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Top 10 X-Men Stories, Part 1 (10-6) (Avengers VS X-Men)
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Top 10 X-Men Stories, Part 1 (10-6) (Avengers VS X-Men)

by Greg DeVriesMarch 13, 2012

The X-Men are my first comic love. When I first had some disposable income and decided to get into comics, the X-Men were the first place I looked. I’d played X-Men Legends, saw the movies and was familiar with the characters from friends. So I jumped in and have not regretted it since. And no matter how many other superheroes and other stories I read, I keep coming back to the mutants. In light of the upcoming Avengers VS X-Men, I’ve decided to list my top 10 personal favorite stories/arcs. Note that these are my own choices only, not reflective of anyone else on the site. This article will contain numbers 10-6, with the final five coming next week.

Honorable Mentions:

The Dark Phoenix Saga, God Loves, Man Kills, Cable and Deadpool

#10: House of M

 Written by: Brian Michael Bendis

 Illustrated by: Olivier Coipel, Tim Townsend, Frank D’Armata

Reason on list: “No more mutants.” Few events in the X-Men’s history have had as big of an effect as M-Day. The depowering of the majority of active mutants completely changed the tone of every X-story after it. The X-Men went from being heroes to the last of an endangered species. The whole tone of the series changed. Cyclops became the leader of a doomed people. Stories had been dark and dire before, but nothing compared to some of the stories after M-Day. It was reminiscent of Children of Men, as not only were a vast population depowered, no new mutants were being born, until Messiah Complex. M-Day happened in 2005, and even now in 2012 the X-Men are still dealing with the repercussions.

Highlight Moment: “No more mutants”

 

 

 

#9: Days of Future Past

 Written by: Chris Claremont

 Illustrated by: Alex Bryne, Terry Austin

Reason on list: Probably one of the shortest stories on the list, but also one of the most influential. Days of Future Past presents the dystopian future where mutants and humans waged war, and the robot and sentinels won. Kitty Pryde gets sent back in time (with help from Rachel Grey) to inhabit her modern teenage persona and prevent the spark that ignites the war. This future gets visited and referenced often. It also has one of the most iconic covers.

Highlight Moment: Kitty Pryde saving the world with help from her future self. Seeing one of the most iconic dystopias in comic history.

Fun Fact: The TV show Wolverine and the X-Men features the X-Men trying to prevent this future from occurring.

 

 

 

#8: Wolverine and the X-Men

Written by: Jason Aaron

 Illustrated by: Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend

Reason on list: The newest series on the list, Wolverine and the X-Men is a new favorite of mine. After the Schism, Wolverine went back to the school and restated it, taking most of the young mutants with him. He also brings a surprisingly awesome faculty roster:Kitty Pryde is a great headmistress, Beast is Vice Principal, Rogue, Gambit, Rachel Grey, Cannonball are also on board. But most importantly, it’s a fun read. It really is. It’s one of the best things to happen to the X-Men. Its silly, over the top, beautiful, colorful, dire, but not depressingly dire like so many recent stories. Read this!

Highlight Moment: Iceman controlling an army of icemen while defending the school from Frankensteins with flamethrowers.

Fun Fact: Ties in with X-Men Legacy and Uncanny X-Force

 

 

 

#7: Grant Morrison’s New X-Men

Written by: Grant Morrison

 Illustrated by: Frank Quitely

Reason on list: The series starts with the destruction of Genosha. The series starts with the deaths of sixteen MILLION mutants. In a matter of seconds. And it only escalates from there. Morrison took the X-Men out of their spandex and into the modern age. He made a new X-Men for a new audience, and succeeded spectacularly. The writing is supreme, the characters are very human and emotional. They aren’t paragons, they have their own problems, but step up when the situation arises. There are a lot of great arc included in Morrison’s run. This series is also notable for introducing Cassandra Nova, the perfect villain to counter Xavier. There are so many great moments that I don’t want to spoil for you.

