X-Men #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 16, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 70
8.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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DAWN OF X!
The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility... and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!
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  • 9.7
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Oct 16, 2019

    X-Men #1 has some fun in the House of X that Hickman and his collaborators so expertly built. At the same time, it stokes the narrative tension we need to keep this world fresh. Another must-read X-Men comic for 2019. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 16, 2019

    X-Men #1 is an excellent introduction to Hickman's new era. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 19, 2019

    Lots of clever ideas on display here, and lots of room to grow. Thefuture is bright for the team, especially as long as Hickman continues to shine. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Rogues Portal - Nico Sprezzatura Oct 16, 2019

    A heavyweight like Hickman obviously needs someone whos batting on his level enter Leinil Francis Yu. Fresh off a stint on Ta-Nehisi Coatess Captain America, Yu offers visuals at his austere best, with pencils inked by frequent collaborator Gerry Alanguilan and colors by Sunny Pho. X-Men is a handsome book befitting Hickmans stoic but not emotionless script that also manages to look completely different from what Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva were doing on HoXPoX, and the diversity in visuals so far bodes well for the rest of the revitalized X-Men line moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 15, 2019

    X-Men #1 brings mutants back to the character story which is a fan-favorite element that keeps these characters grounded, relatable, and interesting. The domestic lives of mutants are on full display and I can't wait to see how Hickman and Yu shatter the peace and tranquility of their lives. X-Men is very good at generating excitement in the exchanges between characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 15, 2019

    There's a level of deliberateness and world-building to Hickman's X-Men that I think paves over any inconsistencies in execution in pacing - indeed, harping too heavily on any shortcomings in the action sequence is kind of missing the point. Given how high the stakes have been in House of X and Powers of X, it makes sense to bring things down to a simmer, especially since Hickman can act as a smooth launchpad for the rest of the X-Men series coming out over the next month. While this isn't as radical a reinvention as some of Hickman's previous issues, he and Yu continue the franchise's hot streak in X-Men #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 16, 2019

    Leinil Francis Yu brings some beautiful visuals to this issue and the action and panel progression are exciting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Jeffords Jr. Oct 17, 2019

    f you're going to read any X-Men story, make sure it's this one. Because, the good times won't last, especially for mutants/The X-Men. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Oct 18, 2019

    X-Men #1 is the first step in a historic run for the mutants. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Oct 16, 2019

    If you are going to pick up any of the new X-Books to make up this Dawn of X? Make sure that X-Men #1 is number one on your list. This book gave us a proper introduction into this new world of possibility. We got to see some of the new team, the new personalities to some of our favorite X-Men, more of Krakoa that we didn't see before, and the enemies we should brace ourselves for. It's a brave new world for the X-Men! And never before has those words stood more true. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Kenneth Laster Oct 17, 2019

    "X-Men" #1 puts the major status quo shifts of "House of X" and "Powers of X" into perspective by focusing on character moments and what life is like in this brand new world. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cody Walker Oct 16, 2019

    Hickman keeps the mutant train rolling and introduces many new characters with X-Men #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - Jeremy Thomas Oct 17, 2019

    For some, X-Men #1 is going to be a letdown, and that would beinevitable. House of X and Powers of X were just so goodthat it's hard not to see this as a slight step down. That said, it'snot really fair to this book, which has a very different goal.HoX and PoX created the new firmament for the X-books;X-Men #1 is the first step down the freshly paved road Hickmanand company laid out. In that, it succeeds with flying colors. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Oct 16, 2019

    Dawn of X starts here! Following the events of House of X/Powers of X, Hickman slowly establishes the new mutant paradigm inX-Men #1(Hickman, Yu, Alanguilan, Gho, Cowles). Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 15, 2019

    X-Men #1 is a more character-driven alternative to House of X, though the visuals don't quite measure up. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Oct 16, 2019

    A new era for Marvels Mutants is here, and there are some very interesting things that have been set up and tons of story points to be touched on. It is all starting here with X-Men #1, and fans new and old are not going to want to miss out on this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Jon-Carlos Evans Oct 20, 2019

    If this first issue is any indication, then X-Men (technically, Volume 5) sets the stage for an enticing read that builds upon the books' 50 year history, while also also referencing some of Hickman's previous Marvel works. Overall, a strong start and sign of continued stability from the X-Editorial offices at Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Oct 15, 2019

    Overall this wasn’t what I was expecting for a first issue, but it was still an exciting and entertaining read. There is a lot being set up even in this first issue and laying the groundwork for the other ‘Dawn of X’ titles. If you enjoyed ‘House of X’ and ‘Powers of X’ then you will want to pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Oct 17, 2019

    I will say this, if you have not read House of X and Powers of X then you definitely need to go out and get it in collected format. X-Men #1 is not a new reader-friendly issue. If you have not been reading House of X and Powers of X then you will be lost during much of X-Men #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 16, 2019

