Spider-Man & The X-Men #1

Spider-Man & The X-Men #1

Writer: Elliott Kalan Artist: Marco Failla Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 10, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 5
6.9Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

• Meet the Jean Grey Academy's new guidance counselor: Spider-Man!
• What's a non-mutant doing at a school for mutants? What secret suspicion has fueled the formation of his special student class?
• And because you demanded it! Sauron and Stegron the Dinosaur Man! The villain team 65 million years in the making! You didn't demand it? Well somebody did.

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 10, 2014

    A good first issue for readers who love to read that has a chipper version of Spidey and an interesting cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 10, 2014

    There are plenty of people who will ask whether or not we need another Spider-Man book or X-Men spinoff, and the obvious answer is that while we have plenty of spinoffs in their respective franchises, Marvel is giving us something a little bit different by smashing two of its franchises together. The rest is a small-scale story told well. With a thoughtful analysis of both Spider-Man and the X-Men's various worlds, Kalan and Failla have delivered an opening issue that reads surprisingly well, even if it's sometimes a little rough around the edges. But would you really expect anything else from Professor Spider-Man and his Special Class? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Dec 10, 2014

    If there is only one Marvel title you can get this week, you better make it this one. Its such a great time and is already the best 616 Spidey book on the stands. You owe it to yourself to give this a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Dec 11, 2014

    Spider-Man and the X-Men #1 is a busy first issue, but never succumbs to the weight of its many characters and heaps of action. Instead, it maintains a quick pace and sense of fun that makes it a very enjoyable read. Despite some bumps, Kalan and Failla are proving themselves to both be competent creators with a clear understanding of the medium and genre they are working in. These are two names to watch out for at Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Anthony Blackwood Dec 13, 2014

    Spider-Man and the X-Men #1 marks a step in the right direction for the X-Men lineup as Elliott Kalan brings back the focus on the X-Men students in full comedic force. Although it's not immediately apparent in this first issue, there's definitely heart mixed in here along with the humor and if Kalan can bring both to the table each month, this book will not only steer its cast in the right direction but revitalize an entire neglected branch of X-Men storytelling as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Superior Spider-Talk - Ty Duggan Dec 14, 2014

    A solid start to what could be a solid series. Elliott Kalan wastes little time getting the reader's feet wet as he and the rest of the creative team spin a very Spider-centric story around these seven X-Students. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gabe Bustamantez Dec 15, 2014

    I would recommend this series to anyone that enjoyed Avengers Academy, Young Avengers, or the original volume of Wolverine and X-Men. The creative team has a pretty good grasp on Spider-Man and I'm willing to stick around to see that grow and to see where this story will take us. If this issue is any indication, Spider-Man and his Sweat-Hogs could end up anywhere. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Dec 13, 2014

    “Spider-Man & the X-Men” #1 proved my own reservations about this title wrong. This is a fun X-Men title that focuses on different characters and doesn't seem to tie in so much to the rest of the mutant world. This is a coming of age story that's also great for a younger crowd. It's a charming debut that does more than enough to compel you to come back for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Dec 12, 2014

    What I did like about this series is that it does have the same feel as of Wolverine and the X-Men written by Jason Aaron. It had some good character moments and some good humor. The thing that worries me is the plot, how long can this potential mole storyline be drawn out? Because after that I feel like Spider-Man would have fulfilled his responsibility and go back to doing whatever a spider can. The art for this issue was fantastic. Personally, I think it is the biggest incentive to pick this series up. I like the way he draws Spider-Man and the rest of the cast. The colors are very nice in this issue as well, they dont overpower the artwork. Visually, this book is very appealing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Dec 11, 2014

    The set up is sound, but there are some rushed story moments that keep the book from being great Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 13, 2014

    Spider-Man and the X-Men is a fun read. It has a tight cast that just begins to get explored in this issue. The comic is a lengthy issue in terms of dialogue but does contain some action to try to provide some balance. The cliffhanger certainly will open some doors in issues to come. I recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Dec 16, 2014

    There are a lot of strengths to build on with this narrative. Spider-Man and the X-men #1 establishes an awkward set of circumstances, but in a wonderfully entertaining way. It just goes off-track before it can develop into something truly cohesive. It still has the potential to become a more polished product that blends all these themes. It just needs to find a better way to do so without resorting to killer dinosaurs. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - King Apr 16, 2015

    That aside, Kalan and Failla do a pretty decent job of setting up for what could be a great Spidey/X-Men serial, and more importantly this puts Spidey in 1-degree of connection with Ice Man and Firestar, meaning that Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends could become a very real possibility, and canonical within the Marvel-616 (at this time the staff at CTG would like to state our condolences for the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends of Earth-1983). If that's what this series amounts to, in addition to some witty banter, than that's not too bad a thing at all. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 11, 2014

    If you;re looking for a comic that showcases the younger members of the X-men and sees Peter Parker return to his old role as an educator of surly teenagers, Spider-Man and the X-Men is the comic for you. But if you're looking for a comic that focuses on the dynamic between Spidey and the core X-Men, or one that shows much dramatic ambition, you won't find it here. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Dec 12, 2014

    This comic is clearly an attempt to fulfil the more whimsical end of the X-Men quota that Wolverine's absence has made necessary. Kalan and Failla's Spider-Man swings in with his own recognisable brand of humour, but I do feel like, lacking the focussed, gruff, hunting nature of Wolverine, SXM might end up feeling a lot less focussed than Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo's run. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 11, 2014

    With a noteworthy team-up void present in the Marvel Universe, "Spider-Man and the X-Men" #1 gives readers a match-up of franchises, but doesn't quite bring the best of both worlds. The comic book itself is mostly fun and tries to be spritely, with a few visual gags and a matching number of chuckle-worthy lines from the characters, but it gets hung up being angsty and stark. Spider-Man is depicted as being out of his element here, but the story could shift in any direction from this point forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Dec 12, 2014

    Elliott Kalan doesn't burst out of the gate, but he presents himself as a passionate and sincere fan of the material who could do great things with this series. The art is above average and the return to the Aaron template is very welcome but the issue reads more like a great miniseries set in Peter's past than an ongoing in the "Schism"-era. As of yet, both writer and protagonist feel a little too young. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Dec 12, 2014

    Whereas this issue had Spider-Man wearing a jacket over his uniform as if he was playing 'pretend teacher'. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 13, 2014

    For me, as a casual reader of both properties, Spider-Man and The X-Men #1 is trying too hard, and the good bits (like Spider-Man's amusing blase interaction with the Toad) get lumped in with a lot of loud and less-successful bits, and the inconsistent art makes even the natural team-up of dinosaur mean feel less awesome. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 11, 2014

    The Daily Show head writer Elliott Kalan is at the helm, but a throwaway cast and a concept borrowed in part from the last few years of young Avengers titles doesn't help this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Dec 17, 2014

    Spidey was written great. Same for the other characters. However, there's so much text (is that a thing?) that it makes reading this a bit tedious and takes a lot of time. Still a fun read.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Dec 14, 2014

    This is a fun read, very silly, and I respect a comic that is suitable for children to read these days. This could have been a little more accessible to new readers, I'm not familiar with these characters and it would be nice to know what their powers are up front because somehow Spider-Man knows and I do not. Unfortunately, I didn't get a wow-factor reading this, I think it may just be a little too simplistic in the storytelling for my taste.

  • 3.0
    JBL Reviews Dec 13, 2014

    Too silly

  • 7.0
    Ceoldra Dec 22, 2014

  • 5.5
    Aegis May 30, 2015

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