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X-Men #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.


Krakoa is gone, Orchis has fallen… but the X-Men remain, always.

Cyclops leads, because that is what he does. Beast builds, because that is what he does. And from their new home in Alaska, the X-Men raise a flag of defiance. Mutant business is their business.

Join Cyclops, Beast, Magneto, Psylocke, Kid Omega, Temper, Magik and Juggernaut as new forces in the world move into position, battling for the destiny and philosophy of the mutant species.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    As a whole, X-Men #1 is a strong relaunch that brings readers into a new era for the X-Men. While it may be a bit familiar, I believe it does a great job of leaping over one of the hardest hurdles for the title: following up on the aftermath of the fall of Krakoa. While we’re only an issue in, it’s clear that the series is going to be balanced between being jam-packed with action and carrying a lighthearted undertone that should captivate many readers. While nothing can last forever, including the prior era of the X-Men, it seems that this series is going to take the importance of Krakoa and what it stood for to use as a moral compass to guide the team to protect mutants from experiencing loss on that level again.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    X-Men #1 (2024) starts an era of uncertainty. MacKay gives the series immediate energy and personality, using the characters to drive the story. The last cast leads to countless possible combinations of conversation and conflict. The history of the X-Men is beautifully respected and acknowledged, as it is paramount to explaining how they got into this predicament. But it’s also a fine jumping-on-point for new readers.

    When Beast gives a nervous police officer a tour of their new home, it succinctly describes mutants’ primary politics and struggles. Whilst the art and writing celebrate the past, the future is vital as the team scrambles for survival in X-Men #1 (2024).

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Jed MacKay and Ryan Stegman deliver must-read debut issue with X-Men #1. Everything you can want from a superhero team book is here. And for fans of the franchise MacKay and Stegman make sure to deliver a story that builds on what came before them, living up to the “From The Ashes” direction banner for the franchise. The entire presentation works to welcome fans both new and old. Make sure to pick up this comic book asap.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, X-Men #1 is a  promising and thought-provoking start for a new X-Men series, with a focus on complex themes, character development, and a central mystery to be unraveled. Pick it up if you enjoy character-driven X-Men stories that explore the moral and social complexities of a mutant utopia. If you prefer fast-paced adventures, you might want to wait for future issues.

  • 87

    Comic Watch

    With a cast that didn’t wow me, to an artist I run hot and cold with, Jed MacKay and Ryan Stegman blew this first issue out of the water. It’s the first issue in the post-Krakoan world, as well as the beginning of Tom Brevoort’s tenure as the line editor, and they came out with showing they have something to say.

    It’s not as ambitious as the Krakoan era, but what we’ve got is a back to basics take that, while a safe direction to take, could come back to bite the creators and line in the ass. Jed stuck to his guns, and Ryan gave us some of his best work I’ve seen in quite some time, changing my mind on if I was going to like this new line or not. If the rest of the X-books are half as good as this issue was, Marvel and Brevoort will have a hit on their hands.

  • 86

    Nerd Initiative

    A return to basics floods the pages of the latest X-Men series debut. MacKay’s writing takes readers on a vintage journey into the more heroic nature of the squad. Stegman, Mayer Gracia and Cowles balance the big action with more reflective images. All together, it starts off the latest phase of mutant history with some new looks on the original Xavier blueprint.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    MacKay crafts a great adventure that culminates in everything I was hoping for in the post-Krakoa era for these characters. There is great action and adventure throughout the story and I love the character interactions and tone of the story. The tension between the characters is great especially Magneto. I love the darker, defiant tone to the story and how the threats to the characters have evolved along with their philosophy towards dealing with humanity. I have a feeling I’m going to like the direction this story is going.

    Stegman delivers some visually impressive art throughout the issue. The visuals beautifully capture the tone of the story while elevating the action.

  • 85

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Big Comic Page

    While the real meat of the new storyline hasn’t been unveiled just yet, this first issue does a great job of establishing the new status quo and providing a perfect jumping-on point for curious readers keen to see what all the fuss is about. It’s going to be interesting seeing how this new storyline develops, and as a lapsed reader, it’s safe to say that this has proved more than enough to draw me back in.

  • 75


    There’s a lot here to like. In the grand scheme of relaunches, it’s one of the strongest I’ve read. It’s missing a spark after Krakoa, but it’s still got a lot to offer.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    X-Men #1 is a bump of a start. There’s aspects that are good and aspects that are bad but overall it feels like a lot of potential. It sets things out well and presents something that feels new to deal with. But overall, it feels like it attempts to balance the past, present, and future, and does so at the detriment of the experience. There’s a bit too much dwelling on the past and dancing around past plotlines instead of charting a new path for what’s to come instead of saving all of that for future issues. It’s a new era that feels like it has a foot in the past.

  • 65

    Geek'd Out

    In the world of ever-shifting cape comics, all you can really do is have an open mind and hope for the best — and failing that, simply tune out for a bit until it’s back to your personal liking. X-Men #1 and this era of the franchise isn’t likely to inspire passion in anyone like its predecessor did, but at this point in modern fandom discourse when everything is toxic and non-stop negativity, that’s a concept as radical as Krakoa itself was.

  • 60

    X-Men #1 isn’t poorly crafted but is indebted to a version of the X-team we’ve seen in the past. X-Men #1 lacks a strong hook, seemingly hoping that simply sending out these characters under familiar circumstances will be enough to make its case. It’s not. Perhaps that’s overly critical—the issue is functional and capably sets the stage for future adventure, and it isn’t a bad-looking comic—but it doesn’t make much of a statement.

  • 60

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    X-Men #1 reforms the team on a base in Alaska to begin their new mission of rescuing mutants held by the remnants of Orchis and A.I.M. The change of venue away from Krakoa is a welcome relief, but the oddly paced plot, uneven art, head-scratching character choices, and weak villain will either put you off or make you forget you ever read it. X-Men #1 is not the strong start we hoped for in the new “From The Ashes” era.

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