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X-Men #29

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


With the X-Men at their lowest point, yet another group has moved to claim their title… this one a band of patriotic Latverian mutants loyal only to the great and terrible Doctor Doom!

Beloved and celebrated by the nation they are bound to protect, this is one squad of X-Men for whom the Fall of X has given way to glorious summer.

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25 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    X-Men #29 is a fine side mission to Latveria, where we meet brand new mutants with incredible powers. At its core, Dr. Doom reigns supreme reminding us he’s the ultimate tactician and the most egomaniacal fascist in Marvel Comics.

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    The pacing of the Fall of X event is slow, and X-Men #29 exacerbates this. Despite excellent writing and a solid art style, I yearn for the event to progress. However, as the New Year approaches, we may see significant updates. With that in mind, X-Men #29 remains a well-designed comic.

  • 83

    Comic Watch

    Duggans X-Men has been a roller coaster in terms of quality, but has been on an upward trajectory since the Fall of X era began, but this issue just didnt hit the mark. Cassaras work here knocked it out of the park though. Hopefully this team can nail the landing.

  • 80


    I love the idea of Latverian mutants being a loyal Doctor Doom squad of X-Men, and this issue serves as a great introduction to the squad.

  • 78

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Duggan crafts an entertaining story in this issue. I liked the action a lot and how engaging the character dynamics are. I think Doom was way overpowered in the issue though. I can understand a character being a few steps ahead, but the story positions Doom as some near omnipotent figure who sees all and knows all and far from making that seem impressive, it makes it seem annoying.

    The Art: Cassara delivers some fantastic art in the issue. I really enjoyed the visual style and the wonderful details in the action.

  • 70

    X-Men #29 plays more to writer Gerry Duggan’s strength than other recent issues of the series, pairing a big, silly superhero plot with Duggan’s knack for sharp quips. Also, the word “fascist” only appears once, while “resist” is thankfully given an issue to rest. The issue sees the X-Men making an incursion into Latveria to rescue Doctor Doom’s mutants, whom they assume are being kept against their will, but Duggan writes Doom as the complex adversary (and potential ally) that has made him one of Marvel’s best villains. Also, he has a Cerebro shaped like a Pickelhaube, because, of course, he does. Joshua Cassara’s artwork is as good as ever (which is to say very good) and while the colors aren’t quite that painterly style that brings out the best in his linework, the dark shades serve well here. Cassara also gets to show a bit of his versatility as he changes his style up to depict flashbacks to Doom recruiting his Seven Daggers in a way that echoes Professor X gathering the “All-New, All-Different X-Men” in Giant-Size X-Men #1. X-Men #29 is a stellar issue that serves as a bright spot during what has been an otherwise uneven Fall of X era for this series.

  • 60

    Comic Book Revolution

    X-Men #29 had every element to be a successful chapter in the Fall of X direction. Unfortunately the positives done with how Doctor Doom’s X-Men were put over is undone by a terrible ending. All that we can hope for is the next issue provides context to this ending and we get proper development for the underutilized X-Men.

  • 60

    Derby Comics

    Knowing we were getting Doom’s X-Men in the issue, I was expecting for an epic clash. Instead, I came away with a giant “meh” after the story ended. The initial flashback to set up the issue felt completely contrived just for this issue, which immediately lowered my excitement because it made the rest of the story come off gimmicky rather than of importance to Fall of X. Wolverine’s inclusion in the story also sucks a lot of the energy out of the room for any hope that the other mutants who’ve been “part” of this series since Fall of X kicked off would get a chance to shine. What’s worse, the ending turns those characters into a plot tool more than anything else.

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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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