X-Men: Black: Mystique #1

Writer: Seanan McGuire, Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler Artist: Marco Failla Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 17, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 15
7.9Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

What's a day in the life for Raven Darkholme, A.K.A. Mystique? Brutal kills, revenge-fueled chills, seductive thrills...and that's all before breakfast! Award-winning author Seanan McGuire (X-MEN GOLD ANNUAL #2)  and rising star Marco Failla take Marvel's multifaceted mutant murderess for a spin! PLUS: Part 3 of X-MEN BLACK: APOCALYPSE!
Rated T+

  • 9.1
    Comicsverse - Peyton Hinckle Oct 17, 2018

    X-MEN BLACK: MYSTIQUE #1 doesn't try to be more than it is. McGuire delves into Mystique's character, giving readers some new titles and slivers of her identity, but it doesn't become over-ambitious, which for a one-shot is good. Sill, I think this issue could've given readers a little more information about Mystique's current standing when it comes to the X-Men. The bigger world of superheroes and mutants is largely left out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 17, 2018

    One of the best things that this issue has going for it is the fact that Mystique is keenly self-aware. As complicated as her life and loyalties have been over the years, Raven knows exactly who she is in this issue and that focus makes the story fun and interesting to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Jon-Carlos Evans Oct 21, 2018

    Seanan McGuire handles the story deftly, crafting a personal and internal story that is not so focused on plot, but rather exploring the everyday outlook of Mystique as she navigates a world where to be outside the mayonnaise human norm is to be hated and feared. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nathaniel Muir Oct 17, 2018

    A great addition to the 'Black' series and one of the best Mystique stories ever told. A must read for all X-Men fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 22, 2018

    Given that this is only her third credit in comics, it’s particularly heartening to see a new talent like Seanan McGuire make such a confident leap from novels to sequential art. While X-Men Black: Mystique won’t redefine the character or change much to her status quo, this is an excellent done-in-one character piece that is a strong showcase for an up-and-coming creative team. Like Mystique herself, it’s clear that this team is willing to put in the work to succeed, and if this issue is any indication, those efforts are definitely going to pay off. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Watch - Amit Malaviya Oct 19, 2018

    A fun, breezy, entertaining story about one of the X-Men's more popular foes, this story leaves you wanting to see what more McGuire can do with Marvel's premiere shapeshifter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Chris Egan Oct 22, 2018

    A solid Mystique story with all the violence and shape-shifting fans of the character could hope for. An intriguing addition to this min-series that makes the finale that much more enticing. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Oct 17, 2018

    Like it's predecessors, X-Men: Black: Mystique #1 isn't a must-read, but it is an entertaining one. It doesn't offer anything new, but has strong characterization and is an opportunity for new fans to get to know Mystique. It's better than the Magneto story but doesn't impress the way that Mojo's story did. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Oct 17, 2018

    The Apocalypse backstory slows the pace down a bit in this installment, but the chapter ends on a note that suggests things are going to pick up in a big way next week. Read Full Review

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