X-Men #3

X-Men #3

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Olivier Coipel Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 31, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 5
7.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

The X-Men find out what Arkea is capable of, and the phrase "rampaging horde" comes to mind.Can Arkea be defeated? Can the X-Men take down one of their own, if that's what it takes?Meanwhile, what's up with Sublime and Rachel? What's up with Bling and Cipher? What's up with Jubilee and Bling?

  • 9.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Aug 1, 2013

    Everything in this title works together, and works well. What results is a consistently strong and visually satisfying read with great writing to boot. Im looking forward to where this book is headed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Aug 5, 2013

    While the lack of a resolution may turn some people off this is exactly how things should have ended. Brian Wood does a phenomenal job not letting the fact that this is an all-female lead cast be the main driving force of the story. Instead Wood focuses on what is important which is how this X-Men team deals with the conflict at hand and how the characters complement one another. At the same time, with how the Sublime/Arkea conflict ended Wood has left the door open for an even bigger story to develop moving forward. The addition of Olivier Coipel fantastic artwork makes this an easy recommendation for all fans of superhero comics to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 31, 2013

    Issue #3 also caps off Olivier Coipel's brief run on the series. It's certainly bittersweet to see him depart, but Coipel goes out with a bang, as expected. The Marvel Universe never looks as sleek and cinematic as it does with Coipel at the helm. Coupled with inker Mark Morales and colorist Laura Martin, this X-Men volume is every bit the visual showpiece the original Claremont/Jim Lee book was. Subsequent artists will certainly have big, big shoes to fill. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Aug 1, 2013

    A vast improvement in all forms, X-Men #3 takes the end of the arc and lets it finish on a high note, doing its best to make up for some of the confusing and inconsistent elements of the first two issues. Wood, Copiel, Martin and Morales do an excellent job righting the ship here, and hopefully this will remain, as the premise of the book is terrific, and it would be a shame to waste that element of the title. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Aug 2, 2013

    I do have to say that I expected a bigger confrontation with Akrea, even see exactly what Karima did to herself, but can't have everything. Overall it was a great conclusion to the introduction of what could be a great team. They have the dynamic, motivation, and this book is already impressive for bringing back some characters that we have felt were neglected up to this point. Hopefully some of those characters and students have more time to shine in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 5, 2013

    There's a lot to like about the new X-Men series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 11, 2013

    This was a great issue, and although so far it's technically the worst in the series, that just shows how good the series has been. It had some interesting, and exciting sequences, as well as some amazing dialogue, all of which gave tons of drama to the issue. It also had plenty of mystery, and suspense, as well as fun, and overall there wasn't a great deal wrong with this issue. The only real problem was that it was a bit rushed, as the story should really have had at least one more issue. Besides all this I'd easily recommend this issue, and the previous two, as the series has been truly amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Aug 2, 2013

    The result is a comic that has some of the perceptive character work of Wood's Ultimate X-Men run, but with sharper, more stylish action. If this keeps up, the potential is there for this to be among the best X-Men series so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 11, 2015

    Bringing this arc to a close, everything feels like it's happened rather faster than it should have considering the scale of power we were being alluded was involved. It makes sense considering all that happened, but it's like it got snuffed just a bit too early. Kitty's arc was fun as it got us to see more of the students, and to see Bling trying to find an out or two in her dealings with a certain other student. But we mostly got to see the team as a whole working the two track storyline here and saving the day, but being uncertain as to whether it was really all brought to a resolution. The positives that come out of it are definitely there, especially with Karima and potentially with Jubilee, but there's also some damage as well that will make an impact. The book is certainly fun and the team is one that definitely works well in general that I imagine a lot of fans would like. Having been out of the X-Men loop for so long, it's certainly appealing to me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 3, 2013

    X-Men #3 is a great conclusion to a great first arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jul 31, 2013

    This was a helluva three issue starting run and this book is off to an absolutely incredible start. I love the unlikely roster, I'm always a big fan of a team coming together out of necessity rather than any kind of plan, and I really love bringing back some characters whose fates I'd been wondering about, even if it is just temporary. The entire thing has a very abrupt, truncated ending and while the wild pace serves the book's tone well, I still think this arc could've been at least one issue longer without sacrificing that action. All that said, I still give this, and the two issues that preceded it, a wholehearted recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Player Effort - Adedayo Olomodosi Aug 11, 2013

    This opening arc gave us a very good taste of what's to come for this series.X-Men has what it takes to rival All New X-Men as the best ongoing X-Men book. With only 3 issues under its belt, it has already set the tone for what type of team Rogue, Kitty, Storm, Psylocke, Jubilee, and Rachel are going to be.I'm impatiently waiting to see which waters Wood will be steering this ship into. The possibilities are endless and he certainly has the skill to make this series strong. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Aug 5, 2013

    Big picture " things are heating up, and the potential for a great story is there. This issue is a lull, but it isn't indicative that things are falling apart. It might not be what readers expect, but there are clues and foreshadowing building up for future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 31, 2013

    "X-Men" #3 is a fun issue overall, but it does feel a little scattered in places. Still, it's definitely above average, and all in all "X-Men" has proven itself with a good first story outing. In a market which isn't afraid to unleash a glut of titles with the same teams or characters, it's a relief to have a new book starring the X-Men still feel interesting and with a strong voice. Good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Aug 5, 2013

    Brian Wood's approach to this book is akin to someone trying to be a good overall athlete and not just good at a particular sport. While a professional sumo wrestler's athletic skills may be somewhat narrow, a professional athlete can do more and branch out when necessary. X-Men as a series could go in many different directions, but X-Men #3 nicely demonstrates the skills of the characters and the overall theme. Some parts may have been overly generic, but it had a level of refinement that makes this book worth reading and bodes well for the future of this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 31, 2013

    Without the excellent work by Coipel this opening arc could have been a disaster. The ideas are good, with snippets of great dialogue too, but overall it's a let down. Clearly Wood isn't finished with the brother sister characters, but with such a robust focus on them to open the arc it's odd they're not even discussed a little in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 1, 2013

    Great art and smooth pacing keep X-Men from falling completely underfoot alongside the other, more heavily publicized X-titles, but there's still something missing from this Sisterhood of the Atom. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 3, 2013

    X-Men is a solidly made, relatively entertaining X-Men comic by Wood and Coipel. The characters are fun, their interactions are great, and Wood clearly uses a lot of them. Karima Sharpender and Bling play major roles in this issue. That's got to count for a lot. I always love when writers use the minor characters. But I guess I'd just like something more from my X-Men comics. Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men are dealing with questions of mutant rights, with characters who have something at stake. Titles like X-Factor and the various X-Forces are about some of the lesser known mutant characters. Wolverine and the X-Men has its own wacky style. But X-Men is just straight forward X-Men adventuring, and while that's fine, it's nothing special. Read Full Review

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