I read every X-Men story ever. Here’s some tips if you’re interested!
To preface everything to follow, this is a love letter. There are very few things in my life that have remained constant, but my unabiding love for the X-Men is one of them.
The uniquely X-Men blend of superheroics, soap opera, science fiction, and social justice is one of the most addicting ongoing stories to ever be created. It’s also one of the most byzantine, elaborate webs of continuity and plot to ever be put to page, rivalling that of Middle-Earth, Dr. Who, or The Simpsons. Frankly, even the rest of the Marvel Universe combined barely manages to be comparable to the density of the 13,000 or so issues of X-Men lore.
But if you choose to spend some time with Marvel’s Merry Mutants, you’ll find hundreds of interesting, bizarre, compelling, and heroic characters and stories to fall in love with. The stories surrounding the many branches of Xavier’s dream and those that would oppose them are some of the best you’ll find in fiction. There’s also some truly awful stories as well, the byproduct of nearly 60 years and thousands of issues of ongoing stories.
In 2018, I decided to undertake the arduous task of finding and reading every issue of X-Men ever published, from X-Men #1 to the 90’s Pizza Hut X-Men comics and back. Every spinoff, every limited series, every alternate reality, and every imprint was taken into account. What started as a fun challenge quickly became an obsession, and eventually a deep admiration for the unique storytelling experiences that are only capable with something as long running and continuity dense as the X-Men. During that time, I read over 50 years worth of comics, over 2,600 story arcs, and over 13,000 issues of mutant mayhem. And now, having caught up to this week’s X-Men issues, I want to share some of the highlights of my journey with you.
Before we dive in, I want to give credit to CrushingKrisis, Comic Book Back Issues and Comic Book Herald, whose reading guides made sure I remained comprehensive in my reading. These are WONDERFUL resources for anyone hoping to do a similar read through, and they deserve your full support. That being said, let’s get into it!
- The 60’s
If you wanna read the X-Men from the beginning, the bad news is the worst part is the beginning. The first 16 or so issues are done by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, and while not their strongest work, they are fun, entertaining Silver Age stories. The Juggernaut and Sentinel stories are especially good! After Lee and Kirby leave the book, however, the series takes a legendary nosedive, one that prompted the X-Men to be cancelled by editorial.
In fact, it’s not until issue 55, when Roy Thomas and Neal Adams take over the book for the last few issues, that the book becomes readable. My personal recommendation is to skip from the Sentinel Trilogy straight to this, but if you’re a completionist, prepare the bulk of your willpower to slog through to issue 55. The good news is from issue 55 until the X-Men’s original cancellation in issue 66, which takes you to 1970, X-Men becomes arguably the strongest book Marvel was publishing at the time. Neal Adams’ art is years ahead of its time, with incredible psychedelic coloring and paneling, and it makes the X-Men an absolute joy to read.
So the 60’s remain the worst period for the X-Men. Thankfully, there’s nowhere to go but up from here.
2. The 70’s
From 1970 to 1975, the X-Men comics are nothing but reprints of the 60’s stories. That means half the decade is utterly skippable.
In 1975, however, Giant-Size X-Men #1 comes out, and changes absolutely everything. The team roster changes from a group of New York WASPS to what at the time was a groundbreakingly international team, filled with fan favorites such as Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus.
From here, the Claremont run of X-Men, arguably the most famous and impactful run on an American Comic book series in history, begins its first act. Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, Terry Austin, Bob McLeod, Tom Orchezowski, and a host of editors turn the X-Men from a D-List property into the biggest, hottest, most dynamic thing in comics.
This particular leg of the Claremont run takes the X-Men from an inexperienced group of strangers into a family fighting evil around the world, as well as in the depths of outer space. You meet the Shi’ar, the Savage Land, The Phoenix, The Sentinels, Magneto, Arcade, Alpha Flight, Proteus, and a host of other characters in quick succession.
Claremont is most famous for his ability to combine individual stories with seeding of long-term plot threads he will eventually pay off months and years later. This form of serialization would influence entire generations of screenwriters, with everything from Avatar: The Last Airbender to Game of Thrones crediting Claremont’s X-Men as a narrative influence. As a result, this era of the X-Men functions much like the MCU, with one long, overarching story being played out in the long term. This first major leg will climax with the first story of the 80’s, and the most famous X-Men story of them all: The Dark Phoenix Saga.
In short, the 70’s era of X-Men is arguably the most influential era of the X-Men, spans a comparatively breezy 46 issues, and is a landmark for the comics medium. I would argue that this is the best starting point for anyone interested in a long-term investment into the X-Men, even if it’s not as easy to read as modern comics.
3. The 80’s
Congratulations, we’ve made it to the 80’s! Here, the X-Men turn from a hot up and coming comic into the biggest comic in the world, selling millions of comics per issue, and absolutely dominating the comic book zeitgeist. Chris Claremont remains the writer of the X-Men throughout this era, steering the X-Men from a single title into a nascent franchise of books.
