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After the events of Magnetic North and their recent encounter with the Master of Magnetism, our heroes kick back for a night on the town with their significant others. But who or what is the Magician and how is he going to wreck their plans? Meanwhile, Wolverine runs into an old teammate who's out for revenge. Join new Ultimate X-Men writer Robert Kirkman and Ultimate Secr After the events of Magnetic North and their recent encounter with the Master of Magnetism, our heroes kick back for a night on the town with their significant others. But who or what is the Magician and how is he going to wreck their plans? Meanwhile, Wolverine runs into an old teammate who's out for revenge. Join new Ultimate X-Men writer Robert Kirkman and Ultimate Secret's Tom Raney as they take the Ultimate Universe's favorite mutants to dazzling new heights! Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 66-71


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After the events of Magnetic North and their recent encounter with the Master of Magnetism, our heroes kick back for a night on the town with their significant others. But who or what is the Magician and how is he going to wreck their plans? Meanwhile, Wolverine runs into an old teammate who's out for revenge. Join new Ultimate X-Men writer Robert Kirkman and Ultimate Secr After the events of Magnetic North and their recent encounter with the Master of Magnetism, our heroes kick back for a night on the town with their significant others. But who or what is the Magician and how is he going to wreck their plans? Meanwhile, Wolverine runs into an old teammate who's out for revenge. Join new Ultimate X-Men writer Robert Kirkman and Ultimate Secret's Tom Raney as they take the Ultimate Universe's favorite mutants to dazzling new heights! Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 66-71

