X-Men #13

Event\Storyline: X of Swords Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Mahmud Asrar Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 21, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 70
7.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Lessons. Longing. What has begun cannot be undone.
Rated T+

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 21, 2020

    Not only does X-Men #13 issue invigorate the series, but places Apocalypse as a heroic character. I never thought I'd see this character as any more epic in nature, but Hickman and Asrar have done so and more here. It's an impressive work that's efficiently done in 20 or so pages, further showing the medium can tell any tale with the right creators. I can't believe I'm saying this given how great most of the last nine chapters of this event have been, but X-Men #13 only makes X of Swords more exciting, invigorating, and interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 21, 2020

    Mahmud Asrar delivers some intense and beautifully detailed art throughout this issue. Every page is filled with great details and a dark, ominous tone that matches the mood of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Oct 21, 2020

    X-MEN #13 was informative, clever, unique, and shared some well-needed background information to the core of the event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Oct 28, 2020

    Apocalypse must recover from his wounds to fight in the Contest of Swords! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Oct 27, 2020

    While nothing too dramatic or outlandish happens in this issue, artist Mahmud Asrar manages to stun with his artwork. It's hard to explain but there is a seriousness and grim tone to his art, which makes you focus and take it all in. X of Swords is reaching its climax soon and this issue should only make folks more excited. I'm hoping the actual tournament can keep the momentum going. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Oct 21, 2020

    This is a frustrating infodump of an issue, partially redeemed by exquisite art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 23, 2020

    Hickman and company have been smart about the way they've built this event but they've made it clear that it's going to be extremely different from the traditional superheroics that many Marvel fans are used to and will be extremely additive to the mythology of these characters. But they have delivered on those two basic tenets every step of the way and X-Men #13 is no exception. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Oct 21, 2020

    X-Men #13 is a part of a larger whole that gives readers a character defining experience for Apocalypse. No longer just a symbolic survival of the fittest character, but one about fulfilling the expectations of himself and the people he loves the most. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 24, 2020

    An overall OK addition to X of Swords at least gives us some direct storytelling from the upcoming antagonists. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Oct 21, 2020

    Overall this was a pretty good chapter. It gave us some more background while getting another sword bearer ready for the tournament. It was not a standout like other chapters were, but still a solid chapter none theless. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Oct 21, 2020

    The issue redefines Apocaypse's existence in a way that longtime X-Men nerds are sure to appreciate. Otherwise, it's a fine but not particularly memorable installment in the "X of Swords" saga. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 21, 2020

    X-Men #13 is a competently done issue and that's pretty much the best that can be said for it. Structurally, it's sound and everything in it works towards the story it's trying to tell. Hickman and company do a fine job with it on the level of putting together a comic that plays into a larger saga. However, it also contains a terrible retcon that changes everything fans knew about a character in the worst possible way to sell a story that isn't all that good. Read Full Review

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