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A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 18 critic ratings.

IN THE LAND OF THE RIGHTEOUS…The X-Men claim they’re the planets’ new gods. The Eternals know that position is already filled. The Avengers are about to realize exactly how many secrets their so-called friends have kept from them. Years of tension lead to a volcanic eruption as two worlds burn. Who has leaked the X-Men’s secrets to their latest foes? Why is Tony Stark abducting an old friend? And who stands in judgment over the whole world? Judgment Day from Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti is the apocalyptic emotional event to define the summer.

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35 pages
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18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    A.X.E.: Judgement Day #1ties together Marvel’s three biggest ensembles for an event of epic proportions, with stellar scripting and phenomenal artwork. With such a great opening issue, I have faith that the rest of the series will continue to impress. And given that the events ofJudgement Day are set to spill out into the Marvel Universe, there’s no telling who comes out unscathed and who doesn’t.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    It is impressive, with many details and certain textures that offer the difference between Human, mutant and Eternal technologies.

  • 100

    Marvel Heroes Library

  • 98

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    A.X.E. JUDGMENT DAY #1 is intense, action-packed, well defined, easy to follow, and filled with energy thanks to Schiti and this art team. Other than not completely understanding how Sinister, Ajak and the AVENGERS fit into the picture quite yet, I’d say this issue is a must-buy to any and all current MARVEL COMIC readers and fans.

  • 97

    Comic Watch

    Gillens setting up so many chess pieces here, and creating a threat in not only Druig, but Uranos, that could become a constant threat in the heroes lives, not just the Eternals. Hes also cementing just how important the Eternals are to the Earth, and to the rest of the Marvel universe. Will the Eternals and mutants become constant enemies? I hope not. The heroes vs. heroes thing has been done to death. Luckily I have faith in Gillen to give us something deeper than that.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 could have been a lazy hero versus hero event, but Gillen makes sure thats not about to happen. This is a marvelous first issue, one that sets up a wonderful conflict. Schiti and Gracia are breathtaking together, their art really making everything look the best it can be. If the rest of the series is this good, fans are in for one of the best events in recent Marvel history.

  • 95


    The latest Marvel event kicks off in a grand way, with some exciting and scary moments. The art is incredible and the story is strong. This is an event comic worth picking up.

  • 93

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Gillen is crafting a huge story in this first issue. There are a lot of moving parts and characters involved and Gillen does a great job of keeping the story engaging to the reader. There is some great tension throughout and even some humor to be found. I have my misgivings about big events featuring heroes fighting other heroes, but this one at least seems to have some interesting background and stakes worth exploring.

    The Art: Schitit delivers some beautifully detailed panels and pages throughout the issue. The action is visually thrilling and the art perfectly captures the tone of the story as well as the characters. There are some truly wonderful images throughout.

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    A.X.E.: Judgement Day #1 is a solid debut delivering more than just groups clashing before fighting the greater threat. There’s a lot to chew on as Gillen lays out varying motivations and resulting in actions that are questionable for many. There’s also shocks, lots of shocks as the Eternals make a hell of a move that is sure to anger many. Many events in the past have started with a bang and fizzled. This is a nuke drop and here’s hoping it can keep it up.

  • 90

    Multiversity Comics

    If you’re skeptical about another Marvel event comic where different groups of heroes fight each other, I don’t blame you. But Kieron, Valerio, and Marte have managed to surpass every expectation, and “A.X.E.: Judgment Day” #1 will turn any skeptics into believers.

    Kieron Gillen’s writing, Valerio Schiti’s artwork, and Marte Gracia’s colors make this Marvel’s must-read event comic.

  • 90

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    A.X.E. Judgement Day #1 is a superb first issue that takes risks and has big payoffs. Kieron Gillen not only lives up to the hype for this event, but he exceeds it. The art is superb and is accompanied by a great crew that puts everything they have into this issue.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 85


    As first issues go, A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 does a pretty great job of setting up this event without it feeling like “homework or superfluous action, which they often do for this sort of narrative.

  • 85

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 looks, acts, smells, tastes, and feels like a war of interplanetary proportions. The art is great, the story moves with a steady, brisk pace, and the battles are brutally epic in scope. Despite the small army of characters involved, Gillen keeps the focus tight and builds to a cliffhanger that grabs your attention.

  • 80

    Geek'd Out

    As first issues go, A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 does a pretty great job of setting up this event without it feeling like “homework” or superfluous action, which they often do for this sort of narrative. A lot of the setup was handled in last week’s Eve of Judgment, but that mostly focused on the Eternals’ perspective and much less that of the Avengers or X-Men. Here, all three letters of the titular acronym were accounted for, and they each have varying goals. The Eternals (or some of them, anyway) want to eradicate mutants. The mutants want to protect themselves. The Avengers want to keep the war from causing total destruction of the world. It’s already a lot more compelling than the last several ones of these (e.g. Inhumans vs. X-Men, Empyre, King in Black) because each side has believable rationale for their involvement.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 isn’t a perfect start. Unless you have been reading the core Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals titles going into this event there will be things you’ll feel your missing out on. That said, Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti deliver on the big moments you expect from big Marvel comic book events. By the end of A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 there is enough accomplished to be invested in finding out what happens next with the Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals.

  • 60

    Gillen’s recent work on both the X-Men and Eternals lines displays an astute grasp of the thematic threads in addition to his ever-clever weaving of narrative. What’s more impressive is how neatly he reintroduces so many long-running subplots and character arcs from across more than a dozen series into dialogue that is entertainingly expository at its clunkiest. The craft and pedigree on display reasonably requests the benefit of the doubt in a heavily serialized format.

  • 60

    Impulse Gamer

    The start of a new major storyline. Worth a look even if you did not think that much of the Eternals movie. Has enough different characters that they are not the only thing there.

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