30 review for Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 14: Phoenix?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    The Ultimate line was suppose to allow creators to put new spins on old characters and storylines, and that is exactly what Kirkman does with Jean Grey, the Phoenix, and the Shi’ar. I have to admit I didn’t love every new twist (I could have done without the new Shi’ar update.), but overall it worked in the context of this story. Loved the beginning where everyone is out on their own “dates.” It was just good to see the human side of everyone for a change.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    A much better mutant related read is Ultimate X-Men volume 14 (almost to the end!) by Kirkman. The title is strange but that's because we do a new twist on the whole Phoenix thing. The first half of the book is actually focused on relationships, friendships or love interest. It works well to have some characters grow and also question their choices. The second half is more focused on a new mutant and him joining the X-Men while Jean gets to figure out what the hell is happening with her and the A much better mutant related read is Ultimate X-Men volume 14 (almost to the end!) by Kirkman. The title is strange but that's because we do a new twist on the whole Phoenix thing. The first half of the book is actually focused on relationships, friendships or love interest. It works well to have some characters grow and also question their choices. The second half is more focused on a new mutant and him joining the X-Men while Jean gets to figure out what the hell is happening with her and the Phoenix. Overall, most of this works. I think the first half is especially strong because Kirkman wisely focuses on the relationships and most of it is great. The second half is a bit iffy. I think the stuff with the Phoenix was a bit long winded but by the end I loved the clever twist. The other stuff with the new Mutant kid is cool but he's also insainly annoying. Hopefully he pays off. Overall pretty good, better than expected. A 3.5 out of 5, I'll round it to a 4.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    This is the kind of thing I hope to see in an Ultimate book, a new and clever take on an established character or story element. In this case, the Shi'ar Empire becomes a Scientology-esque church that worships the Phoenix. It's a completely unexpected place to take the idea, and it's welcome. We've been doing this dance with Phoenix for a long time at this point, and I'd like to finally see where this is going. Is Jean the embodiment of the Phoenix? Or is the Phoenix an alter she created when he This is the kind of thing I hope to see in an Ultimate book, a new and clever take on an established character or story element. In this case, the Shi'ar Empire becomes a Scientology-esque church that worships the Phoenix. It's a completely unexpected place to take the idea, and it's welcome. We've been doing this dance with Phoenix for a long time at this point, and I'd like to finally see where this is going. Is Jean the embodiment of the Phoenix? Or is the Phoenix an alter she created when her mutant powers were overwhelming her? Kirkman finally gives an answer, but it isn't necessarily a definitive one. There's also a new mutant introduced in this book, going by the codename Magician, and he instantly made me feel distrustful of him. Some of the minor interpersonal stuff is being taken dealt with, and it makes for a cleaner book. I was getting tired of some of the soap opera drama.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and artist Tom Raney turn it up! Enter Lilandra as she heralds the coming of the Phoenix? Plus dating, getting it on and a bit of homophobia? The new creative team have woken up this series. Collects Ultimate X-Men 66-71. Well deserved 8 out of 12. The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and artist Tom Raney turn it up! Enter Lilandra as she heralds the coming of the Phoenix? Plus dating, getting it on and a bit of homophobia? The new creative team have woken up this series. Collects Ultimate X-Men 66-71. Well deserved 8 out of 12.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men #66-74 Now before the masses all rise up and declare me an insane or an idiot for the issue range on this one, let me assure you that it’s not really cheating. I should explain, perhaps, that this is really three different three-part stories, but because I really don’t want to have to start reviewing three-part stories and because these three arcs weave together to form one larger story, I’m going to keep this a bit more simple and call this one arc. Officially runni Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men #66-74 Now before the masses all rise up and declare me an insane or an idiot for the issue range on this one, let me assure you that it’s not really cheating. I should explain, perhaps, that this is really three different three-part stories, but because I really don’t want to have to start reviewing three-part stories and because these three arcs weave together to form one larger story, I’m going to keep this a bit more simple and call this one arc. Officially running through Date Night, Phoenix?, and Magical, this arc I think gets the X-Men at least a bit more back on track in terms of where they should be and using the history of the title to tell and interesting and rather complex story. Because really this arc is about Elliot Boggs, the mutant that becomes known as Magician. It is his story in the sense that it is Magician that creates almost all of the conflict of these arcs, at least that is how it eventually is revealed. The arcs initially don’t tip their hat to that, and so on the one level it is a more mundane story about fights at a school dance and weird churches and such. On the other level, though, it is a very tricky mutant power at work that creates the obstacles and circumstances for Magician to get what he wants. And I like that he is not even that aware of it. Further, it is great that him becoming a villain is explained by his power, that it was a way for him to get out that would prevent anyone from looking for him. On that level this is a very complex story that weaves seamlessly through the three small arcs to create one large arc, where we meet and actually like the character of Magician. At least I did. He is more carefree and eager to be a hero, while Robert Kirkman (trust a Kirk to set something straight, right?) begins to bring the characters out from the weird places they found themselves at when Vaughan left. He cuts right to the chase, however, in effectively stopping the horrible thing that was happening between Kitty and Bobby while reintroducing Rogue to the mix. He outs Colossus and makes Nightcrawler a rather confused and hostile young man, as is appropriate for someone who spent so much time in Weapon X. He does a good job and showing something new with Cyclops and Jean and even gives the Professor a love interest. While this is happening he is creating all new things, like Magician, who is an Ultimate exclusive, if you will, and shows he isn’t afraid to introduce new elements into the story. He also works on complicating Jean, making people think and herself doubt the nature of the Phoenix, as if it might just be a symptom of a mental disorder. Which is great. And while the final sendoff for Magician does seem a little cheesy, a little too worked out, I much prefer it to the tripe that was par for the course with Vaughan. Kirkman moves things along at a quick pace, concentrating on the character moments while leaving the arc with the question of how much was Magician and how much was “real.” Which is both good and bad. Good in the sense that it adds a bit of mystery and complication to the story and bad because it leaves the readers rather ambiguously. Was it all a dream, basically? In any event, the arc shows that Kirkman’s run will most likely be a big step up from Vaughan’s, if not the greatest the series has enjoyed. His characters are recovering from the super-juvenile idiots that he inherited and are making their towards being effective again, but I don’t know that Kirkman does much to give them any strong victories. What wins they get are due largely to Magician, after all, so at the end it is like another loss for the team as a whole. But it puts them with somewhere to go, and feeling a bit more like a team. I’m waiting for Kirkman to get into some less mundane stories, but time will tell. As for this arc, I give it a 7.5/10.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Te

