Fantomex MAX #1
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Fantomex MAX #1

Writer: Andrew Hope Artist: Shawn Crystal Publisher: Marvel Max Release Date: October 2, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13
5.2Critic Rating
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• The X-Men's own International Super-Thief in his own MAX miniseries!
•  Sexy secret agents, weird weaponry, vintage champagne and a damsel in distress.
•  All the uncensored action you could ever want in a comic... and MORE!

  • 8.5
    Fanboys Inc - Oz Nov 11, 2013

    The art is very pulpish and simple, and works amazingly. The MAX line I've noticed never attract higher ranking art staff, however I think like B-Grade horror, that is part of the charm. Dots are used quite frequently by colorist Lee Loughride, and I'm sure they would make Jack Kirby proud with their use. It adds to the pulp feel, and makes the comic appear dated, without being so. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 2, 2013

    If you're looking for some MAX style storytelling with Fantemex, this will be right up your alley. Not having to play nicely by the X-Men's rules, this story allows Fantomex to get into some stickier situations. The freedom to allow more violence and profanity gives it a harder edge but at the same time, feels a little gratuitous and unnecessary. If you are a fan of the character, hopefully you are mature enough to buy this comic. It's great seeing Fantomex get the spotlight to himself and this is shaping up to be an intriguing story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 2, 2013

    Shawn Crystal's pencils do a fantastic job pumping things up and making things pop. I particularly like how backgrounds are either detailed, polka dots, or extremely thatched. It forces the read to be a bit more chaotic and energy fueled. His work reminds me of Mike Huddleston's style and it's pretty fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Oct 3, 2013

    Fantomex MAX #1 is okay, but somewhat suspect from the get go. It's certainly weird, it could wind up being fun, but it could also become something gross. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CHUD - Graig Kent Oct 4, 2013

    You can sense the conflict I'm having. On the one hand, I appreciate the attempt at a modern twist on Diabolik, and I'm sure by being outside Marvel continuity it aides Hope's vision, but on the other hand, here was a chance to do and steamier, more seductive pop-art version of Diabolik, one which Francesco Francavilla's spot on cover suggests, but instead feels like an Archer knock-off, only more cartoony. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 5, 2013

    I wanted to love this book. Fantomex is a great character and Remender put new life in him during Uncanny X-Force but this first issue isn't what I was looking for. Hopefully the plot will carry the rest of this series in a better direction. You might want to give this book a try. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 8, 2013

    If you're a fan of Fantomex, then seeing him in his own series may be what you've been asking for. It just wasn't the version of Fantomex I wanted. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 2, 2013

    I have low hopes for this series to be perfectly honest. I don't think this will end up being something I'll remember fondly. I wish we could have more of the master of misdirection ladies man who pretends to be French that I'm used to. Let me also say that a huge opportunity has been missed with this book. We could have had a great 4 part story about Fantomex pulling off a huge heist. Instead what we have is some weird sexual relationship with E.V.A. (now knows as Eva) and some flirtation with an agent from a shady organization that wants to kill Fantomex. I'm going to keep reading this and hope for the best but I'm not getting my hopes up. Where is Rick Remender when you need him? Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 2, 2013

    For example, there's a montage of a bad guy disemboweling a man, decapitating another, and punching the brain out the back of the skull of the last one. That's great and all, but it's not particularly gross or funny or entertaining. It seems like it's there just because this is a MAX book and that's what you do in MAX books. Shawn Crystal renders everything in his somewhat cartoony style, but that silly style winds up sapping the book of its attempted tone. The result is a comic with a sound premise that couldn't have gone worse. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Oct 2, 2013

    Suggesting a mature story rather than telling one, the heavy use of swearing and violence doesn't do much for this issue as the lack of direction and the unsubtle methods of Andrew Hope aren't really helped by the adequate, yet not particularly brilliant work of Lee Loughridge and Shawn Crystal. Not recommended. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Oct 3, 2013

    Going in, I hoped that "Fantomex MAX" would feel like "Hawkeye": creative, unconventional, smart and sharply funny. That was perhaps too much to hope for given that "Hawkeye" is one of the best comics currently on shelves, but this feels so far from "Hawkeye" it's not even playing the same sport, let alone fighting in the same weight class. I wanted to like this for all the right reasons, but it's a misfire from page one with a tonal disconnect and forgettable premise and characters. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Oct 3, 2013

    At it's core, this is a very simple heist gone wrong book staring the titular mutant. From there it's nothing but tired, sexist, and often homophobic jokes that all but the nastiest of Internet trolls would find tasteless. Read Full Review

  • 2.3
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Oct 3, 2013

    Really, I may sound frothing mad at this book, but I'm not, son. I'm just disappointed. Fantomex is seriously one of my favorite Marvel characters and to see him featured in such a disgusting book is really disheartening. I know that he's supposed to be part satire, and the MAX line is meant to be Sooper Dooper Mature,but if there's any self-awareness to be found here, it has escaped me. just as any interest in this book has from my mind. Sorry Fantomex, hopefully you can try for a new writer as part ofAll-Now Marvel Now! Read Full Review

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