The bad news for a completionist reading is that the 80’s is that this is the point where you go from reading 1 comic book to reading many. In 1983, New Mutants joined the X-Men Read-Through. In 1986, X-Factor was added to the line. In 1988, Wolverine, Excalibur, and Marvel Comics Presents (basically another Wolverine Book) round out the Franchise, turning 1 book into a sprawling franchise of 6. In addition, while 1983’s Alpha Flight is nominally separate from the X-Men franchise, it remains pivotal to numerous secondary plot threads throughout the 90’s, 00’s, and 10’s, and is recommended reading as well.
Thankfully, the 80’s is home to a bevy of incredible stories. The Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past, The Asgardian Wars, The Brood Saga, the Claremont/Miller Wolverine series, The Demon Bear Saga, Mutant Massacre, The Fall of the Mutants, Inferno, the Legion Saga, Lifedeath I and II, The Trial of Magneto, Wounded Wolf, The Cross-Time Caper, and a number of other seminal stories make sure that the significant amount of extra time invested is well-worth the read. These are some of the all-time great comics.
If I can recommend any series, Uncanny X-Men continues it’s excellence under Chris Claremont, who remains the sole writer throughout the entire decade, New Mutants is exceptionally strong thanks to the magic of Bill Sienkiewicz’s groundbreaking artwork, and Excalibur is utterly magical thanks to the whimsy of Alan Davis’s art.
Including miniseries, there’s about 400 issues worth of essential material to get through in the 80’s. Thankfully, there’s a LOT of good here. This is the narrative heyday of the X-Men, and I guarantee you will find at least a few stories to enjoy during this decade! There really is something for everyone here.
4. The 90’s
If you’ve made it this far, welcome to the sisyphean boulder of the X-Men read through: The 90’s. The 90’s see the X-Men at their commercial, cross cultural high point. The X-Men were among, if not THE, most popular IP on the planet during the 90’s, with TV shows, video games, fast food tie ins, books, movies in development, and of course, comics. The 90’s have more comics to read than any other era of the read-through, so be prepared to spend some quality time in the 90’s.
The “90’s era” of X-Men doesn’t really begin until 1992, when Chris Claremont was cruelly and unceremoniously kicked off the X-Men title after 17 years of sustained excellence, and the launch of X-Men vol 2 #1, to this day the best-selling comic book in history. The only silver lining is in what the X-Franchise loses in Claremont’s singular excellence, it makes up in a more consistent cross-line standard of quality that lasts throughout most of the 90’s. While titles come and go, the core of the franchise during this decade is Uncanny X-Men, X-Men vol 2, X-Force, X-Factor, Excalibur, Wolverine, Cable, X-Men Unlimited, 1995’s X-Man, and 1997’s Deadpool. That’s right, 11 titles make up the CORE of the franchise.
The 90’s Era of X-Men plays out like an inverse of the 70’s, as the first half of the decade contains numerous incredible stories, until the franchise begins to meander and flounder during the latter half of the decade. This is contemporaneous to Marvel’s financial insolvency and bankruptcy, during which the X-Men franchise remained the singular source of significant income for the company.
The good news is before this decline in quality, stories such as X-Tinction Agenda, Bishop’s Crossing, Mutant Genesis, The X-Cutioner’s Saga, Fatal Attractions, Bloodties, The Wedding of Cyclops and Jean Grey, Age of Apocalypse, Operation: Zero Tolerance, and The Trial of Gambit provide highlights for this decade, as comic book titles and plot threads interweave and influence each other more than ever before. This necessitates reading the majority of X-Men comics, but more often than not, that expense of your time is paid off in a worthwhile manner. Following 1997’s Operation: Zero Tolerance, however, the books take a significant nosedive in quality. In fact, I’d argue that 1998–2000 is easily the worst period of the X-Men in terms of narrative quality, surpassing even the 60’s. Only a die-hard comic book fan should take the time to read all these stories.
If I may recommend certain runs during the 90’s, Ladronn’s Cable, Joe Kelly’s Deadpool, X-Men vol 2, John Moore’s X-Force, Joe Quesada’s X-Factor, Larry Hama’s Wolverine, and Chris Bachalo’s Generation X are all exemplary comics that make the most of the medium. If you want to see what it looked like to be an X-Men fan during their most popular period, the 90’s are THE era you must take the time to invest in.
All in all, there are thousands of issues from now on per decade, but you only need to read what you WANT to.
5. The 00’s
If you’ve managed to work your way to the 2000’s, congratulations, you’ve made it through the hardest parts of this read through! While the 2000’s and 2010’s have just as many issues to read as the 90’s, thanks to the popularization of a more “widescreen” style of storytelling, these issues take up significantly less time to read.
