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X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song

(X-Men (1991) #14-16)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,827 ratings  ·  47 reviews
An assassination attempt on Professor X by Cable sets in motion the events of this 12-part story involving the two X-Men teams, the government-sponsored X-Factor, and the paramilitary X-Force--formerly the New Mutants--against Stryfe, Apocalypse, and Mr. Sinister.

Includes Uncanny X-Men #294-296, X-Factor #84-86, X-Force #16-18, and X-Men #14-16
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 20th 2002 by Marvel Comics Group (first published April 1st 1994)
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Adventures in ye olde tyme comix continues.

Three and a half stars rounded down.

Ooh, Jeff! Where are we going now?

To 1992, Goodreader and it’s an X-Men crossover hullabaloo.

Which X-Men are in this one?

All of them. It’s a veritable clown car event.

It makes you feel downright giddy at the thought, no?

The core X-titles at the time are involved: The Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Factor and X-Force.

The basic story is this: During a Lila Cheney concert in Central Park, while creepy Gambit tries to put the mo
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Every story has a story and this comic is no different. When I was a kid there wasn't a comic book store nearby so I only got comics at the mall about 30 minutes away when my family would occasionally head to the mall. So as a kid I got one issue of this massive crossover event and of course it wasn't the first one so I had nearly no clue what was happening, but it had Wolverine, Cable, and Bishop in it so I was happy overall. Jump forward to my early 20's and I'm in a bookstore and see the coll ...more
Paul E. Morph
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I re-read this as part of my re-reading of Peter David's X-Factor run (the crossover 'event' happened smack bang in the middle of PAD's run on the Factor Folks) and, honestly, I kinda wish I hadn't bothered. X-Factor play a tiny role in this crossover and I could easily have just skipped it.

In itself, this is also a pretty crumby story with some pretty lousy artwork in places. Its main interest for me was as a kind of historical document; it was like prising apart a piece of slate and finding a
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit too long and drawn out; this would have been fine at about half of its length. Oddly enough, my favorite part was the epilogue, where we get some sweet moments between some of the X-Men.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Wow i thought it might get to 4 stars in the end but it screwed up so badly and gives so little closure that it dropped to 2 instead.
Mostly its fine, some of the ideas are quite good but not implemented very well.

The context of the event is far more problematic than the work itself. One of the major characters is Stryfe, a villian only in the X-Force comics who therefore means nothing to 3/4's of the heroes. In fact even in those X-Force comics he was largely forgotten about by this point as the
C. Varn
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scott Lobdell, Peter David, and Fabian Nicieza run head this massive crossover that is the height of early 90s X-madness: Jae Lee and Kubrick stand out as artists here. There is a background to shift and some of the awkwardness: Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld had increasingly driven sells at Marvel, and had taken over increasingly plot direction from the X-team writers. However, Image is founded and these artistic-creators leave Marvel for even more editorial freedom. So, with the exception of Peter Da ...more
Adam Fisher
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This 12 part arc took place in the early 90's. X-Force has recently been established out of New Mutants, Scott and Jean were soon to be married, Wolverine still had his adamantium... ahhh the comic days of my youth...
The story revolves around Cable being framed for the murder of Professor X, which turns out to not be a murder, but an infection of the techno-organic virus, AND it not being Cable who did it, but a clone from the future turned evil, calling himself Stryfe. Secondary stories involve
Stephen Case
Jul 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I’m not a fan of crossovers. At the core, what is a giant comics crossover other than simply an attempt to get you to buy more comic books? If done right, I suppose, a crossover might also be a chance to bring different characters together and spin a story that spans a couple universes or intertwines a few storylines, but honestly—I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crossover done well. (The Great Fables Crossover was certainly a disappointment, and I’m viewing Dark Cybertron as an unwelcome interrup ...more
Jeff Harris
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-men, graphic-novels
This is one ginormous, bloated crossover event that threw in pretty much every X-character and team of the time (save for Excalibur) and mixed them altogether in a messy, crazy, complex story. Some people have said those qualities make this book a chore to read for those who aren't very knowledgeable of pretty much all things X-Men related, but to me, it epitomizes a lot of the best qualities of 90s comics, too, rather than just longwinded super villain speeches (Stryfe), plenty of shouting, sco ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel-comics
I read this book for one reason and one reason only: because Cable makes a pun about having an evil clone. And, honestly? That was literally the only good thing about this story. Sure, it set up a lot of things that came after it throughout the 90s right up until Grant Morrison took over with New X-Men 114 in the early 00's but on its own NOTHING HAPPENS!!! For 12 issues everyone just sort of faps about and then it's over. That said, it's a really great pun.

This is a picture of the two panels from X-Force #16 in which Cable says

Also, can we talk about how 90s that p
TinTin Kalaw
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's been a long time since I've read an X-title and had to make sense of the events leading up to this one. In fact, I only read this because a podcast that I was listening to has an episode about it.

