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X-Men #30

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.


As the chaos of mutantkind’s fight back against their fall at the hands of Orchis rages in FALL OF THE HOUSE OF X, other forgotten foes come from the woodwork to take on the X-Men in their time of peril!

Synch and Talon find themselves once more besieged by the High Evolutionary and his creations to reap the consequences of their last encounter!

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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Derby Comics

    This wasn’t the best X-Men issue ever, but it gets bonus points for telling an interesting story about two characters who deserved a platform given the roles they were meant to be playing. I enjoyed this WAY more than both Fall of the House of X #1 and Rise of the Powers of X #1. What a great issue that gave background to two underutilized members of the X-Men team who were supposed to be major players in the post-Hellfire Gala plot. We get to see more from Talon and Synch’s time in the Vault, as well as the two on a present-day mission to retrieve something that could be a game-changer in the fight against Orchis.

    Much like his story on this week’s Invincible Iron Man, Duggan slams the fast-forward button during the duo’s mission and their interactions with the High Evolutionary happen in the blink of an eye, which was a bit of a disappointment. However, I audibly gasped when we see what actually transpired via a flashback at the end of the issue. I wish we got to see more of Talon and Synch throughout Fall of X but hopefully they get more opportunities to shine while the rest of the team gets the spotlight in Fall of the House of X. Their relationship is really interesting and I loved spending more time with them.

    I need to give a special shout out to Phil Noto for his art on this issue. It was GORGEOUS. Noto definitely has a style which looks amazing on cover art but doesn’t always lend itself to an entire issue’s worth of panels. Not this one. Every panel look absolutely stunning and I LOVED his version of “The Lovers” tarot card for Talon and Synch. And those initial panels of Scott being consumed by Jean’s Phoenix fire?? Divine. Simply divine.

  • 88


    X-Men #30 presents a powerful parallel between two sets of X-Men lovers. The love Cyclops and Phoenix shared for many years and the emerging love thing between Synch and Talon.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Duggan continues to craft an entertaining and engaging story in this issue. I wanted to see the Synch and Talon storyline revisited and this one had not only a dark tone but led to an even darker ending that I want to see resolved. Scott’s story is also compelling and has some great moments for the character. I like the inclusion of Spider-Man and look forward to seeing what happens next.

    The Art: Noto delivers beautiful art throughout the issue. I love the visual style and how it can create great character moments and emotions as well as awesome action and visual thrills.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    X-Men #30 is a good, solid tie-in to the Fall of the House of X part of the event taking place. It fills in a few gaps behind the scenes involving the “underground” X-Men led by Synch and Talon. Noto’s art is rock solid as usual and the story itself isn’t too bad. However, the main purpose behind the issue is to set up the cliffhanger involving Synch and Talon. If you’ve been following Duggan’s X-Men, as well as the setup between Talon and Synch, you will certainly love this issue. However, I don’t think it’s entirely needed if you’re just in for the event itself.

  • 83


    Synch and Talon’s relationship continues to keep us on our toes in X-Men #30. Though the issue does not fully fill in the gap left at the end of the previous installment, it gets the ball rolling. Filled with dream sex, drama, action, and set-up for another huge X-Men nostalgia pull (looking at you, Outback Era), fans excited to see Synch step up and lead the team have some fun to look forward to here and hopefully more to come.

  • 80

    As the X-Men prepare for their final showdown with Orchis, X-Men #30 opts to focus on one of the series’ most rewarding sub-plots from the Krakoa-era: the romance of Synch and Talon. While a handful of pages play out other strands of the master plan, the focus is almost entirely on these two, including reflections in another iconic mutant romance. The pair’s history is briefly recapped for new readers while they engage in a mission to undo one of Orchis’ most daunting weapons. The mission itself and related action provides some opportunities for idiosyncratic visuals and a few humorous beats, but the heart of the story resonates in a bond established across years of comics (and millennia of plot). Phil Noto’s soft and humanizing style fits that approach perfectly, especially in its final, cliffhanger splash page.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    Overall, X-Men #30 is worth reading due to understanding the device they are going to use to free the human population and a tragic event that happened with the High Evolutionary. Readers shouldn’t miss out on what happens in this book. Be sure to purchase this comic book at your local comic book store or online where copies are sold.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    X-Men #30 does a lot to strengthen the stories in Fall of the House of X and Rise of the Powers of X. This issue works as a prequel that gives greater weight to where we find Cyclops, Firestar, and Synch in the X-Men crossover. This is exactly what you want from a tie-in comic book to complement a big event.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    Despite knowing the outcome of Cyclops’ trial, this issue narratively precedes it. The publication schedule may disrupt the overall pacing of the event, but X-Men #30 is well-written and well-drawn but might feel too melancholic for those following the Fall of X event.

  • 70

    Geek'd Out

  • 70

    Caped Joel

  • 66

    Comic Watch

    In a line riddled with missed opportunities, and picking up plot points that many people haven’t thought of in years, this issue is full of both. Duggan’s run has had issues from its inception, and this story is just further proof of that. I’m not sure if it’s indicative of the lack of direction from the editorial department, but it’s become indicative of the decline the line has endured. Treading water until the next big thing shouldn’t be how this era ends.

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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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