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The sinister Shadow King is desperate to escape from the mental prison he was placed in centuries ago - and he'll destroy Storm to do it But will his freedom also unleash the horrifying swarm of the alien Brood? And will even the X-Men be enough to battle a being who has plotted our death and destruction for ages? Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 89-93


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The sinister Shadow King is desperate to escape from the mental prison he was placed in centuries ago - and he'll destroy Storm to do it But will his freedom also unleash the horrifying swarm of the alien Brood? And will even the X-Men be enough to battle a being who has plotted our death and destruction for ages? Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 89-93

30 review for Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 18: Apocalypse

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    Continuing the trend of rather bland stories this updated Apocalypse arc underwhelms. Now, I have to admit never being a huge fan of this X-villain, but at least in the past, he was written in a manner that was intimidating. Here he is a one dimensional bore-fest. The other problem is the fact the art isn’t as outstanding to me as previous volumes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    This is the third part of Robert Kirkman’s final three arc story on Ultimate X-Men, a nostalgic retelling of the Nineties X-Men stories and characters. This is supposedly where everything he has been building up in his entire run pays off. But I’m afraid the reader would think that the ending is rather abrupt and made inconsequential everything in the last two arcs that came before this. (view spoiler)[The first two arcs in Kirkman’s mega story was building toward a final story where the X-Men wo This is the third part of Robert Kirkman’s final three arc story on Ultimate X-Men, a nostalgic retelling of the Nineties X-Men stories and characters. This is supposedly where everything he has been building up in his entire run pays off. But I’m afraid the reader would think that the ending is rather abrupt and made inconsequential everything in the last two arcs that came before this. (view spoiler)[The first two arcs in Kirkman’s mega story was building toward a final story where the X-Men would face the ultimate mutant threat. Two familiar Nineties X-men characters returned to familiar roles as soldiers from the future. Their alliance was not made known until this arc. They were working together to prepare the X-Men to fight Apocalypse, a nigh omnipotent mutant who took over the world in their future. This was the reason they back in time, they wanted to stop their future from happening. Cable faked Professor X’s death to bring him to future and train him, while Bishop formed his own team of X-Men from the fall out of Xavier’s death and the disbandment of the original team. Bishop coached this team of underperforming mutants to realize their full potential. Cable and Bishop realized that they were approaching the event where Apocalypse would emerge and they would try to find his nascent form and engage him as soon as he emerges before he would amass enough power to be unstoppable. All this preparation was rendered moot when the Phoenix Force took over Jean Grey and easily dispatched of the would be conqueror. She then used her reality warping powers to restore the damage from the battle and prepare a clean slate for the next writer. This was not a total surprise as Kirkman was already hinting the rise of the Phoenix is near. Still, it feels forced and abrupt and the reader who was excepting a better ending would be disappointed. This was not one of Kirkman’s finest moments. This is almost compounded by the fact that trio of artists in this final arc had varied differing art styles. If only Yanick Paquette could have done the entire arc by himself and without the aid if the static art of Salvador Larroca or the overly muscled characters of Harvey Tolibao. (hide spoiler)] It was indeed a disappointing way to end a story that had much promise.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Apocalypse was boring, but that's hardly new. The worst part was just how closely he aligns with the original version of the character. He was far more interesting as the probable hallucination of a mentally unstable murderer. Shadow King was boring, but that isn't new, either. Making him a jealous ex-lover of Storm's is weirdly reductive for a character who was so powerful in his original form, but I guess it means it gets him out of the way quickly. Jean finally becoming Phoenix was, sadly, bo Apocalypse was boring, but that's hardly new. The worst part was just how closely he aligns with the original version of the character. He was far more interesting as the probable hallucination of a mentally unstable murderer. Shadow King was boring, but that isn't new, either. Making him a jealous ex-lover of Storm's is weirdly reductive for a character who was so powerful in his original form, but I guess it means it gets him out of the way quickly. Jean finally becoming Phoenix was, sadly, boring, but it shouldn't have been. Probably because she just transformed and flew away. Ok? It's a shame that so many important threads all coming together at once made for such a dull book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    A massive letdown after the previous two Kirkman volumes, this story sort of reimagines the Age Of Apocalypse / pre-Onslaught era of the X-Men. But where the previous volumes felt compact and well-thought out, this felt like Kirkman had to throw a bunch of storybeat together to reach his intended climax. He undid nearly all of the interesting character work he'd set up, and left a flat emotionless ending to a reinterpretation of two of the most powerful X-Men stories of all-tme ("Age Of Apocalys A massive letdown after the previous two Kirkman volumes, this story sort of reimagines the Age Of Apocalypse / pre-Onslaught era of the X-Men. But where the previous volumes felt compact and well-thought out, this felt like Kirkman had to throw a bunch of storybeat together to reach his intended climax. He undid nearly all of the interesting character work he'd set up, and left a flat emotionless ending to a reinterpretation of two of the most powerful X-Men stories of all-tme ("Age Of Apocalyse" and "The Phoenix Saga". This is a very skippable volume. I imagine many of the developments will be undone in the remaining volumes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    The two best X-Men stories ever are "God Loves Man Kills" and "The Dark Phoenix Saga." Ultimate X-Men is wise to steer clear of both but even hinting at The Dark Phoenix Saga feels like a mistake and tying it in with the appearance of Apocalypse does both story lines a disservice by not giving room enough for either.

