Amazing X-Men #1
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Amazing X-Men #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Ed McGuinness Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 6, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 38 User Reviews: 11
8.0Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

An AMAZING new era for the X-Men starts here! Ever since his Nightcrawler's death in X-MEN MESSIAH COMPLEX, the X-Men have been without their heart and soul. After learning that their friend may not be gone after all, it's up to WOLVERINE, STORM, BEAST, ICEMAN, NORTHSTAR and FIRESTAR to find and bring back the fan favorite fuzzy blue elf! Super star artist ED MCGUINNESS (HULK) joins master X-Writer JASON AARON (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN, X-MEN: SCHISM) to bring you the most exciting comic on the stands!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Nov 7, 2013

    Aaron and McGuinness deliver a solid, fun number one that sets up the team and the hook for Kurt's return that is sure to keep you grinning from ear to ear from page one until the very end. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 6, 2013

    As far as first issues go, Amazing X-Men #1 has more than its fair share of solid hooks - stellar artwork, an engaging story, and the return of a fan-favorite character. Considering the revolving door of death in the Marvel Universe, it's refreshing to see Jason Aaron actually have a logical plan for Nightcrawler's return, one that might bring the X-Men to a new frontier - not across nations or across planets, but now through metaphysical realms themselves. If this opening is any indication, Amazing X-Men is going to be the X-title to beat. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Nov 10, 2013

    A brilliant start to this new series with Aaron showing some of his best X-Men work for a long time. The issue would do an amazing job of re-introducing Nightcrawler, with some very fun and exciting moments throughout, all of which were made even more fun and exciting due to McGuinness' fabulous artwork. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue to both new and old X-Men readers and can't wait for the next issue to come out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Nov 18, 2013

    None-the-less, the impact of this story triggers all the right emotions. It's entertaining and humorous, the voice of every character sounding distinct and appropriate. And while the action may not be on the same scale as the final issue of X-men Battle of the Atom, it still feels epic in a way not unlike a Rocky Balboa fight. Amazing X-men #1 was primarily billed as the issue that brought Nightcrawler back to the X-men. It did that and so much more. It re-established all the dynamics that make the X-men at Jean Grey Institute such a fun story to follow and did it in an entertaining, concise way. It's a story that appeals to both Nightcrawler fans and X-men fans of every kind. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - MikeFitz538 Nov 7, 2013

    Great first issue. I liked the idea of Firestar being one of our point of view characters and Aaron really nails Nightcrlawer and sets up the Azael character as the natural enemy since Kurt's in Heaven. The art is great, though we all know it'll probably only be for an arc. I am also happy to see Northstar, since I hope that after the 1st arc, we get Nightcrawler led super-hero team with Firestar and Northstar as the main body of the team. I do hope Aaron branches out and gives a roster that isn't being seen in other X-Men books. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Nov 8, 2013

    This issue is a great and action packed start to this new X-Men series. Any fan new or old should definitely rediscover or learn the great character that Nightcrawler is. Make sure you pick this issue up! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Nov 6, 2013

    An ambitious and well-made premier of a promising new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 6, 2013

    Easily another hit in the making for Marvel Comics, Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness' Amazing X-Men looks to be a fun ride for X-Fans everywhere. Personally, I'm even more glad to see Aaron writing yet another Marvel Comics' book. In my opinion he's the Scott Snyder of the Marvel Bullpen. Smart, just edgy enough, (when he's allowed to be), and a consummate storyteller. He should be writing even more Marvel books. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - almeida77 Nov 6, 2013

    McGuinness may have taken some liberties with certain character designs but as a whole he gives life and credence to Aaron's heavenly adventure. Easy to access and filled with plenty of laughs, Amazing X-Men is one ship you'll want to jump aboard. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Nov 12, 2013

    If there was ever a case to be made for another X-Men comic book, Amazing X-Men #1 makes a damn good case for it because this has been immediately added to my monthly list. For as many times as a character has died only to return down the line, I'm now excited to see Nightcrawler return Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Nov 6, 2013

    The thing about Aaron’s writing is that for the most part it’s fun and quirky, fitting for the more campy and loving side of the X-Men, and while there’s going to be action and minor drama, don’t expect it to get too dark. It’s a fun read for those who want to see some beloved mutants go on amazing adventures. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Matt Sculthorpe Nov 7, 2013

    Amazing X-Men is just short of its name. Im sure if you are any kind of X-fan, its already in your pull, but if not, its surely worth checking out. With its humor and action it seems like the kind of story comics were meant to tell. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Oz Nov 7, 2013

