S.W.O.R.D. #9

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Jacopo Camagni Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 27, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 31
7.3Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

With Abigail Brand's attention divided between two S.W.O.R.D. stations, all ORCHIS needs is to pick their moment to strike. Meanwhile, the Shi'ar Empress Xandra is making her first formal visit to the Lake Hellas Diplomatic Ring... and stepping into the gunsights of the all-new LETHAL LEGION!


  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 27, 2021

    If you love fight comics, you will find S.W.O.R.D. #9 to be a delight. It features cool characters with cool powers, some entertaining violence, and some high stakes too. It all comes together in a tightly-written issue that can entertain anybody. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Oct 28, 2021

    One of Marvel's most engaging series continues to entertain, especially now that its cast and concept has full come together. It continues to be a must-read every issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Oct 27, 2021

    S.W.O.R.D. #9 kicks off a new story for the mutant space force that feels like its own. The comic's plot is pretty straightforward and weaves together elements from previous issues to build the plot. There's action, intrigue, a couple of big reveals, and the art looks good. However, it's held down by the overused trope of introducing new threats at the expense of more well-established characters, and readers' mileage will vary if they even know who the characters involved are. But this feels like the beginnings of a bigger storyline for S.W.O.R.D. to have for itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Oct 31, 2021

    The ideas underneath have a lot of baggage to overcome, which can be done (like in the surprising Hyperion and the Imperial Guard book from the largely exhausting Heroes Reborn crossover), but it didn't happen here. If you love the X-Men or have enjoyed the Imperial Guard in the past, or like Gyrich's endless meddling, S.W.O.R.D. #9 might do the job for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 30, 2021

    Great character work elevates this otherwise low stakes issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Oct 27, 2021

    It's hardly the most memorable issue of the series, but it is a good time for fans of inventive super-violence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 27, 2021

    It feels like S.W.O.R.D. #9 is the bare minimum. It works on a surface level, but it feels like it was written according to a chapter in Comic Book Writing 101, and Ewing is just better than that. Camagnis art is excellent, which is a plus. Theres nothing wrong with this comic, but theres nothing special about it. Read Full Review

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