X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 #1

Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: R. B. Silva, Luciano Vecchio Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 26, 2023 Cover Price: $8.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 54
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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THE FALL OF X BEGINS HERE! The Hellfire Gala is always the biggest event of the season...but this year's will change everything for Krakoa. What is meant to be mutantkind's biggest night becomes their biggest nightmare as the Fall of X begins! All your favorite X-Men are going to be left reeling after this one - shocking revelations, stunning betrayals, horrifying tragedy, impossible deaths...and of course the most glamorous looks of the year, all in one CANNOT-MISS package!
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  • 10
    ComicsOnline - Tony Rhea Jul 28, 2023

    The losses in this book are catastrophic and shocking, and it would be wonderful to see some characters rise from this event with new-found purpose, and for some characters that have been hiding in the background to take center stage. With all there is to unpack, this single issue has bred so many talking points that will keep the comics community buzzing for months to come. I, for one, will be devouring every moment of this event. I recommend you do the same. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Aug 1, 2023

    X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 #1 kept me on the edge of my seat, and I can't wait to see what happens next for the mutants of Krakoa. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jul 26, 2023

    If you've ever read an X-Men comic, buy this comic. If you've never read an X-Men comic, buy this comic. If you've ever read literally anything, buy this comic. And if you can't read? Buy this comic and have someone read it to you. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 26, 2023

    THE DISPATCHIs Ms. Marvel a mutant? Is she Inhuman? What exactly is she? Well, youll find out in this year's X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 #1. And trust me when I tell you, its no surprise to any longtime comic book fan. However, to any new recruit, since the MCU took hold and pumped out these streaming shows, this issue may be more of a shock to them. Nevertheless, if youre expecting that to be a big-time shock, youll be sorely mistaken. Because as you know, every year since the Hellfire Gala has been introduced, some type of new mutant innovation is always revealed to the world. And X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 #1 is no different. However, I wont be the one to spoil that tidbit. Youll have to get the issue yourself to find out!!! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 26, 2023

    Game-changing superhero comics are few and far between, yet X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 supersedes expectations and will blow you away. If you're a lover of the Krakoan era of making more mutants and the dream of a utopia, this issue will be a very hard pill to swallow, but it's hard to deny, with so much being shaken up in a single issue, that we're about to embark on an exciting new era that hasn't been this exciting since the dawn of the Krakoan age. Packed to the brim with action, intrigue, and intense drama, X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 changes everything. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Jul 27, 2023

    X-Men Hellfire Gala 2023 #1 makes the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones look like a family spat during the Holidays. The assault on Krakoa is massive, intricate, and effective. For once, it feels like there are true consequences of death for the mutants, something that's been missing since the start of the Krakoa era. It's impossible to guess where mutant-kind goes from here, but this just may be the shakeup the X-Office needed. Oh, this is also the comic where Ms. Marvel comes back to life, and it's as contrived and rushed as you could imagine. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 29, 2023

    It has forever been a part of storytelling that you heap a bunch of misery on your characters ahead of their eventual moment of triumph, but sometimes that misery can be too overwhelming. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 26, 2023

    X-Men: The Hellfire Gala is entertaining in its own ways, but its shock at this point has little emotional impact. It's been there. Done that. X-Men: The Hellfire Gala sets up an intriguing new direction for the X-Men to come. The idea of Wilson Fisk aiding the X-Men is intriguing. Nightcrawler's teased direction has potential. The direction for Ms. Marvel is far too clear (the comic isn't subtle in its foreshadowing). It returns the X-Men to their roots shifting them away from the benevolent gods of the past few years. Like Orchis, the comic delivers a swift brutal attack on the status quo for the line, leaving it in shatters and leaving lots of potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 27, 2023

    Hellfire Gala 2023 will certainly go down as the biggest game changer to the X-Men franchise since House of X and Powers of X. The actions by Orchis certainly elevated them to become the ultimate X-Men villains that you hope in the end our heroes can overcome and defeat. Though the events of the Mutant Massacre that took place at this year's Hellfire Gala will be something that it is key the X-Men creative teams fully tap into the potential of this latest direction of the franchise. If they don't than the questions as to why Duggan and Marvel decided to do this will grow and consume the X-Men franchise. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jul 26, 2023

    Four years after House of X and Powers of X revitalized the entire X-line, Hellfire Gala 2023 has extinguished any interest I still held in a truly dismal affair. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Jul 29, 2023

    This was an absolute masterpiece in every single way! The x-books continue to be brilliant!!

