Death of X #4

Death of X #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule Artist: Aaron Kuder Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 23, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 29
5.7Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

• The first true battle in the Inhumans/X-Men war!
•  Cyclops isn't the only one who doesn't make it out alive...
Rated T+

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 23, 2016

    Death Of X #4 finally gives us the truth behind Cyclops' death which was satisfactory even if part of you hoped they would possibly screw this up too. The other death didn't impact you as much, but how these events were orchestrated at the end is some of the best writing we might ever get in terms of X-Men post-Secret Wars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Chris Hassan Nov 23, 2016

    Ultimately, Death of X is an optic blast to the heart–but a testament to the X-Men's resolve when facing impossible odds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Dec 3, 2016

    I'm glad to see the story gap being finally filled, though I'm not 100% satisfied with how everything played out in this 4 issues series. Emma Frost plays a big part in assisting Cyclops in fixing the issue, and also making him look like a civilized and rational person at the end of this series. These events alone should start a war, and I think that was the plan all along. After seeing a couple of the leaked first pages of Inhumans vs. X-Men, it will fill in a gap of what happened after Death of X, but if that is the case it just makes things look a bit more unorganized. I'm glad these events have been explained up to a point. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 24, 2016

    This mini-series didn't exactly live up to its potential. Even at a modest four issues, the conflict between the X-Men and Inhumans has felt drawn out. That doesn't change in this final issue, but it does provide a compelling look at Cyclops at his most desperate. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jonathan Bruce Nov 30, 2016

    Cyclops' dream must continue to existAll of this sets the scenefor Inhumans vs. X-Men. The prologue issue is now in stores. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Nov 23, 2016

    One thing we've learned from this “event”: these races can co-exist. Marvel can deliver on both X-Men and Inhumans if they're willing to try, and they don't have to fight each other. They can both deliver storylines that work independently from each other. Hopefully Marvel realise this and rejuvenate both of the franchises as they start to struggle. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 27, 2016

    All in all, it's a very successful book in terms of story, in terms of character interaction and in terms of pathos regarding the loss of a founding X-Man. Still, there's just something about this entire series that feels" off? Wrong? Destructive? Still, Death Of X #1 is what is it is, delivering a tense narrative about war, mortality and madness, with a couple of different brands of interesting art (one of which reminds me of a slightly bloopier Frank Quitely, which I love). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Nov 27, 2016

    If you're like me and want nothing more than X-Men comics to be great again, I think brighter times are ahead. In the meantime, I recommend going back and rereading Morrison's New X-Men or Whedon's Astonishing X-Men and not wasting your money on Death Of X. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Nov 23, 2016

    Soule, Lemire, Kuder, and Garron were miracle workers, to say nothing of the work done by inkers Jay Leisten (and Garron himself), colorists Morry Hollowell & Jay David Ramons, and letterer Joe Sabino (whose work really was exquisite - with all the talking going on, the dialogue very easily could have become Bendis-level distracting with all the word balloons crowding the panels, but Sabino did a great job of enhancing the story instead of detracting from it). But this was ulitimately a frustrating close to a frustrating series, and that falls at the feet of Marvel Comics and the editorial teams. Cyclops deserved better. Readers deserved better. Hopefully ResurrXion restores what's been missing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 23, 2016

    And that’s the message we should get out of Death of X: That the world is big enough for both the X-Men and the Inhumans. They don’t have to fight - they can be their own thing, and they can succeed on their own merits, not at the expense of one another. And if Marvel can finally figure that out - if they can finally figure out how to save these two struggling franchises - then maybe Cyclops didn’t die in vain. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 23, 2016

    The comic answers questions and foreshadows things to come, but it also leaves a lot of unanswered questions (how has Magneto not seen more of a backlash?). I have no idea if those holes will be filled, but the four issue series does what it set out to do, set up the conflict to come in the next big even, tell else who has died, and provide the fate of Cyclops. It does all of that, I just wish it did a bit more too. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Nov 28, 2016

    The final issue of this series takes what was an intriguingstory and lead up to a crossover event and instead turns the whole series intoa head scratching mess. At this point, Soule and Lemire aren't even keepingcontinuity in their own damn miniseries. This issue gets a very special ratingbecause not only is this issue bad, but it also makes the rest of a veryenjoyable series worse by association. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Nov 28, 2016

    Death of X #4 doesn't read like the end of an event so it's not going to check every box before the final page. While it manages to be coherent and revealing in some respects, it still comes off as woefully incomplete. If it were a school project, it couldn't be adequately graded because it doesn't present a finished product. This may be okay for a movie trailer, but for a complete story that kills off one of the most iconic X-men in history, it's not even close to being enough. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Nov 23, 2016

    This series has me worried about the next event starting next week. This was all obviously just setup for that, but with the lack of substance here it doesn't give me high hopes that Inhumans vs X-Men will have any. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Nov 24, 2016

    I honestly do believe you can write a good story involving the X-Men and the Inhumans. But the problem is that Marvel wants to do it in the cheapest, shallowest way. You actually have to have some depth, explore the similarities and differences, be willing to actually take your time. But this issue (and series) did not really endere either side to me. It sure as hell didn't get me excited for "Inhumans vs. X-Men". It's at the point that I wish they would just skip this upcoming exercise in reader patience and get to the Ressurexion. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Nov 23, 2016

    “Disappointed” isnt a big enough word to use after reading this issue. The writing seems very uneven and ridiculous at times. Characters were stomped on for dramatic effect and it comes off terrible. If ever there was a book to skip on the shelves, Death of X #4 is it. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 24, 2016

    It does have this effect: I'll be avoiding the mini-series that follows, along with the spinoff storylines. Perhaps if they ever get around to correcting the numerous (and egregious) harms they've inflicted on both the X-books and the Inhumans (numerous deaths and ongoing character assassinations), I'll return. But I'm not holding my breath waiting. Read Full Review

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