X-Men: Red #1

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 6, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 40
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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WHO CAN SAVE THE RED PLANET?
The mutants of Arakko spent millennia scarred by war - but on what was once called Mars, they're learning to live in peace. STORM knows the red planet needs something greater than a queen. But ABIGAIL BRAND has other plans, along with an unstable VULCAN on her side and CABLE keeping his own secrets. Welcome to X-MEN RED. It's a new world...and someone has to fight for it.
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  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Apr 6, 2022

    X-Men: Red #1 strikes me as the most ambitious X-Men debut since House of X and Powers of X revitalized the entire line. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Apr 6, 2022

    X-Men Red kicks off with a debut that shows why this era works. The writing is sharp, and gives Storm a strong spotlight that she hasn't gotten in years. The art is overall fantastic, giving readers a glimpse into an alien world not that far from our own. And the letter work is some of the best I've seen in a very long time. This is a must read for any superhero fan. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Apr 4, 2022

    X-Men Red#1 may not be the most accessible to new readers, but don't be scared. This is a perfect comic that should not - nay, CANNOT, be ignored. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Apr 4, 2022

    X-Men Red #1launches a new era of cosmic adventures for the X-Men while also setting up rich character journeys for fan-favorite characters including Storm and Magneto. Whether you're a lifelong X-Men fan or have gotten into the franchise via House of X/Powers of X, this is a great jumping-on point. The Destiny of X is proving to be a much-needed creative jump start for the X-titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Rebecca Gault Apr 6, 2022

    A strong first outing for X-Men Red, establishing a lot of world building concerns that Ewing and his collaborators are well-placed to follow up on along with an excellent reveal at the end that will leave readers excited for more.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Apr 6, 2022

    X-Men Red #1 is the best debut issue of the Krakoa era. Every character involved is at their best thanks to superb writing and art in every panel. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Apr 6, 2022

    X-Men Red #1 is a great new plot twist that adds depth to the current drama on Krakoa. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 4, 2022

    X-Men Red #1 is going to be a huge hit for longtime X-Men fans. Magneto and Storm are written pitch-perfectly while the larger story plays with what we know about the X-Men and builds on it. X-Men Red is all about character and X-Men legacy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Apr 8, 2022

    There are so many intriguing storylines that are set up in X-Men: Red #1, but that classic X-Men theme of a web, group mentality, and interconnectivity kept coming back for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 6, 2022

    The question going into X-Men Red #1 is whether it can be more than just “X-Men on Mars”. The debut issue sets a groundwork that's intriguing and interesting with conflict to come and political machinations and drama to keep things interesting. It's a solid debut that promises a bright future for the once red planet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 10, 2022

    X-Men: Red #1 more than lived up to my high expectations for the series. Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli create a strong foundation to make this one of the most compelling comic books that Marvel will be publishing. Everything about the politics on Planet Krakoa along with the involvement of Storm, Magneto, and others in this story is fascinating. I'm definitely all in on this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Apr 6, 2022

    But not to be outdone, X-Men Red #1 also offers more beautiful art from Stefano Caselli, most recently of the aforementioned S.W.O.R.D. as well as Inferno. Ewings script really gives Caselli a lot to work with, from gorgeous Arakki landscapes to seedy neon hangouts (also, impossibly stunning people, which has always been one of Casellis calling cards). I just dont know how else to better sell this series beyond reiterating the fact that its a Storm-led X-Men book by Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli. What more convincing do you need?! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Apr 8, 2022

    X-Men: Red #1 is a good but not great book. It sets out its reason for existing, and the last page reveal is pretty cool, but other than that, Ewing has an unusual feel an X-Men book, almost like he's following the guide, but that's it. Caselli and Blee's art is pretty good, but it could be better. That feels like this book in a nutshell- it's good, but it could be better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 9, 2022

    Very well-written comic with a lot of great character moments, capped off by a very interesting last page hook. This comic has a lot of potential, even if it's hanging on one of the weaker parts of the Krakoa Era, in my opinion. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Apr 6, 2022

    X-Men: Red #1 opens with a solid introduction to the main cast and their lives on Arakko, aka Mars. Al Ewing does some solid work establishing the internal conflict of Storm, Magneto, and others while Stefano Caselli and Federico Blee provide some good art for the comic. This isn't the strongest first issue, but the series does have the potential to deliver a compelling storyline with more excitable issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 6, 2022

    Caselli delivers some fantastic art throughout the issue. The characters look fantastic and there is a great sense of the world being built in this series in how it is portrayed visually. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 12, 2022

    There's also quite a bit of time spent on the politics of the Great Ring, the ruling council of the planet which Storm oversees, and conflicting interests over war or peace. I'll admit, this (and the weird Storm vs. Storm segment) is where the comic lost me. I assume these pieces will fit together eventually, but I don't know that I'll stick around long enough to see what that looks like. Read Full Review

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