The Complete X-Men Reading Order Guide (Modern Marvel Comics Era)

Nothing in Marvel comics is as vast and sprawling as the universe of the X-Men. What I’m trying to say is this reading order is immense (and stunningly impressive, likely created by a man of tremendous physical power). For those of you looking to catch up on X-Men comics from the 2000’s, or perhaps to get started for the first time after enjoying X-Men: The Animated Series as a lad/lass, this is the guide:

Reading Marvel Comics in order


I) Classic X-Men – Chris Claremont Era Reading Order

Ii) Classic X-Men – Age of Apocalypse

Iii) Classic X-Men – Onslaught

II) Modern X-Men Events Fast Track

III) Setting the Stage – Nov 1999 to June 2001

IV) New X-Men by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

V) Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon & John Cassaday

VI) Messiah CompleX and Hope

VII) Dark X-Men and Utopia

VIII) Second Coming to Schism

IX) Wolverine & The X-Men to Avengers vs. X-Men

X) Marvel NOW! X-Men

Before the Beginning – November 1999 through June 2001

For me, the logical starting point for a modern X-Men reading order is with Grant Morrison’s New X-Men. We’ll get there in a minute, but there are a handful of X-issues that you can read before New X-Men that will help set the stage for references to come.

X-Men vs. Apocalypse: The Twelve

Apocalypse in X-Men The Animated Series.
Apocalypse in X-Men The Animated Series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Issues Included: Uncanny X-Men #376-#377, Cable #73 – #77, X-Men #96 – #97, Wolverine #145 – #147

It’s worth noting here, these first two selections fit most appropriately within our full Apocalypse reading order.

X-Men vs Apocalypse: The Ages of Apocalypse

Issues Included:  X-51 #8, Uncanny X-Men #378 and Annual 1999, Cable #77, Wolverine #148, X-Men Unlimited #26, X-Men #98, and X-Men: The Search for Cyclops #1-4. (The Search for Cyclops issues are the ones most referenced by Morrison)

Uncanny X-Men #388 – #390

The events of ‘X-Men: Dream’s End’ will play an important role in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Astonishing X-Men. You can also add issues Cable #87, Bishop #16 and X-Men #108-110 for the full experience.

Note that “Dream’s End” is diving in head first to the tail end of 90’s X-Men that is hot on the heels of the Onslaught Saga.

Uncanny X-Men #394 – #399

From this point forward Uncanny X-Men, Marvel’s flagship X-book, takes a back seat to the ‘New X-Men.’ You can approach this revelation in a few ways, one of which is to just bypass Uncanny X-Men all together. This is my recommended approach for anyone feeling a bit overwhelmed by the volume of all these X-options. Note, though, that a fair amount of questions can be answered during this period of Uncanny X-Men, such as “When did Juggernaut become a good guy?” and “When did Iceman get so frigid?”

New X-Men by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely – July 2001 through May 2004new-xmen-omnibus

Grant Morrison is likely the second most critically revered and influential comic book author of the last 35 years, trailing only Alan Moore in terms of recognition and output. While his Big 2 superhero work has been primarily with DC Comics (including Animal Man, The Doom Patrol, All-Star Superman with Quitely, and Batman: Arkham Asylum), for a three year stint Marvel was able to convince the legend to revamp the X-Men.

And revamp them he did.

Along with Quitely’s design, New X-Men refreshes everything about Marvel’s favorite mutants. The core characters and stories presented in the pages of New X-Men set the stage for all X-stories through today.

New X-Men, Vol. 1 – #114 to #126 + Annual #1

New X-Men, Vol. 2 – #127 to #141

New X-Men, Vol. 3 – #142 to #154

Issue by Issue Reading Order:

New X-Men #114 – #117 + Annual #1 + #118 – #133

Uncanny X-Men issues #400 – #415 occur during this same timeframe

Buy New X-Men Omnibus

X-Force #116 – #129 + X-Statix #1 – #26

Technically this X-Force series (retitled X-Statix after issue #129) occurs over a longer timespan, intersecting chronologically with New X-Men. That said, once you know the state of Morrison’s New X-Men you can largely read Milligan and Allred’s X-Statix all the way through. It’s one of my favorite Marvel comics series of all time. Not your father’s X-Men, but peripheral to that world.

Buy X-Statix Omnibus

Read X-Force #116 – #129

Origin #1 – #6

This is the long awaited origin of Wolverine.

Read Origin

Emma Frost #1 – #18

Emma’s first (and to my knowledge only) solo series, predominantly composed of flashbacks. Underrated early 2000’s comic expanding on the upbringing of the New X-Men’s most interesting addition.

Read Emma Frost (2001)

New X-Men #134 – #145

Uncanny X-Men issues #416 – #434 occur during this same timeframe

Wolverine #1 – #6 begins here

I won’t tell you how to live your life, but when Greg Rucka writes a comic, that’s typically a book you want to be reading, and the relaunched Wolverine is no exception.

