Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1
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Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Leonard Kirk Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 8, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
5.6Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

UTOPIA TIE-IN Who are the Dark X-Men and how did they come to be? FIND OUT HERE! Each issue has 3 11-page stories, each dedicated to one of the Dark X-Men and how they came to be part of the team. This first two issues focus on Emma Frost, Mimic, Cloak & Dagger, Daken, Weapon X and Dark Beast! Rated A …$3.99

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 15, 2009

    I know that Dark X-Men is just a gateway drug, and that it will eventually drag me into an undertow of the X-titles and the crossovers and the GLAYVIN! Frankly, I don't care. The Namor stuff in this issue is the best use of the King of Atlantis since J.M. DeMatteis stopped writing the Defenders 20 years ago, and the very PRESENCE of the Mimic has me on board. Don't ask me why, he's just one of the characters I insist on following. I even own the couple of issues of X-Force (UGH) in which he played villain during the naughty 90's. The Dark Avengers is an intriguing title, but this book is even more so, taking characters who are outcasts AMONG among outcasts and giving them a new high-profile gig. I've really got high hopes for this whole crossover, and this issue makes me think that I won't be completely disappointed. Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 earns a bright-eyed-and-hopeful 3.5 out of 5 stars. I await the chess game between Slim Summers and the ex-Goblin with antic Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jul 8, 2009

    Most anthologies, particularly these event-oriented ones Marvel has been rolling out of late, are typically hit or miss throughout, and Dark X-Men: The Beginning is no different. It's a mixed bag for sure, and as I noted before, I would only really recommend it to those diehard completists eager to look beneath the surface of the Dark Reign story. For those that are content following the bigger picture, I'd recommend sticking to Matt Fraction's core books. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jul 9, 2009

    Overall, "Dark X-Men" #1 is the best kind of crossover tie-in. There's a clear story being told, and, more importantly, a genuine need to tell it. Its status as an anthology means the quality is variable, but ultimately good enough. Anyone already reading "Utopia" should certainly give it a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny Jul 9, 2009

    Dark X-MenThe Beginning #1 is worth picking up if you're a fan of what Emma's team of X-Men has tooffer. All three stories read well, two out of three look quite good, and one, Paul Cornell's, brings Namor's special kind of awesome in a big way. The problem though is that nothing of consequence happens. If you can handle that and character studies, you'll probably find a lot to like in this book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy/Charles Webb Jul 7, 2009

    If you liked this review, be sure to check out more of the authors work at Monster In Your Veins Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Jul 14, 2009

    Had any one of these stories been used as a Dark Avengers (or similar title) back up feature, Id probably be complimenting Marvel for giving fans more for their money. As it is, this felt like highway robbery. Read Full Review

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