We Want Your Money: Recent X-Men Stories That Were Best Left Untold

I get it. Marvel is a business. Their business? Selling comic books. But sometimes content isn't as promised or doesn't live up to expectations. Here's a list of recent X-Men minis or one-shots that somehow missed the mark in the quality department.

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  • This one was egregious. At $3.99 a pop and 16-pages of completely terrible storytelling, this two-issue series was a total rip off.

  • This title is just worthless. Not only is its content just tired and unyielding of any pertinent information about what is to come, the storytelling itself is unforgivably self-important and overly wrought. Marvel missed an opportunity to really set up the differing philosophies of the main parties involved with Schism. But it wasn't meant to be.

  • A two-issue miniseries flesh out a non-existent reality? Really Marvel? Leave this to the dregs of society. For all of Marvel's talk of wanting to make sure every story counts, this stinker was a total waste.

  • Event tie-ins are almost always lame. The X-Men went through a massive change after House of M. Exploring who remained powerful and powerless was probably a good idea. Too bad they couldn't get it right on the printed page.

  • I wasn't thrilled with the move to San Fransisco or Utopia. It essentially has led to the same story being told over and over and over: Utopia gets invaded. This anthology miniseries was intended to highlight mutants in their new-found homeland. The problem was that Matt Fraction was already telling uninspiring stories of the same nature over in Uncanny.

  • Warren Ellis should have kicked ass on Astonishing X-Men. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. While not a terrible story, it certainly wasn't good by any stretch of the meaning. The horrible artwork didn't feel right from the first page. At least it was consistently bad!

  • Another crossover tie-in that felt empty and forced. The X-men had kind of been in their own pocket universe for a little while.

  • Woof. Magneto proved in the movie version of First Class that he can be a great lead when written properly. Essentially, this issue acted as a movie tie-in without really being an official movie tie-in. Howard Chaykin's art did the story no favors either.

  • Crossover tie-in? Check! Really, there should a warning on all crossover tie-ins clearly stating that readers will not be impressed by the story. While I generally enjoyed Civil war, bringing the X-men in didn't really feel right.

  • I loathe Hope. I feel like she's an exerciser in "show, don't tell" writing. We've all been told how awesome an outrageously important she is, but all I've seen is a walking cliche of gun cleaning and doe-eyed self-importance. I got this thinking maybe, just maybe, I could be sold on the character. I was wrong.