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Way Of X #4 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.


Nightcrawler must act fast to avoid catastrophe as the laws of Krakoa (and physics) are tested to their limits. Also: a nice family bonding sesh with no violent repercussions. Just kidding. This is Xavier vs. Legion in a boozed-up Tiki bar, with the sanity of mutantkind at stake.

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24 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Way Of X #4 is just another example of how great this comic really is and makes it sad that its only getting another issue and a one-shot to finish the story. Spurrier and Quinn are firing on all cylinders in this issue, perfectly working in concert. Shout out to Tartaglias colors as well- Quinns pencils are great, but Tartaglias palette really makes the whole thing sing. Way Of X is next level among the X-books.
  • 90


    Si Spurrier's exploration of Krakoan ethos is just what the X-line needed.
  • 88

    Comic Watch

    This is a deep, interesting, philosophical work, rife with jokes, adventure, and a few near-fatal flaws.
  • 80

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The discussions of both society and religion continue to make this series something interesting in the world of mutants. Spurrier does a great job of bringing drama and passion to these arguments with Nightcrawler at the center of them. Having Kurt’s views challenged by his new purpose adds some additional drama to the series and makes it more entertaining to the reader. There are still so many dark elements to this new mutant utopia that have not been explored and I enjoy this series for leaning into them and their ramifications. The Art: Quinn delivers some impressive art throughout the issue. There are great visual moments and I loved the story in the beginning and its imagery.
  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    WAY OF X #4 will certainly get the reader thinking this week. Plus, take notice to Legion and the Xorn’s this issue. Something big happens yet Spurrier writes it as if it’s a throwaway transaction within the story. However, I’d argue it’s a pretty big deal. Additionally, readers won’t get much action or suspense this week. Nevertheless, longtime X-MEN fans will receive some long-lost character infusion alongside some extremely heavy, and thought-provoking biblical conversations. If that’s what you’re looking for then WAY OF X is right on your pew. Otherwise, this may be the time to cut and run in this series with no set direction in sight other than philosophical explorations. If that’s your thing, you’ll fall in love with Spurrier’s tale.
  • 80

    Way of X continues to provide an impressive balancing act that elevates minor characters, celebrates one X-Men's greatest characters, and considers the manifold complexities of the new mutant status quo in an era where many series aim to accomplish just one of those goals well. It seems all but certain that this all too brief series will become a definitive segment in Krakoan lore.
  • 80


    Way of X presents a couple of very interesting, very entertaining conundrums in this issue, keeping the story and the themes flowing nicely.
  • 77

    Major Spoilers

    Way of X #4 is a solid story that explores complex themes within the new mutant nation. The art is solid, it uses some of my favorite X-Men characters and shows us the faults in the new nation. 4 out of 5 stars for Way of X #4 and I want to know more about the effects of Onslaught on the nation.
  • 70


    We get to see a marked improvement from last month. Some of the struggles of last issue are overcome but the series still has a way to go.
  • 70

    Comics: The Gathering

    Overall Way of X continues to be an interesting series. I feel Legion's story is the stronger of the two. That being said this book also continues to highlight lesser known mutants and even just for that this is one you should definitely pick up.
  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Final ThoughtsWay of X #4 is becoming a prime example of storytelling that poses thought-provoking discussion topics, but by not answering the questions in Nightcrawler's mind, the story is beginning to fall flat. The reader doesn't have to agree with the answer, but the main character eventually has to to make a choice about where he's going. Otherwise, the main character, much like this series, starts to go nowhere.

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About the Author: Simon Spurrier

Simon Spurrier (born 2 May 1981) is a British comics writer and novelist, who has previously worked as a cook, a bookseller, and an art director for the BBC.

Getting his start in comics with the British small press, he went on to write his own series for 2000 AD, like Lobster Random, Bec & Kawl, The Simping Detective and Harry Kipling, as well as a number of stories for the flagship character Judge Dredd. In recent years he has broken into the American comic book industry, writing mainly for Marvel Comics. He also wrote Marvel’s X-Force in 2014 and 2015, which starred the characters Cable, Psylocke, Marrow and Fantomex.

He started co-writing Star Wars: Doctor Aphra from Marvel Comics with Kieron Gillen in November 2017 on issues #14-19, taking over with issue #20 in May 2018.

Simon has also written a number of novels, initially on other people’s properties, but in 2006 he signed a two-book contract with Hodder Headline, the first of which was Contract (2007) and the second A Serpent Uncoiled (2011).


Simon Spurrier writes mainly for the British comic 2000 AD but has also written comic-strips for the anthology Warhammer Monthly, as well as contributing written articles, stories and reviews to the Judge Dredd Megazine. He is the creator of Lobster Random (with Carl Critchlow), The Simping Detective (with Frazer Irving), From Grace (also with Irving), Zancudo (a belated follow-up to Ant Wars) with Cam Kennedy and Bec & Kawl (with Steve Roberts).

Spurrier has done a number of work for hire books, writing one 2000 AD themed novel for Black Flame press, and three science fiction novels for the Black Library, as well as an upcoming book for Abaddon Books. In May 2006 he signed a two-book contract with Hodder Headline. The first novel, a “post-pulp” occult-crime-comedy, is titled Contract. A limited edition hardback was released in May 2007, and the mass-market paperback is published on 4 October 2007.

He has created Gutsville with Frazer Irving and Silver Surfer: In Thy Name.

His other projects include more work for Marvel like Ghost Rider Annual #2, the one-shot Wolverine: Dangerous Game, Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch, mini-series with Javier Saltares, Conqueror a newuniversal one-shot, Punisher War Journal Annual #1, and X-Men Legacy vol.2, starring the character Legion. He also wrote a short story for Dark Horse Presents called “In Fetu.”

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