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Rise Of The Powers Of X #3 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

THE REAL END IS NEVER BEGINNING! The past, present and future of Krakoa all rests in a trigger finger. The scenario you prayed would never happen plays out as two series that are one move toward a crash that will reverberate outside the universe…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
27 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Graphic Policy

    Rise of the Powers of X #3 has the characters making Faustian bargains to protect their respective interests. As the machines get closer to their goals, Xavier believes he needs to make difficult choices to save mutants. Only time will tell whether this will actually the machines.

  • 95


    No matter how uneven the overall ending of the Krakoa era might be, Rise Of The Powers Of X continues to deliver the true thematic ending that the era richly deserves. A visual feast that leaves the reader more than full with each passing page, as we crave more and more.

  • 93

    Comic Watch

    This is the end of the Krakoan era, and in the hands of Gillen and Silva, these ashes are glorious.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    With the fate of the past and future at stake, Xavier’s desperate action takes center stage in this engaging chapter. Gillen constructs a complex dilemma of moral and ethical consequence with the writing. Silva, Curiel and Cowles give readers much to savor with the incredible images. The end is almost here and readers won’t be able to wait to see how this all ends.

  • 80

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Gillen raises the tension throughout this issue. While the story is entertaining and continues some great suspense, the premise is starting to overshadow the characters a lot. It’s becoming more about the ideas than the characters and while I enjoy the huge steps its taking conceptually, I’m finding it harder to care about these characters and their motivations at all.

    The Art: Silva’s art is exceptional. Not only are their visual moments of beauty throughout, but the action is stunning and bolstered by the colors of Curiel.

  • 75

    Derby Comics

    Overall, this mini continues to be a mixed bag of unrealized potential. Gillen is trying his best, yet he’s up against months of head-scratching narrative decisions that he’s now being asked to land smoothly.

  • 75

    Caped Joel

  • 70

    Geek'd Out

  • 50

    Comic Book Revolution

    Rise of the Powers of X #3 continues down the Charles Xavier focus that has both been the strength and weakness of this mini-series. There is no doubt that Kieron Gillen writes a compelling Charles Xavier. The face-off against the young Moira MacTaggert did deliver on the intensity you expect from when Xavier is making the choice to alter everything. The narrow focus on Xavier with a proper counter balance from the other X-Men makes the dialogue exhausting. Especially when this is a big event with a lot of layers that aren’t fully tapped into. Which we see with the rush in Cypher and Rasputin IV role and the limited appearance of Rachel Summers. This all leads to yet another mix bag of an issue that’s become the norm for Rise of the Powers of X.

  • 40

    Rise of the Powers of X essentially engages in a narrative holding pattern, which buys some space to pay off specfic character arcs established in the Krakoa era and lay out additional exposition, often in painfully drab data pages. The time travel, solve-this-narrative-knot plot is terious in nature and unsatisfying in execution. It’s likely to get the job done in laying out the right survivors and status quo for whatever comes next, but that doesn’t prove to make this event much more exciting and it robs every intended cliffhanger of its gravitas. There are individual elements to admire—Rasputin IV’s story stands out—but that good is outweighed by the unwieldy nature of this event and sci-fi concepts that serve the function of continuity more than theme or character. It’s a drag to read, especially given the comparison evoked by its title.

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