X-Men Prime #1
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X-Men Prime #1

Writer: Marc Guggenheim Artist: Ken Lashley, Leonard Kirk, Ibraim Roberson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 29, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 38
7.4Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the X-MEN are at a crossroads. Where do they go from here? Luckily, one beloved X-Men has the answer to that question: Xavier's dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE returns to the X-Men, ready to lead them in their mission to protect a world that hates and fears them. The next chapter of the X-Men's saga starts here!
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  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Mar 29, 2017

    A wonderful one-shot that sets up the next wave of X-Men books, this is an unmissable treat for all fans of Marvel's merry mutants! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Brandon Davis Mar 29, 2017

    X-MEN PRIME #1 gets the reader ready for a new age for mutant-kind, with exciting new prospects. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Apr 10, 2017

    Illustrated by: Ken Lashley, Ibraim Roberson, Leonard Kirk & Guillermo Ortego Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - admin Mar 29, 2017

    Even though Im totally biased because Kitty Pryde is my all-time favorite superhero, X-Men Prime #1 reminded me of why I love the X-Men. Under the watch of Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak, and Cullen Bunn, it looks like Marvels merry mutants will embrace hope and heroism again, and the youngsters and lone wolves of the X-Men will get interesting stories too. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Mar 30, 2017

    This is a new beginning for the X-Men, they're back from Limbo and ready to be heroes again (about time!) It's a great place to join if you're a new reader too. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 29, 2017

    X-Men Prime #1 leaves me very interested for what books like X-Men Gold and Blue have in store for us next month. If this is one of those situations where they break your favorite toy and begin to put it back together again, I do hope that this is a sign that the X-Men books can reach that point where they are a must buy once more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Mar 30, 2017

    Sure, there are bound to be more attacks by killer robots. Sure, it's very likely that more clones and time travelers will enter the mix and frustrate the X-men. Like Wolverine and beer, certain elements are inescapably linked. The challenge is making the narrative behind these links compelling. In that sense, X-men Prime #1 rises to the challenge. For now, there's hope for the world of the X-men and, provided nobody ends up sterilized, that hope holds a great deal of promise and potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 29, 2017

    X-Men Prime is a solid re-introduction into the world of the X-Men and delivers an easy way for fans to catch up as well as see the new direction. What's bigger is some of it feels like an apology to long time fans who have felt that the X-Men have been second tier and lost their way. It's a welcome return to a more classic narrative which will hopefully be delivered in entertaining and fun new ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Mar 30, 2017

    Overall, the artwork needs some attention to detail, but the old-school tone to the book makes this issue a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 30, 2017

    It's not a bad issue, but it feels suspiciously like an overpriced ad for the new family of X-Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Mar 31, 2017

    Overall, the X-Men Prime one shot is good, and it is nice to see the change in tonal direction finally, but it is a shame that it only really works as a primer for three titles and not the whole line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Mar 29, 2017

    Storm states, “We’ve been so consumed with surviving today, we’ve forgotten how to live for tomorrow.” As a result, everyone involved in “ResurrXion” appears to have set a direction for the X-Men, and have taken this launch issue to demonstrate it. The reason that comics readers come to the X-Men in their adolescence is because a family that’s a little strange, but welcoming is a welcome prospect. And there’s nothing wrong with being aware that we’ll struggle at times, or that the X-Men have to contend with the threat of extinction every now and again, but it’s also smart to take some time to think ahead with a sense of optimism. Which is what this issue has, and inspires. Sure, we could worry that this is too much of a tilt in the other direction, that overcompensation has gone too far, but that feels like we’d be missing the message of this issue and how warm it feels today. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Mar 29, 2017

    If you have been hesitant to give the X-Men another chance well I highly suggest you read this issue. Everything Marvel promised they are delivering on. X-Men Prime has set up ResurreXion to be a success and I am so excited to head into this new world with my merry mutants. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Mar 31, 2017

    The X-Men have a compass pointing north, now lets hope they survive the experience. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Apr 3, 2017

    This issue is able to accomplish catching everyone up for the upcoming X-Men titles. Granted, issues like these are rarely very exciting or memorable but everyone who reads this book should feel prepared to pick up one of the upcoming X-Men titles and having read this issue, I think that's the case. The art is beautiful and the dialogue is really nice and flows very nicely. This issue won't wow you, but it will get you prepared for the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 30, 2017

