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Dark Web: X-Men #1 (of 3)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

The X-Men are ensnared in Chasm and The Goblin Queen’s Dark Web!

Chaos reigns in the streets of New York City as demon hordes pour forth from the realm of Limbo… a realm that until recently was ruled by Magik. A realm now ruled by Cyclops’ ex. Also, Havok’s ex. Also, a clone of Jean. The X-Men wade into the fray by taking on some of their darker history as the Goblin Queen returns for vengeance!

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26 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    If the goal was to get me invested in "Dark Web," mission accomplished, and if the mission was to deliver one of my fave Marvel team-ups of the year? Well, looks like they knocked that out of the park too.
  • 90


    If you want action and great callbacks to X-Men elements, Dark Web: X-Men #1 is a full-on blast. It leans into the wacky fun of demons assuming control of inanimate objects, features many superhero fight scene action, and promises significant revelations for key characters like Havok and Cyclops. As far as tie-in comics go, this issue is even better than the series launch!
  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Dark Web: X-Men #1 is by far the best issue of the crossover so far thanks to its tight, economic storytelling paired with a grounding in well-cultivated continuity and character growth. Duggans script benefits from the splitting of the X-Men, allowing for Magik and Havok to play vital roles in the Goblin Queen's arc while Iceman and Firestar can reunite with Spider-Man for a solid action sequence. Reiss art and colors are perfectly matched for this crossover and its various elements, thanks to his work on New Mutants, illustrating demon-infused objects with the same care as the handling of Madelyne Pryors betrayal. This is a tie-in that is a must-read for both X-Men and Dark Web readers, reveling in the collaborative nature of serialized, shared-universe comics.
  • 86

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Dark Web X-Men #1 is a book that is off to a promising start. If you’re a fan of Inferno, this feels like a sequel to it. Gerry Duggan has found his groove with many of these characters and writes them well. The art is a fitting style for a story line like this. If you’re looking for a book that captures one of the most memorable stories from the 80’s, Dark Web X-Men #1 is a book for you.
  • 79

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I’m still on the fence about the Dark Web storyline, but this was a fun issue overall. Duggan tries a little too hard to be hard to be light and funny with the dialogue, but it can be forgiven considering the tone of the story. The highlight was definitely the Spider-Man team up with Firestar and Iceman and the jokes about their incompatible power sets and Amazing Friends reference. The Art: Reis does a great job with the art in the issue. I love the stylized look of the visuals and how they complement the fun tone of the story.
  • 70


    The X-Men’s descent into Limbo is just a hell of a lot of fun. It’s beautifully illustrated, and incredibly silly in the best ways.

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About the Author: Gerry Duggan

Gerry Duggan is an American comics writer, director and photographer living in Los Angeles.

Early life

Duggan was born in New York City and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1992. He attended Emerson College, graduating in 1996.


Duggan was working at Golden Apple Comics in 1999 where he met many of his future collaborators, and eventually began production jobs working at Dakota Films. For the next 10 years worked in live TV, awards shows, pilots, comics, and films before finding traction in American comic books. Gerry Duggan has written Hulk, Nova, Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool, Batman: Arkham Manor, and co-writing Deadpool with Brian Posehn.

Duggan was a writer and producer on Attack of the Show! and was on the staff for its final shows. His comics career began at Image Comics by writing and co-creating series The Last Christmas with Posehn and Rick Remender, and later The Infinite Horizon with Phil Noto, with was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2008 for Best New Series. Duggan was a regular cast member on Posehn’s role-playing podcast Nerd Poker, but was forced to exit due increased writing deadlines.

In 2013, Marvel re-launched the Deadpool series, with Duggan and Brian Posehn as writers. In 2014 Duggan contributed to the script for the Xbox game Sunset Overdrive, and was part of a team that wrote the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards hosted by Patton Oswalt, for which he was nominated for a WGA Award. Duggan also directed the promotional ads for that year’s awards shows. In the same year he commenced a contract with Marvel Entertainment, and began work on a reboot of the Avengers series.

In 2016 Duggan co-wrote Marvel’s Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic, and continued to write for the Deadpool series until the run’s conclusion with issue 36. Duggan currently writes the critically acclaimed Marauders, as part of Marvel’s 2019 reboot of the X-Men titles and also began writing Cable in 2020. In 2021, Duggan began writing the X-Men flagship series, replacing Jonathan Hickman.

Personal life

Duggan has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1998. He is married to Virginia Duggan and together they have one son.

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