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X-Men #18

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Based on 10 critic ratings.

Synch has a lot to sort out.

His life has been derailed, his powers have grown and he’s experienced a loss that no one understands.

The universe has had its way with him. Now… it’s his turn.

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26 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    There's very little to complain about in X-Men #18. It's filled with Wolverine action, offers an interesting problem surrounding the immortality of mutants when unexpected wrinkles arise and delivers some team-based action too.
  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    X-Men #18 cuts to the chase and, just like a Wolverine, attacks the duplicate Laura problem head-on. Questions most fans would have are answered, great comic discussion topics are brought to light, possible story beats are left in the wind to be forgotten by readers (but not Duggan), and a reasonable amount of action was used to balance out the issue. X-Men #18 was more informative, but that’s ok. Every issue can’t be explosive action-packed melee. Plus, you will get some minor vampire action to complement the story a bit. My biggest concern within X-Men #18 was the cliffhanging last page involving a Summers (which I can’t talk about without spoiling anything) AND the depiction of the X-Terminators as this group of teenage girls, which they aren’t. But otherwise, X-Men #18 had a purpose in clearing the air and at the end of the day it succeed in that objective.
  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Duggan crafts an entertaining story that deals with some great personal issues among the characters. The story is filled with great dialogue and conflict among the external threats and great action. I love how the complications within the story serve the characters and the bigger arcs as well and I really enjoyed the dark and ominous finale of the issue. The Art: Villa crafts some beautiful art in the issue. Not only do the characters look great, but the visuals perfectly play into the tone of scenes as well as the tension.
  • 81

    Comic Watch

    Duggans run has taken an upward trajectory since the Annual, but theres still some things that just stick in my craw, like the lack of development of Firestar. Overall a decent issue, and the ending has me excited to see where we go with the upcoming Brood saga. Villas a welcome addition to this issue, and I cant wait to see what he does next.
  • 81

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    X-Men #18 is an action packed issue that ties up loose ends and adds new plot threads. What Gerry Duggan is doing with a rotating cast is impressive and ultimately fun. The art for the issue is solid in every aspect. X-Men #18 is available at a comic shop near you!
  • 80

    Gerry Duggan's signature banter and humor are on display, and C.F. Villa and Matt Milla provide visuals in the style of, if not on the same level, as the X-line defining team of Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia. There's also an aside of the X-Men "doing X-Men stuff" and Jean Grey calling out Beast on his nonsense. Seeing Beast taken to task is always fun, but it also highlights the philosophical divide between the X-Men and X-Force, that the X-Men still believe in fighting to protect even those who fear and hate them. You can't help but get the sense that either the X-Men's optimism or Beast's paranoia will be a major factor in the coming "Fall of X."
  • 70


    There’s definitely some pacing problems here, but overall, this issue was a lot of fun. It’s the sort of story that I think the line continues to need.
  • 70


    A perfectly enjoyable issue of the X-Men, with some great character moments and some cool action, completely brushes aside the era-disrupting implications of the two Lauras.
  • 65

    Comic Book Revolution

    X-Men #18 does well in tying up some loose ends with the latest Vault storyline. The meeting between the two Laura Kinney’s was handled well with seeds planted for a greater story involving the older version. The transition to how X-Men will crossover with Captain Marvel does create an instant connection with the character that appears at the end who facilitates the crossover.
  • 30

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Men #18 is another issue that would be a total fail without the art. However, that’s basically X-Men since Duggan took over, so there’s no surprise there. The dialogue is mostly terrible, the plots are mediocre, and the humor is bad. Luckily, Villa and Milla do a really fantastic job with the art. Reading this book is a groan-inducing chore, but looking at the art is pretty great.

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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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