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Way Of X #5 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.


What happens when the third law of Krakoa is broken? What happens when all other solutions have failed? What happens when Nightcrawler finally finds the Way?

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24 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Major Spoilers

    I really enjoyed Way of X #5. The entire run has been Nightcrawler going through a philosophical journey as he tries to become a religious leader. Then you place him with a great cast of characters that shine a light on his doubts. I don’t know if Way of X is going to be for everyone, but it hits all the right beats for me. Great work here and a 5 out of 5.
  • 100


    The character drama and comic book excitement are second to none in this issue, featuring one of the biggest and coolest moments in the Krakoa-era.
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Way Of X #5 is yet another X-book that feels like its ending before its time. Spurrier has done a bang-up job with Nightcrawler and Legion, threw love to lesser used characters like the Xorn twins and Doctor Nemesis, and built a great plot with Onslaught. While the book is getting its own ending, these characters and their stories are too interesting to lose right now. Itll be a shame to see this book go, but its been a great ride so far. Quinn and Tartaglia have really stepped on art, making the book look as good as it read. It will be interesting to see how everything pans out, but it would be better if the book was continuing.
  • 95

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Holy $@&$! This is incredibly creative and fascinating as hell. I simply can’t get over how inventive Spurrier is with this concept as WAY OF X #5 unravels. Not only does Spurrier take readers back to some stellar Biblical truths and foundational moral/ societal standards, but he does so in such a thought-provoking way. There isn’t a human being alive today who hasn’t thought about resurrection or simply living forever. Heck, Christianity has this concept as a linchpin. My point is, Spurrier drives home perfect ideals as to human nature, life itself, and why resurrection for all would be doomed from the beginning. Readers, WAY OF X is the perfect series to read and discuss over a cup of coffee. I highly recommend giving WAY OF X #5 a chance. Nevertheless, it’s probably not the best issue to hop on board. Therefore, you need to grab the back issues or wait to get the trade. WAY OF X #5 is an example of invention and imagination at its finest.
  • 94

    Comic Watch

    This ending redeemed a great many of the faults of previous issues, and it did so in a way that brimmed with revelation, genuine terror, and stellar art. I just can't wait to see what happens in the finale.
  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Spurrier does a great job of ramping up the tension between characters throughout the issue. Not only is the tension palpable, but the way it spreads out is interesting as well. There are so many great character moments and interaction especially the ones between Charles and David as well as Kurt and Cortez. The story is entertaining. The characters are engaging and Kurt’s moral dilemmas continue to be a great source of drama in this series. I was impressed with how this story climaxed and what those actions will mean going forward. The Art: Quinn delivers some fantastic art throughout the issue. There is great action and beautifully detailed characters and environments that catch the eye.
  • 80


    Way of Xas a series finds its strength in posing philosophical questions and exploring those ideas. The Onslaught ideas are exciting and Spurrier lays some really interesting groundwork for his future X-work here.
  • 80

    Way of X #5 may be the end for this series, but it's only the penultimate chapter in the story it was telling. Following the pattern established in prior issues - this segment contemplates Krakoa's third and final law: Respect this sacred land, and does so in fashions both metaphorical and terrifyingly literal.
  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    Overall, Way of X delivers an action-packed issue that also really dives deep into philosophy and our interpretation of the Krakoan laws. There are some really heartfelt conversations in this issue that I enjoyed. This series seems like it has finally found its groove and I’m excited to see where it goes.
  • 80

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    The “creating a mutant religion” hook has all but disappeared from this series in favor of a corruption arc. While the writing and exceptional art make for engaging storytelling, the big revelations about Onslaught's method of attack could lead to big happenings on Krakoa IF Spurrier follows through. For now, this is a tentative reccomend.

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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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