X-Cellent #1

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Mike Allred Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 2, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 17
7.6Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

They were loved by their adoring fans. They were reviled by the harsh press. They lived, they loved, they fought and they died...a lot - all for the sake of fame. They were the X-Statix, a team of mutant celebrities fighting for a brighter world and an even brighter spotlight! But they're old news now, because there's a new mutant team that will live harder, love harder, fight harder and die a whole lot harder than those has-beens! Peter Milligan, Michael Allred and Laura Allred return to introduce the best new super hero team you didn't know you needed! Meet...THE X-CELLENT!
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  • 10
    AIPT - Colin Moon Jan 31, 2022

    Bombastic, playful, and filled with care, X-Cellent #1 also houses a not-so-coded commentary about the state of media at large. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 7, 2022

    The Allreds make with the gorgeous visuals, while Milligan's story deepens the mystery around Zeitgeist, while another X-Statix member buys the farm. or do they? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Feb 2, 2022

    But you cant talk about X-Statixor The X-Cellentwithout mentioning the great Michael Allred, whose art looks just as good (and exactly the same) as it did back in 2001. Im glad Marvel didnt feel the need to update the look of this book with new art, because Allreds Lichtenstein-esque visuals just work for the vibe of these characters and this premise. The smoothness and vibrancy of Allreds art contrast the ironic, acerbic, and often violent nature of Milligans writing in a way that I cant imagine seeing any other artist tackle it. (This technically has already happened in other X-Statix titles, but the point is that Im glad he returns to his original creation with this series.) And you also cant talk about Michael Allred without his wife Laura, who once again colors his work with a candy-coated palette that counters the tartness of Milligans script with sweetness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 2, 2022

    There are new targets and topics at play, but the core formula for this series' success hasn't varied much in the past few decades. That includes the appearances of some long-gone faces and one of the first and most familiar storytelling tropes that will keep fans on their toes as this new spin on the team proceeds. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 5, 2022

    This first issue is a little too reliant on that Giant-Size issue that came out nearly three years ago, but it's great having Milligan and the Allreds working in this world again, so I'm excited to see what's to come. The artwork is sublime. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Feb 4, 2022

    A fantastic continuation of the "X-Statix" comics for fans of the original, less exciting if you're new to the team and hoping to jump in on a new first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jan 31, 2022

    X-Cellent # 1 will be loved by returning readers, but rejected by those trying to jump in for the first time. The current story added with the expectation that we know what has already happened can be so much from the first half of the issue. The characters are fun and the themes inside the script work well, but the momentum of the comic is limp. It is fantastic seeing the creative team reunite, but ultimately this premier issue is disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    BCya Feb 11, 2022

    Loved this book. If you aren’t familiar with X-Statix it would be a bit confusing, so you should read that series at once because it was wonderful.

  • 8.5
    Fracadactyl Feb 5, 2022

    Might be a bit of a surprise if you haven't read the X-Statix Giant issue with the new cast. But as a fan of camp I have to love this stuff. No situation is ever boring and the characters personalities fill up scenarios left and right. Plus there's a real sense of suspense on the feeling anyone can die...

    Okay, yes mutants can always come back to life with the Five these days. But come on, this is one X book that doesn't stay connected with Krakoa, they feel like superheroes on a variety show. In fact that's one of the appeals of Milligan and Allred's saga, it's very much its own identity devoid of relationships with other Marvel stories. That's what helps make this series so notable, it does whatever it wants without getting rop more

  • 7.5
    Drasek83 Apr 21, 2022

    Allred! Great artist. Great characters.

  • 7.0
    CrazyforRAMU Jun 29, 2022

    I get that the theme they're building is that the X-Statix have become dated and lame -- why else would you throw in an ironically unironic "you millenials and your [x]" joke? -- but it's just not coming across as sharp and smart as the creators hope. The whole thing is at risk of disappearing into its own navel, or other less savory orifices.

    At least it comes with a splendid serving of Allred art!

  • 6.0
    I Review Comics Aug 15, 2022

    "Sometimes Dead Is Better"

    The X-Cellent #1
    Writer: Peter Milligan | Artist: Michael Allred | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Variant cover by David Mack

    Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s run-on X-Force which evolved into X-Statix is my favorite take on the X-Force franchise by a wide margin. The series was different from the X-Books that were being released at the time.

    The group also stood out because of the team’s celebrity status in relation to most mutant titles. The series was also distinct in that readers could not get attached to any of the cast. X-Statix team members were subject to being killed off at any time. Not even DC’s Suicide Squad had a larger rotating cast of characte more

  • 4.0

    I really liked that one-shot released way back, but this isn't nearly as good. It felt poorly paced, like it was juggling way too much, and I just didn't enjoy it. It's a slog. Shame that the art is as good as it is.

  • 1.5
    Merlyn Feb 2, 2022

    Never was a fan of Milligan, guess some things never change. If you're a fan of Doom Patrol and that sort of weirdness, you'll like this. I think it's dumb and it's weird for the sake of being weird. This isn't for me.

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    KFuqua Feb 4, 2022

    Nothing good about this one.

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