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Dark X-Men #2 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


The Dark X-Men’s first “rescue mission” ended in blood and flame, the team is already at each other’s throats, and the fallen now rise against them.

Plus, Madelyne Pryor makes the worst mistake possible in a horror story: Never. Ever. Split up.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
Amazon ASIN

7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    Everything about ‘Dark X-Men’ #2 makes sure that the issue lives up to its name while making sure to provide various elements that heavily have the X-Men feel to them. A rough beautiful affair that fills a need within the line, especially during this especially heavy time for the mutants of Marvel.

  • 84

    Comic Watch

    Dark X-Men #2 is written with such richness that it’s disappointing to see the evidently passionate work of Steve Foxe & Jonas Scharf be constrained to a mini-series within the Fall of X. Both beautiful and thrilling, there isn’t a Marvel team book quite like out right now.

  • 82

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An enjoyable, action-packed adventure filled with a great, dark tone. The premise continues to be intriguing because every element of it is rife with conflict both internal and external. I like seeing a contrast between Madelyne Pryor and the Goblin Queen and it will be interesting to see how and when they finally clash. This is definitely a dark series and the dark surprises make me excited to see where it goes next.

    The Art: Scharf skillfully delivers on the dark elements of the story with art that is stark and beautifully detailed. The imagery wonderfully plays into the dark and dangerous elements of the story.

  • 80


    Dark X-Men #2 hits the ground running, keeping our protagonists on their toes and off-balance. It’s a fun and spooky ride, but it’s still anyone’s guess where this train is heading. Will Madelyne and her X-Men save the world, or will their efforts put even more at risk than ever before?

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    This is a well-designed middle issue. I don’t agree with all the excisions, but I respect the unique ideas. With that in mind, I’ll be interested to see how this issue compares to other comics in this title.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Writer Steve Foxe, artist Jonas Scharf, colorist Frank Martin, and letterer Clayton Cowles continue to deliver what is the standout of Fall of X. The team is dysfunctional but on a mission that’s familiar, save mutants. But, it’s that dysfunction of this misfit team that really stands out and nails the spirit and classic feel of the X-Men. Add in solid art and some dynamic visual moments and you have a comic series you hope continues well after this storyline event ends.

  • 70

    The Dark X-Men creative team is doing a commendable job of applying horror genre stylistic touches to a Marvel superhero story. It’s obvious in Jonas Scharf and Frank Martin’s artwork, with its heavy shadows and dark color palette applied to moments of body horror and infernal imagery. It there’s in the text as well, as Steve Foxe uses the narration to set the oppressive mood, and sprinkles the dialogue with turns of phrases like “coppery heat” to describe the consumption of blood and flesh. The focus on mood results in a sluggish pace of the plot—much of Dark X-Men #2 is spent on bickering between teammates and the filling in of backstories—but it’s a worthwhile tradeoff when the mood is apple this well.

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