The 2000’s are an interesting era to read through, home to some of the best X-Men stories, as well as what is objectively the worst run on X-Men of all time. Alternate universes, miniseries, and isolated takes on the X-Men expand significantly during this time as well, providing many lenses at which to look at the X-Men.
The “2000s” era of X-Men doesn’t really begin until 2001, with the simultaneous launches of Mark Millar’s Ultimate X-Men and Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, both of which provide competing reinventions of the X-Men. Personally, I find Morrison’s run to be the best run on X-Men since Claremont’s 17-year run, but Millar’s Ultimate X-Men has much to offer as well! These runs are contemporaneous to a Claremont revival in X-Treme X-Men and the infamous Chuck Austen run on Uncanny X-Men, universally considered to be the worst X-Men stories ever told.
The 2000’s also begins an industry wide trend of relaunching titles frequently, meaning that what are considered the “core” titles changes frequently. That being said, there are certain titles that remain relatively constant as the “core”, including Uncanny X-Men, X-Men vol 2, Astonishing X-Men, Ultimate X-Men, Exiles, Cable and Deadpool, New X-Men: Academy X, X-Treme X-Men, X-Statix, X-Force, X-Factor, Wolverine, and Wolverine: Origins. All in all, we’re up to 13 “core” X-Men titles.
In between all these bouts of narrative whiplash are a score of great X-Men stories, such as E is for Extinction, Riot at Xavier’s, Ultimate War, Gifted, House of M, Supernovas, X-Statix, Messiah CompleX, Necrosha, and more! Genre variety, art variety, and character variety absolutely exploded in the 2000’s, giving everyone at least one book that they’ll fall in love with. In short, the X-Men in the 2000’s is where the series really begins stretching its artistic legs.
If you want to read singular runs, Mark Millar’s Ultimate X-Men, Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men, Mike Carey’s X-Men vol 2, Gail Simone’s Deadpool, Peter Milligan’s X-Statix, Exiles, and Kyle/Yost’s New X-Men are just some of the great comic book runs worth your time in the 2000’s!
6. The 10’s
Ah, the 2010’s. No decade provides as many status quo changes, team shake ups, and company-wide initiatives. As such, there’s no stability in the “core” titles as they change basically every two years. The bright side is that it also means there’s a LOT of creative flourishing going on for a lot of this decade leading to fun, unique stories that had never been explored for the X-Men.
The decade starts off quite strong from 2010 on, until 2016 and the post-Secret Wars era of Marvel. 2016–2019 sees the X-Men largely flounder as a franchise. While there are certainly great stories to be found in this period, there’s also a LOT of really bad stories here, such as the infamous Inhumans vs X-Men. Thankfully, the decade ends on a high note, with the groundbreaking House of X/Powers of X series, which capstones the 2010’s and begins the 2020 era of X-Men.
As stated earlier, there’s a LOT of shifting around of titles during this time, but there are certain teams and concepts that can be read as the “core” of this era. Generally speaking, there is always a variant of Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, All-New X-Men, a “Kid” X-Men title, X-Force, X-Factor, Uncanny Avengers, Wolverine, Deadpool, and X-23. This brings us to 10 “core” titles, like in the 90’s. That’s still a lot!
The 2010’s has a number of incredible stories to recommend, including Second Coming, The Dark Angel Saga, Avengers vs X-Men, For We Are Many, The Four Sisters, The Hate Machine, and House of X/Powers of X. Just avoid the Inhumans era and you’re pretty golden.
Some of the great runs during this time include Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, Gerry Duggan’s Deadpool, Kieron Gillen’s Uncanny X-Men, Si Spurrier’s X-Men: Legacy, Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine and X-Men Red, and Kelly Thompson’s Mr. and Mrs. X. All in all, variety in genre, creative voices, and character choice define this decade of X-Men. You’re going to find things you hate, but you’ll also find lots to love!
7. The 20’s
The 2020’s have just begun, so there is little to recommend over the Dawn of X era, which is the best the X-Men have been since Grant Morrison took over New X-Men. X of Swords is a top 10 X-Men event in my estimation, and so there has never been a better time to jump into the fun of the X-Men! Just start with House of X/Powers of X, read through the Dawn of X stories, X of Swords, and the burgeoning Reign of X!
As of right now, the “core” X-Men titles include X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, X-Force, X-Factor, Hellions, S.W.O.R.D., Children of The Atom, Way of X, Wolverine, Cable, and Deadpool, a whopping 13 titles!
And with that, every decade of reading the X-Men is covered! This is a great place to jump off if you’re excited and ready to read some X-Men!
But what if you don’t want to read every X-Men story ever, and just want some highlights? To that end, I’m going to be highlighting some of the best stories in the X-Men canon. This is not a list of the most important or popular X-Men stories of all time, though many of them will show up as well. Rather, these are stories that piqued my interest, moved me, left indelible images in my mind, and stood the test of time. These are the stories that will leave you satisfied as a reader and leave you invested in the wellbeing and further adventures of the X-Men.
