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Dark X-Men #1 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.


Following the explosive events of the Hellfire Gala, MADELYNE PRYOR realizes the world needs the X-Men now more than ever. HAVOK and GAMBIT have served on the team before…but never one that looks like this! And how does GIMMICK, breakout star of MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE, fall under the Goblin Queen’s sway?

Find out in the most horrific installment of the X-Men saga yet!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Comic Watch

    The main story in Dark X-Men lives up to it’s namesake by being very dark but at the same time very X-Men. Violent and taking no prisoners with a brilliant combination of atmospheric line art and coloring that elevate the excellent script and deliver a disturbing but thoroughly enthralling opener that tells you more than enough to hook you in while keeping it dark and mysterious while the second part allows the creative team to be more tongue in cheek but still additive to the overall story.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 88


    Dire times call for an out-of-the-box all-new all-different type of X-team, as ‘Dark X-Men’ #1 brings this shadowy team together to push back as the Fall Of X continues. An emotional, humorous, gorgeously dark series is a welcome addition to a line of titles that is actually doing some inspired work as the Mutants of Marvel face some of their hardest times.

  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    Dark X-Men #1 is a lot of fun. Action. Humor. It’s exactly what you’d expect going into it and has me excited to read more.

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Foxe delivers an interesting story in this first issue. The concept is intriguing and I’ve been waiting for a darker tone to the X-Men team. I really enjoyed the choice of characters as well as how each comes to the team with a dark past and their own motivations. I liked the second story in the issue as well, but Alex as a character is becoming annoying. I do want to see more of Maddie’s interactions with Chasm though.

    The Art: Both artists deliver awesome imagery throughout the issue. I love that the darker tone of the story has led to a darker art style and how that style serves the characters and the story.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    The delicate balance between the supernatural and the social is really, really difficult to maintain. Foxe and company run the risk of leaning a bit more in the direction of the supernatural with the opening issue, but this IS Dark X-Men, so it’s totally understandable. The challenge moving forward is going to lie in making certain that there’s enough of an X-component to the series to keep it grounded in the appeal that has worked so well for these characters over the decades. It’s not easy. The past few decades are littered with forgettable X-titles.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Dark X-Men #1 showcases Madelyn Pryor in the driver’s seat of an X-Men team with Havoc as her “angel on the shoulder” keeping her in line. Together with her team of misfits, these Dark X-Men only care about their own and could care less about killing humans or anyone who stands in their way. This free-fo-all coupled with the almost eerie characters involved in the team, make Dark X-Men #1 quite unique in its form and design for this Fall of X Event. Additionally, fans should be prepared for the story to take a bit of time before it picks up. The excitement and action will come along with a few answers left hanging out there since the Hellfire Gala. Readers will just need to be patient as Dark X-Men #1 begins to take shape.

    That said, what the creepy and bizarre vibes mustered into the comic, the purpose and connection to the overall Fall of X premise didn’t. Plus, I couldn’t help but shake this feeling that there appear to be a ton of mutants still on Earth despite the millions being forced off by Xavier at the Hellfire Gala. The Gala made it sound like few could resist. However, being almost two to three weeks into the Event, readers find dozens of mutants still here as well as some that are children hiding out with their families. Moreover, I thought only certain mutants could resist Xavier that practiced that secret code to break his psychic link. Sure, Madelyn makes sense but again we see a ton of mutants still here that don’t for the motif. These questions, along with the slow pacing for the opening, may cause fans to bail instantly or cut the title for financial reasons. However, I recommend giving this series at least another issue or two before making the cut.

  • 80

    There could hardly be a better time to launch a book titled Dark X-Men than the shadow of the X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 special that kicked off the Fall of X. Jonas Scharf and Frank Martin brings a visual style that revels in the darkness of this new era, becoming reminiscent of Mike Dedoato Jr. and Rain Beredo’s work on the Civil War-era Thunderbolts series. With mutantkind on the brink, Steve Foxe uses Havok and the Goblin Queen to present differing perspectives on how to react to their dire situation. Alex still clings to dreams of appeasement leading to peaceful integration. Maddie is ready to repay the suffering humanity has inflicted on mutants with interest. The rest of the cast is a fascinating mixture of mostly underdeveloped tertiary characters, a community of mutants that even Krakoa found undesirable. Considering the lack of scruples among them, the series seems poised to see the team wrestle with questions of extremes. How far is too far when faced with fascism and possible extinction? Does righteous rage need a practical purpose, or is it an end unto itself? Even if the reader doesn’t recognize or appreciate the issue’s subtext, this is an enjoyable superhero book for anyone attracted to the darker side of the genre.

  • 80

    The Comic Book Spot

    Very rarely do I go into a comic having an idea of what I would like and it over delivers. I didn’t think Madelyne Pryor was the right choice to head the Dark X-Men, but after the first seven pages, I was happily wrong.

  • 80

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    An intriguing issue with solid art and a pretty eclectic and cool roster. Pretty accessible for a debut issue.

  • 70


    Dark X-Men #1 is a lovely introduction and an appreciated flashback about the goings on at the Limbo embassy. Jean Grey is dead, and now Madelyne Pryor is stepping up as the new X-Men’s heart… of darkness. Blood, demons, and drama are here because when the the going gets dark, it seems the X-Men will get even darker.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    I enjoyed Dark X-Men #1, particularly the blend of familiar figures like Gambit and Archangel with lesser-known characters. Notably, Gimmick, previously seen in Marvel’s Voices: Pride takes a central role here. Considering these factors, I believe it complements the Fall of X event well. I eagerly anticipate the forthcoming issue.

  • 70


    Dark X-Men #1 is likely to appeal to fans of the darker X-Men comics of the 1990s. The detailed, visceral artwork is a throwback to that era, and the main story is as light on characterization as it is heavy on bloodshed. Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom — though it sets the stage for some dark days ahead.

  • 65

    Derby Comics

    Overall DARK X-MEN #1 had some highs and some lows, though Foxe and team appear to have ample opportunities on where and how they take this story. There are several plot points and character introductions, outside of the main team, that are left dangling by the end of the book which have me intrigued to see how they unfold. Also, Madelyne Pryor.

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