Highlight Moment: The destruction of Genosha, The riot at Xavier’s, the introduction of Fantomex, so many…

 

 

 

#6: New X-Men: Childhood’s End

Written by: Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle

 Illustrated by: Paco Medina

Reason on list: Because Yost and Kyle know how to write characters. Childhood’s End started at M-Day, at the school with many students being depowered. In her infinite wisdom, Emma Frost has the remaining students fight and the last six standing will form her new team. This includes Rockslide, Surge, Dust, Hellion, Mercury, Elixer and X-23 (at Cyclops’ insistence). Yost and Kyle write these characters excellently. The story is dark, and there is great deal of fighting and death. It’s intense, and you really feel for the characters.

Highlight Moments: Hellion and X-23 saving Mercury from Weapon X, Stryker’s assault on the school

Fun Fact: Yost and Kyle brought their own created character X-23 to prominence during this run. She now has her own book. Well done, gentlemen.

 

 

 

Stay tuned next week for the final five! Let me know what you think. Leave a comment or find me on twitter @theindiegeek.

 

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  • Numbers

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    this Books sucks…

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    LOL! this is why I stick my my N64.

  • Numbers

    Thanks for this!

  • Confidence Is Ki

    I am reading through issue 87 of Supreme Spiderman and for the life of me I can not keep in mind when these two began dating. Does anyone know which issue it was. I have not go through the annuals yet so possibly I will verify there.

  • Todo Facebook

    What are the very best on the internet tutorials or books that you can purchase that train you how to draw X-Men characters? My favorite is Shadowcat, so I would certainly want something to learn how to draw her. Thanks!

  • billsnickr

    Give the real name of the actress who played the part of kitty pryde in X-men and X-men 2…

  • Jill Engman

    I’m creating a admirer fiction and frequently I draw illustrations. Most of my drawings are based off genuine people so I’m asking yourself if anybody out there has a suggestion for Kitty? I do know she was played by Ellen Web Page in the X-men motion picture but I Am thinking of even more tips (though if you did believe Ellen Web Page is the greatest choice, experience free of charge to say so)

  • Gaizka MZ

    colossus reduction his hair why?

    and for kitty, after being released in to space…. how she get back again and how is she pregnant?

    • Greg DeVries

      Read Nation X, Breaking Point, and Wolverine and the X-Men

  • Jason Chestnut

    Excellent choices. House of M and New X-Men are really high on my list, not just as great X-Men stories…but great superhero comics, kind of transcending what you’d normally expect from the genre.

  • Marcie Carew

    Give the real name of the actress who played the function of kitty pryde in X-men and X-men 2…

  • Patty Guest

    What are the best on-line tutorials or guides that you can purchase that teach you how to draw X-Men characters? My favored is Shadowcat, so I would certainly want one thing to discover how to draw her. Thanks!

  • Tia Zuehlke

    colossus loss his hair why?

    and for kitty, soon after being launched in to space…. how she get back and how is she pregnant?

  • Abbey Spencer

    What are the very best on the web tutorials or publications that you can get that teach you how to draw X-Men characters? My favored is Shadowcat, so I would definitely want some thing to learn how to draw her. Thanks!

  • Elinor Tuten

    I was reading Final Spider-man, I was just considering to myself that Spider-man was a a lot better match with kitty pryde, but he rather be stuck constantly conserving mj, undesirable alternative to me. what do you think?

  • PoohBearPenguin

    i have the rest of the codes except for those two.

  • Daniel

    im looking for a book thats similar to childhood’s end. particularly about human transcendalism and some sort.. perhaps human instrumentality too

  • D3ZZY

    I read this book last year, and I thought it was absolutely excellent. To anyone who’s read it, can you recommend anything else? Preferably only a single novel in length, rather than a series.

  • mendhak

    I need at least three reasons why the book by Arthur C. Clarke is named Childhood’s End… I can only think of one. 😛

  • Marlon P

    I’m looking up nightcrawler and it keeps metioning Kitty’s death and being a fan of her i would like to know in what issue she died so i can find out how she died.

  • wwwavid360gamercom

    JULY 15TH, IT’S GOING DOWN. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS I WANNA HEAR EM. I’VE GROWN UP WITH HARRY POTTER AND NOW THIS IS ENDING, IT’S LIKE MY CHILDHOOD’S ENDING. LET’S HEAR IT.