These will include stories from every kind of spinoff and limited series, from Generation X to Ultimate X-Men and back. For new readers, I hope this provides a glimpse at how expansive and versatile the stories of the X-Men are. I truly believe there’s an X-Men story for every kind of reader, and hopefully this will help you find one. For veteran X-Men readers, I hope this serves as a friendly visit with old friends, a trip down memory lane, or a means to find hidden gems you hadn’t found before!
Since there are about 2,600 story arcs, I’m going to present my opinion on the top 250 X-Men stories, which is roughly my estimation of the top 10 percent of X-Men stories. They’ll be presented in chronological order of release.
To me, my X-Men!
- X-Men #14–16: The Original Sentinel Trilogy (November 1965-January 1966) Y1
2. X-Men #57–59: The Sentinels Return/Do or Die, Baby! (June-August 1969) Y2
3. X-Men #60–61: The Original Sauron Tale (September-October 1969) Y2
4. X-Men #98–100: Merry Christmas X-Men/Sentinels Return (April-August 1976) Y4
5. X-Men #101–103: Phoenix/Juggernaut and Cassidy Keep! (October 1976-Feb 1977) Y4
6. X-Men #105–108: The Original Shi’ar Saga (June-December 1977) Y4
7. X-Men #111–113: When Falls Magneto(June-September 1978) Y4
8. X-Men #114–121: World Tour! (October 1978-May 1979) Y4
9. X-Men #122–124: The Original Arcade Saga (June-August 1979) Y4
10. X-Men #125–128: The Proteus Saga! (September-December 1979) Y4
11. X-Men #129–137: The Dark Phoenix Saga (January-September 1980) Y4
12. X-Men #138: Elegy (October 1980) Y4
13. X-Men #139–140: Welcome the X-Men Kitty Pryde! (November-December 1980) Y5
14. X-Men #141–142: Days of Future Past! (January-February 1981) Y5
15. X-Men #143: Kitty Pryde and The Demon(March 1981) Y5
16. X-Men #145–147: The Dr. Doom/Arcade team up (May-July 1981) Y5
17. X-Men #148–150: I, Magneto!(August-October 1981) Y5
18. X-Men #151–152: The Ororo-Emma bodyswap (November-December 1981) Y5
19. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (1982) Y5
20. The Uncanny X-Men/The New Teen Titans (1982) Y5
21. X-Men #153: Kitty’s Fairy Tale (January 1982) Y5
22. X-Men #154–157: The Sidri/Acanti/Starjammers Saga(February-May 1982) Y5
23. X-Men #158: The Life That I Led (June 1982) Y5
24. X-Men #159: The OG Dracula-Storm Story (July 1982) Y5
25. X-Men #160: The OG Belasco Tale (August 1982) Y5
26. X-Men #161–167: The Brood Saga (September 1982-March 1983) Y5
27. The New Mutants Graphic Novel (September 1982) Y5
28. X-Men Annual #6: Blood Feud! (November 1982) Y5
29. Wolverine Vol 1 #1–4: Wolverine (September-December 1983) Y5
30. X-Men #168: Professor Xavier is a Jerk! (April 1983) Y5
31. X-Men #169–170: The OG Morlock Saga (May-June 1983) Y5
32. X-Men #171: Welcome to the X-Men Rogue! (July 1983) Y5
33. X-Men #172–173: The Wedding of Wolverine (August-September 1983) Y5
34. X-Men #174–175: The Wedding of Scott and Maddy Pryor (October-November 1983) Y5
35. X-Men #176–179: Mystique Brotherhood/Morlock Marriage (Dec 1983-March 1984) Y6
36. Magik (December 1983-March 1984) Y6
37. Marvel Superheroes #377–388, The Daredevils #1–11, The Mighty World of Marvel Vol 2 #7–13: The Jaspers Warp (September 1981-June 1984) Y5
38. X-Men #180: Whose Life Is It Anyway (April 1984) Y6
39. New Mutants #15–17: The Hellions/Massachusetts Academy (May-July 1984) Y6
40. X-Men #183: He’ll Never Make Me Cry (July 1984) Y6
41. New Mutants #18–20: The Demon Bear Saga (August-October 1984) Y6
42. X-Men #186: Lifedeath (October 1984) Y6
43. New Mutant #21: Slumber Party! (November 1984) Y6
44. X-Men #187–188: Wraithkill (November-December 1984) Y5
45. X-Men 189–191: The Kulan Gath Saga (January-March 1985) Y6
46. New Mutants #26–28: The Original Legion Saga(April-June 1985) Y6
47. X-Men #193: Warhunt 2 (May 1985) Y6
48. X-Men #194: The OG Nimrod Battle (June 1985) Y6
49. New Mutants #29–34: The Karma/Shadow King Saga (July-December 1985) Y6
50. X-Men #198: Lifedeath II (October 1985) Y6
51. X-Men #199–200: The Trial of Magneto (November-December 1985) Y6
