X-Men #1

Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Pepe Larraz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 7, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 97
8.4Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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The heroes of Krakoa are here to save the planet! Things might be complicated between the nation of Krakoa and the rest of the world, but to the X-MEN, things are simple - you do what's right, you protect those who need protecting and you save the world we all share. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Sunfire, Rogue, Wolverine, Synch and Polaris are the chosen champions of mutantkind, and they will not shrink from any battle for their home planet. Writer Gerry Duggan (MARAUDERS, DEADPOOL, UNCANNY AVENGERS) reteams with superstar artist Pepe Larraz (HOUSE OF X, X OF SWORDS, UNCANNY AVENGERS) to chart the more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jul 7, 2021

    X-Men #1 returns the mutant team to its superheroic roots, with a creative team willing to up the scale of the challenges that Cyclops and his companions will face. If you have been following the X-Men franchise since its relaunch or if you're a new reader, this is a perfect jumping-on point for readers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Jul 11, 2021

    Bottom Line: Duggan's relaunch with X-Men #1 opens up strong with a "back to basics" old school feel that's sure to keep the pages turning as if you were a little kid reading comics for the first time all over again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Jul 7, 2021

    Overall X-Men brings back the classic superhero book we all know and love. It's such a fun and fantastic read that everyone should check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 7, 2021

    Larraz delivers some fantastically detailed art throughout the issue. There are so many great visual moments and the art is exciting and vibrant. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Jul 5, 2021

    X-Men #1 is a smartly balanced opening setup piece with magnificent art that quickly establishes the direction that the book will be heading in as Duggan and the team explore the consequences of the big moves mutantkind has made recently and the very menacing results that come from those big moves while at the same time infusing the story with the action and entertaining bravado of a superhero team comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 9, 2021

    I don't want to fall back into all the X-books, but this one is a matter-of-fact bit of brilliance, with a really interesting team of mutants trying to make it clear that they're heroes and doing it with kindness. I also like that their Wolverine is Laura. This one's good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jul 8, 2021

    "X-Men" #1 is a carefully paced issue bursting with intrigue about the X-Men's intergalactic efforts. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 10, 2021

    This first issue accomplishes a heck of a lot in terms of setting up a big, new, exciting X-Men team. It lacks individual character development, and some of the new side villain introductions are inelegant, but the issue as a whole is pretty darn wonderful. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jul 7, 2021

    Marvel's flagship mutant heroes relaunch as the X-Men return to the Marvel Universe in a big way. The story is fresh and exciting, packed full of great characterization and new ideas. The art is absolutely incredible, with some great designs and stunning action. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Jul 5, 2021

    Comics critics, myself included, have a habit of focusing too much on the script in our reviews, but the thrill of this issue comes through in the vibrance of the art. The X-Men are back. ("Hated & feared no more," as Duggan tweeted recently.) It's a good time to be a fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 8, 2021

    X-Men #1 is a strange animal. Its hard to say if a superhero X-Men book is the right way to go after two years of anything but, however, Duggan, Larraz, and Gracia deliver an entertaining story that hits all the right points. Theres some set up for the future, and it will be interesting to see where this book goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 7, 2021

    It has loads of action and few thought-provoking ideas and is overall just a lot of fun. I mean, in addition to the X-Mech and Cyclops geeking out way too much over the treehouse, there's space Vegas that use black holes to simulate the "always day" casino feel plus Larraz nails Wolverine aka Laura Kinney's physicality throughout the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jul 9, 2021

    I'm not sure what more you would want out of an X-book. There was action, story set up, good character moments and new villains. Duggan was impressive taking over the reins from Jonathan Hickman and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do on a flagship book. The pencils and colors are simply stunning. Larraz and Gracia absolutely crush this issue and dazzle in tis debut issue. X-Men #1 looks like it's setting up for great things. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 7, 2021

    A good and proper X-Men team makes its return in X-Men #1, and while the overall Krakoa era storyline is really humming, this issue is mostly exciting as a hint at things to come, rather than as something strong and entertaining on its own merits. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 5, 2021

    Therefore, amongst the busy nature of the comic, I found myself struggling to find the ultimate purpose of the book after issue one. That being said, I have all the faith in the world in what Duggan can do, especially after seeing what hes done in past X-MEN related ongoings like MARAUDERS and CABLE. Plus, there is no doubt that this comic will be the driving X-title moving forward making this a must add to any X-fans pull list. Id walk cautiously into issue one yet optimistic for the future of the series and team as Duggan wrangles in the focus of the title. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jul 7, 2021

    As mentioned, Duggan is taking over from Hickman on the main X-Men title, and theres enough of his style established on Marauders (quippy team dynamics, classic superhero adventure plotting) to make his take feel distinct while also retaining Hickmans grandiose tone. A big part of that undoubtedly comes from the art team of Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia, who previously provided the visual storytelling of House of X to great effect. Everything that worked so well about that run on the art side of things is back here, and Im very much looking forward to seeing more of their work on what will theoretically be the X-Men book of the entire line. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 8, 2021

    X-Men #1 is a strong debut issue for the returning superhero team. Every member of the X-Men are given time to shine as the team saves New York City from the latest cosmic threat. In the process Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz set-up three major threats for the X-Men to face in the future. By the end I am even more hyped for what is next for the team than I was when starting to read X-Men #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Jul 11, 2021

    Still, this is really good for fans of the franchise, and they'll dig in for more of this without hesitation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 5, 2021

    As a start of anew run, this book serves its dual purposes well enough. Intrigue, subterfuge and a battle mixed to gives the series a solid, if slightly underwhelming start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jul 7, 2021

    X-Men #1 succeeds in achieving that goal, but it all feels somewhat juvenile when compared to what preceded it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 13, 2021

    The issue also introduces us to industrialist Kelvin Heng whose plans to terraform Mars were squashed by Krakoa. While he isn't set-up as a direct antagonist here, it certainly doesn't appear he's gone to be strong ally. There are also those poking around asking questions about all the X-Men returning from the dead which Cyclops isn't answering. Read Full Review

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