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X-Men #15

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Based on 7 critic ratings.

The Children of the Vault – hyper-evolved humans from a society whose time moves much faster than our own.

Each time the X-Men defeat them, they retreat to their home, evolving further to a new, more advanced generation.

This time, they will not be stopped so easily.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 93

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    If you’re an X-Men fan, Duggan hits right at the heart of one of the best stories to come out of this developed Hickman Era. Sure, the love story aspect has been thrown to the wayside, however, Darwin hasn’t been forgotten! Moreover, Forge fans will love the science, scheming, and creative display surrounding the development of X-Men #15. The only knock I can really give the issue is that fans just jumping in should definitely read the issues pertaining to “The Vault” back in Hickman’s run, which I believe were X-Men #5 and X-Men #19 by Hickman. These will give fans a better foundation as to what they’re stepping into. So, fans that recently jumped on board with Duggan may be a bit confused. But otherwise, this story has the makings of something special. And this reviewer hasn’t been this excited about an X-book in months!
  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Duggan crafts an intriguing and entertaining story in this issue. I like the surprise reveals throughout the story and how the characters are utilized. I love the action throughout the plot and how it reveals the threat the X-Men face in the series. The story makes some great narrative choices and has time for humor before plunging into a story that keeps me engaged and intrigued to see what comes next. The Art: Cassara delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The art showcases fantastic visual action on every page.
  • 71

    Comic Watch

    It’s a bumpy start for the new team, with a rather lackluster handling of the adversaries, and schlocky dialogue for the regular cast. Giving Duggan the benefit of the doubt, but he’s got an uphill battle ahead of him.
  • 70


    While X-Men #15 is mostly a fluff issue, the issue it sets up should be far more interesting. Forge goes into the Vault to rescue Darwin and with that plot thread finally being touched on again, interesting developments are sure to follow.
  • 70

    X-Men crawls out of the shadow of Judgment Day for an issue focused on Forge and what he's been doing for the Quiet Council in secret. Having Joshua Cassara on art duties is a nice touch since it connects this issue to X-Force, where Forge has been featured previously. It turns out, that has to deal with the Children of the Vault, one of the X-Men's best and most underutilized antagonists.. Gerry Duggan presents them here as a force representing fascism, though the premise doesn't allow him to say much on the matter other than to comment on its insatiable nature. It's always a little disappointing when a comic spends a lot of pages on what turns out to be a false story used as a misdirect, even when it is executed well, and it is not executed particularly well here. Some of the other plot details are fuzzy as well, but Cassara delivers the visuals. It's ultimately an issue that is more likely to leave readers excited about what's coming next issue to satisfy in itself, but it's still not a disappointment.
  • 70


    The ongoing Children of the Vault storyline kicks off its next big chapter with this issue, which is all about exciting set-up.
  • 40

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Men #15 is yet another Duggan-written book. There's a good plot, but his execution of it is as poor as always. Marvel needs to stop putting A-list artists on this book and see if Duggan's writing can survive without amazing artistry. Cassara and GURU-eFX are brilliant, and Duggan does give them some cool stuff to draw, at least, but it's still a mediocre comic, and they deserve better.

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About the Author: Gerry Duggan

Gerry Duggan is an American comics writer, director and photographer living in Los Angeles.

Early life

Duggan was born in New York City and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1992. He attended Emerson College, graduating in 1996.


Duggan was working at Golden Apple Comics in 1999 where he met many of his future collaborators, and eventually began production jobs working at Dakota Films. For the next 10 years worked in live TV, awards shows, pilots, comics, and films before finding traction in American comic books. Gerry Duggan has written Hulk, Nova, Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool, Batman: Arkham Manor, and co-writing Deadpool with Brian Posehn.

Duggan was a writer and producer on Attack of the Show! and was on the staff for its final shows. His comics career began at Image Comics by writing and co-creating series The Last Christmas with Posehn and Rick Remender, and later The Infinite Horizon with Phil Noto, with was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2008 for Best New Series. Duggan was a regular cast member on Posehn’s role-playing podcast Nerd Poker, but was forced to exit due increased writing deadlines.

In 2013, Marvel re-launched the Deadpool series, with Duggan and Brian Posehn as writers. In 2014 Duggan contributed to the script for the Xbox game Sunset Overdrive, and was part of a team that wrote the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards hosted by Patton Oswalt, for which he was nominated for a WGA Award. Duggan also directed the promotional ads for that year’s awards shows. In the same year he commenced a contract with Marvel Entertainment, and began work on a reboot of the Avengers series.

In 2016 Duggan co-wrote Marvel’s Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic, and continued to write for the Deadpool series until the run’s conclusion with issue 36. Duggan currently writes the critically acclaimed Marauders, as part of Marvel’s 2019 reboot of the X-Men titles and also began writing Cable in 2020. In 2021, Duggan began writing the X-Men flagship series, replacing Jonathan Hickman.

Personal life

Duggan has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1998. He is married to Virginia Duggan and together they have one son.

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