    Not exactly what I was expecting, X-Men #1 is slow and deliberate and offers readers a break from the drama and intensity of House of X and Powers of X. Still, X-Men #1 is a worthwhile read that promises a wild and dramatic ride in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Oct 18, 2019

    Even though I was put off by the art style that contradicts the tone of the writing; the story was still great and worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Oct 18, 2019

    X-Men #1 is a fine start to the series and a solid setup for the rest of the X-Men line. It isn't as sensational as the miniseries that readers were just treated to, but it is still enjoyable. Even if you aren't a fan of the Summers family, X-Men is definitely a book that should be picked up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 19, 2019

    The first issue of Dawn of X is a nice view of the bigger picture of the status quo, but its lacking in the rich character drama that both defines the X-Men and will, ultimately, make this whole thing worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Oct 16, 2019

    As long as Marvel keeps teaming Hickman with talented artists like Yu, X-Men seems primed to be one of the most exciting and talked about superhero stories published today. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Oct 15, 2019

    If you picked this up expecting high octane action, suspense, thrills, and excitement from the wonderful world of Hickman, this issue is not for you. Summertime is about all youll get in this opener. Moreover, patience is most certainly in order as the series takes off and readers will immediately notice a tone switch from the opening launch series to what may appear to be a minor dip in the art quality as well. However, as a long time Jonathan Hickman fan, readers need to hang in there and let his story develop just like HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X did in a much shorter timeframe. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    ohhaimark Oct 16, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -This was… good. It got better as it went along.

    -I like Yu's art a lot, but I'm not sure if it fits with Hickman's writing. Larraz really was the perfect fit for the tone of story they're going for. Yu's is more traditional and I guess that clashes with Hickman's untraditional writing.

    -The second half of this picked up a lot more. I liked the normalcy of it, and how well the mutants have settled into Krakoa.

    -Can't say Devo interests me at all, but Gregor has a good enough storyline from HoX that I do find her character compelling.

    -The relationship between Scott and his dad was really sweet here.

    -I'm moderately interested in where this going.

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  • 10
    Ryan Oct 16, 2019

    X-Men 1 is absolutely flawless. Hickman perfectly blends the character writing from his Fantastic Four run and the mind blowing plot of his Avengers run, and what you get is quite possibles the beginning of Jonathan Hickman’s greatest comic yet. Hickman writes every character perfectly, especially Scott. The conversations between Scott and Lorna and between Scott and Corsair were just terrific, and I got a good laugh out of Logan and Vulcan’s argument. Hickman hints at further things to come with the aftermath of the X-Men’s assault on the Master Mold. Yu’s art is beautiful and right now, X-Men is not just the best Marvel Comic, but the best comic. Period.

  • 9.0
    Fastest Archer Alive Oct 17, 2019

    The X-Men are back on top of the comic book world and it feels so good.

    This is a great start to the regular ongoing after the HEAVY events of HoX and PoX. The tone is lighter and it feels FUN. Hickman uses this first issue to bring us up to speed with the field leader of all leaders: Cyclops. Scott Summers is back in the spotlight, and the hope and confidence he brings with him is refreshing. We get a sense of his new day-to-day life and how much this entire undertaking means to him. It really helps you connect with him, which is great for those that have had a hard time connecting with his character over the past few years, myself included.

    Everyone else is great too. His family is entertaining and it just feels good more

  • 8.5
    Kalaoui Oct 17, 2019

    The seeds are planted now and we wait and watch the threads develop. Fine job by Hickamn here. Hard to follow HOX-POX because you have pass on some things to bring others to the front although there is plenty of things crammed in here. Tons to shew on and great moments that will definitely lead to some serious conflicts. Yu art along with Alanguilan inks and Gho's colors are great together but somehow off in some instances. There is plenty of detail in this work especially on the forefront of panels but some backgrounds are lacking and layouts don't match sometimes with the actions it's trying to convey. Still, I'll take Yu's art any day of the week and twice on Wednesday!

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine Oct 23, 2019

    A few bumps but mostly pretty good.

  • 8.0
    Bill Blaze Oct 16, 2019

    It is a good issue but I'm not a fan of Yu's artwork. Some of the line work is kinda trash.

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  • 8.0
    gaijin00 Oct 16, 2019

    This was like a palate cleanser. I still love the writing. The art style seems... inappropriate? I like Yu's art but you know, I just feel like if it was drawn in any other way, it would have given me more feelz. But hey i'm pretty sure Yu's art during those instances where there's insane action happening would be best served together sometime in the next few issues.

