X-Men #16

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Phil Noto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 30, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 66
7.7Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The Captain Commander of Krakoa made a fateful decision. There's no going back.
Rated T+

  • 9.1
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 30, 2020

    Phil Noto does a good job with the art. With the story being focused on character, there isn't a lot of action to be had so the art had to be evocative of emotion and mood. Noto does a great job of bringing those elements out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Dec 30, 2020

    There was no action… only discussion. That said, battles and fight sequences dont necessarily make a comic outstanding. Its a strong story itself that drives a reader's fascination with the comic. Well, Hickman delivers this week! Sure, its only the beginning stages of whats on the horizon with the X-MEN. But ultimately, X OF SWORDS introduced dozens of new mutants that weve never seen before and has now brought many of them to Earth. 2021 is going to see this main title unquestionably intermingle with these new mutants as well as battle them throughout the next 12 months. If anything, X-MEN #16 is an intriguing prologue for the events to transpire this next calendar year. Next up, is an election for a new team. I for one am jazzed to see this new team and where the X-MEN will be heading in 2021. Readers, this is the perfect time to hop on board the main title if you havent already. Pick it up and let me know what you think. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jan 1, 2021

    X-Men #16 is an awesome book for many reasons, but thats pretty much what weve come to expect from Jonathan Hickman. His writing has set up this series for months, if not years, to come. Phil Notos work looks like some of the best of his career to date. X-Men is hands down the X-book to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Dec 30, 2020

    With truly excellent art and pristine characterizations, this issue rose high above it's purpose. It's well worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Dec 30, 2020

    World building including concepts of elections, galas, councils and talks should not be this interesting, but Hickman and Noto knows how to tell any story well and it keeps our attention. Hickman's individual issues always seem unimportant until one pulls back and sees the larger narrative. That being said this issue does much to build up a new potential enemy and sets up a new status quo in admirable fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Dec 30, 2020

    Despite Noto's issues with environments, X-Men #16 still succeeds at setting the stage for an exciting new phase in the Krakoan era of X-Men. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Dec 31, 2020

    In the end, there was nothing to look forward to involving the Captain Commander of Krakoa. However, the events of X-Men #16 gave us something else to take interest in for what has been set in motion for the whole of mutants, instead of a few. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jan 1, 2021

    The creative team lays the groundwork for 2021 and beyond! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 2, 2021

    Jonathan Hickman and Phil Noto maximize exploring the impact X Of Swords had on the X-Men franchise and how the Reign Of X direction will move forward. Every scene in X-Men #16 built well into the next so the tension was always high with what various characters were discussing. It all made the way Cyclops and Jean Grey made it clear what the X-Men will be representing moving forward even more effective. The foundation has now been completed for a lot of intriguing stories to be crafted in the Reign of X direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Jan 3, 2021

    Diplomacy seems to be the name of the game in this issue and Hickman has gotten the ball rolling for what promises to be a tense story from here on out. Not heavy on action but still solid plot building. Absolutely got my money's worth. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Lia Galanis Dec 30, 2020

    X-Men#16 is one of the better issues in this title because it feels like it's going somewhere and the questions that have risen are wholly intriguing and thought-provoking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Dec 30, 2020

    Overall this issue was slow but pretty enjoyable. It asked a lot of questions and set up several future plots for the book to head down. 'Reign of X' has officially begun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 2, 2021

    I hate the new Arakko stuff, so that part of the issue stank. I love the crazy ideas Hickman has for the X-Men, so that part of the issue was great. Your thoughts may differ. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jan 5, 2021

    X-Men #16 feels like a middle issue when it should have been a solid hook for the next arc. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Dec 30, 2020

    X-Men #16 is a well-written comic, but it doesn't feel like anything important. It's a problem this book has been having for a long time. Hickman is a great writer, and there's nothing really wrong with this issue and how it's written. It just doesn't feel like anything special. Noto's art is the issue's saving grace, but even then, there's just something empty about the whole affair. It's just setting things up. The wheels are spinning, but the car isn't going anywhere. Read Full Review

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