Death of X #4

Death of X #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule Artist: Aaron Kuder Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 23, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 23
5.6Critic Rating
6.6User Rating

+ Pull List

• The first true battle in the Inhumans/X-Men war!
•  Cyclops isn't the only one who doesn't make it out alive...
Rated T+

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 23, 2016

    Death Of X #4 finally gives us the truth behind Cyclops' death which was satisfactory even if part of you hoped they would possibly screw this up too. The other death didn't impact you as much, but how these events were orchestrated at the end is some of the best writing we might ever get in terms of X-Men post-Secret Wars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Chris Hassan Nov 23, 2016

    Ultimately, Death of X is an optic blast to the heart–but a testament to the X-Men's resolve when facing impossible odds. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 24, 2016

    This mini-series didn't exactly live up to its potential. Even at a modest four issues, the conflict between the X-Men and Inhumans has felt drawn out. That doesn't change in this final issue, but it does provide a compelling look at Cyclops at his most desperate. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jonathan Bruce Nov 30, 2016

    Cyclops' dream must continue to existAll of this sets the scenefor Inhumans vs. X-Men. The prologue issue is now in stores. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Nov 23, 2016

    One thing we've learned from this “event”: these races can co-exist. Marvel can deliver on both X-Men and Inhumans if they're willing to try, and they don't have to fight each other. They can both deliver storylines that work independently from each other. Hopefully Marvel realise this and rejuvenate both of the franchises as they start to struggle. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Nov 23, 2016

    Soule, Lemire, Kuder, and Garron were miracle workers, to say nothing of the work done by inkers Jay Leisten (and Garron himself), colorists Morry Hollowell & Jay David Ramons, and letterer Joe Sabino (whose work really was exquisite - with all the talking going on, the dialogue very easily could have become Bendis-level distracting with all the word balloons crowding the panels, but Sabino did a great job of enhancing the story instead of detracting from it). But this was ulitimately a frustrating close to a frustrating series, and that falls at the feet of Marvel Comics and the editorial teams. Cyclops deserved better. Readers deserved better. Hopefully ResurrXion restores what's been missing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 23, 2016

    And that’s the message we should get out of Death of X: That the world is big enough for both the X-Men and the Inhumans. They don’t have to fight - they can be their own thing, and they can succeed on their own merits, not at the expense of one another. And if Marvel can finally figure that out - if they can finally figure out how to save these two struggling franchises - then maybe Cyclops didn’t die in vain. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Nov 27, 2016

    If you're like me and want nothing more than X-Men comics to be great again, I think brighter times are ahead. In the meantime, I recommend going back and rereading Morrison's New X-Men or Whedon's Astonishing X-Men and not wasting your money on Death Of X. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 27, 2016

    All in all, it's a very successful book in terms of story, in terms of character interaction and in terms of pathos regarding the loss of a founding X-Man. Still, there's just something about this entire series that feels" off? Wrong? Destructive? Still, Death Of X #1 is what is it is, delivering a tense narrative about war, mortality and madness, with a couple of different brands of interesting art (one of which reminds me of a slightly bloopier Frank Quitely, which I love). Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 23, 2016

    The comic answers questions and foreshadows things to come, but it also leaves a lot of unanswered questions (how has Magneto not seen more of a backlash?). I have no idea if those holes will be filled, but the four issue series does what it set out to do, set up the conflict to come in the next big even, tell else who has died, and provide the fate of Cyclops. It does all of that, I just wish it did a bit more too. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Nov 28, 2016

    The final issue of this series takes what was an intriguingstory and lead up to a crossover event and instead turns the whole series intoa head scratching mess. At this point, Soule and Lemire aren't even keepingcontinuity in their own damn miniseries. This issue gets a very special ratingbecause not only is this issue bad, but it also makes the rest of a veryenjoyable series worse by association. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Nov 23, 2016

    This series has me worried about the next event starting next week. This was all obviously just setup for that, but with the lack of substance here it doesn't give me high hopes that Inhumans vs X-Men will have any. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Nov 28, 2016

    Death of X #4 doesn't read like the end of an event so it's not going to check every box before the final page. While it manages to be coherent and revealing in some respects, it still comes off as woefully incomplete. If it were a school project, it couldn't be adequately graded because it doesn't present a finished product. This may be okay for a movie trailer, but for a complete story that kills off one of the most iconic X-men in history, it's not even close to being enough. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Nov 24, 2016

    I honestly do believe you can write a good story involving the X-Men and the Inhumans. But the problem is that Marvel wants to do it in the cheapest, shallowest way. You actually have to have some depth, explore the similarities and differences, be willing to actually take your time. But this issue (and series) did not really endere either side to me. It sure as hell didn't get me excited for "Inhumans vs. X-Men". It's at the point that I wish they would just skip this upcoming exercise in reader patience and get to the Ressurexion. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Nov 23, 2016

    “Disappointed” isnt a big enough word to use after reading this issue. The writing seems very uneven and ridiculous at times. Characters were stomped on for dramatic effect and it comes off terrible. If ever there was a book to skip on the shelves, Death of X #4 is it. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 24, 2016

    It does have this effect: I'll be avoiding the mini-series that follows, along with the spinoff storylines. Perhaps if they ever get around to correcting the numerous (and egregious) harms they've inflicted on both the X-books and the Inhumans (numerous deaths and ongoing character assassinations), I'll return. But I'm not holding my breath waiting. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Whateverman Nov 23, 2016

    For the most part I liked the ending even though I saw it coming. I really wish some of these reviewers would leave their bitch-ass fanboy feelings at the door and just review the comic in front of them.

