A.X.E. One-Shots: X-Men #1

Event\Storyline: A.X.E. Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Francesco Mobili Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 5, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 27
8.1Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

THE SECOND STORY-CRITICAL A.X.E. ONE-SHOT! It wasn't her. It wasn't her. It wasn't her. It wasn't her. It wasn't her. Yet: "I am fire and life incarnate! Now and forever." Which part of "Now and forever" is confusing to you? As one world burns, can Jean justify her existence after burning another?
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Oct 5, 2022

    A.X.E.: X-Men #1 puts Jean Grey through a mental wringer, as it explores whether it's possible to achieve redemption. Rather than padding out the Judgment Daystoryline, these one-shots add a new dimension to it. It'll be interesting to see how Gillen wraps things up with the third and final one-shot next week. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 5, 2022

    Mobili crafts some beautiful and visually thrilling art throughout the issue. The focus on the characters helps to enhance the mood of the story and its themes. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Oct 5, 2022

    This could be quite possibly the most important story thats dealing with a characters judgment in the face of this resurrected Celestial, simply because not many characters have been close to doing some of the things in which Jean has done. Can Jeans accomplishments make up for her atrocities? Has Jean fully forgiven herself for the mistakes, and missteps shes done? Thats what has me interested in the rest of her adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 5, 2022

    A.X.E.: X-Men #1 will make you curious and want more from this event in a good way. While it's unclear what this issue accomplishes for the bigger picture, it's a fascinating deeper look at the complexities of Jean Grey and the burden she is always carrying. Whether or not you agree with the Celestial's judgment, it's safe to say Jean Grey is made stronger for the events of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Oct 5, 2022

    The Progenitor refuses to let Jean off the hook for the death of the D'Bari people, but Jean doesn't seem to learn or change based on his judgment. Instead, she deflects, focusing on the Celestial's hypocrisy rather than her anything interior. It's a shame because tackling questions about whether fictional characters need to be held accountable for crimes committed decades ago under another writer's pen seems like the kind of thing writer Kieron Gillen would knock out of the park. Instead, he sidesteps, and all that remains is a sparse, basic infiltration story drawn in something approaching the early 2000 shadowy realism popularized by Bryan Hitch and others, minus the obsession with cinematic framing and lacking depth. Read Full Review

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