X-Men: Grand Design #1
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X-Men: Grand Design #1

Writer: Ed Piskor Artist: Ed Piskor Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 20, 2017 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 26
9.3Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

From Eisner award-winning creator Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree) comes a thrilling new series chronicling all of X-Men history! X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN stitches together the most important moments in mutant history, creating a comprehensive narrative celebrating the X-Men's past, present, and future. The first in a trilogy, GRAND DESIGN returns to Charles Xavier's assembly of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, and Beast! A must for fans looking to brush up on their X-Men lore or as jumping-on point for Marvel's merry mutants.
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  • 10
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 20, 2017

    X-Men: Grand Design is a must-read for X-Men fans but also the perfect primer for those who might feel a bit overwhelmed by years and years of continuity. For Marvel, it represents a really great way to provide historical texts of their universe and show how they fit together on a more macro level without aping the resources already provided for free on the internet. Ed Piskor is an incredible talent working in comics today and he treats the source material with love and respect. This is a truly for fans by a fan, and it's so much better for that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 20, 2017

    This is an excellently told story X-Men or no, but it'll make you a believer in the epic and awesome history of the X-men. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jan 3, 2018

    Done in a yellow toned classic feel, this book is so fantastic. To be able to relive the history of the X-Men in such a concise format is a great feeling. Piskor hits a home run with issue #1, leaving me waiting for the second issue to drop. X-Men Grand Design is the blueprint of the Marvel mutant verse, there is no better way to be introduced to it than right here. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 25, 2017

    This book is a fantastic retelling of the X-Men story and perfect for new readers eager to learn and old salts looking to take a walk down memory lane.  Ed Piskor doesn't give a page per page retelling, however, but takes all the years of expanded stories, puts them into place and makes it all easily digestible with his classic style.  I can't wait for the next issue and hope that Marvel gives him free reign to do this for all of their franchises. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Dec 25, 2017

    A beautifully delivered homage to X-Men history, that has the potential to breathe new life into a struggling franchise. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Sep 6, 2018

    A dense, joyous, occasionally frightening, often-hilarious reimagining of five years worth of X-Lore. This is an essential read for fans of all stripes. Plus, there's a panel in which Dr. Doom plays with a Barbie. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - E.A. Sofia Dec 25, 2017

    Grand Design is what a retelling can look like when done incredibly well, with the history of these famous characters retold in a way that appreciates the originals and acknowledges how the passage of time has made these stories into a mythology that warrants the creation of this type of book in the first place. X-Men: Grand Design is on my pull list, and I recommend that fellow X-Men fans add it to theirs. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Dec 25, 2017

    X-Men Grand Design truly is the whole package and so is the man behind the work, Ed Piskor. ...Ed Piskor clearly loves the X-Men and he is paying it forward 100 fold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - James Cesena Jan 3, 2018

    It is a Herculean effort to condense almost 55 years of material into a limited series but Ed Piskor greatly succeeds in doing so. He also manages to inject an easy to follow and fresh take on the X-Men's often convoluted, overly complicated at times, history. This is a well thought out, product. It's the perfect introduction to the superhero soap opera we continue to be obsessed with called the X-Men. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 20, 2017

    Piskor is giving us the definitive history of the X-Men like he's done with hip-hop and doing so in a way where it feels fresh and new despite 54 years of existence. He's doing what feels like the impossible, taking a complicated history and distilling it down to the important moments and presenting it in a way that's perfect for new and long time fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Dec 21, 2017

    I hadn't been looking forward to this before, but it's proven to be much better than expected. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Dec 20, 2017

    X-Men: Grand Design is the type of bold, creator-driven project that Marvel needs right now. Read Full Review

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