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X-Men #13

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THE INHERITORS OF THE EARTH? The mutants are the next stage of evolution. Evolution depends on a mutation of genes – the genes of the offspring deviating from their progenitors. Some would call the X-gene EXCESS deviation. Those people are gonna need to be taken down a few pegs.

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25 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90


    X-Men #13 is a really good fight comic. It sets up the team’s goals for the issue, has them commit to those goals, works together, and keeps the stakes high. In some sense, the battle in this issue is self-contained though reading the main event is highly recommended. X-Men is a good tie-in, but an even better team book.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    X-MEN #13 was certainly fun, exciting, fast-paced, and showcased once again that Duggan can juggle a large cast of characters. And readers, please don’t overlook that element of a team book. It’s extremely difficult to give everyone on a team their fair shake. Yet Duggan finds a way to solve problems with everyone involved like a master chess player. However, my biggest concern with his X-MEN run is that even though there is reasonably balanced air time, Synch continues to be awkwardly focused and a bit too overdone.

    Additionally, specific to this issue of X-MEN, Duggan reveals some pretty big stuff that may have been better suited for the main A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY event and not so much in a tie-in issue. However, overall, X-MEN #13 continues to show how impressive Duggan is at the helm of the biggest X-title and why it continues to be the X-book everyone should have on their pull list.

  • 83

    Comic Watch

    The first issue to the new era, with a new team, and its off to a decent start. The dialogues kinda clunky, but Villas art is great here. The new team is pretty much nondescript at this point, so Im excited to see what Duggan will give us as time moves on.

  • 82

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    X-Men #13 gives readers some more depth and backstory to fill in what the main title leaves out. X-Men #13 is an essential issue because it focuses more on smaller moments and gives readers more insight into several characters. Duggan is finding his footing with this series, and it’s paying off for X-Men fans.

  • 40

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Men #13 opens up with a massive mistake thats impossible to forgive. Therere several other problems throughout the book as well, but this book is almost too simple for Duggans shoddy writing to screw up. That makes it the best chapter of this book in ages, which is damning it with faint praise. Villa and Milla do a good job on the art. This issue isnt great, but it isnt as terrible as usual.

  • 40

    The newly elected X-Men squad getting tossed straight into the Judgment Day event proves to be unfortunate all around. It feels like we’ve skipped to the end of the movie, as characters we’ve spent no time with are suddenly thrust into combat with giant creatures trying to destroy Krakoa. Usually, this is where Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia would swoop in to save the day with luscious visuals that elevate and the chaos into elegant action, but the fill-in art team is not up to that task. The issue feels cluttered, with characters often appearing out of nowhere and the issue acting like they’ve been there the whole time. There’s little in the way of dialogue beyond combat orders, leading to a confusing, off-putting mess of an introduction that also doesn’t feel terribly essential to Judgment Day’s plot, making it a miss on all fronts.

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About the Author: Gerry Duggan

Gerry Duggan‘s extensive career in the comic book industry is marked by a unique blend of humor, action, and heartfelt storytelling. With a diverse portfolio that includes some of the most beloved characters and teams in the Marvel Universe, Duggan has established himself as a dynamic storyteller capable of navigating the complex worlds of antiheroes, cosmic adventurers, and, notably, mutants.

Duggan’s significant contributions to Marvel’s mutant narratives stand out as a key aspect of his career. His work with the X-Men and their extended universe, particularly through the series “Marauders,” has been pivotal in exploring new dimensions of the mutant experience. In “Marauders,” Duggan brings a fresh perspective to the mutant saga, focusing on themes of freedom, identity, and societal acceptance. This series not only highlights Duggan’s skill in balancing ensemble casts and intricate plotlines but also underscores his ability to inject new life into established mythos, making the stories accessible and engaging for a broad audience.

Before venturing into the world of mutants, Gerry Duggan made a name for himself with his work on “Deadpool,” where he masterfully balanced the character’s trademark humor with unexpected depth and vulnerability. This approach revitalized Deadpool’s character for a new generation of readers and demonstrated Duggan’s versatility as a writer.

Beyond the realm of humor and the intricacies of mutant politics, Duggan has showcased his range through various genres and characters. His contributions to “Hawkeye” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” highlight his adeptness at both ground-level storytelling and cosmic adventures, respectively. Each narrative, whether set on the bustling streets of New York or the far reaches of space, is infused with Duggan’s distinctive voice and keen narrative insight.

Duggan’s creator-owned projects, such as “Analog” and “The Infinite Horizon,” further illustrate his storytelling range, exploring dystopian futures and retellings of classic tales with a modern twist. These works, characterized by their thought-provoking themes and complex characters, offer readers a glimpse into Duggan’s broader literary interests and his proficiency outside the superhero genre.

Collaborations with top artists have been a hallmark of Duggan’s career, resulting in visually stunning and narratively rich projects. His respect for the comic book medium as a collaborative art form is evident in the seamless integration of story and art, enhancing the overall impact of his narratives.

As a key player in the comic book industry, Gerry Duggan continues to leave an indelible mark on the characters and worlds he touches. From the humorous escapades of Deadpool to the societal struggles of the X-Men, Duggan’s work resonates with fans for its emotional depth, humor, and inventive storytelling. For enthusiasts and newcomers alike, Gerry Duggan’s body of work represents the vast potential of comic books to entertain, challenge, and inspire.

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