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Ultimate X-Men #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 20 critic ratings.

Visionary creator PEACH MOMOKO (DEMON DAYS, STAR WARS) creates a new generation of X-Men for an all-new universe!

Hisako Ichiki is a teenage girl who just wants to live a normal life – go to school, hang out with her friends, ignore the political strife broiling over after the events of ULTIMATE INVASION – but life has other plans for her. In Japan, urban legends have sprung to life and brought some unusual new powers with them…

Meet Armor, Maystorm and a group of new Ultimate X-Men the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
34 pages
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20 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Debuting a whole new version of a popular franchise is easier said than done, yet Ultimate X-Men #1 makes it seem more than simple. A gorgeous, dark, emotionally charged, and heavy issue kicks off the newest version of Marvel’s merry mutants. One of the best series debuts with an X that the publisher has put on shelves.

  • 100

    Ultimate X-Men #1 ultimately sets itself apart by being a comic no one saw coming. It certainly utilizes elements of X-Men lore, but emphasizes itself first as a magical girl story featuring an irresistible lead, wondrously depicted powers, and undeniable teen pathos. While future issues may align it with the superhero universe it ostensibly operates, here the story exists as its own wonderful thing – a new Peach Momoko comic with legs to tell a proper comics saga. That will be something to behold, regardless of what genre it occupies.

  • 100

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Ultimate X-Men #1 is a masterclass work that provides a fresh start for Marvel’s mutants, and I’m very curious in seeing how a team of more than just Hisako is formed. This is the boldest reinvention yet from this new Ultimate Universe, and the next issue can’t come soon enough.

  • 100


    Aesthetically, Ultimate X-Men #1 is unlike any X-Men comic ever published. In base terms, however, it is the quintessential X-Men story. It is about growing up, overcoming trauma, and coming to terms with who you are. It is a great start to what promises to be a great series.

  • 100

    Derby Comics

    Ultimate X-Men #1 is a phenomenal launch for this new series. It’s a haunting reinvention of Hisako’s origins with her powers, packed with horror, heart, and Momoko’s stunning artwork. I can’t wait for the next issue and to finally meet Maystorm!

  • 96

    Graphic Policy

    Momoko’s Ultimate X-Men #1 provides a fresh twist on the mutant mythology within the new Ultimate Universe. The series will please not only long-time fans but fans of her previous Marvel work as well. With a bold visionary approach to the long-running mythology, the upcoming story possibilities are limitless. Ultimate X-Men is truly ultimate.

  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    While Ultimate X-Men would maybe be more well-suited for the title Ultimate New Mutants, it is in that bold declaration of difference the book shines as an honest yet still spiritually faithful reinvention of Marvel’s mutant world.

  • 90


    Fans are in for a truly unique treat with Ultimate X-Men as it feels right at home with its teen main character introducing us to mutants in a brand new way. It doesn’t feel like X-Men per se, but it captures the weirdness of super-powered enemies and the isolation of being a teenager all alone. There may not be a team yet, but it’s a compelling story of a young girl discovering she has powers at an age when outside armor is more needed than ever.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Momoko’s auteur approach to Ultimate X-Men #1 has given her complete control over its execution, and every specific detail is there for a particular reason. The issue expands the world here by heading internationally but does not lose itself in unnecessary exposition. But the wider world can wait; Momoko tells the tale of a young girl’s terror first.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Peach Momoko draws, colors, AND writes this new version of Marvel’s favorite mutants that feels more like an alternate take of her “Demon Days” arc than the typical X-Men story. Sure, she adds in some of the X-men lore for good effect but part of the issue never feels like an X-title, it does put the focus on Hisako (otherwise known as Armor) as she discovers the power within herself while going for the psychological factor which may work for a completely different story but in some weird way, Momoko makes it work although it may take a few issues for the superhero aspect to kick into full gear, it’s best to see Momoko flesh out her story only to see some X-Men characters come out the woodwork in time. This issue may lean more on the emotional appeal when it comes to the protagonist, I do believe that this series may or may not bring out the very best in Momoko’s writing but the jury is still out on that, however, this is a new beginning that looks promising but only time will tell.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    Peach Momoko delivers a unique reading experience with Ultimate X-Men #1. Everything from the design to storytelling approach gets you enamored with what Momoko is building with this series. While more X-Men elements need to be added so this doesn’t feel like a solo series, the foundation that’s been created has a lot of potential. It all leads to Ultimate X-Men being a strong addition to both the X-Men and Ultimate Universe franchises.

