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X-Men #16

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Forging A Way Ahead!

Forge has a secret mission that he’s been working on for the Quiet Council for some time.

Now that he’s been elected to be one of the X-Men, the world’s greatest heroes, it’s time to put it into action… even if it does break some of the laws of Krakoa.

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26 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Dont skip out on X-Men #16. The story itself is a bit trivial with some low-key moments that will provide enough substance to engineer a reasonable score, especially the push and focus on Forge. However, its the imagination that Duggan infuses into X-Men #16 that propels this issue to new heights. I havent felt this jazzed for an X-Men title in quite some time. And after including the last issue, this entire arc so far is dripping with potential. X-Men #16 is a must-buy for any X-Men whos been around the block since the Hickman era began. The story is exciting, the possibility is widespread, and the impact of this inventive tale will be felt throughout the entire Marvel Landscape at some point.
  • 90

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    X-Men #16 is another thrilling entry into Duggan’s run. The writing is fun and fresh with a less than ideal team dynamic. Cassara’s art absolutely slays as he draws your favorite heroes in action.
  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A tense, intense and entertaining story that adds some interesting drama to the arc and the characters. The tension between Scott and Alex is interesting to explore in the story and the aftermath of it teases bigger issues to come. The tension of Forge’s mission is great and I love the twist at the end of the issue and what it could mean. The Art: Cassara delivers some thrilling art throughout the issue. The visuals are fun, beautifully detailed and highlight the tension of the story.
  • 85


    Revisiting one of the strongest arcs of the previous volumes of X-Men creates one of the best arcs of the volume to date. The art is still and the writing is full of some fantastic threads. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
  • 80

    X-Men #15 is a two-pronged story split between Forge infiltrating the Vault and the rest of the X-Men waiting outside for him to return. Unfortunately, the more interesting of these plots—the Vault—is the one least suited to writer Gerry Duggan's skills. (...) Visually, Joshua Cassara brings the goods with his fully-rendered style. GURU-eFX can't match the painterly flair that Dean White previously brought to Cassara's work in their frequent collaborations, but his colors are stellar nonetheless. An intriguing final reveal helps compensate for some of this issue's unfulfilled potential.
  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Gerry Duggan and Joshua Cassara get this series back on track with X-Men #16. From the chemistry of this new team to the surprising ending X-Men #16 pushes this series forward in multiple ways. It all works to build intrigue in where this series will go next.
  • 74

    Comic Watch

    As Forge and Caliban as a talking pullover sweater dives deeper and deeper into the Vault trying to save Darwin, we get another look at Krakoas new public team. Still finding the cohesion of this team to be a tad lacking thus far. Rather unremarkable character work, with middling art that just doesnt mesh with the writing style, it might be a rather forgettable arc in the Krakoan era.
  • 70


    Duggan's exploration of the Vault has ultimately been much less exciting than Hickman's, but the plot being rolled out is still ultimately quite interesting.
  • 60


    Some interesting future stories are set up in this issue, but we need to take some contrived steps to get there.
  • 0

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Men #16 is a terrible comic. Duggan’s script plays to his strengths, but those are so very weak. There were so many interesting ways this issue could have gone, but instead, he took it down the stupidest road possible. Somehow, the work of the typically fantastic art team of Cassara and GURU-eFX is mediocre. It’s almost like the terribleness of the script infected everything else in the book.

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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.

[Latest Update: June 17, 2022]