a big event, because the first question raised is: how could it get any worse? Well, it doesn’t appear that it could get any worse for the X-Men. Ultimate Comics X-Men #14 is mostly a setting piece – we learn just how upside down America is, and by the end of the issue you’ll have a taste for just how dire the situation is. It tastes like cinnamon toast. That’s just how good of a writer Wood is… his books make me think of cinnamon toast. Either he’s a Saboscrivener, or I have a severe medical condition I’m now just realizing.
The remaining X-Men (sans Human Torch, which I’m pretty happy about) are traveling across the country, avoiding detection at all costs. Their goal: take out those responsible for this insurrection. After all, it wasn’t just Reed Richards who kicked America to the ground. William Stryker, an anti-mutant mutant who spread hateful mutant propaganda, has a lot to do with this. After he was killed, his consciousness was embedded in the programming of every Sentinel in the world. Under his command, the Sentinels have become unstoppable mutant massacring death-bots. While it’s effecting all of the X-Men, Rogue has been hit the hardest. She was, after all, under Stryker’s control for a while.
This new 6 part Ultimate Comics event is ‘new reader friendly’, which should help the Ultimate line bring in a number of fresh eyes. And when those eyes look at the pages in any of the Ultimate books, they’ll likely melt and ooze out of their sockets, because that’s how good the art is. All 3 Ultimate titles have had consistently fantastic art, which makes this event a little more exciting than, say, AvX.
Not that there’s anything wrong with JRjr, but the first 6 issues of AvX were hard to get into and it wasn’t so much because of the story.
Well, that had a little to do with it too.
Divided We Fall will span the next two issues of Ultimates and Ultimate Spider-Man, and one more issue of Ultimate X-Men. How will this effect the Ultimate Universe? I’m not sure yet, but hopefully it won’t be a reboot or a redesign. Although, that seems to be asking too much these days.