X-Men/Fantastic Four #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Terry Dodson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 5, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 63
8.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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KRAKOA. Every mutant on Earth lives there ... except for one. But now it's time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home.
It's the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same.
Rated T+

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 4, 2020

    I had a blast with this first issue -- so much so I wish it wasn't just a miniseries! This is a coming-of-age tale embroiled in the politics of adults made more dramatic thanks to superpowers and superegos. If you have an affinity for strong characters, clever plotting and domestic drama, don't pass on this. Zdarsky and Dodson are adding interesting narrative textures to the Dawn of X line. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Feb 5, 2020

    One of the strongest post HoX/PoX X-Men comics yet, X-Men + Fantastic Four #1 succeeds on all levels, from the artwork to the Franklin Richards teen angst character motivations, to the way this book pushes forward the human heroes versus mutants seeds planted at the start of Krakoa. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comic Watch - Cody White Feb 5, 2020

    X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (Zdarsky, Dodson, Dodson, Vines, Story, Martin, Caramagna) begins the journey of figuring out Franklin Richard's place in the New World Order of the post-Krakoa Marvel Universe with a bang! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 5, 2020

    This is a cool comic book. Zdarsky does a great job writing this. He is a natural writing both teams. And Dodson does a great job drawing this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Jessica Chaleff Feb 5, 2020

    I'm already invested in this storyline, and it's only issue one! I cannot wait for what the ensuing issues will bring! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 5, 2020

    Dodson delivers some beautiful visuals throughout this issue. Every panel is full of amazing details and all of the characters and backgrounds are beautiful to look at. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Daily Fandom - Alex Smith-Petersen Feb 7, 2020

    I would be insulted if you didn't. Chip Zdarsky would be insulted if you didn't, probably. I'm not even going to spoil the big twist of the issue here for you because you should really just read the comic. The Dodsons on art is always worth the price of admission for me, and they're in fine form here. Some of my first X-Men floppies were Fraction's run where they did art as well, so this has a nostalgic tinge to it as well. The costume choices they make for some characters (*cough Magneto cough*) are unexpected at best, but delightful nonetheless. I'm only disappointed that this creative team only has four issues to flex on, just how well they work together and are clearly on the verge of something fantastic here already. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Feb 5, 2020

    Overall this book is a social commentary lesson that we all would benefit from reading. We are only one issue in and already this mini-series has asked a lot of very important questions. Mix that with some great fun art, some touching moment’s between Kate Pryde and Franklin Richards, and you have a must read series. Don’t miss out on this absolute gem! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 4, 2020

    Though far more focused on heart and less on spectacle, X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 is a wonderful start for Krakoa’s first major crossover with the Marvel mainstream. Thanks to a dynamic art team and a truly rich script from Chip Zdarsky, this crossover stands apart from other, less defined “marquee” crossovers. Armed with genuine emotional stakes and a deep connection to FF and X-Men lore, X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 provides the best of both worlds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Jeremy Thomas Feb 6, 2020

    In truth, I was initially only vaguely looking forward to X-Men/FF. I've always been an X-Men fan, but somewhat less one ofMarvel's First Family. With that in mind, "Impossible Boy" is awonderful surprise, capturing the essence of both teams in a way that isentirely engaging. Zdarsky and the Dodsons have gotten this series offto a very strong start and I'm excited to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Feb 6, 2020

    "X-Men/Fantastic Four" #1 is not only an enthralling story of heroes and finding one's place in the world, it's an absolute delight to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Feb 7, 2020

    I'd consider X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 a strong start to this mini-series. Zdarsky plays really well with the idea of what family means to both groups. The Fantastic Four's family dynamic gets a lot more complex and layered. With Franklin as the central focus, we get to see a teen struggle with betrayal, trust, and discovering who he is. As a powerhouse, it's only going to get more complicated from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Feb 5, 2020

    X-Men/Fantastic Four #1is one of the best X-Men issues since Hickman took over. It's full of heart, has some fun fights, and sets everything up for a strong story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Feb 4, 2020

    If you're a FANTASTIC FOUR fan, X-MEN fan, Zdarsky fan, or even a Hickman fan, this event is definitely for you. If you like to read the most important things happening in Marvel Comics to stay up to date and in "the know", this is also the comic for you. Grab issue one and add the series to your pull list. Before this series is all said and done, I think you'll be happy you did. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 7, 2020

    X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 is a strong start to this crossover between two of Marvel's biggest franchises. Chip Zdarsky creates a compelling narrative around Franklin Richards' current status as a mutant. How that leads to the conflict between the X-Men and Fantastic Four is handled well. Having Terry and Rachel Dodson on as the artist team for this crossover added to how X-Men/Fantastic Four came across as a big event from the opening page. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Feb 11, 2020

