To be honest, there aren’t many comics that can tell stories like the X-Men.
The X-Men are Marvel’s best series. There are a lot of different stories about the X-Men, but the Avengers aren’t as good as them when it comes to the variety of stories and what those stories mean, It’s been almost 60 years since some of the best comic book writers and artists have worked on the X-Men. They’ve made stories that are more than just superheroes fighting each other.
There have been bad X-Men stories, but the best X-Men stories have changed comics for good. To be honest, there aren’t many comics that can tell stories like the X-Men.
1. Giant-Size X-Men #1 Was All-New, All-Different
Marvel’s X-Men were the least popular team in the Silver Age. Their book was only reprinted until 1974, when it was made into a new book. That was the year Giant-Size X-Men #1, written by Len Wein and drawn by Dave Cockrum, came out. Story: Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Banshee and Warpath were introduced in the All-New, All-Different team. It also gave the comic industry a new group of people to look up to!
Wein and Cockrum wrote a great story about Professor X putting together a new team of X-Men to save the older team from the living island Krakoa. They did a great job. It’s a long-running story that still holds up today. Without it, the comic book industry would be very different.
2. X-Men (2019) #7 and #18-19 Were The Highlight Of Jonathan Hickman’s Run On The Book
X-Men fans haven’t had as many great stories from the Krakoa era as they hoped for, but there are some. There were a lot of short stories in the X-Men written by Jonathan Hickman. Some of the best ones were in issues #7 and #18-19 with artists R.B. Silva and Mahmud Asrar. Wolverine, Synch, and Darwin went into the Vault to fight the Children of the Vault. These three issues were all about the Vault story.
Issue #7 started the storyline when the three people entered the massive Master Mold that held the Vault, where time moved in a different way. People spent centuries living, growing, and changing in Issues #18 and #19. The sacrifice they made to finally get out of there was documented in those two issues, as well. It’s one of Hickman’s best X-Men stories and a favorite for the team.
3. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills Is Timeless
It’s one of the most powerful X-Men stories ever told. It was written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Brad Anderson. They work together to fight religious extremists and save mutant children from death.
In Claremont’s story, he used it to talk about the hypocrisy of organized religion and bigotry, but it still holds up because the subject matter is still important today. Anderson’s art is great, and it goes well with Claremont’s script. Examples of what the X-Men do better than any other Marvel book are shown in the book God Loves, Man Killed.
4. Operation: Zero Tolerance Is A ’90s Classic
They say comic books aren’t the best, but there are some forgotten X-Men gems from the 1990s. Zero Tolerance is the best one out of them all. Onslaught led to Operation: Zero Tolerance, which was started by the government after all the X-Men books of the time ran through all of them. They attack mutants, and the X-Men have to fight back.
When it came to Operation: Zero Tolerance, it had it all. It had great art, a great plot, and a great villain. Having it go through so many books made it a different story because each book talked about something different. High point of mid-’90s comics about the X-Men. A must-read for fans.
5. X-Men: Mutant Genesis Is The Best Magneto Story Of All Time
Chris Claremont wrote the X-Men for 17 years, making him one of Marvel’s most important modern writers. His last X-Men story is one of his best. This book by Claremont and artist Jim Lee closed out the Claremont years and started the adjectiveless X-Men book as well as the Blue and Gold teams.
The story was a quick look at what made the X-Men and Magneto so great to fight, and it had some of Lee’s best Marvel art ever. The Blue Team was pitted against Magneto and his new Acolytes. It’s a great story that shows Magneto’s power and majesty in a way that no other story can.
6. X-MEN: SEASON ONE
by Dennis Hopeless and Jamie McKelvie
Okay, let’s start with X-Men #1. Dennis Hopeless and Jamie McKelvie’s graphic novel is great for people who want a more modern look at the early days of the X-Men. It cuts down the first half-dozen issues of the Silver Age, which are often too long and complicated. Hopeless and McKelvie’s teen X-Men read like real teenagers, especially Jean Grey, who is the book’s main point-of-view character. The story itself is fun, heartfelt, and cleverly written. There isn’t a single X-Men book I’ve recommended more to people who want to start watching the show.
7. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
by Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz
I don’t think so. There is no connection to the movie with the same name. It is a modern version of the Silver Age adventures of the first team of X-Men, but this time they are told in a more modern way. In contrast to Season One, First Class was serialized and has many volumes. Jeff Parker is a great writer who knows a lot about and loves the weirdness of the Marvel Universe. His ability to make that weirdness understandable to people of all ages is only matched by his knowledge and love of the Marvel Universe. If the main stories aren’t enough, the series also has a bunch of back-up stories drawn by Colleen Coover.
8. EXCALIBUR #1-67
by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis
Excalibur came out of both Claremont’s X-Men and Marvel U.K.’s Captain Britain. It was written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Alan Davis, who went on to write the title after Claremont left in the middle of the series. Excalibur has a lot of X-Men-style soap opera, but the long-game storytelling here goes even further into the weird. Davis’s run weaves Claremont’s spiraling plot threads into a surprising and poignant tapestry.
9. THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA
by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
Ask any X-Men fan which story they think is the best one, and most will point you to Uncanny X-Men #129-138, which is the story of Jean Grey’s rise and fall. Besides, it’s also the story that has had the most attempts to make it into a movie or TV show over the years, like Dark Phoenix. X-Men at their best: fighting for and with their new family and the fate of the world, backs to the wall, against impossible odds. That’s why it’s so great. Pretty much everything that’s good about “X-Men,” which is a good thing. It has high drama and a new family. It also has some pretty amazing technology.