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X-Men #23

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 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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7 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.

  • 80


    I like what Duggan is setting up here, but also this issue kind of puts us in en media res. There’s a lot of assumptions made in the script- largely that the reader has also being reading Duggan’s Iron Man. It works if you haven’t read that series but it all makes more sense if you have. The actual issue’s writing is a lot of fun though, as the X-Men try and fail to stop the Sentinel by not considering the Stark parts. Even worse, the issue shows how the X-Men could win the day and still lose the publicity war against a group ready for it.

  • 80

    Marvel Heroes Library

  • 72

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The story is entertaining and Duggan does a great job with the characters and the action. As much as I have been enjoying the series, I can’t help but continue to notice how incompetent the mutants continue to be in relation to the threats against them. Duggan seems to favor their villains more and gives them a more engaging and interesting presence in this series than the heroes and it comes through in instances where the characters constantly make poor decisions that lead to bigger problems.

    The Art: Cassara delivers some fantastic visuals throughout the issue. The action is visually exciting and I actually loved seeing Cyclops in his old costume.

  • 72

    Comic Watch

    In what can be called easily be called the lead up to the new era for the X-Men, the battle between the mutants and the new Stark Sentinels, it’s the least interesting pieces to this story. The real meat here is the rift that’s developing between Scott and Jean, as well as the upcoming war that’s going to deal with all of the myriad clones of Sinister. What role will they play? Will the X-Men be able to deal with ORCHIS, AND the cornerstone that Scott and Jean provide to their fellow X-Men?

  • 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‘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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