Weapon X #1 – #13 + Weapon X One-Shots (Kane, Marrow, Sauron, Wild Child, Zero)

Read Weapon X (2002)

New X-Men #146 – #154

Uncanny X-Men issues #435 – 443

Wolverine #7 – #19

Weapon X #14 – #28

Mystique #1 – #13 (Brian K. Vaughn)

As suggested a moment ago with Greg Rucka and Wolverine, when Brian K. Vaughn is writing a Marvel Comic, that’s a book you probably want to check out. His thirteen issue run on Mystique is less clever and celebrated than, say, Runaways, but it’s still worth a read.

Read Mystique (2003)

Avengers Disassembled Occurs Here

Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon & John Cassaday – July 2004 through March 2008astonishing-x-men-omnibus

Following Morrison and Quitely’s magnum opus, the go-to X-title shifted from New X-Men to Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. You may recognize Whedon from such works as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and a little movie known as The Avengers. His 25 issues on X-men with Cassaday are arguably the greatest X-Men comics of the decade. Very arguably, but still, arguably. You can read the story straight through without continuity interruptions, but I include the various chronology of other books for reference.

Interspersed with all that you’ll find that Marvel’s era of events begins to impact the world of mutants in increasingly meaningful ways. From House of M through Decimation the status quo of being a mutant in the Marvel universe takes some major hits here. Factor in other classic storylines like Wolverine: Enemy of the State, X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Rise and Fall of the Sh’iar Empire, and you have a pretty great run of x-stories here.

Astonishing X-Men #1 – #6

Uncanny X-Men #444 – #454 – Beginning with issue #444 Chuck Austen’s lengthy and generally frowned upon run ends and Chris Claremont – of “writer who basically invented the modern X-Men” fame – takes over.

Buy Astonishing X-Men Omnibus

District X #1 – #6

Read District X

Madrox #1 – #5

This 5 issue limited series starring Madrox the Multiple Man as a private eye is another underrated X-gem from the 2000’s. Good, fun read, and effectively launches Peter David’s run on X-Factor.

Read Madrox

Cable & Deadpool #1 – #18

Read Cable & Deadpool

Astonishing X-Men #7 – #12

Nightcrawler #1 – #12

 Read Nightcrawler #1 – #12

Wolverine: Enemy of the State #20 – #32

Technically the Enemy of the State story arc from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr occurs in two separate six issue chunks. The story reads best together, though, and also independent of Astonishing X-Men.

Uncanny X-Men issues #455 – #461

Rogue #1 – #12

Read Rogue (2004)

Gambit #1 – #12

Read Gambit (2004)

X Men / Black Panther: Wild Kingdom – X-Men issues #175 – #176, Black Panther issues #8 – #9

Buy X-Men/Black Panther: Wild Kingdom

X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong #1 – #5

Read Phoenix – Endsong

New X-Men: Hellions #1 – #4

Read Hellions

X-Men: Colossus Bloodline #1 – #5

Read Colossus Bloodline

House of M + X-Men Tie-Ins

House of M
House of M (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Decimation + X-Men Tie-Ins

X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1 – #6

I wouldn’t miss this one. Six issue mini-series from Ed Brubaker and Travis Hairsine that occurs during Decimation and sets the stage for Professor X and many future X-stories, including Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar empire and even War of Kings.

Uncanny X-Men #462 – #471

X-Factor #1 – #6

Read X-Factor

X-23 (2005) #1 – #6

Read X-23

New X-Men #20 to #23

Read New X-Men

Astonishing X-Men #13 – #24 + Giant Sized Astonishing X-Men #1

Technically issues #19 – #24 and the Giant Sized conclusion are published after a few of the following issues, but this story is better read together and before Civil War.

Wolverine: Origins #1 – #15

Read Wolverine Origins

Cable & Deadpool #19 – #35

X-Men: Apocalypse/Dracula #1 – #4

Read Apocalypse vs. Dracula

Civil War + X-Men Tie-Ins

X-Men: Blood of Apocalypse #182 – #187

X-Men: Phoenix Warsong #1 – #5

Read Phoenix Warsong

X-Factor #7 – #17

Uncanny X-Men: Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire #475 – #486

For me, this is the point in X-continuity where Uncanny X-Men becomes required reading. Ed Brubaker takes over the writing reigns and Billy Tan is on art for this space epic.

Buy Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire

Cable & Deadpool #36 – #50

X-Factor #18 – #24

X-Men: Endangered Species #1 – #17

World War Hulk + X-Men Tie-Insworld-war-hulk-trade

Wolverine #56

This is actually the start of a story arc continuing through issue #61. I include the issue 1) To give a sense of where we are in Wolverine continuity during this period and 2) Because issue #56 is one of my favorite Wolverine comics ever. The story is “The Man in the Pit” from Jason Aaron, one of his first forays into the character before becoming the primary writer.

