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X-Men #24

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


Hired for the dirtiest of jobs, a deadly mercenary comes crashing into the X-Men right at their most vulnerable moment! But not just any mercenary – finally, the breakout fan-favorite from X OF SWORDS, Pogg Ur-Pogg, returns!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I like the ominous tone Duggan is bringing to this story before the Hellfire Gala. As much as I am looking forward to seeing what happens next for the mutants, the threats against them continue to be compelling and entertaining. I love the interpersonal conflict within the story and Rogue’s dilemma as well. There is some great drama being created and it makes me excited to see what happens next.

    The Art: Cassara delivers some beautifully detailed and visually engaging art throughout the issue. I love the representation of other worlds and how they feel unique and intriguing.

  • 80


    X-Men #24 is the end of this chapter for this squad, and it seems that the board is just about set for the most infamous Hellfire Gala in Krakoa’s history. It’s fun and filled to the brim with different story threads which unite to build anticipation for the upcoming X-Men roster. Time for the Pogg Ur-Pogg heads to unite – hopefully the X-Men survive the coming blight.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    X-Men #24 does a great job at setting the stage for what we can expect for the upcoming Hellfire Gala. While the X-Men takes a backseat to all these Hellfire Gala-related storylines we do get to see the chemistry the team have built in the brief time they have had together. The superhero action balances out all of dramatic story beats we get throughout X-Men #24. The bigger picture developments help elevate the interest in the events that will be going down in the Hellfire Gala and Fall of X events.

  • 74

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    X-Men #24 just proves that even the writers are getting a bit tired. This Krakoan Era had well intentions AND was milked for everything it’s worth. However, every storyline and story beat continues to be one setup after another. It feels like a really long run-on sentence. I want to get to the fireworks factory! Now, we have more conflict before the Gala, something sinister with Cable, more behind the scenes with Orchis, and “marital problems” with Cyclops and Jean. There are simply too many dangling plot threads to keep track of. Don’t get me wrong, Duggan is doing his best. But the different thin plot threads and multiple vague and ambiguous story beats are starting to make even the main title less enjoyable. We need something new for the X-Men and we need it now.

  • 70


    I’m a little bummed to see this “season” of this series come to an end. It sort of feels like wasted potential, and I hope the next phase of the story learns some lessons from its missteps.

  • 60

    Comic Watch

    With this end to the flagship’s X-Men title coming to a close Duggan and Cassara’s last issue before the Hellfire Gala and the new official team closes with more of a whimper than a growl. This last year feels wasted, as the book was thrust from one crossover to another, which has been an awful disservice to the creators, fans, and the cast. Hopefully year 3 is better than this last.

  • 60

    X-Men remains in its holding pattern as it awaits the Hellfire Gala, the naming of a new X-Men team, and the beginning of the Fall of X, that last one most clearly foreshadowed by a conversation between Rogue and Destiny that feels like Gerry Duggan trying to write a Kieron Gillen script and not quite nailing the tone of it. The current roster’s activities in this issue suggest they are in a similar state, taking a trip to Gameworld for some R&R that doesn’t go as planned. Despite not pushing any particular plot forward much, the issue still feels scattered, planting many seeds, including one for a storyline to be explored in a Marvel Unlimited Infinity Comic, making that portion feel more like a house ad than anything else. The developments regarding Scott and Jean’s fracturing relationship are the most significant, though the characterizations feel muddy. How did Cyclops and Marvel Girl triumphantly founding the new X-Men in defiance of the Quiet Council’s wishes to be the superheroes the entire world needed turn to Cyclops reverting to a base paranoia that seems to roll back years of character development? Coupled with Cyke’s eagerness to wipe the Brood species from the galaxy a few issues ago and this version of Scott feels like a completely different person from the one who founded the team. At least the story looks great, with Joshua Cassara and Frank Martin synergizing into something that brings out the best in the linework, and there are enough stellar action beats to be worth reading for fans of the series, but some of the scenes are confounding.

  • 60


    This issue is fine. The writing is as strong as ever, with some real quality art. But this issue really highlights one of my problems with X-Men these days: there’s never enough time to really develop the characters. Because the roster changes every year, and each issue is required to feature all manner of action and excitement and set-up, X-Men never has time to stop and smell the roses. The Scott/Jean stuff has been simmering here and there for several issues now, building to this big scene…but it doesn’t feel earned, and it doesn’t feel like a natural growth. Or maybe I’m just reading it wrong? Even still, this issue is also filled with all sorts of random happenings that just don’t gel for me.

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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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