  6. 4 out of 5

    B

    Two dangling threads: the goofy and stupid Mr. Sinister and the Phoenix come colliding head to head. And neither one really makes sense or comes to a full conclusion except that the Sinister/Apocalypse story ends. There are a couple of "big" or "fun" moments, but it's not a great book. Not Kirkman's fault that he had to put away these broken toys.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    All in all, I actually really liked Robert Kirkman's run. I mean, it feels like his whole run took place over a long weekend, it moved so fast. This volume isn't the best of his work, but it's blockbuster action.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    The machinations of the Shadow King bring on Apocalypse.. Boom! Can anything or anyone beat Apocalypse? There are corpse everywhere. Collects Ultimate X-Men 89-93. Despite all the carnage 5 out of 12. The machinations of the Shadow King bring on Apocalypse.. Boom! Can anything or anyone beat Apocalypse? There are corpse everywhere. Collects Ultimate X-Men 89-93. Despite all the carnage 5 out of 12.

  9. 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 90-94 Well here it is, Hickman’s finale to his run on Ultimate X-Men. And really, it delivers as far as bringing everything back together. The action opens with events surrounding Mr. Sinister, who faked his own death and managed to get himself free. He is still seeking to finish his mission to deliver ten mutant souls to Apocalypse, so he goes off in search of the Morlocks. Once he finds them all hell breaks loose. The X-Men arrive on the scene and give battle with Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men 90-94 Well here it is, Hickman’s finale to his run on Ultimate X-Men. And really, it delivers as far as bringing everything back together. The action opens with events surrounding Mr. Sinister, who faked his own death and managed to get himself free. He is still seeking to finish his mission to deliver ten mutant souls to Apocalypse, so he goes off in search of the Morlocks. Once he finds them all hell breaks loose. The X-Men arrive on the scene and give battle with Sinister, only Bishop kind of turns on the others and lets Angel get killed because it means that Apocalypse’s ascension is one that they knew about and planned for. Which makes his subsequent death at Wolverine’s hands kind of deserved, but at the same time a bit of a waste. It is the battle that comes next that really makes the arc what it is. Sinister transforms into Apocalypse and begins his rampage while the X-Men struggle to contain him. Apocalypse here is an incredibly physical threat as well as a mental one, as he can force people to his will. The battle itself is huge. It quickly pulls in the Fantastic Four and Ultimates as some X-Men are taken over by Apocalypse and others must continue to try to fight. Apocalypse is a more interesting villain here, in my opinion, than in the normal Marvel Universe, because here he is not only a survival of the fittest kind of bad guy. Here he actually steals mutant powers, making them his own, so that he has control over how strong he becomes. Seeing Wolverine deal with this is quite interesting, and we are treated to seeing how the transformation of Wolverine to Cable might have happened in the alternate future Cable is from. And the battle is epic, but only really picks up once Professor X and Cable return to the present to take up the fight as well. It is interesting to note that Professor X is supposedly the only mutant that should have been able to Apocalypse, and yet even with the extra help from Cable he ends up failing. Perhaps it is just who he is, the eternal loser, but Professor X turns out to be too weak, and the X-Men seem doomed. Which is when Hickman pulls out the card that he had been simmering in his back pocket for a while, and that is Phoenix. While her application of deus ex machina is nothing really new, this does seem more of a legitimate pay off because this has been hinted at for quite some time, and definitely from the very beginning of Hickman’s run. She explodes in power and puts Apocalypse in his place, taking away all of his power and illusions and leaving him with nothing. She then proves her own powers by effectively resetting time a bit. She admonishes Professor X for not doing more with his gift and not making the world a better place and then just takes off into the stars. The X-Men are retuned to normal, and some to life, and at the end of the issue Professor X informs everyone that they are going to change the world. It is an incredibly optimistic end in a series that has tended much more to brooding. But the ending just works. It doesn’t feel cheating in any way. Indeed, it is quite critical of most of the characters in the book, who the Phoenix shows have done little to make the world a better place. They are tasked with trying, and we see the potential to the X-Men all together again. It is hilarious to here Pyro worry about his place on the team, and it is refreshing to see that Hickman seems to have been setting up a new status quo and team. And it leaves the series much better than when it found it. New villains have been met and overcome while old enemies have been revived, enemies have become allies and new faces have joined the team. It is just good story-telling, and it is great to see that most of the characters grew during their time under Hickman. It is a rewarding ending, and I have to give it a 9.25/10.