Where Do I Start In X-Men?
July 06, 2013
As the comic book expert here, I am often asked where to start on various series, and X-Men is the comic that I am asked about the most. This is probably because X-Men is the most complicated comic to try and read. There are literally hundreds of characters to keep track of. In fact, one of the more popular stories, House of M, tried to reduce the amount of mutants they had to deal with, and there were still 198!
Weirdly enough, the best place to start is to watch the cartoons. Specifically, the one from the 90s. X-Men Evolution is also pretty good if you can get past the fact that most of them are teens, and the voice acting is pretty bad. Many people tell me Wolverine and the X-Men is also good, but I have not seen it myself.
The follow-up question I usually get is, "What should I read to get the backstory on Wolverine and how he got the metal skeleton?" He got it at the Weapon X program, which is the single most complicated comic book story ever. There is no definitive book with the whole story. They will write stories about parts of it, and then write more that contradict what was said before. DO NOT TRY TO UNDERSTAND WEAPON X!
All you need to know about Weapon X is that:
- It was a Canadian attempt to make a super solider like Captain America.
- Wolverine and Sabertooth were both part of it (so was Deadpool, and Omega Red and to way many other characters).
- The program ended when Wolverine broke everything as he escaped.
- Wolverine lost his memories in the process.
If you have a bit of a grasp on the characters, I suggest you read Joss Whedon’s run of Astonishing X-men. Other stories that are pretty popular are the Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past (which is what the new movie will be based on).