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One era ends and a new one begins as Jonathan Hickman's acclaimed run enters the Reign of X! In the Earth-shattering X OF SWORDS, the Captain Commander of Krakoa makes a fateful decision that will affect the island-nation's residents! And when the Shi'ar Empire asks the X-Men for help, Cyclops, Storm and Marvel Girl answer the call! Elsewhere, the door to the Vault swings o One era ends and a new one begins as Jonathan Hickman's acclaimed run enters the Reign of X! In the Earth-shattering X OF SWORDS, the Captain Commander of Krakoa makes a fateful decision that will affect the island-nation's residents! And when the Shi'ar Empire asks the X-Men for help, Cyclops, Storm and Marvel Girl answer the call! Elsewhere, the door to the Vault swings open at last. But time moves differently in the Vault—and for the beings who emerge, it's been a very, very long time since they entered! And Krakoa's future is at stake when one of mutantkind's greatest threats re-emerges: Nimrod is online! Then, it's time for the Hellfire Gala—and a changing of the guard, as Krakoa's very first team of elected X-Men debuts! COLLECTING: X-MEN (2019) #16-20


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One era ends and a new one begins as Jonathan Hickman's acclaimed run enters the Reign of X! In the Earth-shattering X OF SWORDS, the Captain Commander of Krakoa makes a fateful decision that will affect the island-nation's residents! And when the Shi'ar Empire asks the X-Men for help, Cyclops, Storm and Marvel Girl answer the call! Elsewhere, the door to the Vault swings o One era ends and a new one begins as Jonathan Hickman's acclaimed run enters the Reign of X! In the Earth-shattering X OF SWORDS, the Captain Commander of Krakoa makes a fateful decision that will affect the island-nation's residents! And when the Shi'ar Empire asks the X-Men for help, Cyclops, Storm and Marvel Girl answer the call! Elsewhere, the door to the Vault swings open at last. But time moves differently in the Vault—and for the beings who emerge, it's been a very, very long time since they entered! And Krakoa's future is at stake when one of mutantkind's greatest threats re-emerges: Nimrod is online! Then, it's time for the Hellfire Gala—and a changing of the guard, as Krakoa's very first team of elected X-Men debuts! COLLECTING: X-MEN (2019) #16-20

30 review for X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesús De la Jara

    Como siempre en esta serie oficial de los X-Men las aventuras se combinan no siempre dando una adecuada lógica y no terminas de ensamblar todo ni tener la certeza dónde continuará. Por un lado se muestra la "rebeldía" de Jean y Scott a seguir absolutamente todas las reglas de la nueva nación mutante de Krakoa, sobre todo con el hecho de priorizar sólo a la nación más que a ser héroes. Luego 1 solo número (?) que muestra la ayuda que prestan los X-Men a Xandra, la nueva gobernante Shiar del grupo Como siempre en esta serie oficial de los X-Men las aventuras se combinan no siempre dando una adecuada lógica y no terminas de ensamblar todo ni tener la certeza dónde continuará. Por un lado se muestra la "rebeldía" de Jean y Scott a seguir absolutamente todas las reglas de la nueva nación mutante de Krakoa, sobre todo con el hecho de priorizar sólo a la nación más que a ser héroes. Luego 1 solo número (?) que muestra la ayuda que prestan los X-Men a Xandra, la nueva gobernante Shiar del grupo extremista dirigido por el malvado Urr. Los dos últimos números cuentan la interesante aventura (que dejamos en el número ... ya no me acuerdo) en La Bóveda de Darwin, Wolverine (X-23) y Synch. Ellos habían sido enviados a investigar, dentro encuentran a los hijos de la Bóveda, seres evolucionados que cada vez incrementan poderes. El resultado es terrible y también entretenido de ver.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tiag⊗