52. Nightcrawler #1–4 (1985–1986) Y6
53. X-Men/Alpha Flight (December 1985) Y6
54. New Mutants Special/X-Men Annual #9: The Asgardian Saga! (December 1985) Y6
55. X-Men #201: Duel (January 1986) Y6
56. New Mutants #36–37: New Mutants vs The Beyonder (February-March 1986) Y6
57. X-Men #202–203: Rachel vs The Beyonder (February-March 1986) Y6
58. New Mutants #38–40: Massachusetts Academy Sojourn (April-June 1986) Y6
59. X-Men #205: Wounded Wolf (May 1986) Y6
60. X-Men #207–209: Ghosts/Nimrod/Retribution (July-September 1986) Y6
61. New Mutants Annual #2: Wildways (November 1986) Y6
62. New Mutants #45: We Were Only Foolin’ (November 1986) Y6
63. X-Men Annual #10: Performance (November 1986) Y6
64. X-Men #210–213, X-Factor #9–11, New Mutants #46, Thor/Power Pack: Mutant Massacre (October 1986-January 1987) Y6
65. New Mutants #47–48: Ashes of The Heart (January-February 1987) Y6
66. Fantastic Four vs X-Men (February-June 1987) Y6
67. X-Men #215–216: Old Soldiers (March-April 1987) Y6
68. New Mutants #49–50: Father’s Day (March-April 1987) Y6
69. X-Men #217–219: Charge of the Light Brigade/Havok Returns! (May-June 1987) Y6
70. New Mutants #51–52: Teacher’s Choice (May-June 1987) Y6
71. X-Men #220–224: Unfinished Business/Omens and Portent (August-December 1987) Y6
72. X-Factor #21–23: The Right Saga (October-November 1987) Y6
73. X-Men Annual #11: Lost in the Funhouse! (November 1987) Y6
74. New Mutants Annual #3: Anything You Can Do! (November 1987) Y6
75. X-Factor #23–26: Fall of The Mutants X-Factor (January-March 1988) Y6
76. X-Men #225–227: Fall of the Mutants UXM Story (January-March 1988) Y6
77. Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn! (April 1988) Y7
78. X-Factor #32–34: Cameron Hodge’s Revenge (September-November 1988) Y7
79. X-Men #235–238: The OG Genosha Story (October-November 1988) Y7
80. Wolverine/Havok: Meltdown #1–4 (October — December 1988) Y7
81. Excalibur #1–2: Warwolves of London! (October-November 1988) Y7
82. Excalibur #3: Moving Day (December 1988) Y7
83. X-Men #239–243, New Mutants #71–73, Cloak and Dagger #4, X-Factor #36–39/Annual #4, Excalibur #6–7, X-Terminators #1–4: Inferno (December 1988-April 1989) Y7
84. Excalibur #4–5: Send in The Clowns! (January-February 1989) Y7
85. X-Men #244: Ladies’ Night (May 1989) Y7
86. New Mutants #77–80: Curse of The Valkyries! (July-October 1989) Y7
87. X-Men #246–247: Master Mold and Siege Perilous (July-August 1989) Y7
88. X-Men #251–253: Fever Dream (November 1989) Y7
89. X-Men #254–255: Crash and Burn (December 1989) Y7
90. Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem (December 1989) Y7
91. Excalibur #10–24: The Cross Time Caper (July 1989-July 1990) Y7
92. X-Men #256–258: Lady Mandarin! (January-February 1990) Y7
93. X-Men #261–264: Tentacle Jean Grey (May-July 1990) Y7
94. X-Men #265–267: Kid Storm and Gambit! (August-September 1990) Y7
95. X-Men #268: Madripoor Knights (September 1990) Y7
96. Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure (1990) Y7
97. X-Men #270–272, New Mutants #95–97, X-Factor #60–62: X-Tinction Agenda (November 1990-January 1991) Y7
98. Excalibur: Weird War III (December 1990) Y7
99. X-Men #273–277: Free Charley/Rouge/Magneto Savage Land (February-June 1991) Y7
100. Marvel Comics Presents #72–84: Weapon X (March-September 1991) Y7
101. X-Factor #65–68: Endgame (April-July 1991) Y7
102. X-Men #278–280, X-Factor #69–70: The Muir Island Saga (July-September 1991) Y7
103. X-Men Vol 2 #1–3: Mutant Genesis! (October-December 1991) Y8
104. X-Men #281–283: Bishop’s Crossing (October-December 1991) Y8
105. Excalibur #42–50: The Necrom Saga! (October 1991-May 1992) Y8
106. X-Men Vol #2 4–7: The OG Omega Red Story (January-April 1992) Y8
107. X-Men Vol 2. #8–9, Ghost Rider #26–27: Brood Trouble in the Big Easy (May-June 1992) Y8
108. X-Men Vol 2 #10–11: The Return of Longshot (July-August 1992) Y8
109. X-Force #13–15: Everything Hits The Fan! (August-October 1992) Y8
