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X-Men: Before The Fall - Mutant First Strike #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


Ever since mutants declared themselves humanity’s new gods, certain circles have been waiting for the other shoe to drop – the wrath. When a small New England town is hit by a devastating mutant attack, it seems the wrath is here. But all isn’t as it appears. And Krakoa doesn’t hesitate to save lives – so it’s time for BISHOP to lead Krakoa’s biggest rescue effort yet!

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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Mutant First Strike #1 manages to deliver both setup for the coming challenges Krakoa will face in the near future, as well as delivering poignant commentary on the media and how easily hate can spread through our world.

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    X-Men: Before the Fall #1 offers an engaging read. While the writing and art may not have left me astounded, each page feels meticulously crafted and consistent.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    I’m not the biggest Steve Orlando fan, however, I really appreciated his take within the pages of X-Men: Before the Fall – Mutant First Strike #1. The parallels with our current cultural climate today are uncanny. The concept of what truth actually is and from what perspective was just nuts. Even after the townspeople watching the mutants help in the recovery, the Watchdogs still continued to spin their hate… not because they had a secret agenda but because they’re so jaded that it wouldn’t matter anyway. The Left and the Right are so far left and right anymore that there is no middle ground. Everyone feels they’re correct and everyone’s own truth is the right truth. And ultimately, that’s exactly what’s played out in X-Men: Before the Fall – Mutant First Strike #1 in a pretty amazing story by Orlando.

    Now, if you’re into reading comics for an escape, this one isn’t for you. You’ll see the undertones of reality smacking you in the face. Moreover, X-Men: Before the Fall – Mutant First Strike #1 isn’t necessary to understand the overall dynamic of the X-books anyway. Meaning, it is skippable. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t recommend that especially if only to see how creative Orlando puts his own spin on the culture today. I’d give it a good read if I were you. However, you’re not going to want to read it for the excitement or action because you’ll find very little. It’s more for the subtle metaphors that may gravitate your attention this week.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    In preparation for the upcoming Fall Of X event, Marvel has been doing a series of Before the Fall one-shots. But what is the purpose of these one-shots? What are they setting up, and how will that affect the Fall Of X? X-Men: Before the Fall – Mutant First Strike #1 by Steve Orlando and Valentina Pinti is about showing the Mutants using their immense power for good, all the while the threats loom on the horizon.

    Through his work on various X-books, Steve Orlando has demonstrated an affinity for bringing back long-forgotten and underserved characters like Wicked, Nemesis, Brimstone Love, and even 90s Spider-Man villain Judas Traveler. Here is no different. This issue gives lots of forgotten characters moments of heroism during the humanitarian crisis. A lot of thought is given to the creative use of various powers. It’s interesting to see how the X-Men use their powers for aid instead of fighting some foe.

    The art by Valentina Pinti and the colors by Frank William is serviceable. The expression work is good and the visualization of powers is creative. It doesn’t exactly blow me away, but everyone on the art side is doing a good job. I’m probably underselling it a little bit, but the fact of the matter is that the issue doesn’t have a lot of action. However, in those brief moments of action, I do think Pinti’s work shines. Overall it’s lively and expressive art and does everything it needs to do.

    X-Men: Before the Fall – Mutant First Strike #1 isn’t an essential issue. That being said, it’s still a solid one. The issue doesn’t reveal much but it does give the Mutants one big heroic hurrah before the Fall Of X.

  • 80


    I really enjoyed this issue. It’s full of the sort of interesting ideas I love to see and want to see in the Krakoan era. It’s a real shame that we’re only seeing this humanitarian team in this single story ahead of the Fall of X. Those jackets are really snazzy, and I love how Orlando just plucks a bunch of obscure mutants to put them to work. That is 100% what I want from Krakoa. There are all these mutants, all can be useful, and it’s great to see them put to good use. We’ve got Eye-Scream handling child morale! We’ve got Multiple Man helping get people fed. It’s so much fun and absolutely makes this a fun comic.

    There’s also a very good job done in setting up Orchis’s propaganda campaign. It felt a little too stifling at times, but perhaps I just have a weak constitution for that sort of thing. Part of me feels like the X-Men should be doing something better to win over hearts and minds. They’re always one step forward, two steps back with Orchis and it can be a bit demoralizing. But I suppose that’s what it’s like in the real world fighting these sorts of evil types. So successful villainy there, to be sure.

    Also, how neat is it that Marvel is making new use of Judas Traveller? Wild.

    This is a really fun, really pointed issue that touches on a lot of things that I enjoy about the Krakoa Era of the X-Men. This is the X-Men, a whole bunch of them, doing good in the face of prejudice and evil.

  • 76

    Comic Watch

    X-Men: Before the Fall – Mutant First Strike #1 is a solid step in the direction of Fall of X thanks to a return to X-Men form that remains rooted in the Krakoa era. Paired with solid art that balances the individuality and cohesiveness of mutant abilities, the story provides a natural progression of the mutant nation’s place in the world. While not as flashy as some of the other Before the Fall one-shots, Mutant First Strike is an entertaining and indispensable story of empathy and compassion.

  • 70

    The war of ideas has increasingly become a recurring theme for Marvel’s X-Men line heading into the Fall of X era, and X-Men: Before the Fall — Mutant First Strike makes it the central focus. Rather than being about a mutant geopolitical intervention, as the title may mislead one to believe, it sees Bishop forming a rapid rescue and disaster response team in the wake of a crisis in a small American town caused by ORCHIS and made to look like the work of mutants. The bulk of the issue sees a mix of mutants, from omegas to the relatively unknown, working to undo the damage to the town and provide comfort to the survivors. There’s little tension in the story since the worst has already happened as it beings. Yet, something is endearing about seeing mutants applying their signature teamwork to something other than fighting giant robots or other mutants, especially with such clean and colorful artwork. The story veers close to some Pollyanna-ish territory before a hard turn to reveal that to be a feint, opening up a means of criticism of our current media landscape. The issue lacks urgency, but it makes up for that with thoughtfulness and fine craftsmanship.

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