  • 85

    Caped Joel

  • 83

    Major Spoilers

    Despite my reservations, the comic is incredibly well-written and drawn. Peach Momoko has established an engaging tone in her stories, even if the themes are dark. With that in mind, I still think this is worth checking out. I’m also excited to meet the rest of the team in future issues.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    As it currently stands, “Ultimate X-Men” #1 is a simplistic issue that should serve to immerse readers in the fascinating lead character while teasing additional narrative strands in the Ultimate Universe! Peach Momoko gets incredibly personal when fleshing out the story behind Hisako evoking her Armor powers. Plus, the creepy elements of horror fueled by Hisako’s own tragic past add an interesting element of stakes towards this narrative. I was disappointed by lack of the plot threads and hoped to see Maystorm in the debut issue, but I’m more concerned that Momoko doesn’t feel the need to rush with the fascinating script and cast of characters making up the new “Ultimate X-Men” #1!

  • 80

    Wakizashi's Reviews

  • 78

    Nerd Initiative

    The new vision of Marvel’s Children of the Atom delivers a darker and haunting introduction with the first chapter. Momoko brings imaginative storytelling to welcome readers into Hisako’s world. It is one that will stand out from the crowd and has plenty of room to grow further.

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Ultimate X-Men #1 takes the concept of “a different take on the superheroes you thought you knew” to an extreme with a Manga-inspired horror story that looks and reads like a comic from Viz rather than Marvel. Momoko’s character work and atmosphere hit the nail on the head for a horror Manga, but the story is so far removed from every other Marvel Ultimate title, that it almost feels out of place.

  • 70


    This issue didn’t do a whole lot for me. On the one hand, it’s very creative, wonderfully drawn and is telling its own unique little story. On the other hand, it has so very, very little to do with the X-Men. The previous two new books, Spider-Man and Black Panther, were very much about those characters. Heck, I even dinged the Black Panther comic for being too much like regular, 616 Black Panther. But Ultimate X-Men has nothing to do with the X-Men other than Armor being the main character. But even then, she’s different enough that it’s hard to even tell this is a mutant story. Her red armor comes off as some type of Japanese spirit rather than her mutant power. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that in the story, it’s just not the X-Men or the Ultimate X-Men.

    So with that bitching out of the way, how about the actual story? It’s a nice little thing, like I said. The character of Hisako is presented well and the set up, while a bit confusing at times, is all there. I’m not sure if the shadow spirit is Tsubasa or just using his death to taunt her. And then I’m not sure why she’s being targeted? It’s all very interesting and I’m sure will be explored going forward. It’s just none of it is very X-Men or mutant-related, which is a choice.

    I’m not saying I need this comic to be all about a superhero team of mutants called the X-Men. In fact, I was very much looking forward to a comic about mutants in a world where the X-Men don’t exist as a team. But this issue goes even further away than that and is really just a story about a young girl struggling with spirits.

  • 60

    Impulse Gamer

    This is the prettiest and strangest non-superhero superhero book I think I’ve ever read… and I’ve been reading comics for 30 years. Outside of having Hisako and her carapace… there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the X-men in this book. No mention of mutants (which as I stated earlier, may not even exist in this reality), no bald guys in wheelchairs, and outside of our unnamed evil spirit, no other people with powers. How this book will tie into the bigger world at large remains a huge question, but hopefully we start seeing more “X” in this X-men book.

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