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X-Men #26

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.


The moment we swore would never happen-heck, the moment EMMA FROST swore would never happen-is here at last!

As the Frost/Stark knot is tied in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10, Emma’s mutant family reacts to this surprise news!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
27 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 87

    Comic Watch

    After coming off of that high last issue, Duggan stubs his toe this issue, and it was pretty noticeable. The story tried to do too much in too small of a space, and left me wanting just a tad bit more.

  • 83

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    X-Men #26 simply proves how long this Fall of X is going to be. The amount of setup in order to take down Orchis is going to take some time. And as much as I like a strong narrative basis, I can’t help but wish we were done with this Krakoan Era. Additionally, the Kitty element is just a bit over the top. For those who’ve followed along since the beginning during the Captain Pryde Era, she’s dealt with arguably even more intensity from Sebastian Shaw. And yet, she didn’t turn into some hellbent assassin then. However, now she’s a woman on fire. It’s just hard to buy. Frankly, I feel like it ruined the Firestar angle and took a massive element away from more X-Men characters that could have been involved in the setup. For example which was pointed out in X-Men #26, where’s Scott? I’d much rather have gotten closer to that than Kitty and Firestar amounting to nothing.

    Nevertheless, the saving grace of the issue was undoubtedly the Emma Frost angle along with Tony Stark and the Kingpin’s development in this revenge plan. That’s where the truly fascinating story beats apply. Overall, X-Men #26 will most certainly keep your attention enough this month to entice fans to continue. However, readers get tons of setup and very little action. Hopefully, Duggan can find a way to even that aspect of the story out a bit more as this Fall of X continues to unfold.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    X-Men #26 is an excellent middle issue for the series, but sometimes it doesn’t seem like the plot is moving forward. If the X-Men creative team keeps the pacing this slow, we are in for a very long event. Regardless, I’m on board with the rest of the series.

  • 80

    Marvel Heroes Library

  • 80

    Caped Joel

  • 79

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I like the espionage elements of the story a lot. There is a great dark tone to the story that is engaging. I would have liked to see more of the conflict between Kitty and Angelica. The hunt for her and the battle between them were great. I like the buildup of the Tony Stark/ Emma Frost alliance, but the execution of the “proposal” was underwhelming. The conflict between Emma is Fisk is interesting and I’m interested in seeing that explored more.

    The Art: Towe and Pina deliver exciting art throughout the issue. The Kitty Pryde sequence is particularly memorable for its viciousness.

  • 75


    Kate Pryde steals the show in X-Men #26 as she continues to show she’s the most dangerous mutant alive. With nothing that can stop her and Firestar in her sights, it’s going to be exciting to see who her next target is going forward.

  • 75

    Caped Joel

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    The engagement of Emma Frost and Tony Stark was as messy as one would expect as to how it would happen. The development does work into the sense of desperation seen throughout the Fall Of X direction. Though that does not mean Gerry Duggan and company don’t have a lot of work ahead of them to sell this Emma and Tony relationship. Luckily X-Men #26 has the incredible scenes involving Shadowcat that lifts up the quality of this story. Shadowcat’s scenes alone make X-Men #26 worth checking out.

  • 70


    For an issue that was frankly a mixed bag in quality, I still really enjoyed it. It points to a very fun future for the X-Men.

  • 50

    On a fundamental level, X-Men #26 delivers familiar mutant-based storytelling beats. The humans are oppressing the mutants. The mutants are not taking it well, and they’re fighting back. Things are a bit more desperate than usual, and this time, the X-Men are out for blood instead of respect. However, there are cringeworthy elements, including the repeated use of “resist” as a catchphrase long after overuse of the word online sapped all strength from it. Then there’s the use of a person with alopecia to make a point, using the nameless character like a prop. While those optics are, at best, grating, the fundamentals are still there, even if seeing characters hanging out in the hold Hellfire Club feels retrograde after the inventiveness of the Krakoan age. With its slow pace, X-Men makes Fall of X feel less like it has anything to say and more like another awkward holding pattern for Marvel’s mutants.

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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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