X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1

Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Matteo Lolli, C.F. Villa, Various Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 13, 2022 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 38
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7.5User Rating

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At last year's gala, mutants changed the face of the solar system, terraforming Mars and claiming it for mutantkind. Do you think you can afford to miss this year's gala, all contained in this one over-sized issue!?

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jul 13, 2022

    X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 is an excellent comic that creates a lot of hype for future mutant storylines. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Howard Smith Aug 3, 2023

    Color Artists: Rain Beredo, Ceci De La Cruz, Matthew Wilson, Erick Arciniega, Marte Gracia Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 13, 2022

    All of the artists bring some beautifully detailed moments together in this issue. The styles are fantastic and the characters look amazing. I love the little details throughout and the crowd scenes are wonderful places to scope out familiar faces. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Jul 28, 2023

    If this is the end of an era, then it is a beautifully drawn, incredibly violent, and absolutely gut wrenching end to one of the most interesting and unique X-Men storylines ever written. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 11, 2022

    Marvel somehow pulled off an even better X-Men: Hellfire Gala this year because it is delivered in an impactful extra-sized one-shot. You get the intrigue, melodrama, and beginning of a new year of X-Men with fashion and celeb cameos too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jul 11, 2022

    X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1delivers a major shake-up to the Age of Krakoa, with plenty of superheroic haute couture to spare. Already, plot threads have been set that will spread out into Marvel's other comics, including upcoming issues of Amazing Spider-Man and the upcoming Judgement Day event series. It just goes to show that: whether you're a mutant, superhero, or a regular human, the Hellfire Gala is the place to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 16, 2022

    The Hellfire Gala is great stuff in my opinion. It's a unique and interesting event in its own right, and then it's filled with all sorts of great character and plot developments. This is the sort of character-focused Big Event I can get behind. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geek'd Out - Cameron Kieffer Jul 13, 2022

    Even though the book doesnt offer much in the way of a self-contained story, it serves as a compelling primer to the X-Mens current status quo and provides some foreshadowing that feels truly organic. Other moments do seem more editorial-mandated–such as the second-act cliffhanger that promises a Spider-Man/Wolverine team-up–but it all adds to the fun of a giant-sized X-Men comic that may be light on action but delivers plenty of story for your buck. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 11, 2022

    X-MEN: HELLFIRE GALA #1 provides a fantastic place to get caught up, brings together a new X-MEN roster thats sure to impress, and all while unloading some dirty laundry in the process. However, its long, drawn-out, and almost entirely action-less. Moreover, if something was to lack action, one would expect more drama to compensate which was sadly also not the case. X-MEN: HELLFIRE GALA #1 was super informative and will certainly get fans' brains cooking with possibilities and ideas for the future. But, thats about all we get this week along with the new team reveal which will probably turn heads. Nevertheless, I highly recommend any comic fan whos wanted to hop on the X-MEN train and never has because of the overwhelming nature of the books, to pick X-MEN: HELLFIRE GALA #1 as the perfect place to hitch a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jul 13, 2022

    The "cameos" are as off-putting as they were last year, but they're hardly enough to make the Hellfire Gala anything less the mutant event of the season. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 13, 2022

    Disappointments on the new X-Men team roster aside this year's Hellfire Gala was a success. That is all thanks to all the great seeds planted for the future as we have a number of plotlines and character arcs to be invested in. All of that set-up creates a lot of excitement for the future of the X-Men franchise. That makes this year's Hellfire Gala a success. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 13, 2022

    X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 is not the sum of its parts. It is not a better whole than each individual piece. That's partially because each individual piece is in itself rather odd. X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 feels like a zero issue in some ways. It sets up A.X.E.: Judgement Day for the X-Men and like Eve of Judgement being from the Eternal's point of view, this delivers the X-Men's side. It's an issue that had potential but it never quite lives up to the importance it claims it has. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Jul 11, 2022

    With X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1, Duggan and company have charted the next phase of the Krakoan tapestry, setting up storylines that will touch the wider Marvel Universe, rather than just staying focused on the internal X-line. From Spider-Man to the Avengers, the Eternals, and even the Fantastic Four, the tensions are at an all-time high for mutants and the world around them. Its a shame that the art of this one-shot doesnt quite match those narrative implications, and instead offers a subdued visual entry into the X storyline. Ultimately, this years Hellfire Gala is a fun, if restrained, selection of a new X-Men roster, and set-up for more interesting stories on the horizon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jul 18, 2022

    A triple sized issue with interesting plot points and great art doesn't completely save this mega annual for the entire X-Men line. There's a lot to like that makes it worth picking up, but it's also a weak story that's more of a collection of plot points and set-up than it is a story of its own. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - James Hepplewhite Jul 25, 2022

    a page from X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1, courtesy of MarvelSomething that did halt the flow of the issue was the inclusion of real-life celebrities. The inclusion of actual people who aren't politicians is a choice that has little upside and a large downside. That downside being there's now a non-zero chance the reader asks, "why is this person here" and ruins immersion. X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 survives Jon Hamm's and Brian Posehn's inclusion, but it could've been avoided all the same. With a cursory knowledge of recent X-Men activity in the last couple of years, a reader can buy this issue and see the major throughlines of the story, and if they want to, come aboard. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 21, 2022

    X-Men: The Hellfire Gala #1 is a slog of a comic. Read Full Review

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