Fallen Angels #1

Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 13, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 53
7.4Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

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Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it... but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!
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  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 13, 2019

    Kudranski brings the perfect tone and style to the art in this issue. Everything is filled with shadow and texture. I love how the characters look and the fact that the art captures the dark nature of this story and its themes. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Nov 12, 2019

    Hill's opening tale was exhilarating, engaging, and filled with amazingly detailed art by Kudranski and D'Armata. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Nov 22, 2019

    In breaking the laws of paradise, Fallen Angels #1 captures an incredibly interesting perspective of the new status quo for mutants with a dark story and powerful visuals. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Nov 13, 2019

    Through the events of Fallen Angels #1, we take a deeper exploration into what this age of peace means to the more battle-hardened. Certainly not a book that you want to just jump into without knowing what's going on in the mutant world currently, but it does manage to stand on its own if you can get past that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 12, 2019

    Fallen Angels is visually and thematically beautiful in its use of darkness inside and outside the characters. The identity of this book is fascinating, especially if you're a Psylocke fan, and I suspect it will connect with a lot of readers. It's the rare instance of comic book poetry from a superhero comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Nov 13, 2019

    Overall this is a sleeper hit that you shouldn’t miss. This book is going to take us to dark places, pull no punches, and I for one do not want off this ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Jon-Carlos Evans Nov 14, 2019

    In turning its focus to the outsiders of Krakoa, this series is the perfect book for those looking for a darker and more introspective read with elements of the supernatural and crime for good measure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Nov 13, 2019

    Fallen Angels doesn't hold back in the slightest, but if you give it a chance you'll find an X-Book unlike anything else in "Dawn of X," and that certainly has us coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Nov 20, 2019

    Fallen Angels #1 is a great first issue. It focuses on a little-used X-Men character and puts some flesh on her bones. Hill sets up an interesting conflict, one that ties into Hickmans conceit about humanity using machines to equalize themselves with mutants, and has picked out characters who all have the same warrior spirit, ones who would bristle at the peace of Krakoa. Szymon Kudranskis art is impressive, and it will be great to see what he can do in more action-heavy issues. While not perfect, this is an excellent beginning for a new book. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 12, 2019

    Fallen Angels #1 is an interesting start. The series fills a space not covered by other X-Men series. It also begins to add depth to the character of Psylocke. There's lots of potential there and the set up makes me want to check out what comes down the road. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Nov 16, 2019

    If you're committed to reading the entire Dawn of X lineup then you definitely don't want to miss this. Also, the artwork is great and can carry this issue on it's own. There are some elements that need time to develop, but as of right now Fallen Angel #1 isn't blowing anyone away, storywise. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 12, 2019

    Fallen Angels completes Marvel's relaunched X-Men line with a solid debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 16, 2019

    This is a well-made first issue with a good enough plot, but there's nothing particularly enticing or unique about it to warrant a whole comic on its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 12, 2019

    The last of Marvel's X-Men relaunch debuts this week with Fallen Angels #1, a series that transcends a thin high concept and some inconsistent artwork thanks to a sterling protagonist and some strong execution from writer Bryan Edward Hill. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rogues Portal - Nico Sprezzatura Nov 13, 2019

    Id say Hills script is a bit stronger than Kudranskis art, colored here by Frank DArmata, which comes off as something of a cross between Greg Land and modern Mike Deodato that Im not totally decided about. I will say the books horror-flavored visuals add an interesting dimension to the proceedings that enhance what Hill has written on the page, even if theyre a bit muddy and lacking definition at times. But that speaks more to DArmatas colors than Kudrankis linework. In any event, Fallen Angels has a distinct look from some of the other art seen in Dawn of X, and that has to be commended. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Nov 13, 2019

    Fallen Angels #1 is a tad disappointing, as it is easily the weakest of the debuts. Still, the story is interesting enough so there is plenty of reason to stick around. If a few of the inconsistencies are ironed out, this will be another hit. It might just take some patience to get there. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    411Mania - Jeremy Thomas Nov 14, 2019

    There's a lot of good here in Fallen Angels, to be clear. Hillmakes some subtle insinuations between Overclock and things like thePhalanx, transhumanism and other things at play in Dawn of X'speriphery. I'm still interested in seeing how this plays out; I likethe characters and want to know who will join them in later issues. Butfor now, Fallen Angels #1 is perhaps the sole misstep in the Dawnof X launch so far. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Nov 15, 2019

