X-Men #18

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Mahmud Asrar Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 24, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 67
7.8Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

It's been a long time since the team went into the vault. A long time.

Rated T+

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Feb 24, 2021

    X-Men #18 finally fulfills the promise that Hickman made in House Of X/Powers Of X. X-Men has been coasting for too long, and this issue finally changes that. By continuing the story of Wolverine, Darwin, and Synch in the Vault, Hickman is showing readers just how dangerous the post-human threat to mutantkind is. This issue is a breath of fresh air, and it feels like this is the type of X-Men book readers were promised when Hickman came aboard. Asrars art is the perfect complement to the whole thing. It reads great and looks amazing, and is everything one could want in an X-Men comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Feb 25, 2021

    All in all, this is a satisfying, beautifully rendered, adventure story well worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Mar 1, 2021

    Of course, things go wrong on day one inside the vault. In the issue, Sync is definitely the standout. Hickman puts the story in his perspective and that is a great choice. Once again, the characters and stories that add to the nation of Krokoa's growing abilities are my favorite part of the book. As a newly resurrected mutant, Sync definitely adds another layer to what mutants are capable of following resurrection. The revelation towards the end of the issue raises some interesting questions regarding mutants and their powers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Feb 24, 2021

    Overall this issue gave us an action packed story with some big implications on what we know of the mutants side of the Marvel Universe. I'm definitely intrigued how Hickman and his teams will utilize this new change going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 24, 2021

    Asrar delivers some awesome art throughout this issue. The characters look great and there is some great action to be found. A great looking issue from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Lia Galanis Feb 24, 2021

    It's a fun read that sets up interesting questions for the future of Krakoa and Asrar's art is beautiful, giving every page a nice polish. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Feb 24, 2021

    In the end, X-Men #18 was well worth the wait. I for one want to see what comes next too, because there still seems to be more to this that the following issue should get back to. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 24, 2021

    X-Men #18 shows Jonathan Hickman putting his own spin on the typical X-Men “rescue” mission, and the focus on a tight-knit, complementary cast lets Wolverine, Darwin, and Synch's personalities and abilities shine. Mahmud Asrar and Sunny Gho also get to draw riveting action sequences that showcase this cast of character's unique powers while working in tandem with Hickman to create an uneasy tone around the team's actions. By the end of the issue, we know so much about who Wolverine, Darwin, and Synch are, but their opponents are basically explod-y action figures. Hmm… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Feb 24, 2021

    Whether the plot points are enough to sate the hungry X-Men fan, Mahmud Asrar's slick visuals should satisfy with his depiction of this otherworldly locale, these mutant's unusual powers, and the battle within. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Feb 25, 2021

    The series finally revisits the Vault and the creative team gives readers the first of the answers they want. It's definitely not what most would expect. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Feb 24, 2021

    I'm certainly not deterred from the story or the series by this one single issue. But, as Hickman's X-MEN goes, this was a bit lackluster and missing that clever charm that these issues seem to normally have. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 27, 2021

    Jonathan Hickman and Mahmud Asrar deliver a story that is a relatively quick read with the story told in X-Men #18. The strong characterization of Wolverine, Darwin, and Synch really stood out as Hickman and Asrar placed much needed spotlights on these great characters. More than anything this issue came across as a tease for a greater story that will be told with everything going on in the Vault. Hopefully we don't have to wait long for the story in the Vault to unfold, especially with the Hellfire Gala fast approaching. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Feb 26, 2021

    An engaging issue that brings us into the Vault and into the characters' heads, as expected of the ongoing "X-Men" comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Feb 24, 2021

    The main fight overall was a quick one, which speaks to the team's abilities but it wasn't all that great either. The primary fighters were Laura, Darwin, and the Flaming Skullhead, again the comic doesn't tell us any of the Children's names. Everyone else is pretty forgettable except for the last surviving member of the Children who goes kamikaze and tries to self-destruct. During the whole battle, Synch didn't really do much but provide narration and that's it. It seem's like Synch is meant to be the POV character for this story arc, but he may not be the most compelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Feb 24, 2021

    Something is happening here and hopefully, we'll get to see more of it before another 13 issues pass. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Feb 28, 2021

    X-Men #18 sets up what should be an exciting conclusion to the children of the vault story. Jonathan Hickman continues to build up characters and stories that are going to pay off later down the road. You won't find a better long term comic writer that Jonathan Hickman. The pencils and colors really shine this issue as we get many pages that highlight the character. X-Men #18 is a quick but effective read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 25, 2021

    With this book reading so differently to last issue, I can't shake that this is a filler issue, with the second part to follow before we get back to main thrust. Of course, my intermittent reading of this series may be colouring my perceptions slightly. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 27, 2021

    Very little happens in a storyline that I'm beginning to think it some kind of long con. Read Full Review

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