X-Men #1

X-Men #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Olivier Coipel Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 29, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 40 User Reviews: 10
8.5Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Because you demanded it! The X-Women finally get their own book, from critically acclaimed superstars Brian Wood (X-MEN, ULTIMATE X-MEN, DMZ, The Massive) and Olivier Coipel (AVX, HOUSE OF M, THOR)! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth’s survival…or its destruction. Against a backdrop of what seems like an alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that co more

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Ryan Utterback May 31, 2013

    This is going to be my shortest review yet because rather than sitting here reading what I have to say about this book, you should be out buying it. The art is great, the story is great, the dialogue is great. If you are a fan of the X-Men, I can guarantee you will not be sorry you took my advice. 10/10. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 6, 2013

    A brilliant opening issue to this all female X-Men series, and Wood, and Coipel have done a phenomenal job. It was a really fun issue, whilst also having a innocent feel to it, which was nice. There was also a brilliant, and chaotic action sequence, and a mysterious nature to the overall story. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and am really looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 1, 2013

    X-Men #1 is the rare comic that was worth the wait and more. Wonderful characters, a story that makes you want more and an artist at the top of his already considerable game. X-Men #1 is a comic that has what it takes to take my money. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson May 29, 2013

    All in all, Wood and Coipel have delivered the definitive superhero relaunch with "X-Men" #1. Teeming with powerful, fascinating characters, enticing action, a smart villain, high stakes and stunning visuals, "X-Men" #1 is on the short list for best superhero book of the year, and in a year full of strong contenders, that is no small thing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee May 29, 2013

    With the Marvel universe being a slight hey-day with certain mutants crying revolution and most living out their own interpretation of Xavier's dream of peace, there's a lot of serious drama that seems to be happening, and it's nice to go to a series that seemingly focuses a little less on being right in the determination of what mutants should and shouldn't be doing, and simply being X-Men, being there for each other, saving the world, and doing what any good being would do in their circumstance. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell May 29, 2013

    X-Men #1 is damn good starting issue to what looks to be one of Marvels best titles. The team is effective & engaging, the threat is real, and the dialogue is witty with some moments of drama and tension thrown in as well to balance it out. The art is stunning and as the whole the book is the epitome of a relaunch. I highly recommend this title and eagerly look forward to issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed May 30, 2013

    If you had any fears of this being a gimmick book, because of its all-female roster or the addition of Jubilees baby, put them to rest right now. This book is flawless. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Barron Network - Robber Barron May 30, 2013

    Brian Wood's new series has been given the name X-Men for a reason and I believe he will live up to the hype. This was a solid entry for this series and I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 5, 2013

    This is just X-Men. Substantial, exciting, and a sight to behold. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 30, 2013

    If you miss X-Men #1 you are depriving yourself of one killer X-Book. I'm a huge fan of Uncanny X-Force, and this ranks right up there with that comic for me. Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel have brought to us a world that feels fresh and new while reinventing old concepts in exciting ways. X-Men #1 is a book that no X-Fan (or comic fan period) should leave off their list. A fine and well crafted read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 28, 2013

    It's Marvel's all-female X-team that never mentions the fact it's an all female X-team, and that's something I love about it. The focus is on the story and its characters and not the sex of the characters that make up this book. What Wood and Coipel have given readers is a wonderful introduction to a team book. There's a few interesting twists, right from the start, and it is one of my favorite reads from this past month. This is the start to something awesome. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Jun 4, 2013

    Looking for a little girl-on-girl action? Brian Wood has you covered. However, even if the fact that X-Men features a female-only cast is its biggest draw, the real hook is the quality of storytelling on offer from both writer and artist. When it comes to female empowerment in comics many talk the talk but stumble when it comes to the walking bit. No such trouble here. X-Men #1 shrugs off the gimmicks and gets down to the good stuff and, in doing so, has almost instantly become one of the most impressive books in the already strong line-up of current X-titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski May 30, 2013