    "Fallen Angels" #1 is unable to achieve the greatness of the premise and creative team. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chrys Terlizzi Nov 27, 2019

    Despite some bright spots in the dialogue, Fallen Angels #1s plot doesnt do much to grab the reader and is ultimately fairly forgettable. The art shows some promise, but the issues darkness and over-reliance on closeups really hinders the reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Nov 13, 2019

    This isnt the best start of the new Dawn of X comics, but there are a few reasons to be hopeful that this creative team can settle in and rise to the level of the other books in this line. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Nov 14, 2019

    Overall: Fallen Angels #1 was a boring debut issue. This issue is completely forgettable the second the reader finishes this issue. Hill does nothing to distinguish Fallen Angels #1 from the numerous superhero titles already on the market. The cost of entry is $5.00 for Fallen Angels #1. That is a price too high for a title that is average at best. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ohhaimark Nov 16, 2019


    -The colors were great and nailed the tone of the book.

    -I will admit that the opening scene pulled me in and grabbed my attention.

    -Psylocke was the only interesting character here. And even she could've been explored better.

    -There's some cool imagery here. Unfortunately the art ruins a lot of it.

    THE BAD:

    -Probably one of my least favorite DoX books yet. I have no interest in the story whatsoever.

    -The art just wasn't for me. The facial expressions looked weird and it didn't flow very well.

    -I found the script kinda pretentious. Like it was trying too hard to be like Hickman.

    -I was just very bored.

  • 7.5
    YourGreenMuse Nov 13, 2019

    There's a lot of cool ideas here but the art isn't helping things and a lot of what's going on with Psylocke just feels like Katanna B-sides from Batman and the Outsiders. But I'm hopeful that things will turn around with issue 2.

  • 7.5
    Grifter Nov 14, 2019

    The artists of other Dawn of X titles: OK, people, this is really important to gain the trust of the readers, so let’s make every title look beautiful.
    Kudranski: Well, I’m gonna end these men’s whole careers!

  • 7.0
    KittyNone Nov 13, 2019

    "We've had one, yes. But what about second X-Force?"

    It's probably inevitable that this feels redundant and a little tiresome for those of us who aren't the obvious market for "edgy rogue team that does the violence that the X-Men can't" titles, but that's no fault of Hill who writes some great dialogue, though the art doesn't always provide the same clarity as the writing.

  • 6.5
    Dthirds123 Nov 13, 2019

    Art made it difficult to follow in some spots, there's no reasion cable should be their. All the other dawn of x books stated why the needed to exist and tried to prove it this one dosent(feels like a second xforce )Also the reasion for her to take the name psylock is never given, no do we get anything relivent between her and betsy(. On the pluss side hill has been redpeoint to the criticism about Laura well(a certain line in the issue he regretted putting in so that bumps my score a few points) hope it improves.

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Nov 16, 2019

    The idea is cool but I’m not crazy about the execution.

  • 9.5
    Wolf Warner Nov 12, 2019

    I hope this doesn’t get slammed because I enjoyed this read.

  • 9.5
    EDiakota Nov 17, 2019

    " Because you were fighting instead of dancing. You're smart enough to hate comfort... You're a soldier and you need a war... You're a predator and you need a hunt. None of us have a place in paradise. "

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Nov 25, 2019

    really cool dark story with matching art I really enjoyed this one

  • 8.5
    mynameisraj Nov 12, 2019

    Not surprising I liked this issue a lot.

    Seeing Psylocke, Laura (favorite mutant) and Kid Cable acting against orders to investigate a mystery in the underbelly of society is great.

    I would like to know what happened to Gabby and why after all this time as Wolverine, Laura still has a chip on her shoulder about being under Logan's shadow.

    Can't wait for the next one!

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Nov 17, 2019

    Looks like all the DoX books had great starts. This one wasn't an exception, bringing us a slightly darker story with an incredibly beautiful art.

  • 7.5
    allenquanobi Nov 13, 2019

    a lot of cool ideas, but the weakest of the bunch so far. The plot really needs to pick up for me, especially since I don't care about Kwannon at all really. Cable does not need to be in this book, and I also don't like the way Laura is written. But the overall plot and mystery I enjoyed, and the art was pretty good. I'll read for a couple more issues to see if this will still be in my pull

  • 7.5
    jbong Nov 13, 2019

    I enjoyed this quite a bit, despite it not being anything unique. This feels very much like one of those stories with a stone cold female protagonist that occasionally shows some compassion finding about herself and her identity. The art overall is nice and fits the tone of the book well, but there are some panels where it's hard to differentiate between Psylocke and Laura.

