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The Original X-Men #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.


Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel – the first and greatest heroes to bear the X-Men name – once traveled into their own futures and reset the course of history.

Now another multiversal mystery calls them forth.

When the dust settles, one hero will remain, trapped in the world as we know it.

With shocking surprise guests and heart-pounding twists and turns, Christos Gage and Greg Land kick off a story that will shake the whole MU!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
Amazon ASIN

12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 93

    Major Spoilers

    I don’t think this storyline is going to be a must-read event. But The Original X-Men #1 is undoubtedly worth a pickup just for nostalgia and a break from the complex modern themes.

  • 86

    Nerd Initiative

    There is a whole guide to all the cameos stuff at the end of the book!!!! It’s a two-fold win: first because you get to look it up, and second, I don’t have to rewrite it, LOL!

  • 85


    The Original X-Men is a fun one-shot that revisits the younger X-Men while promising a new adventure. For tales like this, making it matter is key, and Gage and Land pull that off.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Original X-Men #1 was pretty wild and crammed a ton into a reasonable-sized package. The story was clever and the way Gage gets fans reinvested into the characters so quickly is commendable. Plus, the villain and who they need to confront was rather creative. Furthermore, the illustrations were incredibly impressive. The designs were perfect and the realism was authentic, vibrant, and powerful. Together, Original X-Men #1 will prove to be a fun adventure that fans will wish lasted a bit longer even into its on ongoing. Sadly, that doesnt seem to be the case.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    The Original X-Men is a tantalising glimpse in to a potential new golden era for the titular team. Solid writing and blockbuster artwork make this a great jumping off point for future storytelling.

  • 80

    Un Cómic Más

    Interesting, somewhat complex story with a lot of information to digest.

    Art is magnificent, Land presents its unique imprint where the Phenix shines with its powers and sensuality.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    Original X-Men #1 isn’t bad but it feels rushed towards the end. There’s far too much that you just need to take at face value, not questioning the choice or direction. The comic has a nice setup but about halfway through the pace picks up with the final quarter of it condensed far too much. There was also a tease of when “the dust settles, one hero will remain, trapped in the world as we know it, which doesn’t happen here, so it’s a bit odd to include it. Overall, there’s a lot of odd choices about this comic and it’ll be the end of the series where it’ll have to be really judged.

  • 67

    Geek'd Out

    The art by Greg Land is, as per usual, heavy on photo-referencing but light on personality. A few panels look really good, but Lands style lends itself better to covers or pin-ups, as opposed to sequential art, which looks mostly rushed. One panel in particular even finds teen Angel inexplicably wearing his older counterparts costume; it would appear to be a coloring mistake were it not for the awkwardly placed halo on his chest. Its a small mistake overall but the error of continuity is pretty ironic given how meticulous the rest of the book is.

  • 52

    Comic Watch

    The story is just a long prequel that tries to do everything and resolves nothing while promoting the new series Weapon X-Men. So, if you’re excited for that, pick up this prequel, even though it probably isn’t super necessary for March’s Weapon X-Men #1.

    But if you want to see more Jean and Phoenix shenanigans and you really miss the OG X-Men costumes, give it a look-see.

  • 40

    Derby Comics

    The issue tries to lean heavily on nostalgia as a hook (this caps Marvel’s 60th anniversary celebrations for the X-Men throughout 2023), without offering anything resembling a coherent or captivating story. You have to look no further back than the recent Jean Grey miniseries to see how something involving original characters being thrown into new situations can work but Marvel seems to have missed the point. The convoluted Phoenix-led plot makes zero sense and the artwork makes the multiversal characters appear indistinguishable from one another. Perhaps the worst part of this book is that it will be spinning off a Wolverine-inspired multiversal story next year.

  • 30

    What more can readers get from another take on Marvel’s first five mutants after 60 years and all those previous returns? Based on The Original X-Men #1, not much.

  • 20


    This issue was a difficult read, full of clunky dialogue, incomprehensible plot, confusing art, and doesn’t offer us any reason why we should care.

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