    Perhaps the time to call attention to an all-women X-Men team is in the 2 months (or more, with the delay) running up to the book's release, but within the actual panels of the first issue, Wood and Coipel are concerned with getting down to some very “big idea” stuff very quickly. A book that carries adjective-less “X-Men” title with nothing but women at the center is just as big a deal as it's being made out to be and a really great step in the history of a male-centric franchise in a male-centric genre, but none of that fanfare need be within the pages. If “X-Men” wants an audience it'll keep, then telling gripping, good-looking stories is the way to do it. The triumph, the celebration, and the payoff of having an all-women cast comes with having a well-made title that proves to be just as exciting as anything else on the stands. Congratulations, “X-Men” – you did just that. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jun 2, 2013

    X-Men (2013), based on the merits of its first issue, is looking to be the must read X-Book of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 29, 2013

    As far as negatives about the story go, it's hard to find any. It looks great, it reads great, and it'll leave you pumped for the next issue. Maybe that first page is too ambiguous or the last page is a bit out of left field, but those are more symptoms of this being the first installment than anything else. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson May 30, 2013

    For new readers, use caution. There are going to be multiple characters that you've never heard of, with little to no explanation for them. That is what happens when you read X-Men comics. Even so, with a little research and some back issue reading, this story is perfectly enjoyable for anyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze May 30, 2013

    Coipel's art for the book as well fits the story. The facial expressions from each character was well done. As women you feel as though there's nothing really making that statement which is a good thing. The flashy poses and what not are unnecessary and for the good of the book not there, something to appreciate about Coipel's art direction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Michael D. Stewart Jun 2, 2013

    The bottom-line is this: X-Men #1 is a beautiful and thoughtful work of modern mainstream comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser May 30, 2013

    X-Men isn't the perfect start for new readers, but for anyone who has been an X-fan, this is easily the book for you. It's a solid plot with a fresh take on some of the most famous X-Men. A newer reader may not understand who is who and what their powers are, but with Coipel's art, it doesn't really matter much because it all looks really pretty. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 30, 2013

    But those are minor quibbles - this really feels like a classic X-Men comic, with the focus on story and action, rather than losing the reader in a sea of characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott May 29, 2013

    X-Men #1 is good enough to deserve an adjective. I'm going to call it "Superb." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson May 29, 2013

    These days, I find myself enjoying stuff I often scoff at when reading solicitations. It's a bad habit I'm trying to drop, but it's also a testament to how early previews sometimes skew opinions before the book has a chance to really make it's own case. I made a choice to invest myself in #1's when I got back into comics with the 'New 52' and Avengers vs. X-Men. I did this so the comic could prove itself without my preconceived notions getting in the way. X-Men #1 makes my case. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jun 1, 2013

    X-Men #1 was an awesome start to what could be one of my favorite new series. Brian Wood plants the seeds to what could be an epic story, and Oliver Copiel's art perfectly compliments the set up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 30, 2013

    With so many X-Men books already on the market, it's always going to be a tough call as to whether regular readers should fork over cash for yet another spin-off. However, Marvel have shown faith in this as one of their flagship X-titles by assigning it two of the hottest names on their roster, a characteristic of the whole Marvel NOW relaunch. Every bit as vital, or arguably more so, than Uncanny X-Menand the umpteen Wolverine excursions, this starts a new era of X-Men with a bang. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 29, 2013

    So is the story compressed? Yes, which is the unfortunate truth of comics today. We're going to have to deal with it or become trade waiting readers. That said, there's just enough character in this issue to soak up the lack of plot and story progression. Now, we'll see how this comic fares when Coipel is replaced, but for now it's a good fun and great reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker May 30, 2013

    The “X” line of comics is usually overflowing with options, and many don't have enough of a unique voice to make their existence warranted. In one issue Wood takes care of that issue, giving us a fresh “X” book that will stand out from a crowded family of comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples May 31, 2013

