So i'm relatively new to comics and i want to start reading X-men but i have no clue where to start, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, welcome to the site.
I'm new to comics myself, and I only read DC so can't help with recommendations, but you should check out the X-men forum here. There should be a few threads with suggestions for new readers, like this one: http://www.comicvine.com/x-men/65-3173/new-to-marvel-need-suggestions-for-reading/92-744287/#18
X-Men can be a tough series to enter if you get overly concerned with knowing everything. But don't panic!
Depending on what you enjoy about the X-Men there are a lot of great stories out there.
Outside of the current Marvel continuity, there was Ultimate X-Men, a comic launched for easy entry for new or lapsed readers. The first several years of it were really enjoyable for someone who knew little of the X-Men
http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-X-Men-Collection-Vol/dp/0785121870/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360268415&sr=8-1&keywords=ultimate+x-men Volume 1 is pretty cheap for the first 12+ issues.
Other than that, there are lot of in-current continuity X-Men stories.
Joss Whedon (director of Avengers) had a great 24 issues starting with http://www.amazon.com/Astonishing-Whedon-Cassaday-Ultimate-Collection/dp/0785161945/ref=sr_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360268534&sr=1-19&keywords=x-men
It was pretty new-reader friendly.
Wolverine and the X-Men is a current on-going book about the current "Jean Grey School" (The reformed Xavier school named in Jean Grey's honor). It's a lot of fun, like Harry Potter meets X-Men
If you like your comics a little grittier, the recently wrapped volume of Uncanny X-Force dealt with a team of mutants who had to deal with the issue of whether the ends justify the means. A great read.
If you have any particular topics or characters you like, post in here and I'm sure someone will help you out.
If you're interested in X-Men comics, read this:
Some people are snooty about IGN on here, but this is a pretty solid breakdown and I've actually found their reviews to be a little more objective than the critics on here.
@Smoke_Filled_Room: Actually, Wikipedia gives a pretty comprehensive list of important storylines by decade for the X-Men.
Personally I'd recommend
- Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men which includes but is not limited to, "E is for Extinction,""Planet X," and "Here Comes Tomorrow."
- Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men collectively entitled as "Gifted"
- "House of M" and "Decimation" which deals with the near extinction of the mutant race
- "Messiah Complex" "Messiah War" "Second Coming" and "Schism" all which deals with the restoration of the mutant race and leads directly into AvX
- "Avengers vs. X-Men" honestly this one is only decent at best, but it's pretty much set up the status quo for the entire Marvel Universe
Now between all that, you''ll pretty much be up to speed with everything important that's happened with the X-Men over the last decade. I emphasize to you Grant Morrison's run. It is reallly great. Also, many people think consider Whedon's run just as good if not superior.
Now, beyond all that. There are just those classic X-Men stories that every major fan has read and every minor fan has heard of. Some of them are old and some of them are long, but these are some of the classics
- Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975)
- X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
- The Phoenix Saga
- The Dark Phoenix Saga
- Fall of the Mutants
- Days of Future Past
- Age of Apocalypse
Hope that helps. Good luck
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