    I'm surprisingly disappointed by this. Then again, I've never been the biggest fan of the X-Men (this is actually my first time reading one of these comics), but I feel like the flow of the story was pretty off in this. The Date Night plot was really convoluted and had a few too many characters for its own good. Too many plot lines were introduced all at the same time, and I felt like the only one that had a payoff was the Jean Gray and Phoenix one (which is the title of this collection, but sti I'm surprisingly disappointed by this. Then again, I've never been the biggest fan of the X-Men (this is actually my first time reading one of these comics), but I feel like the flow of the story was pretty off in this. The Date Night plot was really convoluted and had a few too many characters for its own good. Too many plot lines were introduced all at the same time, and I felt like the only one that had a payoff was the Jean Gray and Phoenix one (which is the title of this collection, but still, the other plotlines suffered because of it). Perhaps I would feel more connection to the characters if I had read more of the X-Men, but I felt like none of them really felt too compelling on their own, as much as I had read. It feels like Harry Potter, but instead of focusing on a main character (i.e. a Harry) it felt like it wanted to focus on all of the side characters at school too. Maybe I should just stick to singular superhero comics.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Noah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There were some truly memorable moments here, especially the cutaways to separate locations within the same panel. This was definitely a much needed "Come together" volume. The end bit is quite the cliffhanger, especially for someone who's new to this story (not sure if it's been tod before). If it hasn't already been done, I really wants to see Magician played on the big screen someday. Annual #2: I understand that Xavier wants to fix Nightcrawler, but it just doesn't seem possible. Really sucks There were some truly memorable moments here, especially the cutaways to separate locations within the same panel. This was definitely a much needed "Come together" volume. The end bit is quite the cliffhanger, especially for someone who's new to this story (not sure if it's been tod before). If it hasn't already been done, I really wants to see Magician played on the big screen someday. Annual #2: I understand that Xavier wants to fix Nightcrawler, but it just doesn't seem possible. Really sucks that Dazzler had to be the victim, I wish she could just ease back in after what she's been through.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    This one was OK. I read it over a longer span of time because it wasn't really intriguing enough to rush through it. Seemed like quite a bit of plot development time spent with little real payoff to much of anything very interesting. The Phoenix idea could be intriguing and hopefully they'll build on that but it came to all of nothing in this one. The artwork was ok, but not great, nor terrible. This one was OK. I read it over a longer span of time because it wasn't really intriguing enough to rush through it. Seemed like quite a bit of plot development time spent with little real payoff to much of anything very interesting. The Phoenix idea could be intriguing and hopefully they'll build on that but it came to all of nothing in this one. The artwork was ok, but not great, nor terrible.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marloges

    I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The first part, the "date-night" was especially fun since it offered a lot of character-development and fun dialogue. The thing with Phoenix is still pretty mysterious, hard to tell where this is going. I definitely like the new guy in the X-Men, the "Magician". I hope he sticks around. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The first part, the "date-night" was especially fun since it offered a lot of character-development and fun dialogue. The thing with Phoenix is still pretty mysterious, hard to tell where this is going. I definitely like the new guy in the X-Men, the "Magician". I hope he sticks around.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    The beginning of Kirkman's run on Ultimate X-Men has potential. The three issue Date Night storyline is a good story told at the wrong pace. The way Kirkman jags from date to date feels more angle than flow. But it arrives at an interesting place, and the Phoenix reveals at the end of the book unfold in a more well-constructed fashion. The beginning of Kirkman's run on Ultimate X-Men has potential. The three issue Date Night storyline is a good story told at the wrong pace. The way Kirkman jags from date to date feels more angle than flow. But it arrives at an interesting place, and the Phoenix reveals at the end of the book unfold in a more well-constructed fashion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    This was mostly fun. It mainly sets up future plots, so there's little high stakes plots but that does mean there's breathing room for smaller character moments. I'm not a fan of homophobic Nightcrawler who actively avoids Colossus who came out as gay. This was mostly fun. It mainly sets up future plots, so there's little high stakes plots but that does mean there's breathing room for smaller character moments. I'm not a fan of homophobic Nightcrawler who actively avoids Colossus who came out as gay.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    This is where I stopped reading Ultimate X-Men back in the day, so it was a little jarring to come back. I've definitely outgrown the Ultimate Universe, so we'll see. Plenty entertaining, anyway. This is where I stopped reading Ultimate X-Men back in the day, so it was a little jarring to come back. I've definitely outgrown the Ultimate Universe, so we'll see. Plenty entertaining, anyway.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Godsone

    its really good

  14. 5 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    What an odd title. "Phoenix?" As if Kirkman was tempting you like a seductress showing a bit of her cleavage. "Wanna see some Phoenix? Huh? Do you?" Suffice it to say, Kirkman is actually really good as he's established for me prior to this comic with his Walking Dead series. However, I feel bad for the people who read this comic during its release, as Kirkman has a problem with letting conversations run over into other issues, which can often confuse readers who receive the comics on a monthly b What an odd title. "Phoenix?" As if Kirkman was tempting you like a seductress showing a bit of her cleavage. "Wanna see some Phoenix? Huh? Do you?" Suffice it to say, Kirkman is actually really good as he's established for me prior to this comic with his Walking Dead series. However, I feel bad for the people who read this comic during its release, as Kirkman has a problem with letting conversations run over into other issues, which can often confuse readers who receive the comics on a monthly basis. However, Kirkman does an excellent job of blending character stories between each other. My problem with this, however, is the difference in tone between the stories. We jump from romantic relationships, to talking about the apocalypse, to a dirty fight in the middle of the rain. I recognize this as a flaw, but I still enjoy the amount of time Kirkman spent fleshing out each character in their own story. Some other problems I have is the occasional robotic-sounding line. "This is a good thing." being spoken Xavier sounded like a very stiff line amongst the other few sprinkled in this volume. I'm also not a big fan of Nightcrawler being played off as so melodramatic, whiney, and intolerant. He and Colossus are good enough friends, that I figured him learning about him being gay wouldn't stop their friendship. But he whines about it to an unconscious girl he doesn't have the balls to ask out in the first place. Very nice. This is a good step in the right direction. There's some genuine tension to Jean Grey being the Phoenix, and I really feel for these character as they go about their different stories. I just hope Kirkman can keep building off of his own momentum.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Basora