  • 10
    Texas VII Jul 26, 2023

    I loved every moment of this year’s Hellfire Gala. We have seen horrific things happen to the Mutants plenty before, but this felt like the culmination of every bad decision the Mutants have made since the beginning of the Krakoan era. The art was fantastic especially towards the end, and the writing is very solid throughout the issue. We also got a surprise new mutant that really is much of a surprise, but cool nevertheless. I’m excited to see what is born from the ashes of The Fall of X

  • 10
    derbycomics Jul 26, 2023


    I was not ready for what I just witnessed in X-MEN HELLFIRE GALA 2023 #1.

    Ever since the Fall of X was first teased, the current (I guess now previous) Krakoa arc, Destiny of X, has been criticized for advancing the Krakoan narrative at a snail’s pace mixed with some off-the-wall stories across the various titles that were nothing more than a distraction from the main plot. It wasn’t until a handful of the most recent issues from the “Core 3” as I call them (X-MEN, X-MEN RED, and IMMORTAL X-MEN) where we got back to understanding more about ORCHIS’s plans for mutant destruction and the upcoming civil war on Arakko.

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  • 10
    Oluas Jul 26, 2023

    It was a great event, the story remains with you in the end. Shocking and emotionally relevant.

  • 9.5
    Toonstrack Jul 30, 2023

    Dang. I didnt see that coming.

    Orchis... you got whats coming for you. Remember this day.

  • 9.5
    justonemore Jul 26, 2023

    Wow, i wasnt expecting this. This was great. A big plot with good writing. Its great, really.
    And, of course, R.B. Silva and Pepe Larraz.

  • 9.0
    DDJamesB Aug 8, 2023

    On one hand, it's a drastic shift that feels like I could be the beginning of the end. On the other hand it was great to see such bold step in the story.

  • 9.0
    JBL Reviews Jul 26, 2023

    I didn’t expect to like this. I feel like the X-Men books have been dragging, but this was pretty epic. Perfect? No, but overall it was interesting. I get the complaints that, once again, the mutants were all killed, but I still liked it.

  • 9.0
    2birdsstoned815 Jul 26, 2023


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  • 8.5
    Screaming Enigma Aug 10, 2023

    This really felt like a hard turning point in the Krakoa era, which is exactly what this was going for, in my opinion. With this year's Hellfire Gala, we see the beginning the newest phase of the aforementioned era: Fall of X. While I do understand where some of the criticisms for this new phase and for this issue stem from, I don't think they're entirely warranted quite yet. I think we still need to wait and see how all of this ends before complaining that Marvel is just doing what they always do with the mutants, in that they have them rise to power, fall to their lowest, rise up again, fall down again, etc. I have faith that Fall of X won't be about the end of Krakoa, but that Fall of X will actually mean Fall of Xavier, as I've see othe more

  • 8.5
    Out of Gluck Jul 27, 2023

    Very compelling, but somehow missing that special something. I have to take off points for
    -what happened to Jean (abandon the trope already)
    -the continued vilification of Xavier (also tropey)
    -Moira's unearned heel turn which is still incredibly unbelievable

    Those who had Xavier's psychic training mostly didn't make a lick of sense. Emma Frost and Lourdes Chantel using Xavier's technique?

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    I really don't care for Ms. Marvel as a mutant either-- there are so many mutants screaming for page space and she has her own niche; she doesn't need the X-Men and they don't need her.

  • 8.5
    Jawsh Jul 27, 2023

    Off with another BANG

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy May 2, 2024

    I think this is one of the few modern X-men issues or stories I actually enjoyed

  • 8.0
    Kalaoui Jul 31, 2023

    This has spectacle, drama and awesome art to make it worth the extra money so Kudos to Gerry Duggan and all the fantastic artists. It sits up there with HOX/POX and Planet-X along with Immortal/Red as high points. But this issue is a series of whiplash acts coming out of the last 2 years where things advanced at a snails pace so the amped up level is just not registering correctly for me. I wish the X office hasn't delayed and slowed things unnecessarily so we had a better landing for Fall of X but hey it is what it is. The Ms. Marvel stuff is still a bitter pill to swallow along with Moira's character destruction are problems and matters not handled well. This issue works as well as it did because the artists from Larraz/RB.Silva/Vecchio/C more

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  • 8.0
    Colleen St. Lucie Jul 27, 2023

    Don't at all like Ms. Marvel as a mutant.