110. X-Men #294–297, X-Men Vol 2 #14–16, X-Factor #84–86, X-Force #16–18, Stryfe’s Strike File: X-Cutioner’s Song (November 1992-February 1993) Y8
111. X-Factor #87: X-Aminations (February 1993) Y8
112. X-Men #298-#300: For The Children (March-May 1993) Y8
113. X-Force #20–22: Assault on Greymalkin! (March-May 1993) Y8
114. X-Men #303: The Death of Illyana/Legacy Virus (August 1993) Y8
115. X-Men #304, X-Men Vol 2#25, X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, X-Men Unlimited #2, Wolverine #75, Excalibur #71: Fatal Attractions (September 1993) Y8
116. X-Men #307, X-Men Vol 2 #26, Avengers #368–369, West Coast #101: Bloodties (December 1993) Y8
117. X-Men #308–310, X-Men Vol 2 #28–30, X-Men Wedding Special #1: The Wedding of Cyclops and Phoenix (January-March 1994) Y8
118. Marvels #2 (February 1994)
119. The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix (May-August 1994) Y9
120. X-Men #316–317, X-Men Vol 2 #36–37, X-Factor #106, X-Force #38, Excalibur #82, Wolverine #85, Cable #16: Phalanx Covenant! (September-October 1994) Y9
121. Generation X #1–3: Third Genesis (November 1994-January 1995) Y9
122. X-Men #320–321, X-Men Vol 2 #40–41, X-Factor #109, Cable #20: Legion Quest (January-February 1995) Y9
123. Wolverine #90: The Dying Game (February 1995) Y9
124. X-Men: Alpha, Amazing X-Men #1–4, Astonishing X-Men #1–4 X-Men Chronicles #1–2, Factor X #1–4, Weapon X #1–4, X-Man #1–4, X-Calibre #1–4, Gambit and the X-Ternals #1–4, Generation Next #1–4, X-Universe #1–2, X-Men: Omega: Age of Apocalypse (March-June 1995) Y9
125. Generation X #10–11: Death Wail (December 1995-January 1996) Y9
126. Generation X #12–16: The Return of Emplate (February-June 1996) Y9
127. Generation X# 17–19: For The Sake of The Children (July-September 1996) Y9
128. X-Factor #127–130: The Assasination of Graydon Creed (October 1996-January 1997) Y9
129. Generation X #22–24: The Holiday Trilogy (December 1996 -February 1997) Y9
130. Deadpool #1–5: Deadpool: Hero for Hire (January-May 1997) Y9
131. X-Men #341: When Strikes a Gladiator (February 1997) Y9
132. Generation X #25: The End (March 1997) Y9
133. X-Men #346, X-Men Vol 2 #65–69, X-Force #67–69, Generation X#26–27, 29–31, Cable #45–47 Wolverine #115–118, X-Men Unlimited # 16: Operation: Zero Tolerance! (June-November 1997) Y9
134. X-Force #69–72: Hitting The Road! (October-December 1997) Y10
135. Deadpool #11: Power and Coincidence (November 1997) Y9
136. Cable #48–53: The Hellfire Hunt (November 1997-April 1998) Y10
137. Wolverine Vol 2 #119–122: Not Dead Yet (December 1997-March 1998) Y10
138. Deadpool #12–13: The Drowning Man (January-February 1998) Y10
139. Generation X #34–40: The St. Croix Siblings Saga (January-July 1998) Y10
140. Wolverine #125–128: Logan’s Run/Marriage to Viper (June-September 1998) Y10
141. Excalibur #124–125: The Wedding of Captain Britain and Meggan! (September 1998) Y10
142. Cable #59–62: The Nemesis Contract (October-December 1998) Y10
143. Deadpool #21–25: Dead Reckoning (October 1998-February 1999) Y10
144. X-Force #86–90: Armageddon Now (January-May 1999) Y10
145. Cable #65–68: Sign of The End Times (March-June 1999) Y10
146. Deadpool #31–33: T-Ray and Deadpool’s Showdown (August-October 1999) Y10
147. X-Force #94–96: Infiltrate Genosha (September-November 1999) Y10
148. Generation X #57–58: The Prom (November-December 1999) Y10
149. Generation X #67–70: Come on Die Young (September-December 2000) Y11
150. X-Man #71–74:Fearful Symmetries (January-April 2001) Y11
151. Ultimate X-Men #1–6.5: The Tomorrow People (February-July 2001)
152. X-Men #390: The Death of Colossus (March 2001) Y11
153. X-Force #116: Exit Wounds (July 2001) Y12
154. New X-Men #114–116: E is for Extinction (July-August 2001) Y12
155. X-Treme X-Men #1–4: Hell To Pay! (July-October 2001) Y12
156. Brotherhood #1–9 (July 2001-March 2002) Y12
157. X-Force #117–119: The Paco Perez Scandal (August-October 2001) Y12
158. New X-Men Annual 2001: The Man From Room X (September 2001) Y12
159. New X-Men #117–120: Germ Free Generation (October 2001-January 2002) Y12
