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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.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
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‘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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