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X-Men #19

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.


When the X-Men get a distress call from deep space, they find that the galaxy’s Brood problem is not as solved as they’d thought!

Rogue Brood factions have begun running wild (as seen in CAPTAIN MARVEL right now!), and it’s up to the X-Men to get to the bottom of why!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 94

    Comic Watch

    This second year of Duggan’s X-Men has had a rough start, he returns to form with the beginning of the new arc Lord of the Brood, that’s a kinda crossover with Kelly Thompson’s Captain Marvel, that’s got her own Brood arc going on, so I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The story is Forge. That’s the part readers will want to learn more about yet we get very little. The Brood angle was much better than I thought it would be. The tension was raw. The operation was intense. And the power manipulation by Synch, Talon, and ultimately Duggan was well played. As I stated above, this team is really coming together more like a family than all the other Krakoan iterations. Almost everybody has somebody to pair up with and the team just jives together so well. My biggest takeaway would simply be to give Forge his own title. He’s been the most interesting aspect of the X-Men run for months, however, popping him in and out just isn’t enough. It would also provide more substance if the two stories were separated.

    Overall, X-Men #19 was much better than I thought it was going to be. The Brood storyline had just enough power to keep the momentum of the narrative while also simultaneously juggling almost three to four different mini-stories in the process. Duggan is certainly on to something here, however, it may be an extremely difficult place for fans to jump in on this series. Additionally, Duggan continues to make X-Men one of the top, must-read series of the Krakoan Era by mixing and matching some wildly creative stories with new ideas and missions that continue to hit the mark. This may not be the best place to jump in but, if you go back about two to three issues, I think you could hop in there.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining story with a thought provoking set of mysteries at its heart. Duggan does a great job of making both the Brood mystery and Forge’s trip to Knowhere equally compelling. I love the mixture of action and horror movie elements throughout the story and how the characters interact with each other. I love the Forge and Monet story and look forward to seeing happens next.

    The Art: Caselli delivers some great art in the issue. The action is visually exciting and intense and the horror imagery is great.

  • 85


    X-Men #19 melds ideas from movies like Alien and Event Horizon into an action-packed issue with plenty of good characterizations to keep X-Men fans happy.

  • 80


    This issue was a lot of fun, and worth the time. This invasion is more than just another beat-em-up, using King Broo to set up a story that could have impact for a while yet.

  • 80


    X-Men is full of character and adventure and makes for a very entertaining read.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    X-Men #19 quickly brings the team into the story with the Brood’s attempt to takeover the Marvel Universe. The sense of urgency with the team search for Corsair and Broo worked to keep the X-Men and Captain Marvel stories separate for now while still having a clear connection to the greater Brood story.

  • 70

    X-Men #19 plays fast and loose with the rules of time travel to set up a fascinating mystery that will presumably pay off later, but most of the issue focuses on the Brood. Gerry Duggan seems to be leaning into the uncharacteristic brutality that the X-Men are willing to unleash upon the Brood/ Cyclops plots genocide, and Talon (the elder X-23, formerly known as Wolverine) executes a newborn Brood. (…) There’s enough cool stuff in this issue of X-Men to keep anyone into its brand of super heroics hooked, even if the execution doesn’t hit all of the marks.

  • 40

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Men #19 is surprising because it isn’t completely terrible. Duggan somehow stays out of his own way and doesn’t completely botch this issue. Nothing is spectacular, and the subplot makes some dumb mistakes, but the art makes up for a lot of the normal Duggan problems that are baked into the script.

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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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