Best X-men Story Arcs

Ava Flores
• Saturday, 09 January, 2021
• 8 min read

The X-Men have had a lot of ups and downs in their long history, sometimes being one of the top books in the comic industry and other times being on the verge of cancellation. For years, the team has combined fan-favorite characters with pulse-pounding action and drama, presenting some truly unique comic stories created by some top talents in the industry.

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X-Men : Schism, by writer Jason Aaron and artists Carlos Pacheco, Frank CHO, Daniel Lacuna, Alan Davis, and Adam Hubert, takes place during the Utopia era of team when the mutant race was at their lowest ebb. A new Hellfire Club rears its ugly head and forces Cyclops to make some hard choices, one's Wolverine doesn't agree with.

Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution, by writer Rick Reminder and artist Jerome Open, sees Wolverine form a secret new X-Force team, consisting of Locke, Archangel, Fandom, and Deadpool, after disbanding the old one. One of the best X-Force tales of all time, it highlights the black ops team of the X-Men and the hard choices they have to face, with the one made in this story having wide-ranging repercussions.

Uncanny X-Men : The Brood Saga, by writer Chris Claremont and artists Dave Cock rum, sees a celebration turn sour as the X-Men, celebrating with the Shi'Ar empress Linda, are attacked by her sister Death bird and turned over to the Brood, terrible parasitic aliens. Melding horror and superhero action, it showcased a fan-favorite team of X-Men going up against a terrible new threat and introduced the Brood to the Marvel Universe.

Astonishing X-Men : Epigenetic, by writer Warren Ellis and artist Phil Jimenez, sees the X-Men attacked by an entirely new type of Sentinel, one that uses the dead bodies of mutants as their basis. X-Men #30, by writer Fabian Nicaea and artist Andy Hubert, subverts the trope of comic book weddings.

The Age Of Apocalypse, by more writers and artists than one can shake a stick at, takes place in an alternate timeline that was created when Xavier's son Legion went back in time to kill Magneto but felled his father instead. Claremont went out with a bang on this one, serving up a fan favorite team in a struggle against Magneto in what is probably the best story featuring the Mutant Master of Magnetism.

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Morrison brought his trademark style to the X-Men, presenting big ideas and boiling the X-Men down to their essence. Morrison layered so many little things through the book, linking it all together and giving readers twists and turns they'll never see coming, along with deft characterization and action.

While Marvel erased much of what he did immediately after he went back to DC, seemingly out of spite, his work ended up informing the vestrymen stories of the 21st century. Uncanny X-Men : The Dark Phoenix Saga, by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne, is one of the most well-known X-Men stories of all time.

The Dark Phoenix Saga introduces so many things to X-Men lore, like the Hellfire Club and Kitty Pride, concepts that would pay dividends over the years. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the X-Men fight for mutant rights in the hope that one day mutants and humans can co-exist peacefully.

It's hard to keep characters fresh, but Marvel always seems to keep the X-Men one of their top priorities with the talent they assign(writers and artists), their huge crossovers, and amazing characters who just get better with age. Vote up the most memorable X-Men storylines to date.

My list of favorite X-Men stories, ranked in approximate order. He writes characters that are easy to care about and who always make the wittiest of quips, and his X-Men stories here are no exception.

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Brilliantly told story that deals with themes of love, betrayal, and struggling with inner demons. Though Claremont can tend to be a bit wordy, I thought this was a great finale for his long run.

It provides a menacing yet sympathetic Magneto fighting for mutant peace, at the expense of Homo Sapiens life, with a little of revenge thrown in on the side. Though I initially had mixed feelings about them finally revealing Wolverine's origin, I thought this story was really well told and beautifully illustrated.

This storyline has one of the best Wolverine-Sabretooth fights I've ever seen, with a powerless Wolverine being hunted by Sabre tooth (who of course still has his powers) as Wolverine fights to save his friends and possibly learn the truth about his past. It has its plot holes (such as how can Born be Magneto even though he showed a different set of powers early on in the story), but overall Morrison's run is exciting, action-packed, and contains some great character development (especially with Beast).

I also really enjoyed Mark Miller's entire run on Ultimate X-Men It's like an extended stay in Claremont's Days of the Future Past timeline.

It's no trite thing when people get killed, as evidenced the short supply of heroes that are left for this world. She sends Cyclops packing and decides to humiliate Emma Frost.

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There was good rivalry between Jean and Emma Frost in this issue. We saw her crying in Wolverine arms and Beast shows up wants to give her flowers and chocolates.

I guess that Grant Morrison for you, he cares more about Emma Frost. This is story arc, where Rogue gets revenge on Vargas.

Day of the Dead is where the Avengers and Jean Grey, Beast and Kurt decide to help Storm X-Men. It's the story arc where Jean Grey reminds the X-Men that there family and the X-Men should reunite.

It's Also story arc where Rogue and Gambit discovers they lost there powers and decide to leave the X-Men together. Gambit attacks the X-Men and blows of Wolverine face and kidnaps Rogue.

The rivalry between Jean and Emma Frost was pretty good. This is the story arc where Rogue puts her life on the line to save Gambit.

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The Phoenix also takes control of Emma Frost body. Is the story arc, where Bishop and Sage come to the school to find out who shoot Emma Frost.

I also like it when Iceman gives Cyclops a hard time about Rogue. In the second issue we see Porgies reunited with brother Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

While Charles Xavier wants to stop him, putting his life at risk. That team is Warpath, Nightcrawler, Rachel Grey, Havoc, Porgies and Darwin.

This is the story where Polaris discovers she has no powers and the Sentinels turn up at the X-Mansion. The Sentinels attack the X-Men and Polaris tried to prove to herself that, she can still fight.

In the end, Porgies decides to leave the X-Men and Havoc goes with her. This was the story where Mystique disguises herself as girl called Fox.

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This is where Rogue and the rest of the X-Men discover Mystique is Fox. This is the issue where the Step ford Cuckoos get tired of Emma Frost, and they decide to tell Jean Grey about Cyclops and Emma Frost.

She wakes up, opening up the curtains seeing the sentinels standing outside the X-Mansion. This story arc also centers around Storm and Wolverine in Africa.

Phoenix force returns and takes control of Step ford Cuckoos. I like this issue, cause this where Polaris goes on her hen night before her wedding.

This is the story arc, where Magneto returns and takes on the X-Men. It also the story arc where Cyclops returns and kicks Wolverine out of the X-Men.

This is the story arc where Maddox discovers he has slept with Siren and Monet. I love the moment where he walks down the stairs, passing Layla Miller.

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This is the issue where Maddox and Victor have conversation about Siren and Monet. This is a Layer Miller story, when she had to return to the orphanage.

Wolfs bane and Maddox to decide visit and discover that she has been bullied by the other kids. Wolverine kills Sabre tooth and chops his head off.

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