X #1

X #1

Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Eric Nguyem Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 8, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15
7.0Critic Rating
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The enigmatic vigilante X has shattered Arcadia's criminal triumvirate, the Three Pigs, and fixed his eye on an even tougher target. But with the police department AND the crime establishment teamed up against him, muckraking blogger Leigh Ferguson may be X's only ally! The brutal story of Dark Horse's bloodiest hero begins anew!

  • 9.5
    IGN - Melissa Grey May 8, 2013

    X hovers over the majority of the issue as a sort of vengeful ghost, dealing out brutal vigilante justice as he sees fit. X finds himself in a vulnerable position towards the book's end as his path crosses with Leigh's and I can't wait to see how this reluctant partnership between two exceptionally different characters will play out. X #1 is a promising new start and it's an issue not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson May 9, 2013

    New readers can jump into this series still. And it's highly recommended. Though it's a violent, dark superhero story, as many others are, there is a certain sense of mystery to it all that makes it more than just another one of the same. The eventual payoff could be great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson May 7, 2013

    While X may be a little light on substance I feel there's enough under the surface to definitely make it worth your while. The writing is tight and concise and the book is heavy on action and blood. I'm sure there's a plan for a better balance but for a first issue for this type of book my expectations are to be kicked in the teeth, wine and dine me later. Expectations met. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Sergio Porras May 8, 2013

    This is going to be a series that you're not going to want to miss, especially if you like brutal, action packed stories, with art work in the vein of many of you favorite (or most hated), 90’s titles. I can already see where the relationship with X and Leigh is headed so it does fall shy of a perfect score, at least in my book, just based on its predictability. It was still an awesome read and I'm excited to see what Swierczynski takes his epic story to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton May 11, 2013

    This is finely crafted mayhem from Dark Horse. Eric Nguyen creates a sharply rendered world of broken noses and jagged edges. His X is fearsome and brutal, and his criminals are almost animalistic. He seems like a fine choice to amplify Swierczynski's brutal world. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards May 9, 2013

    The thing is, this book, X, has Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns written all over it in the way the early nineties did. It's proof that the Dark Age of comics reigns supreme, even as a whole heap of us thought Planetary, The Authority, and Seven Soldiers of Victory were going to make that a thing of the past. Guess what, the DCU reboot, with it's general focus on sex and violence and leather, is keeping us precisely where Image Comics left behind in their recent Renaissance. That doesn't mean the book in question is in any way a bad comic, but it does wear that variation thing on its sleeve. But that doesn't really matter because this book is good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 8, 2013

    "X" #1 is almost certainly not for those who want something tame. Instead, this feels like a mash-up between "Punisher MAX" and "The Question," with an eye towards violence set alongside a fight against corruption. If you're ready to take a bit of gore, definitely take a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady May 9, 2013

    So who is X? Swierczynski and Nguyen keep that answer cloaked in shadows for now. Nguyens art keeps an angular look which makes each person passing by the camera lens readers keeps it fresh for readers. He seems human, able to get hurt and needs bandaging after going on a bad guy killing spree. For a main character, hes barely in this first issue. I think he says a total of two words in the whole story. Other than the cape, this guy actually would scare me if I saw him walking down the street. Both cops and crooks want this guy dead but will they succeed? Im intrigued enough to see how much help hell get next time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 12, 2013

    I'm out. The story is okay, but the art is killing me. If you enjoyed Barbara Gordon, pre-The Killing Joke, and Batman working together, this looks poised to deliver the same type of stories only with more violence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson May 9, 2013

    If violent anti-heroes are your thing, this new volume of “X” will probably be to your liking. Like many of Duane Swierczynski's comics, though, its appeal fails to transcend genre. Swierczynski is a solid writer, capable of building technically sound stories, but very often these comics end up being good, but not good enough to recommend. Eric Nguyen gives the comic a much needed pick-me-up, though it isn't without faults, but in the end you are left with a read that is entertaining while read, but quickly forgotten. And, if my review-inappropriate editorializing didn't make it clear, the issue almost entirely fails as a #1. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin May 12, 2013

    Definitely worth reading if you're a fan of noir and pulp. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen May 13, 2013

    X has potential to be an interesting read, if it focuses more on its main character. The surrounding cast leaves a lot to be desired, and the dialogue is a bit too clever -- like action movie dialogue - and these minor ticks add up as major distractions. But there's potential in X, and I can't write the book off completely. Hopefully, Duane Swierczynski can capitalize on the promise of the book, and deliver better outings in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Elkin May 14, 2013

    X #1 does a pretty good job for a first issue. It sets up our conflict, introduces some characters for us to root for, and ends on enough of a cliff-hanger to entice us to want to check out issue number two. Will there be more of a payoff than this being just ANOTHER "masked vigilante with a personal grudge bringing his own brand of justice to the mean streets" book? It's hard to say at this point. There are pieces in place for it to happen, the problem is that the pieces have pretty familiar shapes and so often the tendency is to lazily snap them into puzzles we figured out long ago. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz May 6, 2013

    X #1 isn't perfect, might be full of flaws, but it's certainly got a lot of heart. There are very appealing aspects to it which could easily draw fans of horror and action comics in for further reading. It is still baffling that the story relies so heavily on the #0 issue, which actually turns out to be essential reading. If you're a horror fan or a previous fan of X then this issue easily earns a “pick it up” from this reviewer, but I would also deter unfamiliar readers from this comic. Purchase with caution. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli May 8, 2013

    I feel I’m coming across a bit harsh on the book, while it does have its problems X #1 was still an okay read. It had good action and even better art, there just isn’t much else. But Swierczynski is a great writer so hopefully he can turn it around in the next issue. Read Full Review

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