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Children Of The Vault #1 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.


The Children of the Vault are back, and they are determined to be humanity’s salvation! But not everything is as it seems, and every utopia has its costs. What is the motivation behind these highly evolved beings gifting the world with their advanced technology? And how do Bishop and a now-Orchis-captured Cable figure into their plans?

Find out in rising stars Deniz Camp and Luca Maresca’s miniseries!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
Amazon ASIN

10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 99

    Comic Watch

    This is a brilliant, breathtaking, brutal book. These pages will bleed all over your fingers. Pick it up.

    SEE ALSO: writer Deniz Camp is your new favorite writer.

  • 95


    With impressive storytelling and engaging art, Children of the Vault #1 perfectly sets up the rest of the exciting limited series. Children of the Vault is already one of the Fall of X era’s most interesting series, because it is not only exploring the fascinating history and desires of the Children of the Vault, but also focusing on the complex interpersonal relationship between Bishop and Cable. Both of these incredible heroes have survived horrific wars and dystopian rule before, so they are truly the ideal “Odd Couple” to be taking on the Children in this unique crisis. Deniz Camp’s writing is quick, witty, and entirely captivating, with Luca Maresca and Carlos Lopez’s art providing the ideal playground for Camp to develop the story within, making this series one that fans should continue to follow until it’s undoubtedly intense conclusion.

  • 85

    Derby Comics

    With intriguing plot development, gorgeous artwork, and fan-favorite characters leading the way, CHILDREN OF THE VAULT #1 succeeds in further depicting a world turned upside-down after the Hellfire Gala. Not only does it keep your attention from start-to-finish, Camp is offering the type of social commentary that has always been the staple of a great comic book.

  • 84


    Children of the Vault #1 takes advantage of the tragedy befalling mutants to present Bishop’s plight since arriving in the present. Writer Deniz Camp capitalizes on the comparisons that are present between humanity’s various “people” of tomorrow in the series. Since his arrival from the future Bishop’s methods were more volatile than his fellow X-Men. The same could be said of Cable. Like the mutants and the Children there is a major distinction between the treatment of these two time displaced mutants. This was even more apparent once Cable was “fathered” into the X-Men. But isn’t it truly in keeping with the way of X to look beyond the way things appear. The illusions of acceptability or the prejudices they produce. To examine the intentions of the individual in an effort to understand their motivations.

    In order to save the future, what will you look past?

  • 80

    Children of the Vault #1 lands with an energy, relevance, and sense of big comics fun that compares favorably to the heights of Wildstorm 25 years ago. Its eponymous heroes (?) arrive to confront a problem that complicates any notions of black-and-white morality. Paired against two of the X-Men’s most stalwart anti-heroes with giant guns, they promise to tackle the existential terrors of our moment in a bold fashion that will manage to entertain with a wry smile and dark sense of humor. This series is shaping up to be the silver lining of Hellfire Gala 2023 and perhaps a whole lot more.

  • 80


    Tune in again next issue to see whether this motley duo of bickering beefcakes can refrain from killing each other long enough to possibly prevail against a sextet of hyper-advanced meta-mutates who have basically already won in a world that thinks B&C are the enemies, and where there are essentially no other X-types around to rely on for, (let’s see, avg. Earth Mars distance…) about 140 million miles.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    Children of the Vault #1 is one of the X-Men stories that add additional information missed in the lives of mutant kind. This comic book will potentially be a part of the stories coming up next if there must be anything with the Children of the Vault involved. Be sure to pick this one up at your local comic book store or where copies are sold.

  • 75

    Graphic Policy

    Children of the Vault #1 sets up a triangle of competing interests and hate and it’ll be interesting to see how it shakes out. There’s some clear possible allies here as well as possible enemies. Overall, it’s a “Fall of X” piece of the puzzle that’s frustrating in some ways but also creates an intriguing conflict ahead.

  • 70

    Geek'd Out

    To its credit, Children of the Vault #1 is a pretty good package overall. Deniz Camp’s script moves quickly —perhaps at the expense of exposition, which some might need— and Luca Maresca’s action-packed art holds the reader’s attention. Camp puts some fun little details in the issue, such as Cable’s safehouse being a flower nursery called “DaySpring” or the way he hides in plain sight by making someone recognize him as Josh Brolin, which lighten the mood despite the world-shaking circumstances of the characters. The explanation of how the Children are proliferating themselves is also very interesting and relevant to our current times in a way I won’t spoil. It may not be for everyone, but Children of the Vault #1 does offer an intriguing story about survival and assimilation that might be worth your time.

  • 63

    Major Spoilers

    My biggest complaint about Children of the Vault #1 is the dark, hopeless tone of it all, which makes it tough to actually sit down and work your way through the issue, but the thrust of the story has promise and the art (though ill-served by the coloring) has promise. In a few years, when we look back on the “Fall of X” era, this could be one of the impressive high points of it all, depending on where this book goes from here.

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