X-Men #17

Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Joshua Cassara Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 23, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 34
7.6Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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As the new X-Men team brings deals with a seemingly unstoppable foe, one X-Man wrestles with the fact they've gone way too far, and another is shaken by unexpectedly getting exactly what they'd no longer allowed themselves to dream of.


  • 9.4
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Nov 23, 2022

    I said it earlier in the review and Ill say it again, the best single word to describe X-Men #17 is brilliant! All around the board, from creativity to story beats, top to bottom Duggan and Cassara have this series humming since this story arc began. HOPOX fans, as well as any X-Men fans that followed along with Synch and Laura, will love X-Men #17. Plus, fans that could care less about those two will still be captivated by the spectacular world developed by this creative team as well as innovative storytelling from top to bottom. Grab X-Men #17 over your lunch break. Dont wait! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 26, 2022

    Several really fun and well-developed character moments make this a standout issue. The sci-fi and superhero stuff is already off the chain, and then Duggan finds the heart over and over again. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 23, 2022

    Cassara delivers some beautifully detailed imagery throughout the issue. The visuals are thrilling and engaging. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Alex Schlesinger Nov 23, 2022

    X-Men #17 is a solid character study of Forge's shifting priorities and allegiances, with a fascinating glimpse into the wonders of the Vault, a beautiful reunion for a tragic romance, and a setting that lets Cassara flex his impressive illustration skills. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Nov 29, 2022

    The team wraps up some loose ends in a great way. It points towards some exciting stories to come, and the art team illustrates the hell out of it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Nov 23, 2022

    Its the first full mission for the newly elected team, and first up was to save Darwin from the Vault, but what we ended up with was something completely different. The story didnt hit quite how I expected it too, but there were moments that I needed from the characters here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Nov 23, 2022

    X-Men's return to the vault takes some twists and turns, with Gerry Duggan furthering and resolving certain plot threads left dangling by Jonathan Hickman's exit from the X-Office. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Dec 6, 2022

    X-Men #17 is like digging through sewage to get a lunch box. Theres lunch, but everything stinks. Duggan is his usual terrible throughout the issue. Cassara and GURU-eFX arent up to their usual stellar, which is just plain weird. This book continues to be abysmal, but thats not even surprising anymore. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Avanvolk Jun 5, 2023

    Why oh WHY could the rest of this run not live up to these last three issues?! If the story was on this level from the beginning, it would be on par with Immortal X-Men and X-Men: Red in terms of quality.

    What an absolutely brilliant 3-issue arc. Everything was incredible, but I have to give another shout out to Joshua Cassara's artwork. Even though a few smaller panels in this issue seemed like they were a tad rushed, it was still some of the best art I've seen.


    That unexpected reunion between Synch and Wolverine was low-key one of my favourite moments of the Krakoan era so far. What a beautiful moment.

  • 9.5
    Dr. Wøøf_Wøøf Nov 26, 2022

    Holy Mutant Resurrection! That was effing brilliant! Seriously, where was this writing in the first 16 issues (well, maybe 15, as 16 was pretty good, too)?! I am of the opinion that Gerry Duggan has been trolling us, having us for a lengthy spell, a spell which ended with this lovely confection!

    From finishing out his very Forge-centric story arc inside the Vault to dealing with "Alpha Wolverine" Laura Kinney dealing with her first steps outside the Vault to a fine wrap-up of Forge working with Caliban, everything about this issue was a solid homerun! I hope going forward this is what we can expect from the writing/stories in the book! Sooooo good!

    And bonus points to Duggan for bringing "Vault" Laura back to the game more

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Nov 24, 2022

    This was phenomenal! I have absolutely loved every minute of this arc. I couldn't be more intrigued by what they are going to do with one of my favorite characters Laura kinney after this. I found forge's decision to be very heartwarming and beautiful but it does create quite an interesting issue. I can't wait for the next chapter

  • 9.5
    KittyNone Nov 24, 2022

    You know, between my mixed-to-negative feelings about Duggan's run in general and this X-Force-y arc in general I almost skipped this issue, but I'm glad I didn't. A fine coda to the Vault story, an excellent redemption arc for Forge to lead him out of the dark-and-edginess, I'm into where they left Darwin's plot and I loved the reunion towards the end. I'm always thinking of dropping this book, but it keeps pleasantly surprising me like this just often enough to keep me reading

  • 9.0
    Screaming Enigma Jun 14, 2023

    Another strong issue for this run. Cassara continues to kill it on the art duties, and Duggan writes a compelling story with Forge inside the Vault. Darwin's cameo was nice, but I also really enjoyed the reunion of Synch and Laura after their time in the Vault together. That scene is absolutely nailed here, which is what solidifies this as a 9.0 for me.

  • 9.0
    JBL Reviews Nov 26, 2022

    I think the Vault storyline has been so intriguing.

  • 8.5
    Colleen St. Lucie Nov 24, 2022

    Seems like this had a fake ending. I'm intrigued.

  • 8.0
    PolarIceHavok Dec 6, 2022

    Just read this & liked it more than the last 2 issues. I'm really into Forge's vision of Krakoa's future, re. his "real estate" development plans. I just hope it's not already too late, to see it come to fruitition, is all.

    Also found it *very interesting*... that during the *eXchange* w/Darwin while in his own mind, he donned the suit for... Captain Krakoa!!

    And I 💚 seein' Forearm behind the bar @theGL, miXing drinks. Not sure if that's new, but it's the 1st time I noticed it, and think it's a positively brilliant, li'l detail to add.

    Another nice touch was everything... Caliban! After this arc, his characterization's a keeper, AFAIC. This modern, mutant age needs more of his kind around.

    And more

  • 7.5
    CrazyforRAMU Nov 10, 2023

    It's a solid capstone for the arc. The art isn't quite as spectacular as previous issues, but it's still excellent.

    I feel like the script is caught in a Catch-22 trap. It sticks mainly to tying up the existing plot threads, but it does so in a pretty safe way--that leaves the arc as a whole feeling slightly decompressed. It doesn't help that the prose is pretty pedestrian and there's little real action.

    I do like the "Forge's heart grew 3 sizes that day" character work, though.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Nov 27, 2022

    It was a good ending to the arc, even if some parts felt easy. I liked it enough to keep this series around a little longer.

  • SneakyToaster17 Feb 9, 2023

    I want to catch up on Dr Stasis… can anybody recommend which issues of this series to collect just for that goal?


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