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X-Men '97 #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.


The X-Men are back – and the ’90s have never looked better!

In this official prelude to the upcoming X-Men ’97, created in collaboration with the showrunners, discover what Storm, Jubilee, Wolverine and the rest of the beloved ’90s X-Men cast have been up to in the time before their return!

Startling revelations here lead directly into the hotly anticipated new series – don’t miss out!

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33 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This comic narrates that period between the original animated series and the new series, with key information about what happens, managing to capture the dynamics and dialogues of this elite team of mutants.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    The “X-Men ’97” revival series is a complete hit among X-fans, now it looks as if this new series is continuing that winning streak thanks in part to the show. Writer Steve Foxe does a wonderful job of taking the energy from the show and making it fit perfectly within the series, making this the perfect companion piece that feels both lively and entertaining but also reminds us that this is now the perfect time to be an X-Men fan. Highly recommend!

  • 100

    Nerd Initiative

    I highly recommend giving this a read if you’re a big X-Men fan like I am. Honestly, I wouldn’t change a single thing about it. I promise it won’t disappoint!

    The cliffhangers really left me wanting so much more! I want to see what Mister Sinister is up to. I want to see how Scott and Jean tell the rest of their mutant family about Baby Summers. I’m very interested to see how Wolverine reacts to the news.

  • 85


    X-Men ’97 #1 is the perfect complement to the new animated series. It may retread a few things in the new episodes, but it also functions as a way to give us more stories in this universe. It also plays well as a prequel; it’s unfortunate that we don’t have the entire series already while the show continues!

  • 82

    Geek'd Out

    If you’re a fan of the merry mutants but either haven’t seen or remember much of X-Men ‘92, this is a solid jumping-on point, though you may want to watch the final episode to understand the current status quo. Otherwise, this is a great call-back to a bygone era that many long-time Marvel fans fondly remember, with characters that act and sound the way we remember. Foxe nails the voice of each character to the point where I could easily hear the original voice cast deliver every line. I strongly recommend pulling up that iconic theme music on Spotify before you start reading. Chef’s kiss.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    I loved X-Men ’97 #1. I thought this was a great book with great ideas, but I wonder if it was just targeted at me, a 90s kid. But at the moment, it hit every story beat I wanted and appealed to me as a writer and storyteller.

  • 80


    Your enjoyment of X-Men ’97 #1 will depend on how much you enjoyed the original show and the follow-up series. If you want to see more of these versions of the X-Men or felt cheated that the new show didn’t show the early days of Jean Grey’s pregnancy, this comic will provide. It may also satisfy those looking for an easily accessible X-Men book while waiting for X-Men: From The Ashes to begin.

  • 80

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Well, I guess I really shouldn’t be surprized that Marvel’s newest animated show on streaming is now a comic. But for once, I have to give Marvel some credit. Recreating the classic X-Men cartoon of the 1990’s was bound to attract the nostagia hounds. Writer Steve Foxe could have worked on the original cartoon as his story definitely has that Saturday Morning feel while incorporating the more adult plot points that made the cartoon a hit. Jean being pregnant, the death of Professor X, the weighty responsibilities Cyclops must face as he tries to lead the team are all handled well. Salva Espin’s art is animation on the page which is a true compliment. And even with an extended team roster, none of the characters feel left out.

  • 80

    Derby Comics

    While the story itself might not break new ground, it serves as a satisfying bridge leading up to the show’s revival. I do wish we would have gotten this before the series premiered, but this injects pure nostalgia w/ a fresh coat of paint, leaving me eager to dive back into this beloved world.

  • 74

    Comic Watch

    If you want a reminder of what the X-Men are or who’s who, and what the vibe of the animated series was, or if you’re not super familiar with the original show, X-men 97 the comic might be the reading material you need.

  • 70

    If the new X-Men ’97 cartoon proved anything it’s that when done well there’s still a major appetite for these versions of the Marvel heroes. Writer Steve Foxe channels that energy, which fits well into the mold of the classic cartoon and the new revival, delivering a story that feels fresh. Salva Espín does good work with the designs and wastes no time bringing in X-Men elements that the cartoon itself is building toward, plus colorist Matt Milla also knows what world this is and gives everything he necessary pop. The only real fault to be found here is the simplicity and saminess of it all, it’s a tie-in comic that doesn’t hit above its weight.

  • 40


    X-Men ’97 #1 is a fun companion to the animated series, emulating its style and adding context to the narrative – but little else.

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