    Poor Jean. I know lots of people hate Jean Grey as a character no matter what universe she is in, but I have always felt that while she can be manipulative, you can't deny that she never asked to be chosen by the Phoenix Force. The end of this book really highlights that. I enjoyed the multiple "date" format used for the beginning of the book, but this Boggs character is ridiculous. His powers strongly resemble the chaos magic of Scarlet Witch, and he is obviously warping reality, at least subco Poor Jean. I know lots of people hate Jean Grey as a character no matter what universe she is in, but I have always felt that while she can be manipulative, you can't deny that she never asked to be chosen by the Phoenix Force. The end of this book really highlights that. I enjoyed the multiple "date" format used for the beginning of the book, but this Boggs character is ridiculous. His powers strongly resemble the chaos magic of Scarlet Witch, and he is obviously warping reality, at least subconsciously, to fulfill his desires. I'm thinking he is either another agent of Apocalypse or the first mutant himself in disguise. And I miss Lilandra being a powerful alien queen. I get the idea of making the Shi'ar human in the ultimate universe, but give her some backbone, please Kirkman?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen Sylvia

    While I liked the story itself of what was going on with the x-men team and its splintering, I am incredibly bothered by the laissez-faire attitude of letting in some new mutant who can simply bend reality, or use magic, at will, and noticing simply does not occur, by a bunch of hyper-alert, overly-trained mutants. Well, gee, I guess they are teenagers. The hell. Plus? Dressing nearly every female in skanky clothes is truly overdone. I do want to read the volumes preceding this, as well as the o While I liked the story itself of what was going on with the x-men team and its splintering, I am incredibly bothered by the laissez-faire attitude of letting in some new mutant who can simply bend reality, or use magic, at will, and noticing simply does not occur, by a bunch of hyper-alert, overly-trained mutants. Well, gee, I guess they are teenagers. The hell. Plus? Dressing nearly every female in skanky clothes is truly overdone. I do want to read the volumes preceding this, as well as the ones following as I'm highly intrigued with Rogue's ability, or lack thereof, as well as what is happening with Jean Grey. I just wish I didn't have to feel like a dirty teenager because of that.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Ultimate X-Men #66-71. The X-Men have a night off and become involved with the Church of the Shi'ar Enlightenment. Ultimate X-Men is X-Men light but trying to be heavy. The story ideas aren't horrible (Phoenix makes a lot more sense--at least the Jean part), but the dialogue and character interactions are bad. A comic like Noble Causes plays with soap opera aspect of comics for jokes, but Ultimate X-Men is a joke because it feels like Kirkman thinks his writing is creative. The substory Reprints Ultimate X-Men #66-71. The X-Men have a night off and become involved with the Church of the Shi'ar Enlightenment. Ultimate X-Men is X-Men light but trying to be heavy. The story ideas aren't horrible (Phoenix makes a lot more sense--at least the Jean part), but the dialogue and character interactions are bad. A comic like Noble Causes plays with soap opera aspect of comics for jokes, but Ultimate X-Men is a joke because it feels like Kirkman thinks his writing is creative. The substory of the fight with the Brotherhood and "the Magician" was a waste of space.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josephine (biblioseph)

    This was really Bad. As in, words should follow that I cannot say on an all-ages website. This mini-arc kicked some major but. I like Jean so much. The cover is a little mis-leading, I really have no idea what the inspiration is. I'm also let down by Kurt's obsessive behavior. I was begining to really like him. Also, northstar's cameo is very, very strange in appearance. I would like to know who okay-d the panel of the party from bird's eye view. I wasn't sure if Northstar was a girl or not. Other This was really Bad. As in, words should follow that I cannot say on an all-ages website. This mini-arc kicked some major but. I like Jean so much. The cover is a little mis-leading, I really have no idea what the inspiration is. I'm also let down by Kurt's obsessive behavior. I was begining to really like him. Also, northstar's cameo is very, very strange in appearance. I would like to know who okay-d the panel of the party from bird's eye view. I wasn't sure if Northstar was a girl or not. Otherwise? Artists were awesome. And a very fun, and mind-tingling twist at the end. Good job.

