• What are The Red Skull’s new powers? How did he become the most powerful man on Earth?

• Can Havok and Thor defeat the spreading influence of Honest John, The Living Propaganda?!

• Rogue and Scarlet Witch trapped on the Isle of the Red Skull’s S-Men!

• Wolverine & Captain America: uncover the truth behind the worldwide mutant assassination epidemic!

Story by Rick Remender
Art by John Cassaday
Colors by Laura Martin
Cover by John Cassaday

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 1.3%


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  1. ill give this another shot based off how much i love Remender as a writer but the first issue didnt grab me

    • same here. I’ll give this one more shot to grab me but its getting close to being cut.

    • I’m only going to give this book two more issues to impress me. Which after the first issue, it hasn’t. So many pulls and so many complaints. I think Remender is losing his touch and losing a lot of fans while he’s at it. The only reason this book will go for a long time is b/c of all the people that add things to their pull list but don’t read them regularly and the CBS owners need to fill the “demand”. Hopefully I’ll eat my words and enjoy this title but I won’t hold my breath.

    • Ditto, except NOT giving it any more issues. If need be, I’ll catch it in trade.

  2. Same here. The new designs (both Avengers and villains) were very underwhelming as well.

  3. Enjoyed the first one. Love Cassaday’s art. Now if only he could stay on schedule.

  4. This first issue of this was good, but didn’t blow me away. But then again most things written by Remender are the same way.

    I want to like this just because Cassaday FINALLY delivered on a comic.

  5. I’m trusting my 20+ years of comic buying instincts and will pass on this before I get too committed. I’m a big Remender fan and found Cassaday’s art top-notch, but something felt off and just didn’t click with me. Good luck though!

  6. “How did he become the most powerful man on Earth?”

    He ate Xavier’s brain. Duh.

    The first issue was a slow start, but I have high hopes for this one. Looking forward to it.

  7. Like many I’m giving this a second chance because I trust in Remender.

  8. LOVED first issue. not a hater on this at all

  9. They a still making this book? I forgot all about it. Can’t be bothered reading, if they can’t be bothered putting it out.

    • They are putting it out, it comes out on Wednesday 😉

    • I’m fairly sure this hasn’t been delayed and has only been, like, 6 weeks since the last one… So… Uh… What?

      God forbid you try to read any indies if an extra two weeks affects your memory…

    • @har13quin: Yeah, implying that “they can’t be bothered” is probably a bit hyperbolic. I really don’t think the book is late because John Cassaday doesn’t care enough to do his work. I mean, I don’t know the guy, but I don’t think it’s a case of him being lazy. And have you ever listened to Remender talk about this book? He’s dedicated to writing the hell out of it.

      You may be apathetic, but I don’t see where you have any cause to accuse the creators of being apathetic.

    • But I love hyperbole, I’m a comic book fan! Where would we be without our unwarranted moral outrage? @Markish, I read plenty of Indies, check my pull list if you like, don’t worry I am a “real” fan of comics as a medium.

      My issues with this book: I didn’t like the art and the story of the first issue, it is massively hyped, it is made by seasoned veterans who inexplicably can’t do their work on time, last time I checked, 6 weeks counted as late.

      I’m not angry or indignant, I just have a low threshold for late books, especially if I was disappointed with the product previously.

    • So really you aren’t going to read it because you sdidn’t like it, rather than the fact the creator’s ‘cant’ be bothered’. That’s cool, and totally your decision.

      Also good to hear you’re a ‘real’ fan… Whatever that means…

  10. I thought the first issue set things up well and the final page was a humdinger. Over the past few years Remender has built storylines up over a number of issues, both short- and long-term arcs, so the fact issue 1 wasn’t a 10/10 doesn’t bother me.

  11. good thing i wipe my butt with $4 so i can wait more than one issue for the story to build before dismissing it..

  12. Looking forward to this

  13. Really enjoyed this a lot. Skull’s plans are pretty awful. This should be good ride. Especially liked the Rogue flashback two-page spread.

  14. This is still not living up to it’s potential. I love UXF and Secret Avengers and with those titles Remender drew me in and instantly I enjoyed reading characters I had previously been uninterested or just plain hated. This book is just average compared to those team books and last weeks Captain America. The art also doesn’t help, I did like Cassady’s previous work on Astonishing X-Men but there is something missing in his work on this so far.

    • Agree with the art work criticism. Loved Cassaday on Astonishing, Planetary and the old Captain America issues. But for some reason on this series, Cap looks like he’s wearing a sumo suit, Thor has no eyebrows and the Red Skull looks like he’s wearing a rubber Red Skull mask. And although I really enjoyed Remender on UXF…I’m not really enjoying any of the characters here so far. Lone bright spot on this for me was Rogue kicking ass and her flashback to joining the team.

  15. Really good story. But the art work is really killing this book. Might be dropping soon.

  16. I really don’t have a problem with Cassaday’s work here. I agree that it’s missing something that was present in Astonishing, but it’s hardly amateur.

    I liked this. I re-read the first issue and the two flowed pretty nicely. It’s definitely wacky in that Remender sorta way, and I dig that. It also strikes an emotional chore that the other X books are failing to strike. The scene with Rogue and Wanda finding Xavier’s body was pretty fucked up.

    Between this and UXF, Remender has displayed a firm grasp on the X-Men’s characterization. As a side-note, it’s nice to read Rogue again. Are her and Magneto still doing the beast with two backs? The only recent Magneto I’ve read was in Gillen’s Uncanny, and there was no mention of it there.

  17. MEH…Rogue action good…all the rest is “MARVEL NOW” zzzz.

  18. Incredible. A supervillain in a marvel comic? A real supervillain! Not a miss-understood hero? Not a hero driven insane by power? Not a SHIELD or US Government agency? I thought that marvel had given up on evil supervillains.

  19. I kind of hated this. I just wasn’t frightened of the new Red Skull or sickened by his evil ways. not sure if I’ll give it another chance. Meanwhile Remender’s Cap #1 which i just read is pretty amazing.

  20. All-New X-Men, Thor and this book have been pretty strong IMO. I loved that the Wanda/Rogue fight literally spilled over into this issue.

  21. i’m digging this.
    the Red Skull is a perfect villain for the mutants. very logical. i realize i need to wiki him because i had no idea he had been asleep for 70 yrs like Cap was. i’ve been a DC nationalist for so long, i’ve fallen behind on Marvel diplomacy.
    that last page almost bumped this up to a 5 star book. almost.

  22. This was a great issue, I’m really enjoying where the Marvel U is goin right now

  23. This was ok.

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