X Of Swords: Stasis #1

Event\Storyline: X of Swords Writer: Tini Howard, Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 28, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 65
7.5Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.
Rated T+

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Oct 28, 2020

    When the level of craft is as high as it is in X of Swords: Stasis, that's every bit as rewarding as anything that comes before or after. X of Swords: Stasis is a vital, enthralling chapter in the X of Swords saga. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Oct 28, 2020

    This is an issue that could stand on its written component alone but combined with absolutely stellar art succeeds on all fronts as an engaging and in fact thrilling halfway point in this crossover. Action lovers may not gravitate toward the issue but fans of tarot, the lore of Otherworld and Arakko will find plenty to engage them on every page! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 28, 2020

    X of Swords: Stasis #1 is rich with culture, new worlds, and an eclectic mix of characters both good and bad. It sets the stage for an event that's primed to ignite. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Oct 28, 2020

    X of Swords Stasis gives everybody a chance to catch up on what's at stake to fully appreciate the conflicts that go into the overall story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Oct 30, 2020

    Much like a majority of the books within the current line of the X-Franchise, this one covers a lot of ground, but is fundamentally strong enough in its execution that it's a mountain of material worth climbing.again that the Hickman run is proving to be dense. And although I have been thoroughly entertained so far, I question the effectiveness if one book summed up one faction assembling its army where it's taken the X-Men nine issues to get their ducks in a row. Stasis #1 is a good example of how much plot can be packed into any one X-book nowadays and that can be an intimidating plunge for some readers. Mahmoud Asrar and Pepe Larraz are two of the best artists this run could ask for and to have them collaborating on this particular book is a godsend. Aside from Lenil Yu, nobody else is this effective in creating these evocative scenes and epic moments that resonate even when there's little or no action taking place. I don't think I've ever read a comic where I felt genuine emotional Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Luke Cornelius Nov 2, 2020

    "X of Swords: Stasis" #1 is a great half-way point in a consistently strong event series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Oct 30, 2020

    The Champions of Krakoa are preparing to enter the Contest of Swords. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Oct 28, 2020

    Nonetheless, this weeks installment of X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1 by Jonathan Hickman just didnt move the meter for me this week. Dont get me wrong, this is still a pretty solid event that I think everyone should be reading. And as always, Pepe Larraz and Mahmud Asrar deliver with timely splash pages and jaw-dropping panels! Nevertheless, readers could probably skip this issue and get caught up by a friend at the shop or a well-placed recap page in one of the crossover X-MEN titles. So, should you buy it? Well, if youre a completionist, then yes! However, if money is tight, I think you could skip it albeit still a very fun and intriguing issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Oct 28, 2020

    Overall this midway chapter was one of the most intriguing chapters of the event. It managed to tie up the first half perfectly while getting us excited for the second half. We haven’t seen anything yet, I’m sure of that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Oct 28, 2020

    11 issues in and the champions of Krakoa and Arakko still haven't clashed. For this boxing fan, it's a bit too reminiscent of championship matchups that get built up higher and higher, only for the fight itself to fall flat. There are another 11 chapters left, so there's still plenty of time to deliver. X of Swords: Stasis #1 is a well-structured issue, but one that is maybe a little too adherent to the name. The hope is that this is the height of the chain-lift on this roller-coaster, and all that's left is the exhilarating drop. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Oct 30, 2020

    Derivatives played in a major key, this is less jazz and more muzak as the interminable crossover rumbles onward without finding new ground. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 31, 2020

    When are we going to get to the fireworks factory?! Read Full Review

  • 1.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 28, 2020

    Straight up, X Of Swords: Stasis #1 is a cash grab in every sense of the word, a way for Marvel to bilk five more dollars out of readers. Nothing happens in it all and while from a technical standpoint, its a well written, nice looking comic, it is completely superfluous. It does nothing to make an argument that its existence is needed. In that way, its completely emblematic of X Of Swords. Apparently, some readers and critics are somehow enjoying this story but how they are doing so is mystifying. Dawn Of X has been excellent up to this point, so maybe theyre looking at this story through rose-colored glasses, but otherwise, this whole thing is a bloated mess and hopefully, it will get better when the actual action starts. Read Full Review

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