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X-Men #5

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Based on 10 critic ratings.


The X-Men’s new nemesis finally makes himself known to them, bringing his creations to bear. Mutants may have conquered death, but their foes are all too living…

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25 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90


    X-Men #5 is a great issue that leads into the holidays with a mix of heightened emotions. The X-Men are the world's newest -- and possibly best -- superhero team, and yet danger looms not only from the man watching them but from humans who may find out their greatest secret. In the end, this issue will make you love Polaris even more while the larger story's stakes rise.
  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I liked a lot of this issue. There are some fun interactions between the characters. The character relationships and team dynamics are strong and interesting. Everything with Scott and Urich continues to be compelling and entertaining. Even the moments with Lorna and her doubt are interesting. Unfortunately, the story feels all over the place most of the time and that makes it hard to appreciate those character moments because you’re trying to determine when and where this particular moment is happening. The Art: Pina and Carlos deliver some impressive and fun visuals throughout the issue. The art is stellar and the action is thrilling throughout.
  • 82

    Comic Watch

    X-Men #5 is a capable installment which splits itself between x-heroics and some character introspection, while pushing ongoing plotlines a few steps forward. It tries a little too hard to justify some past choices in my opinion but that doesnt stop it from being an entertaining yarn nonetheless.
  • 80

    X-Men #5 puts the spotlight on X-Men fan vote winner Polaris, delving into the reasons for joining—after attempting to reject—the mutant superhero team. In doing this, Gerry Duggan provides some closure for fans torn by Lorna exiting the ongoing X-Factor series. It's a stellar day(s)-in-the-life style story told with distance narration giving it an old school, 70/80s superhero style tone, and it's all elevated by Pepe Larraz's always incredible artwork with a few pages from Ze Carlos. To cap the issue off, we get a few pages suggesting that the X-Men's best-kept secret—their mastery over death and resurrection—may be a secret no longer. It's a stellar issue, especially for fans of Lorna Dane, some of the best art currently offered by the superhero genre.
  • 74

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Ultimately, X-MEN #5 can be summarized in about two sentences making the cover price seem a bit too much for this issue. However, readers do get an excellent exposé on Polaris that gives fans searching for that a solid foundation of the character moving forward. If that’s what you’re looking for, pick this bad boy up! Nevertheless, if you were looking for a team book that progresses the story ahead, manages all the characters well, and does so all while unveiling some clever twists and turns, this week’s X-MEN just won’t do it for you. Right now, it almost seems like Duggan has the title a bit too scattered in multiple directions, which is what makes this issue hurt a bit more than it should. X-MEN #5 could have been an opportunity to put some of these moving pieces together. But instead, we learn about a character and her confidence issues that we didn’t know were there until this issue began.
  • 70

    But Why Tho?

    X-Men #5 is a stumble from the series' previous hot streak, featuring some baffling storytelling and character decisions. Hopefully, the next issue will keep characterization in focus as it introduces the newest member of the mutant heroes.
  • 65

    Comic Book Revolution

    X-Men #5 was another solid issue in this series that has become one of Marvel's most consistent monthly titles. Gerry Duggan does a good job providing some development for Polaris' character and pushing the greater narrative around Orchis' plot forward. The final few pages of X-Men #5 sets the stage for the next issue of this series to be a highly important comic book in this era for the franchise.
  • 50


    I don’t think Duggan did a very good job establishing anything concrete about Polaris. I thought he was going somewhere with Lorna being melancholy and perhaps Jean changing her mind to join the X-Men, but nope, that was revealed as Lorna’s idea all along. The rest of the Lorna scenes are still more of just her being a generic person. Her fight against the Reavers also didn’t work for me. So the Reavers are powerful enough to take out all but one of the X-Men, and somehow Lorna is able to defeat them by swinging Wolverine’s body around? That doesn’t feel, to me, like an effective way to use Wolverine. Also, Lorna then takes the sunglasses off one of the Reavers because hers got destroyed…ew. You don’t know where those sunglasses have been, Lorna. Also, this Ben Urich story just doesn’t work for me. Overall, the idea works just fine. The mutants have invented true resurrection and that’s pretty big worldwide news. It’s the how of Ben Urich’s work that isn’t working for me. He knows Jumbo Carnation is alive again, he knows Cyclops is alive again following a space mission, and he knows that a grave labeled “Nathan Summers” is empty. And through that, he’s decided mutants have solved death? Even though nearly every major superhero Ben Urich writes about has died and come back from the dead at some point, some multiple times? It just feels like a big stretch that this is how Ben Urich, of all people, is uncovering that mutants have this resurrection system. It’s not like the mutants have been hiding how many of them are now back from the dead. And yet only little old Ben Urich notices? Try as he might, Duggan can’t seem to find any solid ground for Polaris as a character.
  • 0

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Men #5 is a terrible comic. There's really no other way to put it. Duggan messes up from the first page and then never really recovers. In fact, he continually makes the book worse and worse until the end. This is kind of okay until it gets to the part with the big bad with a parabolic microphone watching Cyclops and Urich through a window. Pina and Carlos get nothing great to draw, and their art is fine, except for the Reavers, who look sooo very bad. This issue isn't comically bad, where can you laugh at it. It's just really, really bad.

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About the Author: Gerry Duggan

Gerry Duggan is an American comics writer, director and photographer living in Los Angeles.

Early life

Duggan was born in New York City and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1992. He attended Emerson College, graduating in 1996.


Duggan was working at Golden Apple Comics in 1999 where he met many of his future collaborators, and eventually began production jobs working at Dakota Films. For the next 10 years worked in live TV, awards shows, pilots, comics, and films before finding traction in American comic books. Gerry Duggan has written Hulk, Nova, Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool, Batman: Arkham Manor, and co-writing Deadpool with Brian Posehn.

Duggan was a writer and producer on Attack of the Show! and was on the staff for its final shows. His comics career began at Image Comics by writing and co-creating series The Last Christmas with Posehn and Rick Remender, and later The Infinite Horizon with Phil Noto, with was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2008 for Best New Series. Duggan was a regular cast member on Posehn’s role-playing podcast Nerd Poker, but was forced to exit due increased writing deadlines.

In 2013, Marvel re-launched the Deadpool series, with Duggan and Brian Posehn as writers. In 2014 Duggan contributed to the script for the Xbox game Sunset Overdrive, and was part of a team that wrote the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards hosted by Patton Oswalt, for which he was nominated for a WGA Award. Duggan also directed the promotional ads for that year’s awards shows. In the same year he commenced a contract with Marvel Entertainment, and began work on a reboot of the Avengers series.

In 2016 Duggan co-wrote Marvel’s Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic, and continued to write for the Deadpool series until the run’s conclusion with issue 36. Duggan currently writes the critically acclaimed Marauders, as part of Marvel’s 2019 reboot of the X-Men titles and also began writing Cable in 2020. In 2021, Duggan began writing the X-Men flagship series, replacing Jonathan Hickman.

Personal life

Duggan has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1998. He is married to Virginia Duggan and together they have one son.

[Latest Update: June 17, 2022]