    Some might ask if we needed another X-Men title in such a crowded market. On the face of it, it's a hard sell. Psylocke and Storm are heavily featured in Uncanny X-Factor, Shadowcat has a prominent role in All New X-Men, and Rogue and Rachel Summers are able utility players in a few books. But a book this good-looking and this fun doesn't need to do more to prove itself than simply exist. This is a straight-up entertaining first issue, and I will be adding this to my pull-list, plain and simple. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 1, 2013

    And, of course, the art by Olivier Copiel is simply fantastic. Copiel is one of my favorite comic book artists. His style is both detailed and personable, with individual, personality-filled looks for each of the characters. His Jubilee, especially, is very expressive. The action scenes were a little confusing, and I have no idea exactly how Rogue saved the day during the train crash, but the art on the characters was top notch. I hope Copiel can stick around for a good long while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jun 1, 2013

    While Brian Michael Bendis is doing a bang up job guiding his two X-Men titles, they are singularly their own thing. They are wrapped up in a complex narrative of the rebellious Cyclops' group versus Wolverine's group guided by Xavier's vision. There is no room for much else, so it seems Wood's X-Men will be the place to see X-Men stories that go beyond Bendis' opus. X-Men #1 is a fast paced, action filled story centered on a family that exist to help each other. It's not about gender, it's about loyalty, and it is a breath of fresh air that doesn't rely on other books. X-Men #1 stands alone, and like the ladies involved, it kicks ass. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 9, 2015

    As a setup issue, it works well enough " if you have a familiarity with the cast here as there are no real and true introductions of anyone, which continues to be a frustrating point even as a lapsed reader. First issues should always provide a bit more grounding! That said, there's plenty going on here in getting to understand the position of the lead characters of the moment and the mission that's about to land in their laps, so it works well enough and provides plenty of things that a new reader can go and research. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Jun 5, 2013

    But nobody ever took the opportunity (or got clearance from Marvel editorial, more likely) to round up the major female X-Men and put them all in one comic together -- except that time Chris Claremont and Milo Manara did it but that doesn't count. Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel have done it for real, for really real, and decided to call it X-Men because that's what it fucking is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin May 30, 2013

    X-Men #1 is a good start to Brian Woods X-Men title that delivers on what it promises. There were a few things that keep the issue from being a perfect read but they never got in the way of how much fun this issue is. Wood does a great job creating an organic chemistry with the X-Men team of Storm, Kitty Pride, Rogue, Psylocke, Rachel Grey and Jubilee while developing the central plotline involving Sublime and his sister. Olivier Coipels realistic take on the characters enhance the story as the art compliments Woods story by portraying the characters as strong and independent. No matter your allegiances if you are a comic book fan I recommend giving X-Men #1 a try. You may be surprised as you will fall in love with one or more of the characters that star on this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams May 31, 2013

    MarvelNOW! has seen a ton of new X-books hit the shelves and it starts to feel like a chore to keep up with them all, but this is definitely a book that is not to missed. If this first issue is any indication then it looks like we will be getting a fun and exciting series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 28, 2013

    The unaddressed question of X-Men, however, is this - no one really talks about it being an all-women team. No one in the book really even seems to notice. And that's a sort of weird, damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't kind of place that X-Men falls into right now. Does this book want to be known as Marvel's premiere women's book? Does it want to just be an awesome book that happens to star just women? However Brian Wood and Marvel answer, there will be fans up in arms, but I'm hopeful that the creative team holds enough courage in their convictions to make a stand one way or the other. Either way, if you're looking for a stylishly drawn, fast-paced team book that's strong enough for a man, but X-gene positive for a woman, then X-Men is definitely a book to watch. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 30, 2013

