X-Men (comic book)

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Cover of X-Men (vol. 3) #1 (Sep 2010). Art by Adi Granov.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication date(vol. 3)
September 2010–February 2013
(vol. 4)
May 2013–May 2015
(vol. 5) October 2019-
No. of issues(vol. 3)
41 and 1 Giant-Size
(vol. 4)
Main character(s)Jubilee
Kitty Pryde
Rachel Summers
Creative team as of June 2012
Written by(vol. 3) Various
(vol. 4) Brian Wood
Marc Guggenheim
(vol. 5) Jonathan Hickman
Artist(s)(vol. 3) Various
(vol. 4) Various
(vol. 5) Leinil Francis Yu
Letterer(s)VC's Joe Caramagna
Colorist(s)Rachelle Rosenberg
Editor(s)Axel Alonso
Nick Lowe
Jeanine Schaefer

X-Men is a comic book ongoing series a namesake team of superheroes, published in various incarnations by Marvel Comics, beginning in 1963.

The first series was eventually renamed The Uncanny X-Men with issue #114 (October 1978). In 1991, a second, companion series debuted, marking the first time that more than one X-Men series would be published. This series took the simpler, earlier name X-Men, though it would later be titled X-Men: Legacy. Volume 3 began publication in September 2010 and for most of its run featured team-ups between the X-Men and other Marvel characters, ended at issue #41 in February 2013. As part of Marvel NOW!, the title was relaunched as a new series (volume 4) written by Brian Wood and featuring an all-female team.[1]

In July 2019, Marvel announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that X-Men would be relaunched in October 2019 following Jonathan Hickman's House of X and Powers of X, with Hickman writing and art by Leinil Francis Yu. [2]

Publication history[edit]

The 2010 X-Men series was the third ongoing series to launch with the title following the first series (volume 1) in 1963 and the second series (volume 2) in 1991. To distinguish itself from the other contemporary X-Men titles, this third volume of X-Men was conceived as a title that would focus on the mutants' role in the wider Marvel Universe and "...firmly integrate the X-Men in the Marvel Universe."[3] As a result, the initial story arcs featured a guest appearance from characters from the Marvel Universe ranging from Spider-Man to Blade.

From issues #30 to #37 the title took a change in direction, focusing on Storm leading a security team of X-Men and dropping the 'team-up' element that was previously a part of the book.[4] The team-up elements were brief brought back in issues #38 and #39.

As part of Marvel NOW!, the series ended at issue #41 in February 2013. A new volume of the title written by Brian Wood, who also wrote issues #30 to #37 of the previous volume, began in May 2013.[5] For the first time in the history of the X-Men franchise, the book features a roster composed entirely of female X-Men, with an initial roster of Jubilee, Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Psylocke.[1]

Marc Guggenheim took over the title starting with issue #18. X-Men has been cancelled with issue #26 being its last issue.

Volume 5 (2019-)

As part of Marvel's "Dawn of X" initiative following Hickman's relaunch of the Marvel X-Men line, X-Men will relaunch in October 2019, written by Hickman and with art by Yu. Although the first cover features the extended Summers family (Cyclops, Havok, Vulcan, Corsair, Cable, Jean Grey, Rachel Summers) with Wolverine, Hickman has stated this book is intended to be an "all-encompassing mutant title", and that the cast may change. [6]

Plot summary[edit]

Volume 3 (2010 series)[edit]

The first story arc, "Curse of the Mutants," comprising issues #1–6, involves the X-Men battling the vampire nations and teaming up with Blade.[7]

The second story arc, "To Serve and Protect," comprising issues #7–10, involves the team of Storm, Gambit, Emma Frost, and Wolverine returning to New York where they team up with Spider-Man to battle the Lizard and Dark Beast in the sewers of Manhattan.[8]

An interlude story then followed with Professor X telling Jubilee of an earlier encounter he had with the vampire Raizo Kodo. This was followed by the "First to Last" storyline, which began with X-Men Giant-Size #1 and saw the original X-Men appear in flashback scenes of a previously untold adventure.

Another one-shot story saw a team of X-Men team up with the new female Ghost Rider to battle a mystical enemy. The most recent storyline featured the Future Foundation teaming up with the X-Men, where they also encountered Skull the Slayer. Following on from the 2011 "Regenesis" event among the X-titles, Marvel have announced that X-Men will be among the titles aligned with Cyclops's vision of the X-Men and feature a more covert group of characters, with Colossus, Domino, Jubilee, Psylocke, Storm, and Warpath being the initial lineup. The team-up aspect of the title remained, with the first arc featuring War Machine. This was followed by the return of Raizo Kodo for an arc dealing with Jubilee's Vampirism.