    X-Men: Prime #1 did exactly what it needed to do to sell the new direction Marvel is taking the franchise on. Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak and Cullen Bunn all did a very good job in creating some excitement in seeing the X-Men as a team of heroes rather than whatever they were the last few years. Though I won't be picking Weapon X up I am going to be giving X-Men: Blue and Gold a shot to each win a spot in my pull list. And for that X-Men: Prime #1 did it's job. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Mar 30, 2017

    X-Men Prime is a fineset up for a recap/expository issue, but it falls short of being entertaining or evocative. Its not quite an anthology, and not quite a standalone epic. Its a commercial for whats to come from the X-Men, but it offers hope, variety, and a quick update. Its not a necessity, but it is a nicety. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Black Nerd Problems - L.E.H. Light Apr 1, 2017

    I wouldn't consider this a ramp for a new reader " you still have to know who all these people are in advance to follow along. And it isn't properly part of any of the previous series. I almost feel like it is unfair to give this one-shot a rating, as it isn't so much a story, or even a pilot, as it is a tool designed to get other vehicles off the ground. It is a booster rocket. And only seeing the success, or failure, of the actual spacecraft will tell if it is a good one. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 29, 2017

    X-Men Prime #1 includes some strong moments as it attempts to build a new status quo for the weary mutants. But those moments don't necessarily add up to a cohesive whole. This issue lacks the excitement and energy needed to revitalize a franchise that's been in sorry shape for the past couple years. If ResurrXion is truly going to fix the X-Men, it needs to be more daring than this. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Mar 29, 2017

    The conclusion Ive reached here is that X-Men Prime shouldnt have been a one-shot. It either should have been a miniseries, or been integrated into one of the upcoming X-Men books. It tries to do far too much with far too little space. Its impossible not to draw comparisons to the Rebirth one-shots, and this feels just as poorly conceived as those were. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Mar 29, 2017

    There's a few status quo shifts and some nice art here, but I'm still looking for a reason to invest in these characters again. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 6, 2017

    The main purpose of this issue is to reintroduce Kitty to the X-Men, offer some fan-service reunion moments, and start to show what the X-Men under Kitty's leadership might look like. A fan favorite, Pryde's return isn't likely to hurt the X-books, but without nearly all the core members of the team the book feels empty. And the threat of a sercret organization putting together their own mutant squad doesn't do much for me either. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Mar 31, 2017

    The distinct lack of Inhumans feels like a great decision by Marvel here and its given the X-Men room to breathe even if this book feels a bit too focused on the fan-service at times, and the multiple storylines feeling a tad too familiar. However, the familiar approach feels undeniably welcoming, catering successfully to both newcomers to the X-Men,as well as fans who have been around for a while. With luck, it won't be too long before theX-Men can return to their former glory. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Chris Hassan Mar 29, 2017

    Everything new is old again with the X-Men's latest relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 1, 2017

    If you love Kitty Pryde and/or the current lineup of X-Men, then the new status quo might be perfect for you. I'm not particularly a fan of either, and nothing about ResurrXion has gotten me excited yet, including this Prime issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Jul 20, 2017

    I want to like this book, I like all of the characters, I want this book to succeed, but I'm not seeing that for this issue and I hope I'm wrong. Overall, this issue had almost no plot, almost all setup. I expected it to be a "setup issue" but maybe a 60-40 split between plot and setup. This issue felt more like 10-90. It is sad because the X-Men titles are some of the better stories coming out of Marvel right now, and this title seems like such a step backwards. I hope it gets better in the next couple of issues, but for now I'm not expecting much. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    supercoolyeah Mar 29, 2017

    Kitty is in charge. And she hasn't lost her nurturing demeanor but has gained this tenacity that is bound to bring back the X-Men in a big way. The artists each brought their own point of view and they all were excellent and really let's get revved up for some awesome X-Men powers ahead.

  • 1.5
    joe Mar 29, 2017

    Awfull from the story to the drawing r.i.p Marvel !

  • 8.0
    The Villain May 1, 2017

    I did not read Inhumans Vs. X-Men so this is another reentry point for me with the X-Men and I think it works for the most part. I like the idea of Kitty Pryde getting back involved and it looks like we could be getting back to the classic X-Men that we all love. I'm looking forward to seeing what Blue and Gold bring.