    X-Men may be an all-female comic book but it is clear that Wood is out to define some characters and not simply throw a bunch of women together for the sake of them being women. This issue brings together a lot of nice elements and sets things up nicely for the next issue. I know I plan to stick with this comic to see where it is heading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero May 31, 2013

    Wood's X-Men surely has the potential for an exciting arc, and the core unit of a female cast shakes things up a bit from the usual X-Men teams, even though we're currently seeing that concepts playing out in Uncanny X-Force. Coipel and company's artwork is a huge plus for the book, loaded with character expressions and vibrant colors. X-Men is off to a solid start; this book is worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 2, 2013

    I'll stop my summary here. I'm 11 pages into a 21 page comic (that costs $3.99). There has been zero action, I've recognized about half the characters. Someone familiar with X-Men from the movies has recognized even fewer. Since I've been reading X-Men for a long time (but not a lot in the past 10 years) I was able to get the general gist of what was going on. There were some very interesting plot elements set up, particularly with the baby. However, I thought the pacing/clarity were not good for a #1 issue that had any intention of drawing in new readers. I'd consider it an average comic that will likely pick up as the story arc progresses. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Jun 4, 2013

    This book is a bit of an oddball as far as direction is concerned. The art is good, the writing is solid, but the plot is a mess. While this is just the first issue and will contain a lot of exposition, making it a bit muddy by nature, this first plot does not do a great job of bringing readers into a brand new book with a new line-up in the X-Men universe. That being said, this looks like an interesting title, if a bit confusing. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Herald - Big Phil Jul 19, 2014

    All things considered, an ok start for two newer creators but, definitely not a must as far as X-Men stories go. I'd recommend if you had some extra cash to spare or just like to support new creators at Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 29, 2013

    The image of Jubilee carrying a baby piqued my interest. I thought it would be interesting to see a teenage (or newly adult) superhero having her hands full with a newborn, but the revelation it's not her baby dashed my hope for a grounded, character-driven subplot. It would have been interesting to see the other women of the X-Men trying to help the younger mutant, all while realizing none of them really have any experience with motherhood. Ultimately, what might be the greatest sin here is an X-title starring an all-female cast of heroes somehow manages to revolve around the only two male characters in the book. The women spend the entire time reacting to the baby boy and the lantern-jawed beefcake baddie. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rob D Williams May 31, 2013

    X-Men #1 is certainly a great comic book, and a lot of that comes down to Coipel's wonderful art that makes each page look fantastic. It's easy to find yourself just looking at the amazing artwork without realising the fact that there's a story! Wood has put together a script that is assumes that the reader will know the basic situation the X-Men are currently in at the Jean Grey School, and that's good- his story benefits from this, spending more time building up the basic premise. However, the characterisation of some of the characters seems off somewhat (for example, Kitty's new found obsession with saying "omg". Nonetheless, this is a brilliant start to what should hopefully be another brilliant X-Men series.

  • 7.0
    Johnnie JungleGuts May 30, 2013

    Going into this new all female X-book my hopes were high. It’s no secret that the X-Men boast some of the most iconic ladies in the Marvel universe. And there’s definitely some good things to see here- The cover looks amazing, it’s just so great to see all these ladies together! I’m also glad to see that this comic book didn’t become about protecting a baby, as that’s a plot device we’ve seen before in X-Men as well as in recent issues of Wonder Woman. There are, however, a few problems. Oliver Coipel’s pencils shine throughout but the layouts are a little awkward occasionally. The story is (with the exception of Jubilee) devoid of any real character development. Writer Brian Wood suffers from a fate all too common amongst x-writers- he seems to think I’ve read every X-Men comic published in the last three years. I don’t really know what an Omega sentinel is nor do I know exactly what Rogue’s powers are right now. I fortunately do know who bacterial villain John Sublime is, he’s a great character and I’m glad to see him here, although I wish he was drawn as the creep that he is. Maybe my expectations for this book were too great. Hopefully, with a good villain and a strong premise, X-Men will manage to get it together.

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