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    Well... here it is. A little late, but who really cares? I'm finally review X-Men: Apocalypse to tie in to the film of the same title being released. I was planning on reading Volume 17 sooner, but Sentinels seems to be in the same grubby child's hands that prevented me from reading Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 1, and Star Wars Legacy Vol. 6 until almost a year later. I'll review Sentinels when I get it. But, hey! Something big happened between volumes 16 and 18 that immediately pissed me off. Well... here it is. A little late, but who really cares? I'm finally review X-Men: Apocalypse to tie in to the film of the same title being released. I was planning on reading Volume 17 sooner, but Sentinels seems to be in the same grubby child's hands that prevented me from reading Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 1, and Star Wars Legacy Vol. 6 until almost a year later. I'll review Sentinels when I get it. But, hey! Something big happened between volumes 16 and 18 that immediately pissed me off. Spoilers from here on out... Hank McCoy is alive. Robert Kirkman, you bloody wanker, I oughta slap you. Not only did I get faked out that a comic writer actually had the balls to kill Professor X but didn't... but now, he's resurrecting long dead characters. F***ing wonderful. I'd say this is the big payoff for all the build-up... but there really hasn't been much build-up for this, has there? Just a hint with Essex earlier in the series, and then a ton of meandering around (some good meandering, some bad), until this eventual series climax. It seems a little odd to come out of nowhere, especially with all these characters like Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four to be called out for about five seconds to handle the problem. It's incredibly dumb, schlocky comic book fighting and overdramatic dialogue at it's worst. It's strange to see Kirkman handling the reins so well, and then sending his metaphoric carriage into a massive snow pile. There's no attention to characters (save for the little bit of Storm's development in the unrelated first issue), no real drive to defeat Apocalypse, and nothing interesting in the fights or conflict. It's sad that this normally climactic and weighty confrontation was so poorly handled... both in the comics and in the film that came out a little earlier. I liked how X-Men Evolution handled it, but I've also heard about how fantastic the holy series known at the 1990's X-Men Animated series is, so who knows? Maybe it actually is that good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Craig Williams

    I'll start off by saying, firstly, that I never liked Apocalypse. I always thought the character design was cool, but the actual character is just a hollow, all powerful bad guy with designs for world domination. His dialogue consists of nothing more than variations of this phrase: "You are fools to think you can defeat me!" His Ultimate counterpart is, disappointingly, not very different. Most of this book is spent watching Apocalypse effortlessly wail on all of the Marvel heroes (except for th I'll start off by saying, firstly, that I never liked Apocalypse. I always thought the character design was cool, but the actual character is just a hollow, all powerful bad guy with designs for world domination. His dialogue consists of nothing more than variations of this phrase: "You are fools to think you can defeat me!" His Ultimate counterpart is, disappointingly, not very different. Most of this book is spent watching Apocalypse effortlessly wail on all of the Marvel heroes (except for the Ultimates), until he is defeated by the Phoenix. On this note, the conclusive issue of the Apocalypse arc was illustrated by Harvey Tolibao, and let me just say, it is laughably awful. There is such a thing as putting WAY TOO MUCH DETAIL in one's art, especially when you can see every fucking sinew of a character, even though they are just wearing a casual t-shirt. He goes so overboard trying to draw every detail of a person's face, they faintly resemble Freddy Kreuger. It's just bad. Salvador Lorrica, however, did a fine job, and it boggles my mind why they'd bring in this pinch hitter for the climax of such a huge arc. BTW, the Shadow King stuff was crap too. I always hated Storm, and thought her past in the original Marvelverse was uninteresting, but they managed to make it even more so by making the Shadow King an ex-lover who somehow gained supernatural mastery of the dreamworld. Anyway, this volume of Ultimate X-Men is a good quick read, but nothing really special, and kind of a wasted opportunity to totally revamp a popular X-Men villain.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John White