  • 7.5
    Walt's Comics & Books Nov 15, 2019

    Good writing, terrible art and colors/digital „effects“. Too many subplots and backstory/exposition makes it feel pretty slow, which is not good for a (expensive) first Issue. Not sure if I’ll be back for more...

  • 7.5
    Ryan Nov 15, 2019

    Don’t get my wrong, Fallen Angels 1 isn’t a bad comic, it’s just by far the weakest Dawn of X title. Bryan Hill plays to his strengths; mainly his talent for horror writing. Hill still isn’t the best character writer, but Psylocke’s flashbacks were extremely powerful. Bill’s storytelling itself was alright, but rushed. The whole Apoth conflict was super rushed and it doesn’t seem important to the comic at all. Cable and X-23 are written extremely flat. Psylocke is the only character with any depth, and she’s already the main character of Excalibur, which came out just 2 or 3 weeks ago. Still, Kudranski’s art, the creepy tone Hill has instilled, as well as momentum from the other Dawn of X books has given Fallen Angels the more

  • 7.5
    M1sf1r3 Dec 4, 2019

    The Dawn of X series I'm worried the most for. Let's see how Bryan Hill goes on this.

    The Good:
    It is an interesting premise but I'm unsure of it's place in Dawn of X.

    I think Kudranski's art is pretty good.

    The Bad:
    Feels like this story could have happened without Dawn of X or HoX/PoX.

    Dialogue and characterisation, especially with Sinister, Laura and Cable is definitely off.

    It's an interesting premise of a story but one that could be done without Dawn of X. Meanwhile the dialogue and characterisation is off. It's passable but it needs to improve or I'll quickly get bored of it.

  • 7.0
    Shaffer2323 Nov 13, 2019

    It looks really pretty, that’s for sure. I really dug the art. However, since I’m kinda new to all things Mutant, I have no idea why there are 2 Psylockes that used to be one person but now there’s 2 and ones captain Britain now. Also x-23 isn’t wearing the wolverine costume anymore and resents Wolverine now. Also Cable is a teenager now. I’m kinda lost. These X-Books (primarily this and new mutants)should really include brief backgrounds of their characters if they really want this to be a “jumping on point” for new readers

  • 6.5
    egon244 Nov 24, 2019

    "Thank you for not being boring"

    That more or less sums it up.

  • 6.0
    DrTracy Nov 19, 2019

    Laura Kinney deserves much better than this book...

  • 6.0
    Gizmo Nov 21, 2019

    It's okay. There's a dark, melodramatic angst that teens would probably enjoy. The back matter switches between 'Overclock' and 'Overlock' and uses a faux quote quote from a doctor in neurotechnology that is supposed to sound smart, yet uses 'whom' incorrectly, lol. Just thought that was funny.

  • 4.5
    thecomiccookebook Nov 13, 2019

    To be perfectly honest, I didn't really like this book. Much like Excalibur, it's a book primarily about a character I don't care about (Psylocke) while also not being an interesting story. Hill's writing lacks excitement and personality. Szymon Kudranski is comparable to Salvador Larroca which is an art style that I find to be distractingly too much in darkness and too close to the uncanny valley. Easily the weakest out of the Dawn of X which has had equal hits to misses, in my opinion.

  • 4.0
    MKW69 Nov 14, 2019

    Possibly the worst ongoin in the bunch. Colors really don't work with art, and poor Laura is really regressed.

  • 2.0
    Ben Nov 13, 2019

    Easily the worst Dawn of X book. The writer spends too much time trying to make the fake "Psylocke" happen. It feels forced. The writing for X-23 and Cable is abysmal at best.

  • 1.0
    DippingBird Nov 12, 2019

    It’s just. So. Boring.

  • 1.0
    Julian Keller Nov 13, 2019

    What a disappointment. Awful misogynistic undertones in the writing for the female characters and a unfortunate regression for X-23 after all the good work done with her for the past few years. This will definitely be the first DoX to get cancelled. Simply ugly.

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