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Secret X-Men #1

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Francesco Mobili Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 9, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 31
7.5Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

When the Shi'ar Empire faces an unexpected threat, they must call upon the X-Men. Team co-captains Sunspot and Cannonball must lead Marrow, Tempo, Forge, Banshee, Strong Guy, Armor, and Boom-Boom on a secret mission to save Empress Xandra.
Wait, those aren't the X-Men. Aren't those the mutants who lost the election?
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 9, 2022

    Mobili delivers some beautiful art in every page and panel of this issue. The action is visually exciting and the character designs are impressive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Feb 7, 2022

    Secret X-Men #1 could easily have been a throwaway issue but Tini Howard and the rest of the creative team have come up with a very well-written smart and thoroughly entertaining yarn that honors what's come before in the era with great character interaction and some fun action delivered by a stellar art team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Mar 27, 2022

    Overall, The Secret X-Men is not your typical side characters story. The story by Howard is intense and powerful. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a dense and detailed driven start to what looks to be one of the best X-Men stories yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Feb 7, 2022

    Secret X-Men #1unites a team of mix-matched mutants for a covert mission, resulting in one of the most unique X-Men stories I've read since the beginning of the Krakoan Age. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 12, 2022

    A great idea becomes a great little comic. It's a little overstuffed with characters, and the ending isn't as clear as I would have liked, but I definitely enjoyed the very idea of putting this crew together and going on an adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Feb 13, 2022

    Secret X-Men #1 assembles a team with a certain level of quirkiness that is engaging on the page. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jeremy Carter Feb 15, 2022

    This team comprised of underused characters gets a chance to show they have what it takes. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Feb 7, 2022

    Take SECRET X-MEN #1 with a grain of salt. It's busy, confusing, jumpy, but loads of fun. Some aspects of the issue are a bit silly while other story beats appear to be managed off-panel. Yet, Howard's take on the characters is strong and inviting. Her balance and ability to juggle this large cast are ultimately what helped make SECRET X-MEN #1 so incredibly entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Feb 14, 2022

    Simple fun. No more, no less. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Alex Cline Feb 7, 2022

    Taken solely on its own, it's an enjoyable comic. With that said, there's a certain sense of missed opportunity when you consider the book's premise. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comics Bookcase - Rebecca Gault Feb 9, 2022

    Secret X-Men #1 is a fun adventure issue elevated by sharp witticisms from Howard, albeit one struggling to balance such a large team. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Feb 9, 2022

    With another X-Men election due to announce its winner very soon, I wonder if this concept will be reused on an annual basis for whoever isnt picked to succeed Polaris on the main squad. It wouldnt even need to be this same exact setupthough the issue ends in a way where it could bebut I just think X-Men fans would get a kick out of it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 9, 2022

    The Secret X-Men #1 isn't a bad comic but it feels like a one-shot whose entire point is to kick off and tease some story down the road. It doesn't really stand on its own as a memorable experience. It honestly feels like a plot point that needed to be told but couldn't fit in with any other comic for a few pages. It's a one-shot that right now feels like a bit of a headscratcher as to the point of it all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 13, 2022

    Kevin Lainez As a fan of Marvel, DC Comics, manga, and comic books a whole Kevin joined the Comic Book Revolution to share his love for these things with the world. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jamie Lovett Feb 9, 2022

    There are some clever moments here, but for an issue that seemed primed for hijinks, it's surprisingly forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Feb 14, 2022

    The Secret X-Men feels like a waste of time. Howard writes some entertaining interplay between the characters, but the plot is barely even worthy of being called that. Even if it plays into something in the future, there's really not much reason to actually buy the comic. Francesco-Mobili and Aburtov are a great art team, but it's not enough to make this book worthwhile. Read Full Review

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