X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1

X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Michael Walsh Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 24, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
6.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Bailey Hoskins has just discovered he's a mutant. For someone who's never been special, never stood out, discovering he's "gifted" is truly a gift-entry into the halls of Xavier's School for Gifted Children and into the ranks of the world-famous X-Men! Unfortunately...Bailey might just be the worst X-Man ever. Max Bemis, frontman of the band Say Anything, kicks off his first Marvel miniseries by teaming with stellar artist Michael Walsh (SECRET AVENGERS, HANK JOHNSON) to bring us the story of a misfit among misfits.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 6, 2016

    X-MEN: THE WORST X-MAN EVER is an X-Men comic unlike any we've seen before. Max Bemis gives us a different take on what it's like to discover you're a mutant. There is plenty of twists, action, and humor all contained in this first issue. Michael Walsh's art is fantastic, as always. It may be separate from the current continuity but that's part of what makes it so enjoyable. This is the sort of comic you can just dive into and enjoy. I'm still laughing over Beast's explanation of Bailey's powers. This comic put a great big smile on my face. I can't wait to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 29, 2016

    It's an X-Men book free of Marvel's corporate agenda, and the comic's lack of continuity is refreshing; various, classic X-Men from all eras are shown, all without due consequence or ramifications. Michael Walsh's art looks gorgeous (as usual), and it looks and feels different than his work on Secret Avengers, partially due to the captivating colors by Ruth Redmond. All the coloring is slightly flattened (fitting Walsh's art perfectly), and she colors Walsh's typically heavy inks themselves, giving the art a stylized simplicity, almost like the work was done entirely in colored pencil. It emphasizes the rendering, storytelling, and emotion for maximum impact. Worst X-Man Ever is one of the most enjoyable, sweet, and funny books to come out of the X-verse in quite some time. This is a book that shouldn't be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 24, 2016

    The first issue of this new X-book won't dramatically reinvent the X-Men franchise as we know it, but it does offer a clean, accessible and engaging alternative to the rest of the franchise. Worst X-Men Ever #1 boasts a solid lead character and attractive visuals, strengths that make for a solid start to this mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Heather Hurt Feb 29, 2016

    X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever connects personally with a feeling of "normal" mixed in with the excitement of the X-Men. It is a fun new addition, even though limited, to the All-New, All-Different X-Line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Chris Hassan Jan 4, 2016

    Don't be swayed by this comic's clickbaity title " X-Men: Worst X-Men Ever #1 is a refreshing surprise that promises comedy, character, twists and a whole lot of heart. I'm rooting for you, Bailey! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Feb 17, 2016

    But like I said at the start, none of that may matter to fans who are used to the more serious comics. This is a totally different look and feel for the X-Men and it's almost surely not going to be as popular or as lasting on the run of the mill stuff. That's a shame, but it's all the more reason to pick it up while it lasts. It's entirely enjoyable for anyone willing to have the fun with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 5, 2016

    "X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever" #1 has yet to show if young Bailey will eventually fulfill that eponymous role, but -- in the meantime -- the title is one of the better, if more offbeat, X-Men stories amongst the latest relaunches. The character-first, powers-second nature of Bemis' story gives the miniseries a very human quality, even if all of the main players are mutants. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jan 6, 2016

    Of course, Bemis was helped in this regard by the terrific art from Michael Walsh. Walsh has drawn a lot of comics for Marvel and Image over the past several years, including a few issues of Secret Avengers. Walsh's pencils have a fun retro vibe to them that fit perfectly with this book. It'll be hard to say if Worst X-Man Ever can sustain its sense of fun over the whole five-issue run, as its premise is based on a joke that might wear thin. So far, however, it's off to a pretty good start. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of this mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 4, 2016

    Like many “X” miniseries, there's nothing amazing here, it's a perfectly ok and entertaining first issue. This is one geared squarely for “X” fans. There's potential in some of the ideas Bemis puts out there, but it's hard to say how far he'll go with them in just one issue. Where he focuses will be the key overall as to determine if this miniseries stands out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 25, 2016