    Some things didn't add up like the practitioners of the Red Triangle Protocol.

    Plausible practitioners of the Red Triangle Protocol


    Probably Not

    Emma Frost (She would have her own defense; it was designed to withstand her in the first place)
    Rasputin IV (if this technique survived generations)
    Monet (never a student of Xavier; would use an Emma technique)
    Synch (nevert a student of Xavier; would use an Emma technique but maybe learned from Jean)
    Kwannon (never a student of Xavier)
    Northstar (never a student of Xavier)
    Aurora (ne more

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  • 6.5
    KittyNone Jul 26, 2023

    After the beginning of the Krakoa era offered us something exciting and fresh for a concept that had become played out and repetitive, the end dutifully returns us to business as usual. Mutants are outcasts, there's another horrific mutant massacre, and — descending into self-parody — Jean Grey is dead yet again. Welcome to superhero comics where nothing is ever allowed to be new for long. Perhaps this will be more compelling in the hands of the line's more interesting writers, but here it's just a soulless fight scene desperately begging you to call it "epic"

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  • 6.0
    bestlucas Aug 15, 2023

    I just read the Sins of Sinister issues and this, to me, doesn't hold up. This feels like deus ex machina, forced. This didn't feel like an especially insightful strategy and for all the bureaucracy of Krakoa, there was never any contingency for this? I'll just make a list:
    1. In Sins of Sinister, Juggernaut is shot through Thanos' head. Now, in an equivalent maneuver, he cannot break a robot.
    2. Orchis magically hacks the entire gate system and Charles doesn't think twice about sending everyone through there?
    3. Orchis publishes fake news showing that all the humans were killed, why doesn't Charles implant what he saw into people's minds to show otherwise?
    4. Most importantly, weren't Charles and Hope and Exodus 'tainte more

  • 5.0
    allenquanobi Jul 27, 2023

    Thought I'd read this as part of the X-Men come back for me and immediately I'm like alright I'm out again. It's crazy how bad marvel fumbled the bag with this era that Hickman set up. I understand that they wanted to stay in the krakoa era longer than intended, but everything Hickman set up feels like it's completely buried or wasn't followed up in a satisfying way since he left. It feels like he gave them notes and the writers just took them way too literally or just used them as a guide instead of the natural story. Moira is out of character; this fall of X doesn't feel deserved even though the krakoa era was extended longer than intended. It just feels SO rushed. It's such a shame because if you re read all the Hickman stuff and s more

  • 5.0
    Leylin Jul 26, 2023


    I feel that it is too convenient, in other hellfire gala there were many heroes, while in this gala it was only the avengers. And although I can believe that they left because the Krakoa captain attacked the United States.

    I don't understand why there weren't more heroes at the gala. it feels very convenient and anticlimactic. that without counting that orchis easily defeated the entire nation. I understand that they wanted to present this stage at the gala but the way to do it can be improved

  • 4.0
    Briton Jul 31, 2023

    Here we go again. There can be no progress in comics, the status quo must prevail. So another massacre provides the reset.

  • 2.0
    Phoenix20 Jul 26, 2023

    I'm getting pretty tired of reading what is essentially the same storyline over and over when it comes to X-Men comics. I'm a longtime X-Men fan and I absolutely love the characters -- and always will. I still read the comics because I still love the characters but the storylines are getting to be so insanely repetitive.

    Another mutant genocide? Just another day in the office for the X-Men. Because we've seen it so much, the word "genocide" doesn't have the same weight that it definitely should. House of X, Genosha, the OG Mutant Massacre, Inhumans v. X-Men -- they're all fundamentally the same. I feel like the authors just pop in another "genocide" storyline when they don't know what else to write about. Other comics have inter more

  • 1.0
    CesarCastanha Jul 26, 2023

    Let me be very clear on what kind of X-men fan I am: I love most of Krakoa era comics and I think Tini Howard is one hell of a great writer.

    That said, this issue is just horrible. Duggan dropped some good ideas on previous comics that go nowhere, while at the same time failing to proper introduce the reader to whatever is going on in this packed issue. And his more political attempts never land - on the contrary, they are consistently poor. Duggan was always the weakest link of the Krakoan comics. But of course marvel editorial and their one huge event every six months mandate can never help.

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