Hey guys, new to X-Men... coming in having not read anything can you guys recommend some essential reading for X-Men, perhaps some stuff to catch me up to speed and then possibly the best ongoing X-Men series.
this website to follow the explosion of X-Titles in the 90s.
If you would like to begin with something more modern, you could begin with the first collection of the three main titles in 2001: Uncanny X-Men Poptopia, New X-Men E is for Extinction, X-Treme X-Men Destiny. These can be found fairly cheaply at Amazon.com or in your local library system.
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Hey everyone, I am looking for some advice (new to reading X-men). I told my cousin I wanted to start reading some and I was not sure where to start. I have read Wolverine: Origin and I really liked the story line and it gave me the background info. I also have the Ultimate X-Men (Ultimate collection) 1-2 and he gave me some uncanny x-men editions # 448-480ish. I have not read anything except the wolverine origin and I want to know where to go/what to read. I want the background info on the people because I dont want to be lost. Any info would be much appreciated.
would Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted (joss whedon's run i believe) be a good jumping on point into the world of x-men? what would be the next logical point to carry on from? cheers
In the post-Astonishing world, the roles of different books to continuity are broadly as follows:
- X-Men Legacy: Side stories that do have impact on Uncanny. Focuses on Professor X then Rogue.
- X-Force: Side stories that have a major impact on Uncanny.
- New Mutants: Starts as a sort of "spill-over" for stories from or affecting Uncanny, though it moves away from this after #25.
- Astonishing X-Men: Involves the main Uncanny cast, but after #25 it explicitly can be read on its own without other titles.
- X-Factor: Aside from Messiah Complex, this is totally separate from the stories in Uncanny.
A great number of posts on the board would say that after you reach the Second Coming story the best book is Uncanny X-Force.
Cheers for that mate, I guess I'm pretty lucky with all the possibles reads out there! If you, looking back now, were starting out reading x-men would you read all the comics from 60s first? or start with something newer? sorry to bombard you with questions mate, just interesting to see where you'd start with hindsight.
Unfortunately, when it comes to color reprint collections there is a big gap in Uncanny from from #175-210 (though it is collected in B&W), and then sporadic gaps from #308-410 (about a third of which is collected).
Marvel has given many good "Jumping On" points for X-Men in the past decade that are pretty well collected. New X-Men from 2001. Astonishing X-Men from 2003. House of M in 2006. Messiah Complex / Manifest Destiny in 2008. Nation X in 2009. Heroic Age in 2010. Schism/Regenesis in 2011. And, soon, Marvel Now in 2012. It's simply up to you about how far back you feel like going to catch up.
I give many good on-boarding points in the "Where to Start Reading X-Men" link in my signature, as well as covering all X-Men collections, ever.
Never hesitate to ask more questions in this thread! I'm just a tiny fraction of all of the major X-knowledge on this board.
Is X-factor any good? If so, whats a good jumping on point?
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If you want to go further back you could start with #200.
The initial arcs of the series were great if you like what you see (i.e. X-Factor  #1-50 + The Madrox mini).