    This is a really interesting issue to add to the X-Men title. It’s a lot less dramatic than the rest. Even so, Bailey will have a pretty interesting role here. I feel as though his gift will come in handy later in the series, and I can’t wait to see it. For now, we’ll have to find out who the heck snuck into the school! This is definitely a good series for any and all X-Men fans. It’s a different perspective than we’ve seen, which is new and very intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Feb 27, 2016

    This book did not try to reinvent the X-wheel, but it may not have laid enough groundwork for people to care enough about Bailey to pick up issue #2. He starts the issue with a naiveand innocent perspective, but there was not enough development to bring the reader along with Bailey as he goes through some heart breaking blows. The story needed to find a little more balance between the lightheartedness and the action to make it feel natural. Bailey may not have won over every reader's heart with this first issue, but it can still provide a fun read for X-men fans who are looking for a bit of nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 6, 2016

    X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1 didn't hit the mark with me, both in concept and execution. The crux of the issue is feeling sympathetic and rooting for the kid, and he just didn't grab my attention. There's really just not a lot here to move the story along or make me care.There was a couple chuckles, but there wasn't enough to keep me reading Bailey's adventure. I wish the kid all the best, though. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 4, 2016

    The X-Men had established their own version of Hogwarts decades before Harry Potter ever hit the scene, and there's plenty of potential for a story about an average kid in a school filled with extraordinary people. Unfortunately, this story doesn't reach that potential. With predictable plotting and an annoying lead character, not even Michael Walsh's artwork is enough to justify buying this book. Worst X-Men Ever, indeed. Read Full Review

  • 2.8
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jan 7, 2016

    And now, let's talk about the "closeted" mutant thing. Now, if you haven't read my bio below: I'm bisexual. And I have some massive problems with the whole "X-Men are stand-ins for minorities" metaphor. I believe it is one of the most poorly conceived metaphors in pop culture and it trivializes real life issues where people die because they are different from people with too much power. So this crap really hits a nerve on me. Maybe if this book had committed fully to its satire instead of falling back onto old shtick of the X-Men I could have tolerated it, but it doesn't, so I don't. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Mark Stack Jan 7, 2016

    This comic, even with a couple of genuinely funny moments, is the sort of ugly and empty-headed work that barely attempts what passes for commentary on the state of the X-Men. Its a supreme disappointment to see a talent like Walsh put on this book and to have his work sabotaged by a weak script as well as a colorist that combats him at every turn. This comic is a tire fire. Its poorly conceived and poorly crafted, a failure on almost every level. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Jan 12, 2016

    So, I have to start off this review with a bit of capitulation, because for some reason (the reasons actually being that I am recovering from being sick, and had suffered a minor injury to my back taking down all the Christmas decorations in my house, so my focus was not as laser-sharp as it usually is…) I completely forgot to discuss this book on the podcast this week, and even though I meant to do it for my Other Side segment for the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, I went with Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 instead. I think this book got lost in the shuffle, and with some books from Marvel being realeased on Saturday instead of Wednesday, coupled with my injury and distractedness lead to this book slipping through the cracks. And I am very, VERY sorry that I let that happen, because this is a book that I very much wanted to talk about. If you have been reading my reviews for a while, you’ll have seen that I always enjoyed Max Bemis’ writing- I loved his first work for Marvel with his Magneto & Spider-Man team-up in the pages of A+X, and his miniseries books Polarity and Evil Empire were both stellar books, while both being very different stories. I had heard about this book when it was first announced, and got really excited for it’s release, but as with most things, being a dad and a husband got in the way of what little extra short-term memory I have, and I completely blanked on it’s release date. That is, until my wife, who is also a big Max Bemis fan, asked me about the book because of him mentioning it via Twitter. My wife hasn’t actually read any of his comics before, but is a big fan of his band Say Anything, and has even seen them in concert (I want to say twice, but I could be wrong there) which is something that I feel quite remiss about, bcause even though I have been listening to Max’s band since the release of “…Is A Real Boy” I have always WANTED to see them in concert. So getting a little more intimate peek inside the mind of a creativ

  • 2.5
    Briton Feb 27, 2016

    Almost unbelievably bad. If Marvel would stop churning out fourth rate rubbish like this in an attempt to flood the market, perhaps some of their mainstream titles would gain readers otherwise lost to dross like this.

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    Fearless Apr 11, 2016

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    Aegis Jan 10, 2016

  • 8.0
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