The title then took on a change in direction, with the exits of Warpath and Jubilee from the cast and the addition of Pixie the storyline focused on Storm leading a "security team" of X-Men dealing with potential threats to mutants.[4]

Issue #38 featured a return to the team-up elements of the book, and features Domino and Daredevil.


Volume 3 (2010 series)[edit]

Issues Characters Guest Star
#1–6 Curse of the Mutants Crossover Blade
#7–10 Emma Frost, Gambit, Storm, Wolverine Spider-Man
#11 Jubilee, Professor X Raizo Kodo
Giant-Size #1, #12–15 Archangel, Colossus, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Iceman, Magneto, Namor, Pixie, Psylocke, Storm, Wolverine The original X-Men
#15.1 Colossus, Cyclops, Gambit, Danielle Moonstar, Pixie, Storm Ghost Rider
#16–19 Cyclops, Doctor Nemesis, Emma Frost, Magneto, Pixie, Wolverine The FF and Skull the Slayer
#20–23 Colossus, Domino, Jubilee, Psylocke, Storm, Warpath War Machine
#24-27 Raizo Kodo and The Forgiven
#28–29 Domino, Pixie, Storm, Warpath The FF and Spider-Man
#30-37 Colossus, Domino, Pixie, Psylocke, Storm none
#38-39 Domino Daredevil
#40-41 Angel, Chamber, Iceman, Pixie, Storm none

Volume 4 (2013 series)[edit]

Issues Characters
#1-4 Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Rogue, Storm
#5-6 "Battle of the Atom" Crossover
#7-12 Jubilee, Karima Shapandar, M, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Storm
#13-17 Jubilee, M, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Storm
#18-22 Cecilia Reyes, Jubilee, M, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Storm
#23-26 Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, M, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Storm

Volume 5 (2019 series)[edit]

Issues Characters
#1 Cable, Cecilia Reyes, Corsair, Cyclops, Havok, Jean Grey, Magneto, Polaris, Prestige, Storm, Vulcan, Wolverine
#2 Cable, Cyclops, Prestige
#3 Black King, Cyclops, White Queen


Collected editions[edit]

Volume 3 (2010 series)[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
X-Men: Curse of the Mutants X-Men (vol. 3) #1–6 March 2, 2011 Hardcover: 978-0785148463

Paperback: 978-0785148470

X-Men: With Great Power X-Men (vol. 3) #7–11; Marvel Team-Up Annual #1 July 6, 2011 Hardcover: 978-0785148487

Paperback: 978-0785148494

X-Men: First to Last X-Men: Giant-Size (vol. 1) #1; X-Men (vol. 3) #12–15 November 9, 2011 Hardcover: 978-0785152873

Paperback: 978-0785152880

X-Men: FF X-Men (vol. 3) #15.1, 16–19 March 7, 2012 Hardcover: 978-0785160694

Paperback: 978-0785160700

X-Men: War Machines X-Men (vol. 3) #20-23; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 2) #14 May 9, 2012 Hardcover: 978-0785161875

Paperback: 978-0785161882

X-Men: The Curse is Broken X-Men (vol. 3) #24-29 November 28, 2012 Paperback: 978-0785161899
X-Men by Brian Wood - Vol. 1: Blank Generation X-Men (vol. 3) #30-33 February 12, 2013 Paperback: 978-0785164593
X-Men by Brian Wood - Vol. 2: Reckless Abandonment X-Men (vol. 3) #34-41 April 30, 2013 Paperback: 978-0785164616

Volume 4 (2013 series)[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
X-Men, Volume 1: Primer X-Men (vol. 4) #1-4; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #244 December 10, 2013 Paperback: 978-0785168003
X-Men: Battle of the Atom X-Men: Battle of the Atom (vol. 1) #1-2; All-New X-Men (vol. 1) 16-17; X-Men (vol. 4) #5-6; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 3) #12-13; Wolverine and the X-Men (vol. 1) #36-37 January 21, 2014 Hardcover: 978-0785189060

Paperback: 978-1846535727

X-Men, Volume 2: Muertas X-Men (vol. 4) #7-12 May 20, 2014 Paperback: 978-0785168010
X-Men, Volume 3: Bloodline X-Men (vol. 4) #13-17 October 21, 2014 Paperback: 978-0785189725
X-Men, Volume 4: Exogenous X-Men (vol. 4) #18-22 March 3, 2015 Paperback: 978-0785192336
X-Men, Volume 5: The Burning World X-Men (vol. 4) #23-26 July 28, 2015 Paperback: 978-0785197263


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  2. ^ "SDCC 2019: DAWN OF X in MARVEL's Next Big Thing Panel". Newsarama. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  3. ^ Richards, Dave (April 19, 2010). "C2E2: Victor Gischler Talks X-Men". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
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