  • 7.0
    OHardy Apr 1, 2017

    This is most definitely a "back to basics" comic. You could have stopped reading X-Men in 1990 and then picked this book up and have no trouble jumping right back into it. I enjoyed all the character interactions, except for the clumsy danger room sequence. I like the direction the series seems to be heading. The silliest aspect of the book is the new location of the X-Men's headquarters. How long do you think that will last?

  • 7.0
    Synthozoid Apr 1, 2017

    I really want to like the X-men in some way. Marvel has made this difficult. It's time to let go of the time travel stuff, but Marvel has doubled down on this. The original X-men are here to stay? I guess? Old Man Logan is still in the present, not the future? Marvel, please let go of time travel for a moment, tell a good story. This one is OK. Surprisingly, Lady Deathstrike is the most interesting thing.

  • 7.0
    Jack's Yattering Apr 1, 2017

    SCORE: 7.2

  • 7.0
    Spock's Brain Apr 3, 2017

    This is pretty underwhelming in terms of being an enjoyable comic in its own right; what we have instead here is a reset of the status quo, an issue of exposition that employs the overplayed trope of Kitty returning home and reflecting on change. I also found the artwork to be very spotty. The scene with Lady Deathstrike and, uh...Carla is horribly drawn. Oh well. I'm going to give the new X-books a chance, but this isn't an overly promising start.

  • 7.0
    R_E_L_K Apr 6, 2017

    The usual Marvel "here's 30 pages to get acquainted with the new status quo" book, but this one really felt natural. Taking us through the roller coaster of the last few years of X-Men books and giving us an idea of what to expect in the future, the book feels fairly smooth. I'll go into pros and cons:
    - good dialogue, obvious understanding of the characters
    - the Weapon X fragment, though being slightly forced, was probably one of the things that got me most excited from the book
    - nice art

    - The Blue part. That part was VERY forced, shoving the All-New X-Men history into a page of monologues that the characters would have no reason to be saying because they lived it... they know the informat more

  • 6.5
    RustonLF Mar 31, 2017

    Two one shot Primes were released to establish where the Inhumans and X-Men will be going now that Inhumans Versus X-Men has ended. This one feels like the smarter of the two in my opinion. In order to establish the world we are entering we see Kitty Pryde returning to the X-Men after being in space for some time. Through Kitty, we are introduced to the different teams that will be formed and where they are coming from. We discover why the X mansion was in Limbo and where it will be now. While not all titles are explored and characters established, it does a decent job of explaining the world you will experience if you are unfamiliar with the characters. The art can be a little sloppy at times, still it does build some anticipation for the more

  • 6.0
    CrazyforRAMU Oct 31, 2017

    The O5 X-Men run off on their own, Deathstrike is kidnapped into a dark Weapon X squad, and Kitty Pryde takes charge of the leftovers now plonked down in the middle of NYC. A massive creator lineup generates some confusion; I don't know which writer to praise for making Storm feel properly guilty about IvX and which one to decry for making Deathstrike a POV character. I was surprised to see Cullen Bunn is taking the O5 team instead of the antihero squad. This "Prime" issue is a little more transparently an advertisement than its Inhuman counterpart; once again I'm thankful that I don't have to pony up cash for comics like this thanks to Marvel Unlimited.

  • 5.5
    Superior fan Mar 29, 2017

    Underwhelming, lets hope things pick up in the various color teams.

  • 4.0
    Adam Anderson Apr 1, 2017

    Here's what works in this issue: the art is generally good. The lines are crisp, the colors pop, and panels and layouts flow with a sense of both motion and power.

    The downside: Ken Lashley is treading just a little too close to the MTV-ization of our favorite mutants in that every single character looks a little too generically perfect and beautiful.

    Remember how awkward and endearing Kitty Pryde was when we first met her WAAAY back in X-Men #129? Now I'm not saying every superhero should look ugly, but a few distinctive (and realistic) imperfections go a long way to keeping these characters unique and relateable.

    Here's what doesn't work in this issue: the motivations. It wouldn't be that hard to give Kit more

  • 1.0
    Odin06 Mar 30, 2017

    As a long time reader of X-men stories, I am not impressed. The fact that Shadowcat and Jean are put in leadership positions seems very forced to me, especially since that are more exprerienced characters who would naturally assume these positions.

    They try to mix today┬┤s agendas with Claremont┬┤s writting style during the 80's and the Blue and Gold teams of the 90's, but everything seems very shallow.

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