  19. 4 out of 5

    John White

    An interesting first outing for Kirkman. I liked that he tried to experiment with narrative structure of the series as this allowed an different exploration of the same characters. It just falls short of being very good as I don't think the Ultimate Phoenix has really worked yet. The art by Raney and Oliver is good walking the right line for this series between imaginative and realistic. Overall a good read and looking forward to getting in to Kirkman's tenure to see if he can build on some conc An interesting first outing for Kirkman. I liked that he tried to experiment with narrative structure of the series as this allowed an different exploration of the same characters. It just falls short of being very good as I don't think the Ultimate Phoenix has really worked yet. The art by Raney and Oliver is good walking the right line for this series between imaginative and realistic. Overall a good read and looking forward to getting in to Kirkman's tenure to see if he can build on some concrete promise.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    This volume is essentially a rest period after a series of conflicts. The first arc "Date Night" introduces Magician plus furthers a lot of the interpersonal relationships between the X-Men, for better or worse. In the second arc, "Phoenix?" Jean Grey is tested to see if she truly is the Phoenix or not. It's interesting stuff, especially given that Robert Kirkman (of Marvel Zombies and The Walking Dead) is involved. Only short a star because again, it's ramping up between arcs. This volume is essentially a rest period after a series of conflicts. The first arc "Date Night" introduces Magician plus furthers a lot of the interpersonal relationships between the X-Men, for better or worse. In the second arc, "Phoenix?" Jean Grey is tested to see if she truly is the Phoenix or not. It's interesting stuff, especially given that Robert Kirkman (of Marvel Zombies and The Walking Dead) is involved. Only short a star because again, it's ramping up between arcs.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    One of my least favorite story lines within the Ultimate X-Men comics. I don't find the characters particularly sympathetic. I always felt a little jarred at Jean Greys behavior in this one (even before the whole interview thing). I don't know they just don't feel like the character I know and love and I feel like the art quality is inconsistent and cheaper than in the past. One of my least favorite story lines within the Ultimate X-Men comics. I don't find the characters particularly sympathetic. I always felt a little jarred at Jean Greys behavior in this one (even before the whole interview thing). I don't know they just don't feel like the character I know and love and I feel like the art quality is inconsistent and cheaper than in the past.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jedhua

    Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #66-71. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Down) STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars> Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #66-71. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Down) STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars>

  23. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    This was... not great. Especially compared to the fantastic work that was concurrently being done on Ultimate Spidey and Ultimate FF. Not to mention the amazing stuff at the beginning of Ultimate X-Men... Kirkman's rehashing of old 616 plotlines is just... extremely underwhelming. This was... not great. Especially compared to the fantastic work that was concurrently being done on Ultimate Spidey and Ultimate FF. Not to mention the amazing stuff at the beginning of Ultimate X-Men... Kirkman's rehashing of old 616 plotlines is just... extremely underwhelming.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    While I still enjoy the re-imagining of Lilandra, this Phoenix narrative is thin. Kirkman always seems capable of stretching good material. Needs more impact and character development.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Third Place A Teen Library

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    For what it’s worth, I wasn’t enjoying Ultimate X-Men for a while, but the last 4 books have really turned it around for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zach Danielson

    This is a fun twist on the Phoenix/Shi'ar premise from the classic X-Men comics. This is a fun twist on the Phoenix/Shi'ar premise from the classic X-Men comics.

  28. 4 out of 5

    sixthreezy

    Amazing story. Robert Kirkman is climbing up the list of writers with stuff other than The Walking Dead and I like it. This Phoenix arc is SO great.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Talyseon Talyseon

    The writing is back and old hands, and, what do you know, the quality goes up! Who would have thought? Check out my full review: Ultimate X-Men: Phoenix? The writing is back and old hands, and, what do you know, the quality goes up! Who would have thought? Check out my full review: Ultimate X-Men: Phoenix?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    Not bad...but I'm just not a fan of Jean, or Scott. And, I'm also not a fan of Rogue being totally interested in Bobby. How the hell would you go back to Iceman after Remy? No sir. Not bad...but I'm just not a fan of Jean, or Scott. And, I'm also not a fan of Rogue being totally interested in Bobby. How the hell would you go back to Iceman after Remy? No sir.

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