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Dead X-Men #1 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

DEATH WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING! When the world turned against Krakoa, these five mutants lost their lives…but their mission as X-Men is just getting started. To preserve Xavier’s dream, they must accomplish the impossible – or die again trying! Spinning out from RISE OF THE POWERS OF X, discover…who are the DEAD X-MEN?!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
34 pages
Amazon ASIN

10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 97

    Comic Watch

    This is, in every sense, a beautiful, thrilling, ticking time bomb of a book. You don’t want to miss out.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Foxe adds an interesting and unexpected twist to the ever evolving and changing storyline for the X-Men with this story. The stakes are huge and I love how the story doesn’t shy away from that and how it affects the characters. I really enjoyed the dark, frenetic tone of the story and how desperate things continue to get for the mutants. I really liked the cliffhanger ending of this issue and look forward to seeing the repercussions of this mission play out.

    The Art: All the artists deliver powerful, dynamic and visually compelling art throughout the issue. The visuals kept me engaged with every character and story element.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Dead X-Men #1 is a must-buy if you’re interested in the Fall of the House of X/ Rise of the Powers of X event. I could be wrong, but I feel this book is so important that key elements will be taken out of this tie-in and used within the main event book causing some confusion as to how and why things are happening. Moreover, the clarity and creativity in this issue just screams “Read Me!”. It legitimately has a solid story and outlines the plan moving forward while explaining how we got there on the summary pages.

    And if that’s not enough, the possible new villain that could follow them through to the new X-Men era afterward is also a clever cliffhanger that this reviewer is interested in teasing out. I highly recommend adding this series to your pull list, especially if you are following along with this event OR just want to know what the heck has happened with the X-Men over these past couple of years!

  • 90

    Dead X-Men #1 is simultaneously a great hopping on point for someone looking to catch a final glimpse of this current X-Men era, while also being faithful to the past few years of mutant storytelling. It helps reinforce the idea of the X-Men being Marvel’s most elaborate and extensive house of characters, hopping genres without missing a single beat along the way.

  • 88


    In Dead X-Men #1, the long-awaited return of an all-new X-Men team arrives. Their mission is complete, but their story has only just begun. It’s like an Exiles book by way of the Fall of X, and the action is almost nonstop. As Fall of the House of X and Rise of the Powers of X form the core of the X-Line, Dead X-Men has quickly established itself as an essential companion to the maddening web that Gillen is weaving with his side of the story. X-Fans, make sure you don’t miss out on this.

  • 88

    Graphic Policy

    Dead X-Men #1 isn’t a bad comic but it’s an “event” comic in every way. If you’re not bought into the current X-Men transition story, it’s one that won’t jump out. But, if you’re completely here for it, it’s a vital chapter of what happens next and how it happens.

  • 75

    Nerd Initiative

    As someone who has kinda gotten tired of the Moira MacTaggert schtick in the X-Men universe, and welcomes the soon to come retcon, I have to say that Dead X-Men #1 went above my expectations. Time travel can get really convoluted, really quick, but this book did a great job of laying everything out straight forward. There would obviously be some context needed for anyone picking up this issue, but I feel like this could be a good jumping off point for interested readers.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    Is this just me? Am I missing something? Some continuity errors in this event are difficult to follow, and I don’t know what to take literally or at face value. I loved the last few years of X-Men, but I’m struggling to get on board with the finale of the Krakoan Age. Technically, it is okay, but I am struggling with the role of this comic in the event as a whole.

  • 70

    Geek'd Out

    If you want the core experience, however, then Dead X-Men is that. Directly tying into the main storyline as it last left off, we see the start of Xavier’s plan to undo their predicament with the recently elected X-Men (most of them, anyway) who’ve been brought back with some of the last of their resurrection pods. It’s a fun lineup for sure; it makes me wish we’d gotten to see more of them working together before, well, you know. The plot itself is also classic X-Men, with time-hopping shenanigans to prevent their incoming devastation. Writer Steve Foxe is clearly having a lot of fun with these characters —Jubilee especially— and that little bit of levity helps the story from feeling overly bleak or nihilistic. I’m very curious to see how it proceeds.

  • 60

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Really? Dead … X-Men? I thought Marvel was trying to clean up the mutant franchise, not combine the old Exiles concept with the original House of M confusing fiasco from the early 2000’s. And better yet, you need a checklist of crossover titles to make sure you don’t miss an issue. Arrrrggggg! The sad part is that if this would have been toted as an updated version of Exiles, I might have been a little more tolerant. It’s my opinion that Marvel hasn’t know what to do with the X-Men since the late 80’s. Sure there was a bright spot here and there but nothing like the good old days. That being said, Steve Fox’s story works well as an Exiles story and some of the art by the art team of Jonas Scharf, Bernard Chang, and Vincenzo Carratu is really quite stunning.

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