    I feel like Jonathan Hickman's plans for the X-Men was lost circa X of Swords, clearly ruined by editorial pressure, so it's no surprise to me that his run on the X-Men is already wrapping up. House of X/Powers of X was such a massive hit that the suits at Marvel decided to greenlight as many spin-offs as possibles to cash-in on its success, and this lead to a massive shift in direction. Reign of X have not been as good as Dawn of X, and this last volume of the core series was no different, while I feel like Jonathan Hickman's plans for the X-Men was lost circa X of Swords, clearly ruined by editorial pressure, so it's no surprise to me that his run on the X-Men is already wrapping up. House of X/Powers of X was such a massive hit that the suits at Marvel decided to greenlight as many spin-offs as possibles to cash-in on its success, and this lead to a massive shift in direction. Reign of X have not been as good as Dawn of X, and this last volume of the core series was no different, while the Children of the Vault was a good story arc, it was resolved in just a couple of issues, almost as if Hickman was working on this new exciting storyline then suddenly gets called to a Marvel meeting where they tell him, "Hey man, we need to wrap this up, we need more money, we already have plans for more relaunches, more events, more series, we'll give you a mini-series to wrap this up, is that ok with you? Thanks my man, you're the best!" Ah, I bet those conversations were not so different, Marvel is pretty transparent these days, all they care about is money, through and through, and their product keeps getting stained with greed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Random thoughts to follow…

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    X-Men By Jonathan Hickman Volume 3 In a series of seemingly unconnected stories, Jonathan Hickman sets the stage for the next explosive stage of his X-Men run. What will be the aftermath of the Tournament Of Swords? What happens when three X-Men delve into the Vault? And then, to cap it all off, let's have a party - it's the first annual Hellfire Gala! I wish I could pick Jonathan Hickman's brain. He has such a way of telling stories, and the fact that most of X-Men has been single or two-part sto X-Men By Jonathan Hickman Volume 3 In a series of seemingly unconnected stories, Jonathan Hickman sets the stage for the next explosive stage of his X-Men run. What will be the aftermath of the Tournament Of Swords? What happens when three X-Men delve into the Vault? And then, to cap it all off, let's have a party - it's the first annual Hellfire Gala! I wish I could pick Jonathan Hickman's brain. He has such a way of telling stories, and the fact that most of X-Men has been single or two-part stories that further the main status quo without having too much in the way of their own connective tissue and yet still manages to be enormously impressive every issue is just...wow. It's a bold move, to have your flagship title pushing things forward and letting the other books deal with the fallout, but it works very, very well. That's not to say the individual stories aren't great - the two part Vault story is a character study for Synch, Wolverine, and Darwin that I never expected to see, while Mystique's growing fury in issue 20 is not going to end well for anyone. And the Hellfire Gala manages to be both a visual spectactle and a complete upset for the X-status quo all at once, and that's even before we delve into the Planet-Size X-Men one-shot. On hand as always for art are a murderer's row of top talent - we have contributions from Brett Booth, Mahmud Asrar, Russell Dauterman, and Phil Noto among others. While Leinil Yu's absence is felt, his covers keep the series together. Jonathan Hickman bids adieu to the flagship X-Men book, but no one could say he put all his toys away before closing the door. It gets thrown around a lot, but to say 'the X-Men will never be the same again after this' is really an understatement.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rick Brose

    The main X-Men series still has the problem of following multiple, separate arcs. However, there is enough meat on the bones of these stories that they now feel more substantive and less chaotic. The story related to the vault is absolutely beautiful in both art and writing. But there is also an issue of utterly awful 90s style art within these pages. It is jarring and takes away some of the magic of the overall volume. The X-books have a lot of bloat across the expanse of releases, but these co The main X-Men series still has the problem of following multiple, separate arcs. However, there is enough meat on the bones of these stories that they now feel more substantive and less chaotic. The story related to the vault is absolutely beautiful in both art and writing. But there is also an issue of utterly awful 90s style art within these pages. It is jarring and takes away some of the magic of the overall volume. The X-books have a lot of bloat across the expanse of releases, but these core stories feel engaging and authentic. It is a great read, but it also makes some of the other releases all the more upsetting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    andrés

