S.W.O.R.D. #1

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 9, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 58
8.2Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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The Mutant nation of Krakoa has quickly become a major force on the world stage... but why stop there? Krakoa has relaunched the Sentient World Observation & Response Directorate - a fully independent organization dealing with all things extra-terrestrial on behalf of all of Earth. Al Ewing and Valerio Schitti, the team behind EMPYRE, bring us the tale of Mutantkind looking to do for the galaxy what Krakoa did for the planet.
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  • 10
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Dec 8, 2020

    S.W.O.R.D #1 is a perfect balance of ambitious, exceptionally crafted sci-fi ideas and superb interpersonal moments that callback to the past but cleverly reframes things with an eye on a bold and exciting future that fits perfectly into the concept and ambition of this new era! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Dec 14, 2020

    S.W.O.R.D. reigns supreme. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Dec 14, 2020

    If Ewings Immortal Hulk is about the end of the world and the decline of civilization and empire, this is the opposite of that. Al Ewing and Valerio Schitis S.W.O.R.D. isnt just about one agency, or one nation: its a book about renewal, where dreams can be achieved and creation can be touched. This first issue was nothing short of a masterpiece and Im looking forward to the next issue by the entire team. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Dec 9, 2020

    Overall ‘S.W.O.R.D.’ goes where no mutant has gone before, and I am so excited we get to be a part of the ride. This book is wonderfully crafted with its sophistication and design. This has the potential to be one of the best series in the ‘Reign of X’ line-up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Dec 11, 2020

    Marvel's star-bound debut might be the best issue they've put out all year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Dec 14, 2020

    Bottom Line: S.W.O.R.D. opened up strong this time around with a large, interesting cast, gorgeous art, a premise that brings fresh blood to an already dynamic relaunch of Marvel's Mutants. Definitely worth the coin. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Dec 9, 2020

    All in all, I would call S.W.O.R.D. #1 a winner in my book. Right now I would call this the strongest debut for these X-Books so far, because this is in fact what comes next. This is the kind of bold storytelling I expected from this new line of X-Men stories since this all started. If a book like Marauders took us out to sea, why not S.W.O.R.D. take us further out into space too? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Dec 10, 2020

    With all that said, I must praise Ewing for the genuinely funny moments that are consistent in S.W.O.R.D. issue #1. Not only does he keep the comedy at an enjoyable level, but he understand these characters. This is most evident when Magneto explains his reason for not allowing a teleporter to beam him up the the Peak. Magneto states, “Its good to travel the harder road sometimes, Abigail. After all, if we never tested our limits…we might assume we had some.” And that's about as perfect as is gets to summing up what this issue is all about. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 12, 2020

    S.W.O.R.D. #1 accomplishes everything you can hope for from a first issue of a new comic book series. Al Ewing establishes the new mission statement for this version of S.W.O.R.D. and how it ties into what is going on with the X-Men franchise post-X Of Swords. In the process we get a firm understanding of who each member of the cast is and what their roles will be moving forward. Valerio Schiti further elevates all of this with how he gives S.W.O.R.D a vibe that just makes this series feel cool from character design to the setting of the Peak space station. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Lia Galanis Dec 9, 2020

    S.W.O.R.D. #1 positions itself to be a thought-provoking comic that honors and expands on character history while boasting beautiful visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Dec 9, 2020

    SWORD #1 is an interesting addition to the X-line of the books with its “spacer” (As Abigail Brand calls herself in contrast with “earthers” like Magneto.) perspective on both Krakoa and the Marvel Universe. Al Ewing and Valerio Schiti are in full spinoff pilot episode with Magneto playing the role of familiar character from the previous show giving readers insights into the cast of the book as well as the mysteries and conflicts they face. There are a few pitfalls on the visual side and more questions than answers (This isn't bad at all), but it's nice to have an outsider/literal big picture perspective on the world of Krakoa from Abigail Brand and her team in SWORD. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Dec 9, 2020

    With Schti and Gracia providing stunning artwork and Ewing plotting the course, S.W.O.R.D. promises to be a cosmic victory for Marvel's X-Men line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Dec 9, 2020

    S.W.O.R.D. #1 launches a bold new frontier for the X-Men, promising to bring sci-fi adventures to mutantkind's doorstep. Even though the issue is largely setup, the creative team still manages to hook the audience with its concept and cast, and the ending promises further adventures on the horizon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Dec 10, 2020

    While the book is predominately based on the station, the glimpses of what lies beyond are even more visually ravishing. The art team is already proving to be a strong match for the series' thematic concerns. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Dec 9, 2020

    Ewing's Empyre collaborator Valerio Schiti re-teams with him to draw S.W.O.R.D., and it looks as great as you'd expect from him. Schiti is among the current class of newer Marvel talent whose work you see with increasing frequency and prominence, and there's lots in this issue to prove his clout. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Dec 11, 2020

    Look ... up in the sky! The mutant space program has taken its place in the stars, and they've come to level up the whole solar system.  Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Dec 8, 2020

    Ultimately, the plot was unsubstantial and lacked strength. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Harvey Moreno Dec 9, 2020

    While I was not the biggest fan of the overall product that was this book, I am left hopeful in the direction of the story. The marriage of mutant abilities to technological advances certainly intrigued me and bought a second issue out of my curiosity. I am a fan of Al Ewing as a writer (owning signed copies of some Immortal Hulk books) and Valerio Schiti is known for some amazing work! My hope is that the story projects through the subsequent books. I'm willing to give it another "Krak"! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Dec 9, 2020

    SWORD #1 is alright. There are some very cool moments in the book, but Ewing doesn't really make an argument for why this book exists. For example, why is this even a mutant book at all? A SWORD book isn't a bad idea, but it feels like the only reason this is a mutant book is that those are what's selling right now. That said, Abigail Brand is a very cool character, and there are some obscure mutants in this book that some fans love, and that's reason enough to come back. Ewing has proven just how good he can be in other books, and this book does have some potential. Valerio Schiti's art is pretty great throughout, and he and Gracia work well together. This isn't a great start, but this book does have potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 15, 2020

    The first issue of the series is mainly to introduce the various characters, through the eyes of Magneto who shows up for an inspection and to tease the potential dangers of the facility's secret mission. As a fan of Magneto, the issue held some interest for me, but also has references to all kinds of larger Marvel plotlines (snake invasion?) I didn't follow. I also had trouble buying the “science” of the issue which S.W.O.R.D. #1 which is more hinted at than explained. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Dec 10, 2020

    I appreciate writers who want to take the time and explain why their science/magic thing works. It just shouldn't have been done all in one issue. Read Full Review

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