Phenom X #1

Writer: John Leguizamo, Aram Rappaport, Joe Miciak Artist: Chris Batista Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 10, 2021 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 7
6.4Critic Rating
3.9User Rating

Wrongfully imprisoned and desperate to regain his freedom, Max Gomez agrees to become a subject in an underground government experiment. When the trial gives him phenomenal shape-shifting abilities, Gomez learns his new "freedom" requires surviving a superpowered war fought on the streets of NYC.

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Nov 12, 2021

    Reminiscent of older comic themes and current Suicide Squad overtones, PhenomX can be viewed with one lense as an amalgamation of ideas from long ago. However, the social themes prevail giving this top billing for your comic investment dollars. In this world of celebrated diversity, pick up a copy of PhenomX and follow it through for a few issues. If the writing continues to develop (which I am sure it will) then you will thank me for getting you in on the ground floor! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Nov 12, 2021

    The complete creative team are Hispanic and the tone, character and plot seem right out of the Ghetto Klown stars fast-talking one-man show. It's a comic you'll have to read twice as it's crammed with gags, jokes and a unique origin story that you'll want to add to your subscription Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Nov 10, 2021

    So, when all is said and done, Phenomx #1 delivers a unique and grounded first step in its hero's story. The smoothly worked social commentary allows the book to make statements clearly, while never slowing the story down to do so. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 10, 2021

    PhenomX clearly has potential and has the makings of a solid read even if too much effort was spent setting the stage in this debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Nov 25, 2021

    That said, perhaps collected or with future issues, this will shine as brightly as its dialogue. For now, it's a swing and a miss. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Nov 12, 2021

    Phenom X #1 has a lot of great ideas but doesn't seem to focus on a theme early on in the story. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Comic Watch - Kyle Nov 10, 2021

    I will say as a white male I probably shouldn't speak too much on the comics immense diversity, but I will reiterate that representation matters and if this is something you personally have been needing from a comic then perhaps give this one a shot-- but don't set your hopes too high. Read Full Review

  • 4.2
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Manzo Nov 15, 2021

    While the story feels like it was meant to break stereotypes, it feels like it plays more into them. It reads less like a comic and more of a script for a television or straight-to-DVD movie. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Nov 10, 2021

    The issue isn't good at all. It relies heavily on stereotypes and wants to bring awareness to a social issue. The series has the potential to be good, but the creative team needs to figure out what type of story it wants to tell. Is it a social commentary on life as a minority in America or a superhero story about those who suffer from being different and oppressed? Read Full Review

  • 3.0 - Jenna Anderson Nov 10, 2021

    If anything, this issue just feels like storyboards for a hypothetical live-action adaptation starring Leguizamo"but maybe it'll eventually have some value beyond that. Read Full Review

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