    It's a pretty bold start to a series to pit The Fantastic Four against the X-Men (or vice versa depending on how you view it). For anyone who likes a good deal of conflict in their comics" this series is primed and ready to deliver and this particular issue has it's fair share of drama. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 11, 2020

    The art by Terry and Rachel Dodson is certainly nice, with powerful character designs and dynamic layouts - but the story struggles a bit, with too many characters acting out to generate conflict - even when it's not really in their nature. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Feb 6, 2020

    X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 is, for lack of a better word, fantastic. Chip Zdarksy has a keen understanding of the FF and their dynamic, and it plays out very well in this book. He also captures the feeling of the new status quo of the X-Men- they're young money in a world of entrenched power, and they're throwing their weight around a bit. The artworks in some places but not in others, but it doesn't hurt the story. The cliffhanger ending is great, and it brings back a character Zdarsky wrote very well on his Marvel Two In One run. This issue is a great beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Feb 8, 2020

    X-Men and Fantastic Four is a series worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 5, 2020

    Even though this is a story most of us have read many times before, it makes for perfect comfort reading as we make our way through a cold winter. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Feb 10, 2020

    Overall" Yeah, I'm disappointed. I don't care about Franklin's dilemmas, I'm not very engaged by the plot and I just want more than this. I don't know if it's more fun, more drama or more what, I just know I need more of something. The art is good, but I don't know if it's worth it, really. I'll probably keep reading in the hope that it gets better, but if you haven't already bought it, I say don't bother. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Grifter Feb 5, 2020

    Some inconsistencies with character designs, but really good plot

  • 9.0
    Wolf Warner Feb 4, 2020

    Good to go!!!

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine Apr 7, 2020

    I mostly liked this a lot. Franklin is such a Teen.

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews Feb 9, 2020

    The dialogue was off. More importantly, these characters, with this much history, wouldn’t act that way toward each other. Once I got over that, it was decent.

  • 3.0
    Forge Feb 5, 2020

    Boy, was this book a disappointment.

    I've never read Zdarsky before but I've heard good things about his Spiderman books, so I had fairly high expectations for this miniseries. What I ended up with was a book where the X-Men act like idiots. For what is essentially a diplomatic mission to the Fantastic Four, Prof X decides to send Wolverine, Magneto and Pyro. Considering that the FF are already trepidatious when it comes to the X-Men, this seems like a mission roster designed to provoke them and it predictably leads to the X-Men and FF mixing it up. This was a common trope of Bendis' during his long decline, advance the plot of the story by having your heroes behave in a completely stupid or irrational manner. Think Carol Danvers more

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  • 10
    axdn Feb 6, 2020

    For both fans of both , FF and X-men I think this issue just hit the right emotional notes, on the other hand it is kind of weird how the costumes of the X.men are changed from the main series, still the art is beatiful, give it a go !

  • 10
    Shaffer2323 Feb 11, 2020

    Mister Fantastic is a dick and Professor X is a dick. That's how hero vs hero fights are supposed to be, with neither side 100% in the right. I thought a story revolving around Hickman's two greatest triumphs, X-men and FF, wouldn't work without Hickman writing but Zdarsky makes it work.

  • 9.5
    M1sf1r3 Feb 8, 2020

    Prelude:
    I've been looking forward to this mini-series from Zdarsky. Let's see how he goes.

    The Good:
    I love how Zdarsky portrays Franklin and his concerns.

    The Fantastic Four are great.

    Terry Dodson's art is great

    The conflict is set up and executed really well.

    DOOM!!!

    The Bad:
    As expected, the violence does come very quickly.

    Conclusion:
    While the situation escalated faster than you would normally think it would, it is a comic book and the story must get rolling. Loved the issue though and looking forward to the next one.

  • 9.5
    GTMedia Reviews Aug 15, 2020

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    If you've been following this blog for a while you know that I'm not the biggest fan of the current direction of the X-Men comics. There are flashes of greatness (House of X - Powers of X) but the line is oversaturated with subpar creators and lack of thematic unity.

    The only real consistent thread is that the X-Men are based in Krakoa and sometimes they act weird AF. There is also the real issue that the X-Men have become segregationist, supremacists, and based on the direction of this comic, series villains. Where Jonathan Hickman goes with the series is up in the air but what is not in dispute is that these are not your classic X-Men.