    If there's something Hickman will do, it's write a love story that feels bigger than life. Everything he writes is a big attempt at Epicness, and he succeeds at that in his Laura/Everett and Raven/Irene arcs. Hell, I even felt for the Nazi doctor and her dead husband. Like in the previous issues, Hickman is just planting some seeds for the future stages of his master plan, but the little closure he gives in his final X-Men volume is satisfactory. Could easily be a 5-star if X-Men #17 wasn't A HUG If there's something Hickman will do, it's write a love story that feels bigger than life. Everything he writes is a big attempt at Epicness, and he succeeds at that in his Laura/Everett and Raven/Irene arcs. Hell, I even felt for the Nazi doctor and her dead husband. Like in the previous issues, Hickman is just planting some seeds for the future stages of his master plan, but the little closure he gives in his final X-Men volume is satisfactory. Could easily be a 5-star if X-Men #17 wasn't A HUGE STEAMING PILE OF HORSE SHIT. I will be very relieved if Hickman intended us to see the X-Men as villains in that story, or if Marvel asked him so hard to make government propaganda he outright wrote parody. I haven't read many stories involving the Shi'ar empire so I don't know what has been its history with the X-Men, so I tried to just accept the fact that their friends with the people in its government. Alright. But this story makes the X-Men their clandestine COPS, making them fight (with little mercy or nuance, despite what Storm (a woman who grew up as a thief out of desperation in a post-colonial country, btw) might have said) against an extremist villain that explicitly represents poor people rising against a corrupt government. Later, as an afterthought, our little puppet empress says she'll "help" that impoverished region off-panel with money that Roberto surely got through dubious means. And we're supposed to think everything's changed and the Shi'ar empire is a just ruler that should face no consequences. Living in a country that's currently undergoing one of the biggest uprisings in its history against economic inequality and policial repression, this comic issue felt like I was spit on the face. And not in a good kinky way. Marvel's rising predilection for authoritarian alien empires (see: Empyre) is nothing but shameful. But well, now I know not to expect too much of these books. Mystique, just burn everything down already.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Vol. 3 is more of a placeholder than a complete story in the aftermath of X of Swords and leading into the Hellfire Gala. Hickman is planting a lot of seeds that will either be harvested or ignored by future writers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matty Dub

    A volume dedicated to updating the many threads laid down in the first half-dozen issues and HoXPoX made for mostly great reading but it’s bittersweet because we already know that with Hickman leaving the X-line of books, the editors and other creators have no intentions of continuing those plot lines. No more Orchis No More Children of the Vault Marvel never deserved Hickman’s genius

  9. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    This contains issues 16-20, with chapters 12-15 in the X of Swords collection (still haven't read that.) Something weird is going on with Krakoa and this other island. The ramifications are talked about in Issue 16, but it just comes off as a little weird and yet another seed for future story. There's no recap for what happened in X of Swords. Issue 17 is a one-off (sort of) where Scott and Jean help out the Shiar. It ties in slightly with a New Mutants story arc, but the whole thing kind of comes This contains issues 16-20, with chapters 12-15 in the X of Swords collection (still haven't read that.) Something weird is going on with Krakoa and this other island. The ramifications are talked about in Issue 16, but it just comes off as a little weird and yet another seed for future story. There's no recap for what happened in X of Swords. Issue 17 is a one-off (sort of) where Scott and Jean help out the Shiar. It ties in slightly with a New Mutants story arc, but the whole thing kind of comes out of nowhere. Not sure why they are wearing their original X-Factor uniforms. The art looks a little 90's-ish. Chapters 18 and 19 are pretty good because they continue and wrap up the story about the Vault, featured many issues ago. Because the whole series is disjointed, it almost feels like these two were already done and could have appeared with part one, but purposely left till later. At least this wraps it up, but again, it's another seed planted for a future conflict. Chapter 20 is, you guessed it, another seed for a future conflict. It is also a wrap-up of a previous issue from early on where Mystique is sent to the Orchis to spy on what appears to be the creation of Nimrod. At least this short story was concluded. At this point it's quite clear that the entire series has been a breeding ground from Hickman. He turned the X world upside down with Hox/Pox, then proceeded to think of a bunch of new threats branching off from that. Some of the ideas are excellent, and have fresh, creative beginnings, while others are new rehashes of previous villains. My big complaint is when you step back and look at the series, it feels disjointed. There's an overall theme of the mutants settling into their new paradigm, but you can pull out one and two issue arcs and read them individually, without being burdened by any current continuity. Maybe that's intended but it doesn't offer the best experience for those reading straight through. It's now been revealed that Hickman did come up with three acts, but Marvel decided to stretch out this current point in time (presumably at the beginning of the second act.). And Hickman is no longer writing the main X-Men series (and possibly none of the other X-Books.). This means we'll be headed to a long, meandering path to milk this new era as much as possible. It's almost guaranteed that it'll feel drawn-out and possibly have many dangling plot-threads but I guess that's the X-Men way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam Williams

