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X-Men #23

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.


Anti-mutant fantasist Feilong has taken control of Tony Stark’s businesses and devoted Iron Man’s technology toward the next generation of Sentinels! These Stark Sentinels are as hard to beat as old Shell-head himself and are fully devoted to crushing the X-Men!

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25 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 92


    Action-packed and filled to the brim with drama, X-Men #23 is excellent. In a time when the looming Fall of X has made many new fans anxious, well-made comics like this instill confidence that the X-Office has plenty of great stories to tell and is not slacking off anytime soon. There’s a lot of X-Men coming out this week, but this issue cannot be missed.
  • 87

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, X-Men #23 does an outstanding job of making multiple titles and storylines feel important. From Ms. Marvel to Tony Stark and the other X-books, Duggan writes like a team player that’s paying attention. He dabbles in all of Marvel Comics and puts all the pieces together nicely. People want to know that what they read is important. And after reading X-Men #23, you find yourself seeing which titles are definitely the most important. And thus, you feel safe in knowing your money is well spent. Additionally, the action and story beats are on point. The Stark Sentinels are absolutely nuts and the agenda being pushed by Orchis and its associates is top-notch. Nevertheless, the only things bringing down X-Men #23 are the insanity that is Doctor Stasis and Mother Righteous AND the art. The illustrations are chunky and remind me of the late 90s in terms of style and authenticity. When allowed to zoom in tight on the character’s faces, the design was amazing. However, the more action that transpired, the more chaos ensued and thus the more disheveled the design and illustrations. Hopefully, it can get a bit more buttoned up before the next issue is released.
  • 70

    X-Men #23 is an issue in three parts. The first is an encounter between Mother Righteous and Doctor Statis that furthers the game between "the Sinister Four," bringing revelations and clever repartee courtesy of Gerry Duggan's dialog. It ends with a coda where Cyclops learns of a significant event in the Marvel universe involving an old friend that may shift his perspective on some issues. The middle act, which takes up most of the issue, is a traditional X-Men vs. a Sentinel battle with a twist, as this Sentinal is a giant Iron Man armor designed by Tony Stark. The beats of the fight that ensues aren't particularly compelling compared to others of its kind, but Joshua Cassara's artwork elevates it. Marvel has struggled to find the right colorist to pair with Cassara outside Dean White, but the artist's collaboration with Dee Cunniffe here yields stellar results. Cuniffe's shadows add new depth to Cassara's linework, which works well on Cassara's characters, who are hulking masses of muscle built more like wrestlers than models, and the visual team comes together to create some palpable visual drama on the page of Magik taking apart the Sentinel as only she can. The series still feels like it's in a holding pattern as it waits for Fall of X to begin, but it's a stellar issue in its own right.

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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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