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Bishop: War College #1 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


Krakoa is an island paradise, and it’s a vulnerable one… but not with Lucas Bishop on the case!

Armor, Surge, Cam Long, Aura Charles, Amass – these are his students.

Their course objective: Get strong. Defend the island. Keep mutantkind safe.

What does any of that have to do with an all-Black X-Men team?

Find out here!

Celebrated TV writer J. Holtham (Cloak and Dagger, Jessica Jones) joins forces with artist Sean Damien Hill for a blockbuster brawl with the fate of all Krakoa at stake!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
Amazon ASIN

8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    Bishop: War College #1 was a good read and presented the question of what good leadership is. It also showed Bishop’s perspective and desire to protect his students when push came to shove.

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    Overall, Bishop: War College #1 is a fun debut issue which potentially reinvigorates the franchise and character of Bishop. The story by J. Holtman is exciting. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, it’s a story that fans will more than enjoy.

  • 85


    If you’re a diehard X-Men fan, you’ll be happy as a clam reading Bishop: War College #1. Juggling multiple characters with strong dialogue and character writing, along with what feels like the next big chapter for Bishop, the creative team comes out of the gate with an excellent first issue.

  • 84

    Geek'd Out

    While it has never really been on his side, when Dani decides it’s time to move on to the next “batch” of trainees, Bishop gains some timely assistance. But will it be too late for Bishop War College to remain open?

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    With “Bishop: War College” #1 barely approaching the premise by the end of the final page, it seems clear that some of the best moments of the series may take place in future issues. However, the debut chapter of “Bishop: War College” #1 really carries an interesting sense of identity with so many negative scenes with Bishop and his students. The negative energy among Bishop’s students makes “Bishop: War College” #1 even stand apart from other titles in the line of Krakoa comics. The expressive energy from Sean Damien Hill was great in some scenes but the imprecise anatomy seems to detract from other moments. The elements of Krakoka that blend in with the absurdist plot and direction in “Bishop: War College” #1 make the series really engaging. Lots of people are interested in X-Men characters and fleshing them out with new concepts that border on the absurd like “Bishop: War College” #1 is a fascinating proposition.

  • 74

    Comic Watch

    If you’ve missed classic X-men level shenanigans, you will not want to miss grabbing a copy of Bishop: War College. Expect a few interesting cameos from fan favorites, and enjoy the beginning of what can be a fantastic and wild adventure.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    Though the ending of the issue takes it in a different direction, Bishop: War College #1 is an intriguing start that lays the groundwork for an exploration of Bishop’s mission and drive. We’ll see if it continues this direction and dives in, as expected, in a “Scrooge” sort of story, but here’s hoping.

  • 50

    The dynamic between the team and how they deal with someone of Bishop’s temperament is one of the issue’s best qualities, as is any scene involving Tempo, who has become one of my favorite characters as of late. Holtham utilizes her well, and Tempo and Bishop’s abilities open up things for artist Sean Damien Hill, inkers Victor Nava and Roberto Poggi, colorist Espen Grundetjern, and letterer Travis Lanham. There is inconsistency throughout the issue though, and the villains in the midst of everything didn’t exactly grab me. This could still turn into something great, but it’s off to a rocky launch.

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