Astonishing X-Men #1
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Astonishing X-Men #1

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Jim Cheung Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 19, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 51
8.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

An ancient evil is attacking the world's most powerful minds. It will have them by the time you finish this sentence, and a moment later, it will have us all. A band of X-MEN discovers the truth behind the threat, but there is no time left. PSYLOCKE, OLD MAN LOGAN, BISHOP, ARCHANGEL, FANTOMEX, ROGUE and GAMBIT will attempt to save a world that hates and fears them. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE THE X-MEN.
From blockbuster writer CHARLES SOULE and joined by a roster of superstar artists beginning with JIM CHEUNG. ASTONISHING X-MEN. It's the X-book you need.
Rated T+

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Jul 20, 2017

    Astonishing X-Men #1 has heavy hitting visuals, nuanced characterization, and whiz bang brain action and sets itself up as the flagship X-Men book in one fell swoop. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 21, 2017

    What a treat, to have a real X-Men book on the stands again. It's about dang time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Justin Klinger Jul 22, 2017

    I haven't been this excited about the X-Men in years Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Alex Bisignaro Jul 25, 2017

    ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 is a fantastic first issue. While a bit chaotic at times, Charles Soule assembles a unique cast in an intense situation. Jim Cheung's artwork assists this story with its beauty and pristine detail. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jul 24, 2017

    This is thebest individual issue of a team X-Men comic book I've read in a long time. Withan action heavy start the issue does an excellent job of bringing a teamtogether all while revealing to the reader the threat this rag tag group ofX-Men will take on. The start of this series shows a lot of promise and is arare case of, dare I say it, #1 Marvel issue being worth $4.99. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 19, 2017

    A great start to a new series that should have X-Force fans pumped! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Jul 19, 2017

    There’s a lot to take in with Astonishing X-Men #1, both in terms of story and art. A lot of ground gets covered through the issue, but the action never feels rushed. Beyond the dialogue and narration, the artists involved deliver panel after panel of art that readers will want to linger. There’s a lot to see not only on each page but also each panel. This is a strong start from a writer who is very good at strong starts but is so effective at conveying its own significance as an interesting story that it’s hard to imagine this series losing that 'Big Comic Book Feel' as the next few issues loom on the horizon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Paul Manzato Jul 25, 2017

    If you can't already tell, I absolutely loved this first issue. The action was there right from the beginning, we have a new group of X-Men coming together that will definitely have some growing pains when it comes to working together and we have fantastic art that makes this a book you do not want to miss. Throw in a great classic villain and a reveal at the end that had my eyes widen and you have a first issue that is truly astonishing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Jul 20, 2017

    Astonishing X-Men #1 is a visual triumph as well. Colorful and detailed layouts flesh out a fast paced and dire story. The varied personalities of this team are all up front and tastefully present. All of the Psylocke psychic projections, and monsters, are flawlessly illustrated and colored. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Ernesto Valenzuela Jul 20, 2017

    The Art by Jim Cheung and inks and colors by Mark Morales, G. Ortega, W. Wong, R. Isanove, and R. Beredo are also visually pleasing, with tons of different colorful panels adding more to the story and making this issue an exciting and interesting read. Overall,Astonishing X-Men #1puts the series off to a great start, and leaves me ready and more than willing to pick up issue 2. The story itself seems promising of adventure and psychological thrills like no other X-Men book, and to top it off with excellent art? Count us in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jul 21, 2017

    This issue serves as an introduction to may well be the most essential X-Men book currently on shelves, so if you are an X-Men fan looking for an excellent book with a fantastic command of the atmosphere, characters and plot, look no further than Astonishing X-Men #1. It's absolutely unmissable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jul 21, 2017

    Even in an age when superhero blockbusters capture a huge chunk of the pop culture market, there's still a place for Astonishing X-men. The story is still unfolding, but if the final page is any indication, there's plenty of potential for even more astonishment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 22, 2017

