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A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

The clock is ticking and midnight looms.

It’s not too late.

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27 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4continues to subvert expectations, all the while delivering a cinematic experience in terms of story and artwork. With a massive cliffhanger and only two issues left, it's anyone's guess how things will end. But that ending's bound to be spectacular.
  • 100

    Comic Crusaders

    In Judgement Day No.4, Gillen has written more than just a comic, he's written a self help book, and to think all it took was to finally have Captain America lose hope.
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 is brilliant, and there’re no two ways about it. Gillen, Schiti, Gracia, and Cowles are doing excellent work. This event is the best in a long time, a treat for everyone who reads it.
  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Gillen continues to craft a beautifully thrilling and tension filled story in this issue. There are some great and unexpected twists throughout the story and all of the surprises within the story are perfectly presented along with some moments that were truly shocking leading to a completely unexpected and shocking ending. I cannot wait to see where this story goes next and continue to be invested in every element of it. The Art: Schiti delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The action is visually thrilling and the character moments look amazing. I love the visual scope of this story and how Schiti brings it to life on the page.
  • 90

    It's difficult to overstate the incredible pace at which A.X.E.: Judgment Day moves with every issue substantially altering the premise, which makes following the event an absolute thrill as following an event ought to be. Judgment Day #4 pours on the judgment part of its title with a number of poignant and bound to be fondly remembered character notes. This occurs amidst the model U.N. action presented by warring factions of Eternals, X-Men, and Avengers. Their strategies and politicking moves so quickly that it never risks becoming dull, and democracy is made to be exciting stuff in one splash panel. The series' stellar pacing also allows space for big moments as character deaths treat the character and stakes (and fandom) with appropriate gravitas. Once again, Judgment Day turns on a final page that would make Brian K. Vaughan jealous and it's one that simultaneously evokes excitement for whatever comes next and contemplation of this grandiose metaphor's basis. You won't find a better event than Judgment Day in 2022.
  • 90

    Un Cómic Más

  • 90

    Marvel Heroes Library

  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 focused my attention on who decides the moral laws. Who decides what is just and unjust? Who is the judge? Even the world of Marvel Comics fights with that dilemma on the reg and theyre a fictional world with superheroes and superpowers. If they struggle, what are we to do? And this question I pose not just rhetorically but also in the context of the issue. Im excited to see how Gillen will manage this new impending judgment. How will the world get through this one? I guess well have to continue to read and find out. But readers, the excitement and speculation are real! Grab A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 as soon as you can. Other than the massive narration, this issue has it all!
  • 87

    Comic Watch

    With a story that feels like its a let down due to the important pieces being told elsewhere, the team still pulls it together when it comes to elevating a character that doesnt seem to hold the same weight in regards to other Eternals. What theyll do, and where theyll take these characters will hopefully leave a positive impact on the greater Marvel universe.
  • 85


    When it comes to A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4, the name of the game is heavy emotional resonance. You will feel for these characters as they never give up hope, but seem to have no way of stopping what is coming. The series continues to take big swings while offering introspective moments as our favorite characters get judged. What more could you want?
  • 80

    Geek'd Out

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 does a great job in putting over what Progenitor declaration of judgment of Earth truly means. The urgency shown by the Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals as they went along with Starfox's plan made this a strong start to the second half of Marvel's latest big event. The ending now sets up many questions for how things could go in the remaining chapters of this event.
  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 makes a lot of noise, brims with high energy and fast pacing, but ultimately runs around like a chicken with its head cut off until the last four pages. The ending hits big, hard, and fast. Are those last four pages worth a $4.99 cover price? Probably not, but it will be interesting to see what happens next.

More From A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022)

About the Author: Kieron Gillen

Kieron Michael Gillen (/ˈɡɪlən/; born 30 September 1975) is a British comic book writer and former video game and music journalist. In comics, Gillen is known for Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine, both co-created with artist Jamie McKelvie and published by Image, as well as numerous projects for Marvel, such as Journey into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Young Avengers and Eternals. In video game journalism, he is notable for creating the New Games Journalism manifesto.