Anyway, apart from my initial confusion, it was an okay read for me. It's has a convoluted plot devised by Stryfe--whose existence is also another convoluted story--filled with excessive (and a few of it needless, in my opinion) fight scenes, that all boils down to mommy and daddy issues. In which
Wade McGinnis
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so much fun to pull out this graphic novel and take a trip down the memory lane of mid-90's X-Men stories. So much fun in fact that I was inspired to sort through my huge bins of comics to get the individual Phalanx Covenant issues together and read those again for the first time in 20 years. I'm half tempted to start reading Generation X all over, too! Anyway, this is a great nostalgic story with the complex Summers family history at its core. I was surprised that my mind had held on to ...more
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
I feel like in 1983 I'd have loved this arc. Lot's of interesting stuff going on, but I kind of know the direction it's heading and instead of the story resolving anything I know about these characters it kind of has an extensive climax that just ends.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
i read a few of these issues when they came out, thought it might make sense all gathered in one volume. terribly written and illoed. marvel did the artists, writers and editors a favor by putting the isbn on the spine rather than their names.
Frank Taranto
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, comics
Too much going on and only so-so art.
Better than the last X-Men crossover, although still stuck in the spirit of the 90s X-Men comics, where everything was a mystery and nothing could be completely set in stone.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Nostalgia vs. reality - it's pretty hard to grade the things that we loved when we were younger, when we began to discover the things that we'd later be passionate about...

X-Cutioner's Song feels like it was written in a very specific period of Marvel comics history, and definitely within the history of the X-Men. There are illustrations in this comic that stick out clear as day in my memory, and specific lines that jump off of the page - but the writing itself is vague and really just props up
Maurice Jr.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection encompasses all of the X-books (both x-Men titles, X-Factor and x-Force) and explores the relationship between Cable and Stryfe, who share the same face.

Cable has been off in time, but someone looking like him shot Professor X and nearly killed him. Stryfe did it, but Cable of course is blamed. This leads to the X-Men and X-Factor hunting down X-Force to squeeze Cable's location from them.

This series has it all- inter-team struggles, the Cable/Stryfe relationship, Mr. Sinister an
Mike Keskeys
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I remember getting these comics individually when they first were released in the fall of 1992. It’s a very 90s X-men story, heavy in continuity from comics from years before, that if you’ve been reading this whole time, it makes sense and is very intriguing but if you’re coming on to this for the first time it’s a bit of a mess.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was all about style for me, and I love this early 90s X-book stuff. You get to see all of the X-teams from that time mix it up with many cool villains. There are a couple surprises, too. I thought it was awesome.
The Glassed And The Furious
Not my favorite X-Men out there. I find I enjoyed Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men more than Scott Lobdell's. But that's just personal preference. I still liked this series though and I can recommend this as part of the X-Men universe as a must read.
Jenna Scherer
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A singular peek into the ’90s, which were...very, very extra.
Sinclair  Duncan-Mercer
This was one of my favorite story as a kid, so I thought a reread was in order. It was a nice trip back to 90's but the magic doesn't hold as well as I had hoped.
Garrett Ballendine
Peak 90s.
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, comic-books
3.5 stars. Fun to read, but kind of weak and disappointing story-wise. Stryfe was a cool new villain though.
Thomas Markiewicz
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first X-men crossover. Marvel should make this into a movie once they bring the X-men into the MCU.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
As the first major X-Men event since the artists of all of the X-Titles left en masse to form Image comics, The X-Cutioner's Song crossover had a lot to live up to. The story begins when Professor Xavier is gunned down by an assassin that appears to be X-Force's mysterious leader Cable. At the same time, Cyclops and Jean Grey are kidnapped by the mutant terrorist Stryfe. The resulting conflict features battle after battle (X-Factor vs. X-Force, Cable vs. Wolverine and Bishop, Stryfe vs. Apocalyp ...more
Nov 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like long-winded mutant oriented crossed-over comics
Well, it is easy to hate on comic-book crossovers, especially those of the mutant variety. Having said that, I think this one was rather underrated. The art was generally above-average or better (probably the last X-crossover that was the case with, though to be fair I haven't been paying much attention since the turn of the millennium), only having three writers involved kept things fairly smooth from a tone-of-writing standpoint, some really good characterization, and (perhaps most importantly ...more
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
A lackluster event despite what nostalgia tells some people. While marking some significant moments of the 90s era, it lacks the heart of the Claremont era. Perhaps the new guard was looking to clean up the mess left by the Image 7’s departure, and had more personal stakes in what would come... more likely it was work-for-hire fulfilling the editors’ commands.

The Jae Lee art stands out, the rest of the book is middling to bad.
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any comic book or super-hero fan
This was my first X-Men Crossover, and I was hooked from the moment I started it. I just loved all the interaction between the characters, and as I read more back issues, I caught more of the little bits of history between the members of the different teams... and of course the issues dealt with in this x-over resonated through the X-books for at least a decade after.
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