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X-Men: Red #18

74
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

FINAL BATTLE!

Their armies have clashed – and torn a world apart. Now, finally, the two war leaders meet. Storm versus Genesis for the fate of the Red Planet – as the planet itself fights alongside them! Will Planet Arakko survive? And more – is the secret dream of En Sabah Nur about to come true…?

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
Language
English
Price
$3.99
Amazon ASIN
B0CJWR7F9D

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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    AIPT

    X-Men: Red #18 is a fond farewell to one of our favorite X-Men books in the last couple of years. It’s packed with action and heart, capping off this Arakki epic while still leaving so much room to explore on the red planet. Hopefully, their rest is restorative but also quick because Storm and her fellow Arakki are some of the biggest assets to the fight for mutant kind as the Fall of X shifts to Fall of the House of X/Rise of the Powers of X. The people of Arakko do not fear a life that ends, and there is no fear in how this book ends either: only hope.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    The final issue of X-Men: Red hews closely to the series’ ambitious spirit and grand scale, a concept that maintained its quality amidst too many crossovers and tie-ins to ever solidify its own concept as a series. In the final chapter of the war for Arrako, it presents the inevitable showdown between Storm and Genesis with the same clever and character-centered twists that defined so many great battles. There’s an exceedingly engaging visual presentation at its climax that plays off of one of the greatest action beats in Preacher in brilliant fashion. Many members of Arrako’s diverse ruling class receive epitaphs with ironic twists and small action beats providing fans of the new mutants with some sense of closure. While the denouement of the issue—presenting a vision of the future for Arrako—may appear rushed, it offers this highlight of the X-Men line across the past two years the sort of ending it earned. Wherever Marvel takes its mutants next, Arrako is bound to be fondly remembered by readers in no small part because of X-Men: Red’s outstanding definition of the planet.

  • 90

    Derby Comics

    Stop me if you’ve heard this before (even in this very post), but Al Ewing wrote a climactic final chapter to the Genesis War that’s equal parts action-packed spectacle and emotional gut-punch, leaving readers both satisfied and slightly melancholic as the best series throughout Fall of X has come to a close.

    While the physical conflict is exhilarating, thanks to Yildiray Çinar’s always impressive art, Ewing ensures it’s not just about flashy powers or brute strength. The battle becomes a metaphor for the clash of ideologies, forcing characters to confront their beliefs, the choices they’ve made, and the paths they hope to lead. Storm’s unwavering optimism clashes with Genesis’ hardened hubris, leading to a poignant confrontation that resonate beyond the immediate conflict.

    While the ending for her vision for, and involvement in, Arakko felt a bit rushed at the end of this issue, no writer has given Storm the pedestal she deserves quite like Ewing has throughout this series’ run. I can only hope the next writer to take on the character is half as adept in giving her this level of dedication and care.

  • 87

    Comic Watch

    This final issue was a brilliantly illustrated disappointment.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    X-Men: Red #18 is a strong end to what has been Marvel’s best comic book series since Al Ewing started this series. Along with artist Yildiray Cinar, Ewing delivered on the epic scale the end of the war for the future Planet Arakko needed to have. If you did not read X-Men: Red during its run make sure to pick up the collections as this series as soon as possible.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    Thanks to a massive finale marking an end to The Genesis War, “X-Men Red” #18 feels like a strong send-off for the series. While I do think “X-Men Red” and the massive supporting cast would have greatly benefited from at least one more issue, I’m happy that Marvel was able to find great moments for the Mutants of Arakko. Small characters like The Fisher King even got a moment in the sun here within the finale. Marvel’s upcoming “Resurrection of Magneto” is just on the horizon for Storm. Will Ewing and artist Luciano Vecchio be able to take some of the best “X-Men Red” plot lines with them for the story? While Storm’s future ultimately looks bright the finale for “X-Men Red” charted an epic last battle in The Genesis War!

  • 80

    COMICON

    Sharp writing with some warts come with solid art, ending the series on a note that’s not quite as high as the best of this series, but still was pretty fantastic.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    Thanks to a massive finale marking an end to The Genesis War, “X-Men Red” #18 feels like a strong send-off for the series. While I do think “X-Men Red” and the massive supporting cast would have greatly benefited from at least one more issue, I’m happy that Marvel was able to find great moments for the Mutants of Arakko. Small characters like The Fisher King even got a moment in the sun here within the finale. Marvel’s upcoming “Resurrection of Magneto” is just on the horizon for Storm. Will Ewing and artist Luciano Vecchio be able to take some of the best “X-Men Red” plot lines with them for the story? While Storm’s future ultimately looks bright the finale for “X-Men Red” charted an epic last battle in The Genesis War!

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    X-Men Red #18 started with the idea of terraforming Mars and created a new cast of characters that I enjoy. Made in the modern-day with modern-day storytelling tropes, this comic has done an excellent job of keeping my attention.

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