  • 4.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Nov 23, 2016

    Death of X is basically what if you mix Weekend at Bernies with V for Vendetta, but with mutants instead.

    Also, if you were expecting Lemire to explain what terrible thing Cyclops did... well...it doesn't pay off. So Lemire kept telling us that Cyclops did this completely unforgivable thing in Extraordinary X-men and it turns out all he did was to make -one- terrigen cloud innocuous to mutants... wow, such a monster!

    No wonder other characters in the Marvel universe see Tykeclops as the 2nd coming of Hitler!

    Snark aside, it's hard to judge the mini-series in isolation given that Marvel announced it as an interquel between Secret Wars and Extraordinary X-men that would explain the events of the eight missing months -- and as such, Extraordinary X-men, by casting a shadow on Death of X, retroactively draws a goal line that Death of X is supposed to reach, and ultimately is found wanting.

  • 9.0
    Gizmo Nov 28, 2016

    Wow, I guess I'm in the minority here, but I genuinely liked this issue. I had given up on this series and was simply riding it out since it is only four parts, but this final issue made it all worthwhile. Emma's motivations make sense and turn this into a much more compelling way to kill off a character than the typical selfless blaze of glory. I want to reread this arc now, given what is revealed in this issue, but I don't particularly want to slog through the other issues, so maybe I'll just skim though them. The Inhumans are serious assholes for getting mad about the cloud, it kills mutants you douchbags! It's bad enough that Marvel insists on giving the Inhumans center stage in their catalog now, but it's almost as if the writers are purposefully pushing me to hate the Inhumans even more. I hope the X-Men genocide the crap out of the Inhumans in the upcoming event, but I doubt that's going to happen.

  • 9.0
    Tree Fingers Nov 24, 2016

    Am I the only one that really enjoyed this event?

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  • 8.5
    supercoolyeah Nov 29, 2016

    The only gripe I have of this event is the art. I don't think Kudar stepped up to the plate at all. He missed a great opportunity to make something epic but kinda just fell flat like a fifth grade art project. The story is strong though. What a way to go out. Frost made her man a legend and I wonder if she's ever coming back. She does look like she is going to go loopy though.

  • 7.5
    abisaeee Nov 26, 2016

    Not as bad as critics say

  • 7.0
    Jack's Yattering Nov 27, 2016

    While not the best written series, especially considering the talent involved, DEATH OF X had an entertaining conclusion (that may have even come as a pleasant surprise if you manage to avoid spoilers). Much like the writing, Aron Kuder's art throughout this series was not up to his usual standards. That said, his absence was sorely felt throughout issue #4 as the majority of the art wasn't even done by Kuder. I've been collecting comics for 30 years and one of my biggest peeves remains when a fill-in artist is used on a limited series. In conclusion, despite my gripes, I'd still give THIS issue a 6.9 (rounded up to 7 due to the limitations of this site). I enjoyed the series, as a whole, despite the fact that it had a hastily created, thrown together at the last minute, feel to it.

  • 6.5
    Kreniigh Nov 24, 2016

    I really enjoyed the art. I like the twist, even though I saw it coming; it's perfectly in character for the person behind it, and I appreciate the way it undermines the typical bombastic, heroic death scenes super-heroes usually get. But it feels like getting to the last pieces of a jigsaw puzzle you've been working on for a long time, and finding that they don't fit. Maybe a page fell out explaining that the red mist killed thousands of normal people, and that's why Scott and Sunfire are so reviled. That's all it would take.

  • 4.0
    Spock's Brain Nov 28, 2016

    So...Cyclops died over a cloud? For not allowing potential inhumans to gestate? Life begins at cloud particle formulation. But wait, he's been dead all along...because Marvel could not stand to allow him to go out heroically? I also don't understand how any of this made Cyclops a pariah amongst the rest of the mutants. I can't believe a writer as good as Lemire is responsible for this garbage fire. Marvel has really shit the bed with their handling of the X-Men and Inhumans post-Secret Wars...I hate both these teams now

  • 2.0
    El Chapulin Colorado Nov 27, 2016

    Looks like nobody in Marvel's HQ has any idea of what to do with the mutants and they just keep writing vague, horrible and greatly contradicting stories. It really must be a dark time for them when you miss Bendis writing them

  • 4.0
    Rotivv Nov 23, 2016

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  • 9.5
    darkfire369 Nov 23, 2016

  • 8.5
    LocoNasty Nov 25, 2016

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Nov 23, 2016

  • 8.0
    Rico Nov 26, 2016

  • 8.0
    ineffablejoy Nov 27, 2016

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Nov 26, 2016

  • 7.0
    EDiakota Nov 23, 2016

  • 7.0
    StanielK Nov 23, 2016

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Nov 24, 2016

  • 5.5
    ak94 Nov 24, 2016

  • 5.5
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Nov 27, 2016

  • 2.0
    DizzyG Nov 25, 2016

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