    The culmination of Kirkman's run the journey too this point has been mostly fun it is a bit of a shame the ending is a bit of a let down. Mostly the story is there to facilitate a final show down, it is a bit of a shame that culmination of this is a big reset button. The art across the editon is up and down Larroca and Tolibao really bring the action scenes to life but the reinterpretation of the characters at the end is weirdly grotesque which I don't believe is intended. All in all a little di The culmination of Kirkman's run the journey too this point has been mostly fun it is a bit of a shame the ending is a bit of a let down. Mostly the story is there to facilitate a final show down, it is a bit of a shame that culmination of this is a big reset button. The art across the editon is up and down Larroca and Tolibao really bring the action scenes to life but the reinterpretation of the characters at the end is weirdly grotesque which I don't believe is intended. All in all a little disappointing the perivous stories promised so much but this slightly failed to deliver.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Read during the great blackout of '08... Desperate for more reading material during the power outage, I grabbed this new collection, knowing full well that I had not read the last five or six. Say what you will about the Ultimate line of comics, they are fairly easy to dive into without a lot of catching up beforehand. Of course, that could be because the book itself is pretty much all action and explosions and very little exposition.

  14. 4 out of 5

    M

    Not even fan-favorite writer Robert Kirkman can fix the train wreck that the Ultimate X-Men have become. Bishop is still leading a team of unproven soldiers as the X-Men (Pyro - really?) and Storm is dealing with the revelation that Beast is not dead, and neither blue nor furry. Between a mental plane revamp for the Brood and Shadow King to the time-travel armor for Professor X and Cable, the end result of Apocalypse is a reboot. Let's hop Ultimate X gives us a true Ultimate X-Men...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    The first issue in this volume was filler with the Shadow King, I felt that the amount of time given to this character is not enough compared to its original counterpart. The main arc is about Ultimate Apocalypse. He is obviously an evil entity. I liked that he could control mutants and that his immense power brought out the Phoenix. I wish more was done on this iconic villain.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jensownzoo

    I've liked this series so far. This offering just seemed to be a bunch of pieces thrown together without anything to make them gel together. There were some bright points, but otherwise disappointing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jedhua

    Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #89-93. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2+/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #89-93. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2+/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars>

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Arggghhh! Kirkman's Apocalypse is violent, quick, and somewhat entertaining. He certainly picked the right narrative to tell before quitting X-Men.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Frank Taranto

    The battle with Apocalypse and the return of the Phoenix.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    Really crazy X-Men arc here, although the pseudo-retconning makes me more than a little wary.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sean Mcevilly

    Interesting concept for Sinister...horrible execution

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    The ultimate tale of Apocalypse and how the X-men wage battle against him.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zach Danielson

    Crazy world-changing stuff, then reboot as if nothing happened.

  24. 5 out of 5

    sixthreezy

    Good volume but a fairly weak run at the X-Men by Apocalypse.. Phoenix is so bad ass though :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Manal

    very cool and action packed but the ending wasn't very fulfilling. also where is nightcrawler

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sha Hernandez

    2.5/5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Justin Cubillas

    The story was nice from the start but the ending was just nothing at all

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bodie Aland

    I really liked this book as well, I didn't like angel dying but that was for the plot and the ending was truly amazing

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annette McIntyre

    Who is Mr Sinister and why is he killing mutants?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Apocalypse and the Phoenix. That's all you need to know, heh.

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