    This final volume of Hickman's X-Men is really great. Minor spoilers ahead: These stories pick up on threads from the first issues of the run, as well as X of Swords. The Krakoa/Arakko question examined in 16 is super intriguing and guest artist Phil Noto is wonderful. The two-part story of the Vault mission in 18-19 and the Orchis mission in issue 20 are both phenomenal and touching. Big pieces are being moved into place here, and I hope we see them all again soon! Only issue 17 was pretty forg This final volume of Hickman's X-Men is really great. Minor spoilers ahead: These stories pick up on threads from the first issues of the run, as well as X of Swords. The Krakoa/Arakko question examined in 16 is super intriguing and guest artist Phil Noto is wonderful. The two-part story of the Vault mission in 18-19 and the Orchis mission in issue 20 are both phenomenal and touching. Big pieces are being moved into place here, and I hope we see them all again soon! Only issue 17 was pretty forgettable for me; it's just dwarfed by the rest.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    S’pretty good, s’pretty good. But despite my best efforts I think I’m more of a single book narrative reader rather than a dozen-book, line-wide narrative juggernaut kind of reader and with this book and the recent announcement of Hickman leaving the X-Men line it really kind of definitively feels like this will be the latter as opposed to the more contained, sprawling epics of Hickman’s Fantastic Four and Avengers books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tuni

    Would be 5 stars for the Vault storyline alone, but it’s dampened by the unfortunate issue 17. Beautiful nostalgic 90’s art but just… trash filler plotting. But issues 18 and 19? Everything I could want from and X-Man story. First and last issues were also good. Finally get someone~ to acknowledge the new mutants isle. And finally get progress with Nimrod. Cannot wait for Mystique’s flaming “fuck you” to Xavier and Magneto.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    Jonathan Hickman’s run started with a bang, there’s no denying that, but it has been losing steam and direction. This title in particular has no core and no spirit of its own. Taken outside of the entire background plot going on, it lacks a voice. The current volume finally gets some meat with the Hellfire Gala, but the rest… it is just a dragging experience.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adan

    Hickman knocking another great collection out of the park. This one features forward movement on a number of plot points, including Arakko, the superhero arm of the X-Men, the Shi’ar, the Vault, the Orchis, and whatever Mystique and a still very dead Destiny have cooked up. Also, Phil Noto did an issue! He’s great!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Despite its continued veil storytelling, Hickman consistently proves the better writer of the present lineup. He is a step above the best of the others. But where is it all going? Two years in and I still couldn’t say.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    "They are shouting out from every corner of the Earth. No one's hiding anything here. There's no shame. No hidden agendas or manipulation. Just pride." "They are shouting out from every corner of the Earth. No one's hiding anything here. There's no shame. No hidden agendas or manipulation. Just pride."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    es un raro cierre, considerando que cada historia en ella no cierra, si no que se profundiza el conflicto.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Cruz

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Freeman

  21. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Palmer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tarrant

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bat Man

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Routledge

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jorge

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alistair

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaylie

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