160. Wolverine: The Origin (November 2001-March 2002) Y12
161. X-Treme X-Men #5–9: The Sydney Triad Saga (November 2001-March 2002) Y12
162. X-Force #121–123: Lacuna (December 2001-February 2002) Y12
163. New X-Men #121: Silence: Psychic Rescue In Progress (February 2002) Y12
164. New X-Men #122–126: Imperial (March-July 2002) Y12
165. X-Treme X-Men #10–17: The Khan Saga (April-October 2002) Y12
166. X-Force #125–129: One of Us Will Die! (April-August 2002) Y12
167. Ultimate X-Men #16–20: World Tour (May-September 2002)
168. Morlocks #1–4 (June-September 2002) Y12
169. New X-Men #127: Of Living and Dying (August 2002) Y12
170. New X-Men #128–131: Fantomex (August-October 2002) Y12
171. Soldier X #1–6: The Virgin of Krasnaya Polyana (September 2002-February 2003) Y12
172. X-Statix #1–5: Good Omens (September 2002-January 2003) Y12
173. Chamber #1–4 (October 2002-January 2003) Y12
174. X-Treme X-Men #18–19: Downtime (November-December 2002) Y12
175. Wolverine: Netsuke #1–4 (November 2002-February 2003) Y12
176. New X-Men #134–138: Riot at Xavier’s (January-May 2003) Y12
177. Ultimate War #1–4 (February-April 2003)
178. X-Statix #6–8: The Moons of Venus (February-April 2003) Y12
179. Ultimate X-Men #26–33: Return of The King (February-July 2003)
180. X-Statix #9–12: X-Statix The Movie/If You Think I’m Sexy (May-September 2003) Y12
181. New X-Men #139–141: Murder at The Mansion (June-July 2003) Y12
182. Domino Vol 2 #1–4 (June-August 2003) Y12
183. Mystique Vol 1 #1–6: Drop Dead Gorgeous (June-November 2003) Y12
184. New Mutants Vol 2 #1–6: Safe Haven (July-December 2003) Y12
185. Wolverine/Doop #1–2: The Pink Mink (July-August 2003) Y12
186. New X-Men #142–145: Assault on Weapon Plus! (August-October 2003) Y12
187. X-Statix #13–18: Back From The Dead (October 2003-March 2004) Y12
188. New X-Men #146–150: Planet X (November 2003-February 2004) Y12
189. New X-Men #151–154: Here Comes Tomorrow (March-May 2004) Y12
190. Exiles #43–45: A Blink in Time! (April-June 2004) Y12
191. X-Statix #21–25: The Good and The Famous (June-September 2004) Y12
192. Astonishing X-Men #1–6: Gifted (July-December 2004) Y13
193. Emma Frost #13–18: Bloom (September 2004-February 2005) Y3
194. X-Statix #26: Are You Ready? (October 2004) Y12
195. Wolverine Vol 3 #20–31: Enemy of The State/Agent of SHIELD (December 2004-October 2005) Y13
196. Astonishing X-Men #7–12: Dangerous (January-August 2005) Y13
197. X-23: Innocence Lost (March-July 2005) Y12
198. Exiles #62–65: Time Breakers (June-August 2005) Y13
199. House of M (August-December 2005) Y13
200. X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #1–5 (March-July 2006) Y13
201. Astonishing X-Men #13–18: Torn (April-December 2006) Y13
202. New X-Men #24–27: Crusade (May-August 2006) Y13
203. X-Men Vol 2 #188–193: Supernovas (September 2006-January 2007) Y13
204. New X-Men #28–31: Nimrod (September-December 2006) Y13
205. X-Men #475–486: The Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire (September 2006-July 2007) Y13
206. X-23: Target X #1–6: (February-July 2007) Y13
207. X-Men Vol 2 #194–196: Infected (February-April 2007) Y13
208. Astonishing X-Men #19–24 + Giant Size: Unstoppable (February 2007-July 2008) Y13
209. X-Men Vol 2 #197–199: Condition Critical (May-July 2007) Y13
210. New X-Men #37–41: The Quest For Magik (June-October 2007) Y13
211. X-Men Vol 2 #200–205: Blinded by The Light (August-December 2007) Y13
212. X-Men #492–494, X-Men Vol 2 #205–207, X-Factor Vol 3 #25–27, New X-Men #44–46, X-Men: Messiah Complex #1: Messiah Complex (January-March 2008) Y13
213. X-Men: Legacy #208–210: Divided He Stands (March-May 2008) Y14
214. X-Force Vol 3 #1–6: Angels and Demons (April-October 2008) Y14
215. Wolverine Vol 3 #66–72 + Giant Size #1: Old Man Logan (August 2008-November 2009)
216. X-Men: Magneto Testament #1–5 (November 2008-March 2009)
217. X-Force/Cable #1, Cable Vol 2 #13–15, X-Force Vol 3 #14–16: Messiah War (June-August 2009) Y14