  • Random

    For the record, there are many questions and these are only the few that I need help with.

    1) Are the films in New Athens better than or worse than the films in the 1950s?

    2) What did Karellen do to Hitler? Bring him to power, introduce American technology, or drive him crazy?

    3) Who sees Karellen first? I want to say Stormgren, but another choice is “three young children.”

    4) True or false: the Overmind is represented by a color-changing volcano.

    5) True or false: Jan is welcomed to the Overlord world the minute he arrived.

    Thanks in advance!

  • liza

    I am working on a book project. Please reply.

  • jordenkotor

    First off, I hate reading and have to do this for a report.

    Pick out of this list please!

    Author – Title

    Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart

    Agee, James – Death in the Family

    Anaya, Rudolfo, A. – Bless Me, Ultima

    Arnow, Harriet – The Dollmaker

    Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice

    Azuala, Mariano – The Underdogs

    Baldwin, James – Go Tell It on the Mountain

    Borland, Hal – When the Legends Die

    Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451

    Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre

    Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights

    Brookner, Anita – Look at Me

    Bryant, Dorothy – Miss Giardino

    Buck, Pearl – The Good Earth

    Camus, Albert – The Stranger

    Candelaria, Nash – Memories of the Alhambra

    Carroll, Lewis – Alice in Wonderland

    Cather, Willa – My Antonia

    Chopin, Kate – The Awakening

    Cisneros, Sandra – The House on Mango Street

    Clark, Walter V. – Ox-Bow Incident

    Clarke, Arthur C. – Childhood’s End

    Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness

    Cormier, Robert – The Chocolate War

    Crane, Stephen – The Red Badge of Courage

    Craven, Margaret – I Heard the Owl Call My Name

    Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities

    Doerr, Harriet – Stones for Ibarra

    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment

    Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man

    Erdrich, Louise – Love Medicine

    Faulkner, William – The Bear

    Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby

    Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary

    Forster, E.M. – A Passage to India

    Frank, Rudolf – No Hero for the Kaiser

    Gaines, Ernest J. – The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

    Garcia Marquez, Gabriel – Love in the Time of Cholera

    Golding, William – Lord of the Flies

    Green, Hannah – I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    Greene, Bette – Summer of My German Soldier

    Guest, Judith – Ordinary People

    Hale, Janet Campbell – The Owl’s Song

    Hammet, Dashiell – The Maltese Falcon

    Hardy, Thomas – The Mayor of Casterbridge

    Hawthrone, Nathaniel – Scarlet Letter

    Heinlein, Robert A. – Stranger in a Strange Land

    Heller, Jospeh – Catch Twenty-Two

    Hemingway, Ernest – The Old Man and the Sea

    Hesse, Hermann – Siddhartha

    Hinojosa, Rolando – Dear Rafe

    Hugo, Victor – Les Miserables

    Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World

    Islas, Arturo The Rain God

    Jackson, Helen Hunt – Ramona

    James, Henry – The Turn of the Screw

    Jolley, Elizabeth – Miss Peabody’s Inheritance

    Joyce, James – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    Kawabata, Yasunari – Snow Country

    Keyes, Daniel – Flowers for Algermon

    Kim, Richard E. – Martyred

    Kincaid, Jamaica – Annie John

    Kinsella, W.P. – Shoeless Joe

    Knowles, John – Separate Peace

    LaFarge, Oliver – Sons and Lovers

    Leffland, Ella – Rumors of Peace

    LeGuin, Ursula – The Left Hand of Darkness

    Lewis, Sinclair –

  • Pacman

    Can anyone recommend books similar to: Never Let Me Go, Childhood’s End, 1984, Brave New World, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Inherit the Stars, etc.

    Heavy on ideas, characterization, analysis of how sci-fi topics affect humanity, more about philosophy than action.

    No epic space wars, galactic politics, or saving the universe, please. Unless that’s just the backstory and the book explores the lives of individuals coping with these realities. Basically, I don’t want to read something that has the pacing and characterization of a big-budget action movie.

    Thanks!