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: 14
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6.2User Rating

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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

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