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X-Men

I wasn’t always a big reader. I didn’t always enjoy the beauty of prose. Like many spoiled youngsters I preferred wallowing in sorrow to the brilliance of literature. All of that changed one afternoon at my friend Luke’s house.

Not even sixteen yet I was converted from cool kid to comic book nerd. Over thirteen years later I remain a self-promoting geek.

The series that started it all was the X-Men. This on-going soap opera about a hated caste and their struggle for acceptance captivated me in an instant. Its in-depth narrative wove together complex character-webs and multi-layered romances. It discussed deep social/political issues, as well as interfaith relations. And it did all of this by utilizing a youthful cast from a wide-array of broken homes. In all honesty, I can’t think of a better introduction into the world of the written word.

For those more familiar with its interpretations for the screen the X-Men are a group of gifted youngsters led by Professor X. For those who have read the comic book the X-Men is about one man: Cyclops.

Scott Summers (Codename: Cyclops) has not only been with the X-Men since the beginning, he has defined them as such. His ever-evolving family, impressive personal growth, and humbling leadership abilities have kept me reading for over a decade. It’s unfortunate that his movie adaptation was not as deep and grandiose, but then again, that’s what the comic is for.

In addition to their great leader there are several X-characters and X-stories that have inspired me over the years. My favorite character is Scott’s time-torn son Cable. This late 80’s star-child is shunned by most, but thanks to Joe Casey’s run on his title he will always be my fav! As for the females I’ve been known to have a few comic crushes over the years. Of all the X-Ladies none has captured my attention longer than the lovely Rogue. The complexity of her mutant power baffles me. Depicted as a timeless beauty with a deadly touch, she is both desirable and unattainable. Rogue is that tragic hopeless romantic any honest heart can relate to.

Lastly, the stories! If you’re at all interested in giving the X-Men a try let me recommend my Top 6 stories in ascending order:

6.) Messiah Complex: a recent narrative about warring factions fighting over the last mutant child.

5.) House of M: this story can be summed up in three epic words, “no more mutants.”

4.) Mutant Massacre: billed as the first true crossover, this story explains the ‘mutant plight’ perfectly.

3.) X-Tinction Agenda: being an ongoing narrative about racism, herein they explore the brutal realities of slavery.

2.) The Age of Apocalypse: Every storyline has its villain and this one stars my favorite.

1.) X-Cutioners Song: To date, I have yet to find a tale that describes the X-Men better.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.bonsu Joe Osei Bonsu

    Awesome post dude!! As far as Marvel is concerned, X-Men has always been one of my favourite titles as well. Another good story that deserves an honorable mention, is the graphic novel, “God Loves, Man Kills.” This was an old X-Men story that Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter used for X2. Instead in this story, William Stryker is a pastor instead of a soldier.

    I definitely have to get my hands on this graphic novel (being a fan of the second X-Men movie and all..hahah)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.bonsu Joe Osei Bonsu

    Awesome post dude!! As far as Marvel is concerned, X-Men has always been one of my favourite titles as well. Another good story that deserves an honorable mention, is the graphic novel, “God Loves, Man Kills.” This was an old X-Men story that Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter used for X2. Instead in this story, William Stryker is a pastor instead of a soldier.

    I definitely have to get my hands on this graphic novel (being a fan of the second X-Men movie and all..hahah)

    • Anonymous

      “God Loves, Man Kills.”
      AMAZING! I love this story. I still collect the X-Men (as well as X-Factor) and Love this right here!

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.bonsu Joe Osei Bonsu

        My older bro used to collect the first X-Factor series from back in the day (when original X-Men posed as government agents). Good times!

      • Anonymous

        I literally still own that entire run in single issues! 1-70… it’s one of my babies in my vast collection.

    • Anonymous

      Thx man… I knew you would be on board for this one. You didn’t fill me in on your fav X-Men though.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.bonsu Joe Osei Bonsu

        Ohh yeah hahaha! Hands down its a toss up between Wolverine, Cyclops and Magneto. My favourite X-woman has to be Jean Grey.

  • Anonymous

    So good! Glad you finally got around the comics brother! Can’t wait to do my Spider-Man piece tonight!
    I’ve always been an underdog kinda guy myself thats why Scott has never been my main protaganist. I like the secondary members so much more!
    Really really well done, love the reco’s! Messiah Complex was so damn ill!

    • Anonymous

      Yes. I am also excited to see what you have to say about Spidey. I know you like the underdogs… but who is more of an underdog than Scott? He has to lead an entire group of hated people into the light!

      To me he is the ultimate underdog, he’s the one willing to wave the banner and fight the fight!

      • Anonymous

        When I say underdog I mean the “everyday” man not the strong scultped leader IE Cpt America.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    i wanna be an x-woman !

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504821642 Elliott G

    I’ve never gotten into the comic side but this article has given me the urge to start reading. All I know of the X-Men came from the 90′s Cartoon Show, which is still one of my favourites, that said, I probably won’t appreciate Cyclops until I get wrapped up in his story. Wolverine is still my fav cause who doesn’t want to be an invincible badass. Hoping for Cable and Bishop to come up again.

    • Anonymous

      WOW!!! Awesome response my man. I agree that the cartoon was amazing. It had one of the best intro songs, and the best voice actor (i.e. Cathal J. Dodd as Wolverine).

      You definitely have to read the comic to appreciate Cyclops. He is written differently in every interpretation… however, the original format (i.e. comics) has always treated him as central and king. I would say a great start for current events is the Messiah Complex Trade that I shared above. You’ll love it.

      Thx for posting 2.0

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