218. Uncanny X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia/Exodus, Uncanny X-Men #513–514, X-Men Legacy #226–227, Dark Avengers #7–8, Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1–3, Dark X-Men: The Confession: Utopia (August-November 2009) Y14
219. X-Necrosha, X-Necrosha: The Gathering, X-Force Vol 3 #21–25, New Mutants Vol 3 #5–8, X-Men: Legacy #231–234: Necrosha (December 2009-May 2010) Y14
220. S.W.O.R.D. #1–5 (January-May 2010) Y14
221. Uncanny X-Men #523–525, New Mutants Vol 3 #12–24, X-Force Vol 3 #26–28, X-Men: Legacy # 235–237, X-Factor #203–206, X-Men# Second Coming #1–2, Second Coming: Prepare, Second Coming Revelations: Blind Science #1, Second Coming: Hellbound #1–3: Second Coming (April-September 2010) Y14
222. Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine #1–6 (July 2010-July 2011) Y15
223. New Mutants Vol 3 #15–21: The Fall and Rise of The New Mutants (September 2010-July 2011) Y15
224. Uncanny X-Force #1–4: The Apocalypse Solution (December 2010-March 2011) Y15
225. Age of X: Alpha #1, X-Men: Legacy #244–247, New Mutants Vol 3 #22–24, Age of X Universe #1–2, Age of X Historical Logs #1: Age of X (March-June 2011) Y15
226. Uncanny X-Force #5–7: Deathlok Nation (April-June 2011) Y15
227. Uncanny X-Force #8–18: The Dark Angel Saga (July 2011-February 2012) Y15
228. Wolverine and The X-Men #1–3: Welcome to The X-Men, Now Die! (December 2011-February 2012) Y15
229. X-Club #1–5 (February-June 2012) Y15
230. X-Men: Season One (March 2012)
231. Avengers vs X-Men #0–12, Avengers vs X-Men: Infinite #1–3, AVX: Vs #1–6, Wolverine and the X-Men #9–18, Uncanny X-Men vol 2 #11–20, X-Men: Legacy #266–270, 274–275 Avengers Vol 4 #25–30, New Avengers vol 2 #24–30, Avengers Academy #29–33, Secret Avengers #26–28: Avengers vs X-Men (May-December 2012) Y15
232. Uncanny X-Force #24–35: Final Execution (July 2012-February 2013) Y15
233. Uncanny Avengers #1–4: The Red Shadow (December 2012-April 2013) Y16
234. X-Men Legacy Vol 2 #1–6: Prodigal (January-April 2013) Y16
235. Uncanny Avengers #6–22: The Apocalypse Twins Saga (June 2013-September 2014) Y16
236. Deadpool Vol 3 #15–19: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (October 2013-January 2014) Y16
237. X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #19–24: For We Are Many (January-April 2014) Y16
238. X-Men: Legacy #300: Forgetmenot (May 2014) Y16
239. Spider-Man and The X-Men #1–6 (February-June 2015) Y16
240. All-New Wolverine #1–6: The Four Sisters (January-May 2016) Y17
241. All-New Wolverine #13–18: Enemy of The State II (December 2016-May 2017) Y17
242. All-New Wolverine #25–30: Orphans of X (December 2017-March 2018) Y18
243. Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey (February-March 2018) Y18
244. X-Men Red #1–11: The Hate Machine (April 2018-February 2019) Y18
245. Extermination #1–5, X-Men: The Exterminated #1: Extermination (October 2018 -February 2019) Y18
246. Age of X-Man: Alpha #1, Age of X-Man: Omega #1, Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1–5, Age of X-Man: Nextgen #1–5, Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1–5, Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and The X-Tracts #1–5, Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #1–5, Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #1–5: Age of X-Man (March-September 2019) Y18
247. House/Powers of X #1–6: House of X/Powers of X (September-December 2019) Y18
248. Marauders #1–6: The Red Coronation (December 2019-March 2020) Y19
249. X-Men Vol 5 #4: Global Economics (March 2020) Y19
250. X of Swords: Creation #1, X of Swords: Stasis #1, X of Swords: Destruction #1, X-Men Vol 5 #12–15, Excalibur Vol 4 #13–15, Cable Vol 4 #5–6, New Mutants Vol 4 #13, Hellions #5–6, Marauders #13–15, X-Force Vol 6 #13–14, Wolverine Vol 7 #6–7, X-Factor Vol 4 #4: X of Swords (November 2020-January 2021) Y19
Christian Thrailkill is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, Graduate Student at University of North Texas, musician, and columnist. He lives in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @Wolvie616