X-Force #1

Writer: Ben Percy Artist: Joshua Cassara Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 6, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 103
8.1Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world-one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey and Sage on one side, Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other. In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. We're not there...yet.
Rated T+

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 6, 2019

    Joshua Cassara perfectly captures the darker tone of this issue. There is some beautiful, brutal and detailed art throughout and there some gripping moments to behold. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Nov 6, 2019

    Darkness is creeping into the Dawn of X, and X-Force is going to be the book where we find out how the crew on Krakoa deals with it. If this first issue is any indication, its going to be a hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 5, 2019

    X-Force works on every level; it's a smartly crafted action thriller that peels back to reveal richly written characters and nuanced world-building.  Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Nov 6, 2019

    Percy drops fans into the narrative quickly and makes them feel apart of a story that feels important and plausible. What more could an X-Men or X-Force fan ask for? Moreover, if there was an X-book to put on your list and you had to choose just one, this needs to be that book. It is definitely one of, if not thee, best X-book released to date. Add this to your pull list immediately! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Nov 13, 2019

    What this book establishes is that a threat is real and we see the death of many mutants on the island. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Nov 6, 2019

    X-Force #1 fits perfectly into the new Dawn Of X line up by establishing itself as the most serious of the books in the line up so far. It is tension-filled, gritty, brutal, does not shy away from violence and is an excellent start to this new chapter in X-Force's history! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Ray Hancock Nov 6, 2019

    After reading this first issue of X-Force, I feel like I've gotten exactly what I came for. It's given me just enough that I want the next issue now, but I still feel very satisfied with where the story has already taken me. For the first time in a long time, it feels like there is a definitive plan for the X-Men and as a long-time X fan, that feels very good. I'll absolutely be keeping an eye on this title from here on out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Nov 6, 2019

    Overall ‘X-Force’ is a dark, edgy, mature entry to the ‘Dawn of X’ titles and it’s a thrilling ride from start to finish. This is a book not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Nov 9, 2019

    X-Force is a force to be reckoned with. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 6, 2019

    X-Force #1 successfully blends old and new as it carves out a darker niche in the Dawn of X lineup. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Nov 11, 2019

    "X-Force #1" is an atmospheric, pulse-pounding debut for Krakoa's deadliest team. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Nov 6, 2019

    Menace and mayhem don't just await you in this debut issue of X-Force for the Dawn of X, it slaps you in the face with the reality that there is still a world out there to protect themselves from. X-Force exists because Orchis is the least of mutantkind's problems. Not every danger will be one that the X-Men can fly out and take care of, they can be like this new enemy who made the bold decision to take the fight to Krakoa. X-Force #1 lived up to the hype where there had to be that one X-Book which took us to that dark place. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Brandon Masters Nov 24, 2019

    With one hell of a cliffhanger, X-Force looks to be setting up a rampage of revenge with some of Marvels most violent and destructive mutants. While not the best of the relaunch books, it should be one heck of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Rebel Robertson Nov 13, 2019

    So, in conclusion, X-Force # 1 is a solid comic. With some areas lacking, the story in itself is good but some of the lines are on the corny side. I can either read #2 or not, but I do give it the benefit of the doubt, and Im willing to keep reading Vol. 6 in the hopes that the writing picks up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Nov 6, 2019

    The art of X-Force, drawn by Joshua Cassara and colored by Dean White, is another reason this book feels different than the other Dawn of X titles, coming across as more lush (and even grittier at times) than, say, the clean and colorful aesthetic on Marauders as done by Matteo Lolli and Federico Blee. Cassaras inks are also much heavier than weve seen yet in the Dawn of X line, which lends a sense of foreboding that Percy clearly wants you to detect (no spoilers, but this issue ends on a major cliffhanger thats arguably as massive as the Moira MacTaggert retcon in House of X #2). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 5, 2019

    While this book might not be as cerebral or far-reaching as the flagship X-Men title, I might posit that X-Force is the best ambassador to a fanbase that oftentimes fears and hates change. Even though there's plenty of ideas to go around, Percy and Cassara wed the X-Men's new status quo with some stylish action and engaging character work that adds to the already formidable foundation we've already seen established. If this first issue is any indication, X-Force should absolutely be on the front lines of your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Nov 6, 2019

    X-Force #1 is a deconstructive slow burn but the ending will make you want to stand up and shout. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Nov 10, 2019

    X-Force #1 was a strong debut and a pleasant rebound from the unimpressive reads in Marauders #1 and Excalibur #1. Percy delivers the best writing of all the writers in the X-titles not named Jonathan Hickman. X-Force looks to be a title that will combine intelligent writing with quality character work and plenty of badass action. I would definitely recommend giving X-Force #1 a try. Percy is a talented writer and I think X-Force may end up being a special read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 8, 2019

    Though not pitch-perfect or ambitious, X-Force #1 at the very least is a pretty fun, darkly entertaining opening issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    411Mania - Jeremy Thomas Nov 7, 2019

    There's a huge cliffhanger at the end of this book, and the dialogue andart sells the moment as legitimately shocking. But at the same time,given what we know of Krakoa as a nation, the real impact is ambiguousat best. There is a ton of potential in this book, and all theindividual parts work. We're just going to have to wait for at least the next issue to see if those parts can come together into a satisfyingwhole. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 6, 2019

    X-Force #1 lacks the feel of a team book the title implies. Instead, it feels like a guide to Krakoa security using characters to highlight aspects. There's also just too much foreshadowing to take events beyond eye rolls. It's got some great concepts but the execution is lacking. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Nov 6, 2019

    There's a lot of potential in these pages in need of a clear purpose. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 9, 2019

    The story flies in the face of the new status quo, doesn't set up the actual series and is too distracted by itself. Read Full Review

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