    Astonishing X-Men #1 does a fantastic job introducing the characters that will make up the core cast for this series. Charles Soule gives every member of this X-Men team a stand out moment that feeds into what we should expect in the latest clash with Shadow King. The final page present a surprising appearance from the former X-Men leader, Professor X, that could have larger ramifications on the entire X-Universe depending on what happens. All of this is wrapped in a package that makes Astonishing X-Men the only comic new and old X-Men fans should to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Leo Marques Jul 21, 2017

    Now most of us know that the Professor is as dead as you can be in this world or the Marvel universe. He was killed by Cyclops when drunk with power from the phoenix force at the conclusion of Avengers vs X-Men storyline and if you think he can come back from that, his brain was removed from his body by the Red Skull to fuse to his brain to consume Charles power. Could this be Charles Xavier soul in the astral plane or is he really back from the dead? Regardless its always great to see an old friend and maybe we see a round 2 between Xavier and the all familiar Phoenix. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 19, 2017

    As underwhelming as Marvel's ResurrXion relaunch has been as a whole, at least Astonishing X-Men seems capable of living up to the hype. The series gets off to a strong start thanks to an eclectic cast, memorable characterization and typically strong artwork from Jim Cheung. This is the ideal comic for those who want to dip their toes into the franchise and those who have been craving something different in the X-Men universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 20, 2017

    That being said, Astonishing X-Menis a great read and has potential to be the best X-Men comic on the stands right now. Its fun, engaging, and the art (for how long it will look like this) is mostly great. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 19, 2017

    Around this time you would normally look for that one obscure X-book. From this line-up of X-books I would have said Generation X before this week, but now I would say Astonishing X-Men is that book. Not a bad thing either. Not only do they bring together an unlikely team, but they are brought together to face down one of the most dangerous villains for the X-Men. Their reaction to this person pulling the strong is the same as ours. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Jul 20, 2017

    A solid start for a good X-Men team, featuring great character dynamics, enjoyable action, and wonderful artwork. Definitely one of the stronger ongoing X-comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Jul 19, 2017

    I guess we will just have to wait and see. This book is already off to a great start. It has action, comedy and something that has always been a big mainstay in the x-books, soap opera drama. There are even a few surprises in this first issue that really get you excited for the next issue. The X-Men are definitely back and Astonishing X-Men proves that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Ray Hancock Jul 20, 2017

    The villain is exciting and dangerous. I'm excited to see what it all means and what it all leads to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Jul 24, 2017

    If Cheung was committed for the foreseeable future of this book I would have no problem proclaiming Marvel again and at last has a solid, impressive and worthwhile X-Men series on their hands, but I guess we will have to be happy to have Astonishing X-Men in its current from for as long as we have it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi Jul 21, 2017

    With its emphasis on fan-favorite characters, this may be a comic more for existing fans, rather than making new X-heads out of those who've never been. But that's okay! It's an exciting, well-told story, competently done, and with no assumptions that you've long been reading their entire line. Quite frankly, it's the kind of comic we could use more of. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Jul 25, 2017

    This week's Astonishing X-Men #1 by Charles Soule and Jim Chueng is perhaps the best comic fans can hope for in the current climate awash with identity politics in that it avoids such altogether, focusing instead on the individual relationships between the characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jul 24, 2017

    Psychics are dying, and none of them saw it coming. Charles Soule andn Jim Cheung's Astonishing X-Men #1 gets right into the plot with a sense of brevity as Psylocke finds herself the target of an attack and brings together a makeshift team of Old Man Logan, Rogue, Gambit, Psylocke, Angel and M to help her deal with that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Jul 25, 2017

    Overall this new title is not breaking any new ground. This seems to be another offshoot into random stories by random creators. While that may sound like a slight against the series it's actually a breath of fresh air. It provides Marvel the avenue to tell some more off-center tales and test the waters on abstract plots and character development. This is a welcome change in the new re-launch; give creators room to create and let the substance of those stories speak for themselves. Read Full Review

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