X-Men #21

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Russell Dauterman, Nick Dragotta, Sara Pichello, Lucas Werneck Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 9, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 70
8.0Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

It's a changing if the guard as the first X-Men team of Krakoa debuts! One era ends as a new one begins, and the handoff happens here.
32 PGS./Rated T+

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Jun 9, 2021

    X-Men #21 seems to be once again a broad outline from Hickman hinting at things to come through interactions and data pages while at the same time being a really beautifully executed issue from an art point of view Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 9, 2021

    Every artist brings some brilliant, beautiful panels to each page. The issue is filled with great visual moments and tones that draw the eye. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Jun 10, 2021

    Overall this final issue was a stunning piece of work from a group of very talented people. It delivered some outstanding moments that will be remembered for years to come while also looking to the future of what's next for the mutatnts. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jun 10, 2021

    X-Men #21 gives us a little preview of things to come in the new X-Men series coming out. Jonathan Hickman gives us another good issue that raises questions and piques our interest. Where things go from here are anyone's guess. The pencils and colors illuminate the page and bring all kinds of different perspectives to the issue. X-Men #21 is a book that will leave you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Jun 16, 2021

    Instead, Marvel seemed to have other plans. The latter half of the book feels like Marvel just showing off its celebrity friends. It's a bit jarring seeing folks like Eminem, George RR. Martin, and Kevin Fiege in a comic book, drawn very realistically. However, these cameos do serve up a great moment for Scott to lay out his journey and what the X-Men are all about. It's a great moment that adds to a pretty cool issue, showing the X-men at their best. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 11, 2021

    Jonathan Hickman does a fantastic job presenting the Hellfire Gala as a major event in X-Men #21. The way the X-Men are announced to the world along with the scenes involving Charles Xavier, Magneto, and Emma Frost added to the importance the Hellfire Gala has to the franchise. The artwork from Nick Dragotta, Russell Dauterman, Lucas Werneck, and Sara Pichelli further emphasize how this is a can't miss event for X-Men fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Jun 9, 2021

    Jonathan Hickman says farewell to the 'X-Men' flagship title with help from four superb artists. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 10, 2021

    "X-Men" #21 celebrates the best parts of Krakoa and teases the future of the mutants. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 12, 2021

    Another nice bunch of vignettes from the Hellfire Gala. I'm enjoying this event so far, though it's largely just been simmering along these past two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jun 9, 2021

    As a single issue, X-Men #21 feels like a coda to the intense stories that preceded it. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jun 9, 2021

    For the main event title within the HELLFIRE GALA, one would think the weight, importance, and quality of this issue would be strong, entertaining, and significant. However, as Hickman's X-MEN run comes to a close, he passes the torch with no big splash, no questions answered, and no big appeal. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jun 9, 2021

    This is an issue worth picking up for the art alone. It's a fun read, but it's also not a satisfying read, acting more as a tease for next week's Planet-Size X-Men. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jun 15, 2021

    X-Men #21 is completely unsatisfying. Hickman writes well, and there's some definite setup for the future going on, but this isn't House Of X/Powers Of X quality, and it's not even close. If one isn't on board with the meandering, oh so clever riddles of the Red Diamond Sinister Secret pages, then it's going to do nothing for the reader. It feels like set up for the sake of set up and says very little. Now with more celebrity cameos! It's perfectly fine, but it feels like it's trying to be profound and fails at it. That said, at least it looks amazing. All in all, it's perfectly fine, but it's not going to whet anyone's appetites. It doesn't even feel like it's meant to; it's infuriatingly open-ended. It's endemic of Hickman's time on the book, for better and for worse. Read Full Review

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