    I've read most X books since the early 90s and stopped completely during Schism and I honestly don't mind having to chuck out a lot of small details I remember about characters so that I can fully immerse in this new world Hickman is building. I realize the more I hang on to the preconceived notions about the characters or continuity of before, the more it might more

  • 8.0
    Mr. Summers Oct 20, 2019

    Every point i gave is for Hickman. His strong storytelling has given Cyclops all of the credit he has deserved since his creation. So far the characters are dynamic and full of new hope, with a serious edge to them. I love it.
    Apparently , from reading other critics, I am alone in being disgusted with Leinil Francis Yu's art. It looked like a fifth graders sketch book ! One frame Cyclops' nose was crooked. Storm looked like a 60 year old. Every character not the focus was scribbled in so poorly that I had a hard time recognizing who they were. The worst was krakoa. The beauty and majesty of that island was completely lost on this art team. It didnt even look like the wilderness.
    I fell in love with hox because of the artwork and more

  • 3.0
    AshWatson Oct 16, 2019

    Really didn't enjoy the "man should know when he's beaten" dialogue exchange from Cyclops and Storm. Felt racist in the most literal way. Add to that the extended tour through Scott's new Brady-Bunch-On-The-Moon house where Jean's only dialogue was about getting dinner ready. Creepy, disturbing, wrong.

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  • 10
    KittyNone Oct 17, 2019

    This is really the latest in the long X-Men tradition of quiet self-contained issues after big stories where characters interact and subplots are set in motion, but it's hard to criticize Hickman for the unusual decision to start there since this is essentially his 13th issue. And taking a moment to breathe is a great idea for a run that's been all concept and plot with little room for individual characters, and Hickman makes Cyclops and his family feel real in the way that only the best X-Men comics can. Mind you, we're hardly shorted on big ideas: the Summer House is a sci-fi joy and the broader concepts continue to be the most dizzyingly ambitious thing anyone's ever done with the X-Men.

  • 10
    ZodTee Oct 17, 2019

    THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT

  • 10
    EDiakota Oct 17, 2019

    "I'm always careful, Storm. It's part of my charm."
    - CYCLOPE

  • 10
    gustave154 Nov 15, 2019

    The start of a great new era

  • 9.5
    Georgi Oct 17, 2019

    I really liked it, not much action, but it was structured in a way that it didn't need it. Loved the Cable moment and for me it's nice to see the whole Summers family together in such peace. Would have given it a 10 but the dialogue in the beginning was really off for me.

  • 9.5
    sebastianorellana95 Oct 19, 2019

    Amazing beginning!!

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Oct 16, 2019

    This was a slower issue, but I'm still really enjoying this. I know Hickman takes his time, so I'm not too concerned about the direction or speed. I wonder how people who didn't read HoX/PoX would respond to this.

  • 8.5
    Wolf Warner Oct 15, 2019

    The story is building. Slow burn ahead!!

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Oct 16, 2019

    Good start after HoX and PoX

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Oct 19, 2019

    Great start to the series, and a very good continuation of HoX/PoX story. While this was quite a slow issue, it's a perfect introduction to the main story.

  • 8.5
    cincyfan Nov 1, 2019

    a great start i'm really looking forward to what happens next

  • 8.0
    Another Nerd Oct 16, 2019

    Good start to the series.

  • 8.0
    drwasheewashee Oct 17, 2019

    Not as "wow inducing" as HOXPOX but it does set the stage for what the series will be, doses of action and downtime. I also very much love Hickmans voice for magneto. Yu's art was nice but I felt it didn't leave to strong an impression on me

  • 8.0
    Ben Nov 13, 2019

    First half with Cyclops, Magneto, Storm and Polaris was good. The stuff with the Summers family is underwhelming.

  • 7.0
    egon244 Oct 21, 2019

    "For I am Magneto. Let man run from me"

    Good issue, an entertaining one.

    But after a great opening, it really slowed down when they got back to Krakoa. The Summers' family dynamic and all that dinner stuff didn't seem very captivating.

    The art was good but lacked consistency from panel to panel. Some of them were great, while others might have been better.

  • 7.0
    packtsardines Oct 22, 2019

    Just because this is a 7 doesn't mean it's worth reading. I quite enjoyed this, I just had a problem with the dialogue at the beginning and following some of the story. I probably should have read House of X/Powers of X but it's not that hard to follow. Either way it's very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to issue 2.

  • 6.0
    letskillrobots Oct 18, 2019

    I think the narrative jumping is really tiring on me. I don't need 13 storylines to be interested.

  • 5.0
    The 20 Issue Ceiling Oct 30, 2019

    I am not going to sugarcoat this... Hickman's writing has gotten to me. Usually I am complaining that certain books rely too much on humour or action, however this has the complete opposite problem. Everyone talks like they are politicians who just downed a bottle of sleeping pills. Unbearably boring. I might drop it if this is the tone going forward.

    This is the kind of book that would be great to read if it is the only series you follow. You could take in all the density of the lore, but given that I read like 20 books a week and the X-men are not in my top 5... frankly, it kind of makes me not look forward to reading it other than to rip the band-aid off.

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