A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1

Event\Storyline: A.X.E. Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 20, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 72
8.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The X-Men claim they're the planets' new gods. The Eternals know that position is already filled. The Avengers are about to realize exactly how many secrets their so-called friends have kept from them. Years of tension lead to a volcanic eruption as two worlds burn. Who has leaked the X-Men's secrets to their latest foes? Why is Tony Stark abducting an old friend? And who stands in judgment over the whole world? Judgment Day from Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti is the apocalyptic emotional event to define the summer.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jul 21, 2022

    A.X.E.: Judgement Day #1ties together Marvel's three biggest ensembles for an event of epic proportions, with stellar scripting and phenomenal artwork. With such a great opening issue, I have faith that the rest of the series will continue to impress. And given that the events ofJudgement Day are set to spill out into the Marvel Universe, there's no telling who comes out unscathed and who doesn't. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 20, 2022

    A.X.E. JUDGMENT DAY #1 is intense, action-packed, well defined, easy to follow, and filled with energy thanks to Schiti and this art team. Other than not completely understanding how Sinister, Ajak and the AVENGERS fit into the picture quite yet, I'd say this issue is a must-buy to any and all current MARVEL COMIC readers and fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Jul 21, 2022

    Gillens setting up so many chess pieces here, and creating a threat in not only Druig, but Uranos, that could become a constant threat in the heroes lives, not just the Eternals. Hes also cementing just how important the Eternals are to the Earth, and to the rest of the Marvel universe. Will the Eternals and mutants become constant enemies? I hope not. The heroes vs. heroes thing has been done to death. Luckily I have faith in Gillen to give us something deeper than that. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 30, 2022

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 could have been a lazy hero versus hero event, but Gillen makes sure thats not about to happen. This is a marvelous first issue, one that sets up a wonderful conflict. Schiti and Gracia are breathtaking together, their art really making everything look the best it can be. If the rest of the series is this good, fans are in for one of the best events in recent Marvel history. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jul 22, 2022

    The latest Marvel event kicks off in a grand way, with some exciting and scary moments. The art is incredible and the story is strong. This is an event comic worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 21, 2022

    Schitit delivers some beautifully detailed panels and pages throughout the issue. The action is visually thrilling and the art perfectly captures the tone of the story as well as the characters. There are some truly wonderful images throughout. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Jul 21, 2022

    Kieron Gillen's writing, Valerio Schiti's artwork, and Marte Gracia's colors make this Marvel's must-read event comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jeremy Carter Jul 23, 2022

    A.X.E. Judgement Day #1 is a superb first issue that takes risks and has big payoffs. Kieron Gillen not only lives up to the hype for this event, but he exceeds it. The art is superb and is accompanied by a great crew that puts everything they have into this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 20, 2022

    A.X.E.: Judgement Day #1 is a solid debut delivering more than just groups clashing before fighting the greater threat. There's a lot to chew on as Gillen lays out varying motivations and resulting in actions that are questionable for many. There's also shocks, lots of shocks as the Eternals make a hell of a move that is sure to anger many. Many events in the past have started with a bang and fizzled. This is a nuke drop and here's hoping it can keep it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Jul 21, 2022

    Bits and PiecesA.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 looks, acts, smells, tastes, and feels like a war of interplanetary proportions. The art is great, the story moves with a steady, brisk pace, and the battles are brutally epic in scope. Despite the small army of characters involved, Gillen keeps the focus tight and builds to a cliffhanger that grabs your attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 20, 2022

    If you're interested in the Shakespearean angle on Marvel heroes, meaning the complex interconnected relationships, you'll love A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1. It packs so many characters into one issue, reminding readers that event comics are about moments in time where every character may be changed forever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jul 22, 2022

    As first issues go, A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 does a pretty great job of setting up this event without it feeling like "homework or superfluous action, which they often do for this sort of narrative. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 20, 2022

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 isn't a perfect start. Unless you have been reading the core Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals titles going into this event there will be things you'll feel your missing out on. That said, Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti deliver on the big moments you expect from big Marvel comic book events. By the end of A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 there is enough accomplished to be invested in finding out what happens next with the Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jul 20, 2022

    Schiti and Gracia's artwork, all thirty glorious pages of it, are a testament as to why I'm disinclined to assume too much about the overall project of A.X.E.: Judgment Day based upon an uninspiring first chapter; it is an event shaped by some of the insightful and deft creators plying their trade at Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

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