X-Men: Messiah Complex #1
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X-Men: Messiah Complex #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Mark Silvestri Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 24, 2007 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
6.3Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

  • 8.4
    IGN - Bryan Joel Oct 24, 2007

    An impressive start to what's shaping up to be a satisfying story. The one-shot does cram a lot of information into its twenty-four pages and can sometimes seem a little spastic because of it, but it gets slack for being charged with springboarding four titles' worth of concepts. Despite its flaws, I'll pay it this compliment: This issue managed to hook me on another crossover with Mr. Sinister at the center. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 24, 2007

    Chins aside, Messiah Complex is off to a decent start. The real test will come when the story is bounced between four different creative teams over the next two months. Neither the quality of Endangered Species nor the past examples of major X-Men crossovers give me cause to feel optimistic, but damned if I'm not excited about this story anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Bryant Frattalone Oct 28, 2007

    The first chapter of Messiah Complex is a rip-roaring read with a classic, fan favorite artist. If youve been gone from the X-Men for awhile, nows the time to return to the fold before theyre all gone! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Oct 28, 2007

    So this is a very good opening salvo for a new Marvel weekly event. It has the benefit of Brubakers hand on the wheel for the first (and the following, second) chapter thats a bonus, right there. I like the fact that Bru gets to lay out the groundwork to which the other writers will be contributing. That, in itself, makes me curious about the Messiah Complex as a whole, and if the intensity can stay ratcheted up to the level of this one-shot, Im there for the whole ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Nov 6, 2007

    X-Men Messiah Complex One Shot was a typical set-up issue. I probably enjoyed this issue more than readers who had already read the spoilers for the Messiah Complex story. Let's get to the heart of the matter. The real question is if X-Men Messiah Complex One Short is worth your hard earned money. Given the fact that not much happens that hasn't already been covered in all the spoilers and the fact that this issue is a dollar more than regular cover price I'd recommend not wasting your money on X-Men Messiah Complex One Shot. Only X-Men completists should bother to spend their money getting this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Oct 28, 2007

    Final words: Unlike Endangered Species, which was a series of back-up stories running through all the x-titles this past summer that got bogged down at times with the technical aspects of Beasts research on the mutant x-gene, Messiah Complex looks to be a faster paced offering which will most likely keep X-Men fans goobling up all the tie-in issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Oct 28, 2007

    Nothing really amazing happens in this issue, but it sets up the crossover effectively, identifying all of the initial players and clarifying the stakes and the goal. It looks to follow the pattern of the Endangered Species prequel and run between all-four X-titles for the next 12 issues, which means Ill read exactly half of it, and not the conclusion, unless I make exceptions to my buying rules. Brubaker, I know, has a strong sense of order about projects like this, but it remains to be seen if the other writers can live up to whatever occurs in Uncanny. If this issue marks Silvestris only participation, Ill be glad to buy it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Nov 5, 2007

    So what have we got here in Marvel's latest event? Well, a crossover based on convoluted X-Men continuity rather than solid plotting, sub-par scritchy-scratchy Image-era art, and hordes of variant covers. Welcome back to 1992 everyone. It's still shit. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Oct 28, 2007

    My first X-Men comics were the X-Cutioners Saga in 1991. The story raised more questions than it answered, and the art hasnt aged well. Part of me thinks Messiah Complex will be a repeat. Part of me hopes it will mean permanent change in this corner of the Marvel U. Based on Ed Brubakers past work, I have faith the plot will improve and the dialogue will be great. But this comic can easily be skipped. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Oct 31, 2007

    You won't miss this book and I'm sure they'll rehash the nonevents that happened in this issue over the course of the first 2 or 3 parts to this event. Save yourself some money and grab something actually worth while from this week's comics. Read Full Review

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