As a reviewer, Gillen has written for publications such as Amiga Power (under the pseudonym “C-Monster”), PC Gamer UK, The Escapist, Wired, The Guardian, Edge, Game Developer, Develop, MCV/Develop, GamesMaster, Eurogamer and PC Format, as well as the PC gaming-oriented website Rock Paper Shotgun, which he co-founded in 2007. In 2000, Gillen became the first-ever video game journalist to receive an award from the Periodical Publishers Association, for New Specialist Consumer Journalist. Gillen is a fan of the work of the video game developer Warren Spector, having written positive pieces on several Spector’s games, most notably Deus Ex and Thief: Deadly Shadows, both produced by Ion Storm.

In addition to his work as a reviewer, Gilen has acted as a guest speaker at numerous video game industry conferences.

In a September 2010 post at Rock Paper Shotgun, Gillen announced he was leaving full-time video game journalism to devote his time to comic book writing.


Gillen’s earliest work in comics was published in various British small-press anthologies and Warhammer Monthly. Between 2003 and 2007, Gillen collaborated with artist Jamie McKelvie on a comic strip for PlayStation Official Magazine – UK, entitled “Save Point”, following up with the pop music-themed urban fantasy series Phonogram, which was described by Gillen as his “first real comic”. Veteran comics writer Warren Ellis dubbed the series “one of the few truly essential comics of 2006.” The first issue, published by Image Comics, went on sale in August 2006, with the first series running for six issues. The sequel, a series of one-shots subtitled The Singles Club, launched in December 2008. Between 2014 and 2019, Gillen and McKelvie collaborated on The Wicked + The Divine, an Image series that has won Gillen multiple awards, including nominations for the Eisner Award for best new series, and for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. Gillen’s other creator-owned work includes Three, a mini-series about the helots of Sparta, and The Ludocrats, initially announced in 2015 as a collaboration between writers Gillen and Jim Rossignol and artist David Lafuente. The series was eventually published in 2020 with art by Jeff Stokely.

On 14 April 2008, it was announced Gillen would collaborate with the artist Greg Scott to expand on Warren Ellis’ newuniversal series with “a story about killing the future” set in 1959. That year, Gillen also wrote Crown of Destruction, a Warhammer Fantasy comic. Further Marvel assignments included a Dazzler short story and a Beta Ray Bill one-shot, which was followed by a three-issue mini-series. Gillen’s workload at Marvel increased in late 2009. At HeroesCon, it was announced he would be writing a tie-in to the “Dark Reign” storyline, the mini-series Dark Avengers: Ares, and, during the 2009 Chicago Comic Con, it was announced that he will collaborate with Steven Sanders on S.W.O.R.D, an X-Men spin-off series. Gillen took over Thor following a run by J. Michael Straczynski, writing issues #604 to 614. In late 2010, Gillen launched another X-Men spin-off Generation Hope that picked up plot threads from the end of the “Second Coming” storyline. Gillen wrote the title for twelve issues before passing it to James Asmus. After co-scripting a few issues of Uncanny X-Men with outgoing writer Matt Fraction, Gillen took over the series with issue #534.1. His time on the title saw the book through the 2011 “Fear Itself” storyline, a renumbering to #1 in the wake of the “Schism” storyline, and a tie-in with the “Avengers vs. X-Men” storyline. After finishing his run with issue #20, Gillen penned a five-issue epilogue miniseries AvX: Consequences that dealt with the aftermath of that event. In 2011, Gillen returned to Marvel’s Asgard with a run on Journey into Mystery (the original name of the Thor series, continuing its original numbering), starting with issue #622 and finishing with #645 in October 2012. As part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Gillen wrote two books: Iron Man (again taking over from Fraction) with art by his frequent Uncanny X-Men collaborator Greg Land, and Young Avengers with Jamie McKelvie.

In June 2020, Marvel announced that Gillen would write Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar, the first series in a line of Warhammer comics published by the company. In 2021, Gillen began writing the Eternals ongoing series, illustrated by Esad Ribić.

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]