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X-Men Blue: Origins #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.


This is the one you can’t miss, True Believer! You think you know how the beloved blue devil came into this troubled world? You think you know the tale of his mendacious mamma Mystique? You don’t! Mother and son reunite in a mold-shattering tale that exposes secrets held for decades and redefines both characters forever. A collector’s item in the making.

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35 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95


    X-Men Blue: Origins #1 is a triumph. It adds further development to Marvel’s most iconic queer couple as well as harmoniously reframing decades of messy continuity disputes. Spurrier’s previous work in the X-Men’s Krakoan era has drawn fair criticism of late, in particular his treatment of women of color. This issue contrasts as a stark high note, one that Uncanny Spider-Man #5 hopefully sticks the landing on.

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    Mystique, Destiny and Nightcrawler all get beautifully illustrated, long-overdue overhauls. Pity about all the misogyny.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    X-Men Blue: Origins #1 really is for those that care about the small details and need to know definitive origins. So far, its impact feels like what’s teased about Mystique’s power will have greater ramifications than the connection between her and Nightcrawler. Not a bad issue and some interesting history of the characters but overall what comes out of it, if anyhting, feels like it’ll matter more.

  • 80

    It’s the retcon readers have been waiting for ever since Uncanny X-Men #428 revealed Azazel to be Nightcrawler’s father and writer Simon Spurrier takes this detour from Uncanny Spider-Man to not only amend continuity but do so in a surprisingly satisfying package. It’s no easy feat to make rewriting past stories interesting in themselves and Spurrier utilizes Nightcrawler’s (adorably drawn) Bamf-on-his-shoulder as a narrator to frame the story and offer some meta-humor well. While the narrator may be cute in appearance and speech, the artistic team on X-Men Blue: Origins ensures that the many action sequences and diverse setting portrayed in flashbacks are suitably thrilling. Grand castles and viciously fast portrayals of bloodshed ensure that so many presentations of prior comics capture what was best in those stories (as it often wasn’t the plotting). All of this allows for a story driven by a retcon to retain reader’s attention for the quality of its telling, and that really pays off in the final few pages. Because at the heart of the original mistake was a betrayal of the emotional truths readers have found in the character Nightcrawler. What occurs in this reconciliation—one that occurs literally and metaphorically—is a recognition of what makes these characters inspiring and makes this story worth telling for its own sake. Watching creators weave a widely panned mistake into a compelling comic book is the sort of magic that can only happen in the exceedingly strange history of Marvel Comics.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    An interesting story bringing back to the original intentions of several characters is aided further by amazing artwork and colors.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    I like the idea of X-Men Blue: Origins #1, but I don’t know if I agree. I’ll be interested to look at what happens after the Fall of X event and how this affects the overall storyline. I’ll be looking at these characters with increased interest in 2024.

  • 80

    Derby Comics

    I can’t deny there are some pretty powerful panels in the issue, especially Mystique’s thoughts on what the true lines of binary division, but there are still some problematic elements. What was the team thinking using an annoying Bamf character as the narrator? Did Spurrier really feel like the issue needed a layer of humor to balance the poignant tone of the rest of the story? If so, he failed miserably because it was a terrible attempt at humor and completely took me out of the moment every time the character appeared.

    The toxic portion of the comic book fandom will claim Spurrier went too far retconning canonical stories, but the reveal of Nightcrawler’s true parentage was always part of Claremont’s initial thoughts for all of the characters involved. So in reality, this was making the characters whole and I thought it was done really well.

    Overall, Spurrier masterfully weaves together the threads of Nightcrawler, Mystique, and Destiny’s histories, exploring the intricate dynamics between Nightcrawler and Mystique and Mystique and Destiny. He captures the emotional resonance of these two different relationships, highlighting the love, betrayal, and lingering scars that define each character individually.

  • 70


    If you’re in favor of the new retcon that Mystique and Destiny are Nightcrawler’s father and mother, then this issue does a perfectly fine job of spelling it out for you.

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    X-Men Blue: Origins #1 delivers a story that builds a stronger connection to Mystique, Destiny, and Nightcrawler’s family bond. Si Spurrier, Wilton Santos and Marcus To add new layers to all three characters, with Mystique once again showing why she should be a lead of her own comic book. Hopefully we see Mystique, Nightcrawler, and Destiny’s story continue to be followed up on post-Fall of X.

  • 60


    A long dreamt of retcon becomes reality in the worst way possible as ‘X-Men Blue: Origins’ #1 resets everything we thought we knew about three Quiet Council members. Plenty of solid artwork carries this title despite how much the writing lets it down.

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