Amazing X-Men #2

Amazing X-Men #2

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Ed McGuinness Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 7
7.6Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

• The X-Men, on the search for Nightcrawler, find themselves separated!
•  Wolverine and Northstar are mysteriously in... heaven?!
•  But where does that leave the rest of the team?

  • 10 - Stuart Conover Dec 6, 2013

    I love the teasing of characters that may or may not return. I love the team divided and working together in their own ways against adversity. What do I not love about it? That I have to wait until the third issue comes out to read more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Dec 4, 2013

    Yes, this is a fantastic comic. Jason Aaron perfectly captures the fun nature of this team without making everything a joke. The story is quickly paced and doesn't try to do too much. McGuinness's work is incredible and makes the terrific story just that much better. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Lanza Dec 4, 2013

    Given that I definitely didn't think we needed yet another new X-book, I'd can confidently say Amazing X-Men is worth your $3.99 so far. And getting Nightcrawler and Firestar in the same book is just icing on the proverbial cake. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Dec 6, 2013

    Despite the fact that this is only the second issue, McGuinness' style along with Aaron's expert take on the characters have combined to give "Amazing X-Men" its very distinct tone. This is an issue where characters travel to the depths of Hell, with a river of blood and everything, but the story never feels dark or dreary. This is an adventure, with a pirate ship and sword fighting, and seems perfectly suited for a swashbuckling character like Nightcrawler. With the news that Jason Aaron will be stepping away from "Wolverine and the X-Men" due to a busy schedule, he has set up "Amazing X-Men" as the natural continuation of the same types of stories he excels at telling, and given the fact that this first arc travels to the afterlife, Aaron and McGuinness have given them a wide berth to tell the biggest adventure stories they can think of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Dec 4, 2013

    This book is still an awful lot of fun and definitely doesnt take itself too seriously. Which is good, because its about a bunch of superpowered mutants wearing leather and spandex searching the afterlife for their dearly departed friend while battling air pirates. So, you know, be ready to smile more than think. And after how heavy the last few months have been for the X-Men, Im ready to kick back and have some fun. We even get a glimpse of another character's Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Dec 5, 2013

    Artist Ed McGuinness is the star of this book. His drawings are full of an energy and charm that you just don't see often enough. Even though the heroes are in dire peril this issue, there's a wry smile underneath the pencils that tell you to enjoy what you're seeing because everything is going to be all right. You can tell McGuinness is having a blast drawing this book because there's a silly gag, awesome spectacle, or hard-hitting action sequence on every single page. Seriously, did you see Northstar zipping around the ship like Peter Pan fighting pirates? With something like that to feast your eyes on, maybe it's not so bad Nightcrawler wasn't around this time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Dec 6, 2013

    Don't get me wrong it was still good, Jason Aaron really knows how to write a good X-Men book and Ed McGuinness is at the top of his game with this book. The multiple battles and character cameo's in this book are more than worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 7, 2013

    Personally, I like Aaron on the X-Men, even if the premise behind this comic is kind of weak. It's basically just 'the X-Men go on adventures'. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 9, 2013

    As a fan of Aaron's work on "Thor: God of Thunder" and "Wolverine and the X-Men," I had no doubt I'd be in line to snatch up "Amazing X-Men," especially with the larger-than-life, bombastically animated artwork of "Hulk" and "Nova" veteran Ed McGuinness. Aaron and crew up the ante by making the story in "Amazing X-Men" #2 an adventure of an afterlifetime while inserting character bits that makes this fan of "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" smile. There aren't a whole lot of fun, boisterous comic books out there -- especially not those that send their characters, literally, to Hell. "Amazing X-Men" #2 manages to be fun, despite the settings and delivers a comic book full of hope and excitement. I just wish I didn't have to wait so long for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 9, 2013

    But looking at McGuinness's larger-than-life artwork - not to mention Aaron's over-the-top premise - are you really looking for nuance with Amazing X-Men? Or are you looking for some fisticuffs and the return of Marvel's mighty mutant swashbuckler? While there's no denying there's a bit of a sophomore slump to Amazing X-Men, there's enough fun and wonder to this comic that you'll likely come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 11, 2013

    Despite his voice commenting on actions and events he couldn't possibly be witnessing, the comic is missing the character who the entire first arc of the series is named after on. Because of this the second issue isn't as strong (or as interesting) as the first, but it's still worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 4, 2013

    Amazing X-Men #2 is by no means a bad comic. It's really fun, with lots of action. But the lack of real stakes and worthwhile characterization - not to mention the absence of the main attraction - make this issue something less than the debut. This issue will read so much better in trade when you can immediately get to the next issue. If the point in slowing this story down was to get five issues of McGuinness' art, then I'm all for it. Ultimately it succeeds in making me want to read Issue #3 and one some level, that might be all that matters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Dec 16, 2013

    I only hope that next month's issue is significantly better, mostly in terms of the writing, and that we return to more Nightcrawler action. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 7, 2013

    Amazing X-Men is still building up the overall story. While it's no secret to the reader that this story is bringing Nightcrawler back from the dead, the execution is proving that there is a story to be told in the process. This issue is a fun read and should be checked out. The excitement appears to be just getting started. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 7, 2013

    So far, the art has been the only reason to pick this one up - and while it's nice, that's not enough for me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Dec 4, 2013

    I expect a lot more fun to be had in Amazing X-Men. McGuinness' art is overwhelming, and Aaron has great pacing and perceiving of beloved X-Men characters. If the book doesn't always take everything big and bad too seriously, it'll be more than amazing. Let the swashbuckling adventure continue! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Dec 6, 2013

    Traditional wisdom holds that fans can love or hate your work, that a series can be controversial or different, but the one thing it cannot be is forgettable. If you missed this issue, I don't know how much it would matter. It's not a bad comic, but it's too early into a new series and an interesting story arc for things to be slowing down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Master Destructo Mar 25, 2014

    I didn't get a lot out of this issue. I'm finding certain aspects of the story a little ho-hum. There is little world building to be noted, even though the settings of heaven and hell sort of call for it. As it is, we don't really understand the "rules" of these realms or even just a few details that make them interesting. And the concept of floating pirate ships where Azazel has recruited Billy the Kid and Jack the Ripper to "steal" souls just seems sort of random. I don't know, maybe I'm just not terribly invested in Nightcrawler returning, so all this build-up seems a little uninteresting. One last thing: with two separate fold out pages in the issue, I wish they'd let McGuinness do at least one tripe-splash, instead of the useless advertisements (can't even recall what they were for).

  • 8.0
    Synthozoid Jan 14, 2014

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Jan 31, 2014

  • 8.0
    Stallonelythelonely Feb 28, 2014

  • 8.0
    Redeadhood May 23, 2014

  • 7.5
    Nomadic Avenger Dec 8, 2013

  • 7.0
    havok1977 Dec 21, 2013

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