    I'm not currently reading Fantastic more

  • 9.0
    Adsun22 Feb 6, 2020

    Great plot. Kitty is sweet.

  • 9.0
    Gorr Feb 7, 2020

    My first thought prior to reading this issue was concern regarding Frankie's aging. Luckily, that is explained early on in this issue. I really enjoyed the first issue of X-men/Fantastic Four by Zdarsky and Dodson. I found the artwork to be consistent, and likened it to Larraz and Silva's work on the House of X series. I really enjoyed the characterization of Kate and Franklin in this issue. Credit must go to Zdarsky as a writer, as he knows how to create a compelling plot without forcing anything. The story progresses naturally and flows smoothly. I was sold on the miniseries from the start, but the end of this issue has me even more excited than I was before. 9/10

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Feb 8, 2020

    This was a really great first issue.

  • 9.0
    CrazyforRAMU Sep 24, 2020

    The X-Men come for Franklin Richards, and his family's violently negative reaction (combined with some patented Reed Richards Dickery™) drive him right into the mutants' arms. It's a story told with above-average skill in words and art, but the storytelling alone doesn't get it to greatness. What pushes it over the bar are razor-sharp ideas delivered in the plot developments and the characters' insights. The result is a compelling must-read.

    Note that the story is presented from a mutant-leaning point of view. It assumes the reader is intimately familiar with DoX but maybe hasn't been following the current run of FF. The balance of exposition might be frustrating for a reader coming from the opposite situation.

  • 8.5
    Swanktub Feb 5, 2020

    This issue was a hell of a lot of fun, but at the same time it almost felt messy to me. Chip Zdarsky has quickly become one of my favourite writers over at Marvel over the last year. I had a lot of fun seeing the FF interact with the Krakoan X-Men. For the most part Zdarsky managed to give the characters unique individual voices too. Seeing Franklin Richards getting the spotlight from a different writer was great to see as I personally haven't been enjoying Slott's take on the character. The issue also felt rich with continuity in the way that only a true Marvel fan could write. The art was good too. Dodson isn't one of my favourite artists but they managed to draw loads of characters on the same pages without the book becoming too messy. M more

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Feb 5, 2020

    Good stuff. Zdarsky has a real appreciation for the fantastic four as seen in his marvel two in one series. He writes them really well (as he does most Marvel characters from what I've read). The story is also interesting, it has personal stakes as well as huge global ones. I like the way Reed is written in particular, although we have seen the bad father angle written so many times for him, it'd be nice to see him be a good father for once. The art is also good, Ive never liked the Dodson art style, but I like the character expressions done here. Looking like another welcome entry into dawn of x

  • 8.5
    ohhaimark Feb 8, 2020

    THE GOOD:

    -This was awesome. Had a very nostalgic feel to it.

    -I'm not a huge Fantastic Four fan, so I was surprised that their characters were so compelling here.

    -I like it when X-Men is more plot and dialogue driven, as opposed to action oriented. The dilemma here is interesting, and it's really interesting to see a sort of "versus" comic that isn't focused whatsoever on fighting.

    -I like all the X-Men characters a lot, especially Kate.

    -The father son relationship was nicely done here.

    -That ending excites me.

    THE BAD:

    -I do think the art could've been a bit better.

  • 8.5
    Ryan Feb 8, 2020

    Ahh Reed never truly learns does he? Anyways, I thought Terry Dodson’s art was very underwhelming and I expected better, but the story itself was great. I’m not a fan of Franklin being older now, but that was a Slott move and so I won’t dock this issue’s rating for that. I love the respect for continuity with the connection back to Fantastic Four vs X-Men. Great issue

  • 8.5
    jbong Feb 9, 2020

    gets a 0.5 knock off from Cyclops' costume being inconsistent with the rest of DoX, otherwise this is shaping up to be a great story

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Feb 8, 2020

    " I don't know... Sounds to me like the least safe place for my mutant godson... Is a new Genosha. "
    - THE THING

  • 8.0
    Alloy Press Mar 5, 2020

    Some great writing that is hindered by a bit of hastiness. I normally am not a fan of Dodson but this was some visually great stuff. Great character writing and a worthy mini series to the Xmen line up.

  • 8.0
    Señor Smokey Aug 14, 2020

    -"you grow up fast once you realize you're a mutant"
    -Love seeing my boy at the end
    -Great opening with well-done moral ideas
    -Art was average

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Feb 9, 2020

    Its a good book that has a lot of interesting ideas. I didnt think it deserved a very high grade but its definitely not bad at all.

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    maelstron Mar 6, 2020

    Very dissapointing first issue, I expected more from zdarsky

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