Great! - Wangerman
Writer Grant Morrison‘s often quoted run on the NEW X-MEN is now collected in three thick “Ultimate Collection“ volumes, which accidently came out while I intended to read this for the first time anyway. Well, with such a huge thing (Morrison wrote the monthly issues for three years) and changing artist names on the title, there sure were ups and downs in it, but I enjoyed some of the storylines very much.
Especially this third volume, which starts with the story arc “Assault On Weapon Plus”. A weird, eventually already surreal, SciFi guerilla action scenario. From that point on, things go further into the big “saving humanity, huge explosions, somebody dies, good wins over evil”-finalé, you might expect from an epic superhero comic like this. Admittedly, I didn’t really enjoy the dystopian “what if things go wrong from now on” idea of the last few chapters, because it didn’t seem to fit together with the rest of it all too well.
But besides great Ideas and thrilling storylines, Grant Morrison also provided a good concept storytelling-wise, which is worlds away from the “decompressed” style unfortunately too many comics got used to be told by.
This is in fact how I think an ongoing X-Men comic book series should be like.