The 10 Best X-Men Comic Book Stories, According To Ranker

x-men fans await the release of Chris Claremont’s new limited series, Gambit and the return of the beloved x-men creator and one of his most memorable characters will hit comic book shelves on July 27, 2022. Thanks to private soldierfans can see the x-men the screenplays that were voted the best, and most were from Claremont.

It is widely believed that what made Claremont’s time with the x-men so special is that it created fully fleshed out characters that kept readers coming back to visit their favorite mutant issue after issue. But which storylines ranked highest?

Note: Ranking lists are live and continue to accumulate votes, so some rankings may have changed after this posting.


ten days of future past

Days of Future Past comic book cover

Hugh Jackman helped bring this classic x-men story back in the spotlight in the 2014 film. Perhaps that’s why fans chose it as their favorite storyline. The original story was set in both 1980 and 2013. Kitty Pryde sends her mind back to her younger body to warn the X-Men of a political plot that will ruin the world as they know it.

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“Days of Future Past” is a story about the cold calculative dangers of technology and the stubborn refusal to coexist with each other. This storyline is considered one of Marvel’s first major events that opened the door to more serious storylines. It was an alternate timeline that showed that x-men was more than just a shiny, cartoony escapist franchise, there was something to talk about, and fans sat up and listened.

9 Dark Phoenix Saga

Jean Gray attacks in Dark Phoenix Saga.

Jean Gray is the heart of her team and her telepathic gifts allow her to be empathetic and defensive against possible threats. After bonding with Jean, the Phoenix Force uses her as a host. This event culminated in “The Dark Phoenix Saga”, one of the most tragic stories in comic book history. The heart of the story is the X-Men team going after Jean who turns to the dark side and doesn’t return. The sad realization that she can never coexist with the Phoenix Force drives Jean to make the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the universe.

Claremont’s writing ensures that Jean is more than just a heel-turning wrestler. She’s a valuable member of the team who has hopes and dreams and isn’t just the punching bag this week. The loss of Jean is a blow to the team, some fans might argue that the X-Men were never the same afterwards. She had so much sympathy among X-Men fans that her storyline is one of the most commonly adapted X-Men storylines for other media.

8 The Phoenix saga

Jean Gray becomes the Phoenix in Marvel Comics.

“The Phoenix Saga” is the beginning of Jean’s sad story. When a radiation storm bombards the X-Men’s spaceship, Jean insists on saving the team. With the help of the Phoenix Force, she brings the ship to safety. The heroic deed came at a high price though, she couldn’t contain the Phoenix Force. The slow descent to madness is a x-men milestone that shows Jean at his most heroic.

Perhaps “The Phoenix Saga”‘s greatest contribution to comics is the idea that a female character could dominate a male character. The chauvinism of the 1960s prevented the X-Men creators to make a female protagonist who could go along with their male peers. Jean Grey’s story changed all that.

seven The all-new X-Men all different

The all new X-Men all different on the cover.

After a short hiatus, Marvel launched the x-men again in 1975. The new roster of mutants included a diverse global team. The team consisted of Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler. The new direction would bring the series into the era of modern comics.

The new team captured the imagination and hearts of fans; “The All-New All-Different X-Men” featured many X-Men key characters. Because this problem exists, the world has the role of the MCU and the Hugh Jackman movie that culminated with Logan. Under Chris Claremont, from this book, the x-men The franchise has become a bestseller for Marvel. It was a game-changer that lifted comic books from the “monster of the week” era and made friends with comic book characters that readers love to revisit time and time again.

6 Slaughter of Mutants

Wolverine on the cover of The Mutant Massacre.

The world is a cold place for mutants. “Mutant Massacre”, tells the tragic story of the Morlocks, a group of mutants living in the sewers of New York. In this scenario, the motives of the mercenaries who assassinate the Morlocks are never revealed. The mystery leaves a worried terror that proves the team is not indestructible.

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“Mutant Massacre” is credited as one of the first books to have an event so significant that the creators crossed the story on all three x-men securities. This style of storytelling is commonplace these days. Plus, it was interesting to see a storyline that proved the X-Men could be beaten. Mutants weren’t an unstoppable force, which was a new revelation for the franchise.

5 age of apocalypse

The heroes and villains of Age Of Apocalypse do battle.

Marvel creator Scott Lobdell helmed this huge story arc. When Professor X is killed by a time-traveling mutant, the door is left open for Apocalypse to take over the world. “Age of Apocalypse” shows an alternate version of the X-Men that is a new imagination of the team that many fans love.

The change in dynamic between the characters is what draws fans to the storyline. Die-hard villains become well-meaning heroes, and heroes who had a heart of gold become fearsome enemies. It’s a fun sandbox where many creators and fans have met for creative play dates in every issue.

4 Wolverine volume 1

Smiling Wolverine on the cover of an X-Men comic book.

The powerhouse team of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller explored Wolverine’s past in ‘Wolverine Volume 1’. Readers took a trip to Japan with their favorite anti-hero. Wolverine has faced ninja clans and fallen into family disputes. It’s presented from a different angle, and the miniseries (Volumes 1-4) was Marvel’s experiment to see if audiences like Wolverine’s single-player stories. The answer is a resounding yes!

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Wolverine’s “raw” manner is what made him so popular. By the time Wolverine hit the scene, readers had only clean, moral superheroes to identify with. Wolverine allowed to have a bad day. “Wolverine Volume 1” showed the mysterious character as more than just a frustrated teenager. As the franchise has progressed, Wolverine has become an example of the “wild man” turned into a trusted mentor trope, thanks in part to this series.

3 The Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Marvel Comics Third Incarnation

Louise Simonson is credited with introducing Apocalypse to the world. Apocalypse assembles a team of mutants who are at their weakest moment. “The Four Horsemen” pushes the idea that “power corrupts”. Some characters never recovered from their time with Apocalypse, cementing him as one of Marvel’s most dangerous villains.

Apocalypse has a keen eye for characteristics that fit his narrative, and many X-Men have taken their turn as various Horsemen. Apocalypse can find a mutant’s insecurity and exploit it, giving him an evil quality that makes the story relatable. Everyone knows the cautionary tales about selling their souls, and Apocalypse is Marvel’s answer to that.

2 Snape joins the X-Men

Rogue fleeing the X-Men in the comics.

Since her power is that she can suck the powers out of other mutants, it makes sense that Rouge was introduced to the X-Men as a villain. When her good nature wins out, she ends up joining the team. Sure, the X-Men have a hard time accepting her, but Rogue proves she can be a great asset to the team over time.

There’s a reason the 2000 film adaptation of x-men introduced Snape as a teenager. Her powers are the classic allegory of teenage isolation, alienation, and angst. Although in the comics, Rogue is a grown woman, she still struggles to fit into the X-Men team. She is arguably one of the most dangerous mutants ever created as her mutation can be many mutations. That kind of power is alluring, and for readers, she’s a wild card that makes the battle interesting.

1 Fatal Attractions

X-Men Comic Fatal Attractions

“Fatal Attractions” is the first time Magneto shows just how ruthless he can be. He removed the adamantium metal from Wolverine’s body! The results were shocking and graphic. This is one of the few times Professor X shuts down Magneto’s mind as punishment for doing something so out of place.

Many readers consider the gruesome images of Wolverine’s mutilated body an iconic image from the series. The storyline showed Wolverine’s vulnerability and caused him to leave the X-Men for a time to recover from the trauma. “Fatal Attractions” is action-packed and reminds the reader that mutants can be brutal, even fatherly Professor X.

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