X-Men: Red #5

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 6, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 37
9.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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•  ...and Jean Grey is caught right in the middle!
•  CASSANDRA NOVA's plan is finally revealed....but to devastating consequences.
•  And just because JEAN GREY's team finally knows what's going on, doesn't mean they can actually stop it.
•  Someone close to Jean is about to become Nova's latest pawn...but who? And why?
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  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Troy Powell Jun 6, 2018

    Seeing Trinary with the team's pet sentinel gave me goosebumps and I couldn't pin down why until I had a mental flashback to Avengers Arena (The Arcade's hunger games themed murder fest of young heroes) Apex (the murderous technopath bears a striking similarity to Trinary, and it would be devastatingly delicious plot twist if there was some connection between the two, or if Cassandra made her an unwitting pawn as well Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jun 6, 2018

    X-Men Red #5 continues to do what this series has done so well already, only even more-so. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - Peyton Hinckle Jun 6, 2018

    Tom Taylor, Mahmud Asrar, and Rain Beredo let loose a creative whirlwind in X-MEN RED #5 that harkens back to classic X-Men comics. Asrar and Beredo step up their artistic game from previous issues and Taylor brings the series back to its original purpose: the travesties of mutant persecution. X-MEN RED #5 is the best issue in the series since its introductory issue and is definitely worth a read if the slogan "Mutant as a Metaphor" piques your interest. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 6, 2018

    This book continues to be challenging and different and in good ways. The art is great and the story and character development keep me interested in seeing where this story goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 9, 2018

    X-Men Red #5 is a heavier issue, but it carries its serious subject matter well. The writing and art work together to maintain a well-balanced tone with moments of excitement and levity to keep it from being too dower an experience. This one earns a strong recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 6, 2018

    A great chapter that ends on an impactful bit of dialogue that will resonate with many. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 12, 2018

        Art was fantastic in this issue as it has been through most of this series, and Tom Taylor is always careful to give readers something in every issue. Even when you want more to happen in an issue, he makes, sure enough, happens to satisfy people. The pacing did feel like an issue here because I thought we might finally see Jean and her team discover Cassandra Nova to be their adversary, but again enough happened for that to be ok. But I would really like to see everything come together in the next issue or two.  Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 7, 2018

    X-Men: Red is not the X-Book to sleep on if you are looking for a story that changes the game. This is a team that has learned from experience, and working towards peace without falling to what would be predictable for those who don't know HOW to take action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Jun 10, 2018

    There is a lot to relate to and respect in this comic, although all of the social commentary in the world will never distract from Nightcrawler's epic goatee. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jun 7, 2018

    This issue marks Mahmud Asrars last issue with the series, yielding way for the absolutely electric Carmen Carnero. Watch for the sharpest book in the X-Universe to leap into the stratosphere next month. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Forge Jun 6, 2018


    Someone should explain to Tom Taylor how Nightcrawler's powers work. It's a strain for Nightcrawler to teleport someone in addition to himself and he would never port four people at once. Also, he never teleports somewhere he can't see unless the situation is dire. These are the sorts of things an editor should catch. This book has four of them.

    Jean says "We're going to have their backs." Why does Jean speak like a millennial? Here's a tip. When the characters of a story all speak like the writer, it means the writer is not doing his job.

    Apparently all the Polish military needs is for their political leaders to start issuing crazy orders and they immediately start shooting civilians. When the X-Men c more

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  • 10
    RaisingBlack Jun 7, 2018

    This was a great comic week and Tom Taylor continues the high-quality story that is X-Men Red. he also excels at writing Jean Grey as the leader the X-Men were destined to have. Jean Grey is brilliant, thoughtful, heroic, and a force of nature. The roster of this team is spot on for being the premiere book of the X-men. The stakes are high and the villain controlling things is a truly worthy one. Taylor creates a story that returns the mutants to being noble while turning up the tension from issue to issue. We have only been setting the stage and adding to the supporting cast but at 5 issues in the story feels like it is moving and never like we slowed down to introduce characters (Exiles current series is falling into that trap). Despite t more

  • 2.0
    Jon Comics Jun 9, 2018

    So far this book has not demonstrated a reason fo exist. It feels redundant and irrelevant, with its generic mutant persectution storyline. It scores some point as its heart is in the right place as a plea against prejudice. It even sets a major showdown in currently right wing Poland as a place which goes all out to persecute mutants with its army.
    But there is no character development. It’s six issues and we still don’t know what it feels like for Jean Grey to be back from the dead. The new mutants, Trinary, are boring. Thor Storm is tacky and the presence of Namor is jarring, especially in his save the day final appearance at the end of the book.
    I guess further character development for Jean is being postponed till after E more

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  • 8.5
    Dispatchdcu Jun 10, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    Ok, so this always comes off sounding bad.... and sometimes it can be... but this was a REALLY quick read. I’m going with 6 minutes max. That said, it was fantastic. The basic layout of the issue was set up with huge splash pages of art filled with old school X-men vibes. Taylor is hitting home run after home run with this book and anyone interested in an X-book really needs to add this to their pull list.

    Let’s start with a quick overview of Red. So, Jean is forming her team together and their new base of operations is with Namor underwater. more

  • 8.0
    mglsts Jun 9, 2018

    I'm liking these series, and it helps that Jean is one of my all time favorite characters, but I could use a bit more subtlety on references to current world politics and a faster pace. For a monthly series taking so long to setup the villain and the main conflict might kill the hype people had for this, myself included, or force people to trade wait and risk killing the series.

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU Dec 18, 2018

    Gambit's story dove-tails into the main narrative with a meaty "just like we planned it" click. From there, the team acts to oppose the first Cassandra-directed national-level oppression of mutants. I hope Jean reviews her team's effectiveness soon. Her telepathy and Namor's Atlantean infrastructure are real assets for operating on this scale. A team of stabby bamf-y explode-y mutants charging at panicky soldiers, not so much. In this issue, things work out on the Baltic coast, but the outcome was way more touch-and-go than it needed to be.

    Though I'm raising nerdy debate points about the overall effectiveness of the Red mission, don't doubt that I'm grateful to see a team tackling hatred on a global scale. Red seems to reach for more

  • 7.5
    daddyT Jun 9, 2018

    wow! so all this time, all these years I've never been a fan of any X-title. None. And all it took was to get Tom Taylor on board and I'm really liking it! The art isn't bad, but isn't great either. With Laura and Gabby here I had to give it a try, and... this is really good!

  • 3.0
    Ellrick Jun 10, 2018

    Tom Taylor is wanted for passing fan fiction off as the genuine article, if you see this man, please contact authorities.

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  • 1.0
    Super17 Jun 13, 2018

    Just shit

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