    This is a great entry point for people who might not have been reading any x-titles due to the fallout of Avengers vs X-Men, or their dislike of Bendis essentially having a monopoly on the core books. I would recommend this book to teen readers and up due to violence and suggested themes. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 6, 2013

    Amazing X-Men #1 isn't a fundamentally different book from Wolverine and the X-Men. This story could just as easily be an arc of that book. But there's a sense of fun and whimsy at work that the X-books don't always tap into. Between that and the terrific artwork, Amazing X-Men #1 is definitely worth a purchase. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Nov 7, 2013

    My only problem with the issue is the strange sexual tensions between characters. Wolverine and Storm, Iceman and Warbird, Iceman and Firestar. It feels like the characters are just overly horny for no reasons at all, and it's annoying to read it. It almost feel like Scott Lobdell wrote it or something. Yep, I said it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Nov 7, 2013

    To conclude, this is still a stellar opening despite it's one persistent problem. It does bring down the ending of the issue that the cliffhanger doesn't exactly grip you for the next issue, but the sheer talent put on display more than makes up for it. Aaron and McGuinness are two creators with such love for the character of Nightcrawler that it can't help but seep through the page and make even the most cold-hearted bastard excited for the elf's return. Where this series will go once Nightcrawler has returned, though, is hard to say, but for a first issue this was more than serviceable. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 8, 2013

    It's too early to tell if this is going to be a "must buy" or just another in a sea of X-Men comics - but at least the art is nice. And it's good to see the return of an old friend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 6, 2013

    There's a new X-Men title in town and we have the makings of a grand and amazing adventure in this first arc. Jason Aaron is joined by Ed McGuinness and Marte Gracia to start off the return of Nightcrawler. We have to wonder if we truly need another X-title but this issue does make a pretty good argument. There are many X-characters hanging around and there is a great opportunity to showcase a different set of X-Men. The addition of a certain red-headed mutant does offer an interesting beginning to the series. Between Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness and Nightcrawler, there's plenty of reasons to check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Connor Relyea Nov 7, 2013

    This was a strong opening book and we can only sit back and wait to see what adventures Aaron has in store for the X-Men further down the line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Nov 8, 2013

    If this series keep going in the right direction from here, it's going to be giving Mr. Bendis a run for best X-Title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Nov 6, 2013

    Although the focus of this issue may have left Nightcrawler before I knew it, I loved the issue. Without a doubt, it adds a real layer of depth and worthy history to Nightcrawler's character that fans can always cherish, while still giving readers an enjoyable read of the X-Men at Wolverine' school. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Nando Acosta Nov 9, 2013

    Overall, I will not say this issue is a must grab. Is for sure something that readers should keep their eye on in the near future. I know I would be picking up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 10, 2013

    I can't wait to see what happens next and how Nightcrawler comes back to the X-Universe. This is a fun and nostalgic book, with art that fits that feel and you can see how it all starts with the cover. Another surprisingly well done first X-Men issue"Marvel's X-Universe is on a roll! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Nov 12, 2013

    Of course, this is the X-Men so no one really ever stays dead so Aaron and McGuinness get the dirty work of Amazing X-Men #1 out of the way immediately and give us back Nightcrawler in the opening pages. Any moroseness or pity the character might have had about being dead is immediately discarded as pirates invade Heaven and he gets to be a swashbuckling hero once again. Aaron and McGuinness show us that even the rougher parts of the X-Men's history can be twisted around until the absurdity of it becomes what the stories are about and you've just got to sit back and enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Nov 7, 2013

    Good start though you do hope things start to pick up a bit from here. I do feel that a bit too much time was wasted showing us how the school is normally and we do kind of have an idea of how the school runs by now. Firestar should hopefully be a good new addition to the team though I think there was an easier way of bringing her into the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Nov 18, 2013

    After years of X-Men books being very dark and serious, it is good to see some light hearted humour and fun returning to the X-books. Aaron seems to have a good grasp of the relationships between the characters that are at Logan's school and he returns Nightcrawler to the fun loving X-Man from years ago which is a good thing as being a broody angst ridden character did not suit Kurt. McGuinness is a fantastic artist who has created a great fight scene in Heaven. It was always inevitable that Marvel would bring back Nightcrawler but I was not expecting them to launch another X-Men ongoing title to do it. As a massive X-Men fan I will continue to pick up the book to follow some fun light hearted stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 6, 2013

