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X-Men #22

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Based on 8 critic ratings.


Mutantkind may be stronger than ever, but that just makes their enemies more determined than ever to tear them down. Orchis’ plans are in motion, preparing for the fall…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    Duggan’s writing is great but what made me want to do this review was the art. Cassara’s work is gorgeous as always. The action is extremely well choreographed and sequenced. The lettering by Clayton Cowles gives a meaty impact to each hit or move. When Free Comic Book Day 2023: Avengers/X-Men (2023) #1 came out. I wrote on my personal Tumblr how I was struck by the creative team of Cassara and colorist Marte Gracia. Gracia is perhaps one of the best colorists working today and he brings his A-game here. The colors are vibrant and bring a unique kind of life to Cassara’s pencils. I think what I wrote in my Tumblr post still rings true so I’ll quote from it here.


    X-Men #22 is an interesting issue in the lead-up to the Fall Of X. It sets up plot threads while also delivering a satisfying single-issue story within that larger picture. With great art, it’s certainly an issue you’ll want to pick up if you have any interest in the ongoing X-Men narrative.

  • 84

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The one real problem with X-Men #22 is that it’s too busy for what else is going on. There are a ton of great ideas planted in this issue. Secret signals, laced medicine, mini Wolverine-infused sentinels, and even fractured relationships. However, with everything else that’s going on throughout these Trials of X, it’s just too much to follow and it feels like no writer is playing well together. Can’t the writers all get together and work this out?

    X-Men #22 is pretty solid but now I feel like the X-writer’s hands are in too many cookie jars. Will we see all these ideas play out? And will they all fit together? I find it incredibly hard to believe that we can see an in-depth discovery of all of these key components even within this issue of X-Men. That said, my goal is to review THIS issue. And thus, I see the potential for some great stories as well as some extremely clever plot threads that I hope get ironed out. I especially love the laced medicine angle as well as what Forge is willing to offer to the world. However, where do we go from here?

  • 83

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Duggan delivers an entertaining story that has some great action and interesting teases of things to come from both the mutants and the humans plotting their destruction. While I enjoyed both the intrigue and the action, the issue felt way too short for the amount of story being told within it. Other than that, it teased enough for me to want to read on.

    The Art: Cassara delivers some great art throughout the issue. The visuals are beautifully complementary to the tone of every scene.

  • 82

    Comic Watch

    Like a good 80’s pop song the issue leaves you wishing the song had just one more run for the chorus, or that moment when you squeal when watching someone get slapped on a daytime soap opera, it gives you what you want…almost. There’s this yearning you feel, the issue is satisfying, but it needs just a bit more to satisfy. It’s this feeling that can describe Duggan’s run, and I’m not sure how many more almost there’s he’s got left before we need another gang guiding the flagship.

  • 80


    I really, really just like the little story at the heart of this issue. There’s plenty going on leading up to Fall of X. But I really like the story where the X-Men show up and shut down an Orchis depowering station, rescuing this random mutant dude. I like the reveal of what Orchis has done with all of the Wolverine skeletons, and the way Forge deals with that issue. It was set up ages ago, and it’s really funny here. And the story is just the X-Men being heroic, fighting a new super Sentinel and saving the day for one wayward mutant. It’s all around good and enjoyable X-Men comic bookery, while laying some seeds for the bigger stories to come. I liked it a lot.

    Fun little story of the X-Men doing good in the name of protecting mutants, while both paying off long-dangling plot threads and setting up new ones.

  • 75


    If there’s any major flaw to X-Men #22, it’s that it’s mostly set up. That does have a place, but for a single issue, it makes for a somewhat empty read. This is one of those issues that will read seamlessly in a trade, but it will be a forgettable affair for month-to-month readers. At least until the X-Sentinels show their faces again, anyway.

    Still, it’s worth a read, and it’s always fun to see Firestar get to show off exactly how she got her name.

  • 60

    This issue of X-Men feels like it’s in a holding pattern as the X-Men line inches closer and closer to the Fall of X. There’s action in the issue, but it feels truncated and as if it’s only moving at half-speed while the writing emphasizes that this X-Men team, which has barely felt like a team throughout the run, is starting to come apart at the seams. Dean White remains the best colorist for Joshua Cassara’s work, but Marte Gracia isn’t a bad substitute and brings that distinctive Krakoan X-Men flavor to the book. The issue is competently crafted, but largely feels like it’s waiting for another story to start.

  • 10

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Men #22 is terrible. Duggan is taking Orchis and making them lame. That’s the whole thing about this book. Orchis’s schemes aren’t scary; they’re petty. Under Hickman, Orchis was powerful and unstoppable. Now, they’re cliche. The art is fantastic, but the script is so bad it’s not funny.

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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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