    Having enjoyed "Wolverine and the X-Men" the past few years under Aaron's stewardship, I'm not worried about the slightly slow start to "Amazing X-Men" #1. It's still a very pleasant read, but I do wish that it had come out of the gate a little faster and a little stronger. Aaron seems to be banking on the return of Nightcrawler and the art from McGuinness and Vines to be enough of a draw to stick around for "Amazing X-Men" #2, and on some level I can't help but think that he's right. That is all it will take for most readers to come back. I'll be one of them, but hopefully Aaron's script for next month's installment will have just a bit more spring in its step, too. After all, this isn't supposed to be "Pretty Good X-Men." I look forward to the shift up to amazing status. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Nov 6, 2013

    While Amazing X-Men #1 is a fun read, it fails to distinguish itself from the other X-books on the market Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 8, 2013

    There are a lot of X-Men books on the market to pick from. This particular one seems to overlap a lot with Wolverine and the X-Men. As far as I can tell the key difference is this one contains Nightcrawler and Firestar and it has McGuiness on art. If you are enjoying Aaron's work on Wolverine and the X-Men then I am sure you will like this book as well. I would think if you like Nightcrawler or McGuinness then you will want to pick this book up. It's not clear what the plot is going to be to get Nightcrawler back from the dead as this issue simply introduces the characters, but I like the start for the story. This is worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 9, 2013

    Amazing X-Men #1 is fun, no doubt about it. Jason Aaron is clearly having a blast playing around in the wacky school setting he created. I've been a big fan of Wolverine and the X-Men, and Amazing X-Men is a good example of what Aaron can do when he focuses on the characters and setting rather than let silly plots like a horror circus get in the way. This issue is pure, unadulterated X-Men fun. But it is just so overwhelmingly superfluous! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Nov 10, 2013

    If you're an X-fan, then Amazing X-Men is for you. It's a fresh start for readers to jump right in and enjoy. I'd give it a try, at least for this first story arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Ryan Utterback Nov 7, 2013

    It will be interesting to see how Amazing X-Men will fit into the larger scheme of X-books, especially with regard to Jason Aaron's other title, Wolverine and the X-Men. My optimistic prediction is that Amazing will serve as a book to chronicle the various adventures of the Jean Grey School faculty while WATM focuses on the happenings at the actual school with an increased emphasis on the students. While many may ask the question "Do we really need another X-Men book" and be justified in doing so, Amazing X-Men #1 is a solid debut for a new title. This book will certainly be a hit with the many fans of Nightcrawler, one of the most popular X-Men characters. Ed McGuiness's art is strong throughout and the book has a lot of the witty dialogue and situational humor Jason Aaron has become famous for. Overall, I give this book a 7 out of 10 and will continue to read to see just exactly how Nightcrawler will prove the age-old truth that nobody ever stays dead in comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Nov 6, 2013

    Though this isn't one of Jason Aaron's best issues, the man has always had a talent for Wolverine that seems to extend to his fuzzy, blue hetero life partner. Combine that with an art team that understands and supports Aaron and I find myself believing that this series will live up to its name. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Nov 6, 2013

    At this early stage, it is difficult to tell if this fun diversion from the seriousness of the last year will amount to anything that distinguishes it from the plethora of X-Men books already available on the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 14, 2013

    I really enjoyed the opening sequences of Nightcrawler and the apparent choice of writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness to bring him back into the Marvel Universe. Although the chaos on Firestar's first day is humorous, there's a bit much of it for my tastes as the joke runs a little too long. That said, Firestar's inclusion in the title as a part of this core team certainly brought a smile to my face (as did her awkward interaction with Iceman). I haven't yet been sold on any of the X-Men books on Wolverine's side of the X-Men split, but this one I may stick with. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash Nov 7, 2013

    If you were hoping for something epic in Amazing X-Men #1 then you will not be disappointed. Beautiful art, fantastic writing and the makings of something truly special, this is a great first issue and a great way to reintroduce not only Nightcrawler but Firestar as well. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Bill Janzen Nov 12, 2013

    Overall, this was a poor start to a series I'd had high hopes for. I'd recommend giving this one a pass. If it gets better in subsequent issues you can always pick it up in the inevitable trade paperback. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Nov 6, 2013

    Even Ed McGuinness, who is usually so dependable for quality art, falls short of the mark. I don’t think it’s McGuinness’ fault – I think he was trying to draw in the same vein Aaron was writing. Everyone involved has overly exaggerated reactions, especially Hank McCoy, who spends most of the issue looking like He-Man’s battle cat standing on two legs. The art here is so over-the-top, it’s borderline obnoxious, which matches perfectly with Aaron’s writing. Read Full Review

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