Wolverine Origins #16 – #20 + Annual #1

X-Men: Messiah Complex and the Great Hope Summers – December 2007 through March 2009

The world of mutants finally gets some hope with the excellent Messiah CompleX crossover event.

Messiah Complex

Check out the above Messiah Complex review for the order of issues for this crossover event.

Buy Messiah Complex

X-Factor #28 – #32

X-Force #1 – #13

Read X-Force (2008)

Divided We Stand – Uncanny X-Men #495 – #499, X-Men #208 – #213

Buy Divided We Stand

Buy Divided He Stands

Wolverine: Get Mystique #62 – #65

Astonishing X-Men #25 – #30 + Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #1 – #2

Wolverine: Origins #21 – #30

Cable #1 – #10

Read Cable (2008)

Secret Invasion + X-Men Tie-Ins

X-Men: Messiah Complex
X-Men: Messiah Complex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

X-Men: World’s Apart #1 – #4

Read World’s Apart

X-Infernus #1 – #4

Read X-Infernus

Messiah War

Issues: X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop #1-3, Cable #11-15, X-Force #14-16, X-Force/Cable: Messiah War One-Shot

Reading Order: X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop #1-3, X-Men Messiah War One-Shot, Cable #13, X-Force #14, Cable #14, X-Force #15, Cable #15, X-Force #16

Old Man Logan – Wolverine #66 – #72 + Giant Size #1

X-Force #17 – #25 + X-Force: Sex & Violence #1 – #3

Dark X-Men & Utopia – April 2009 through December 2009

For a year following Secret Invasion, the Marvel Universe fell under the dark reign of Norman Osborn (aka the Green Goblin). This impacts the world of the X-Men in some important ways, including the Utopia crossover event with the Dark Avengers below.

Secret Invasion: Dark Reign #1

Dark Reign: The Cabal #1

Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 – #3

Here’s the full Dark Reign reading order

Dark Avengers / Uncanny X-Men: Utopia

Utopia (comics)
Utopia (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reading Order: Utopia #1, Uncanny X-Men #513, Dark Avengers #7, Uncanny X-Men #514, Dark Avengers #8, Dark Avengers / X-Men: Exodus #1, X-Men: Legacy #226 – #227, Dark X-Men: The Confession #1

Dark Reign – The List: X-Men #1

Wolverine: Origins #31 – #40

Dark Wolverine – Wolverine #73 – #81

Dark X-Men #1 – #5

Uncanny X-Men #515 – #518 + Nation X #1 – #4

Wolverine Origins #41 – #45

X-Factor #39 – #50 + #200 – #203

X-Factor renumbers after issue #50 with a #200.

Wolverine: The Best There Is #1 – #12

Read Wolverine The Best There Is

Psylocke #1 – #4

Read Psylocke (2009)


Includes: New X-Men #32, X-Force #11, #21-25, New Mutants #6-8, X-Men: Legacy #231-234, X-Force/New Mutants: Necrosha One-Shot, X Necrosha: The Gathering

Reading Order: X-Necrosha: The Gathering #1, X-Necrosha #1, New Mutants #6, X-Force Vol 3 #21, New Mutants #7, X-Force Vol 3 #22, New Mutants #8, X-Men: Legacy #231, X-Force Vol 3 #23, X-Men: Legacy #232, X-Force Vol 3 #24, X-Men: Legacy #233, X-Force Vol 3 #25, X-Men: Legacy #234

Second Coming Through X-Men: Schism – Jan 2010 to Oct 2011

Remember all that Hope talk way back in Messiah CompleX? Well the Second Coming has arrived and it will bring about one of the biggest internal debates the X-Men have ever seen.

Astonishing X-Men #31 – #35

Siege + Dark X-Men Tie-Inssiege-marvel-comics

Wolverine: Origins #46 – #50

Cable #16 – #25

X-Men: Second Coming + Second Coming: Revelations

Issues: Second Coming: Prepare, Second Coming #1-2, Uncanny X-Men #523-525; New Mutants #12-14, X-Men Legacy #235-237, X-Force #26-28

Reading Order: X-Men: Hope #1, X-Men Second Coming: Prepare, Second Coming #1, Uncanny X-Men #523, New Mutants #12, X-Men: Legacy #235, X-Force #26, X-Factor #204, Uncanny X-Men #524, X-Men: Hellbound #1, New Mutants #13, X-Men: Blind Science #1, X-Men: Legacy #236, X-Force #27, X-Factor #205, Uncanny X-Men #525, New Mutants #14, X-Men Legacy #237, X-Force #28, X-Factor #206, X-Men: Hellbound #2, Second Coming #2, X-Men: Hellbound #3

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 – #4

Read Daken Dark Wolverine

 Wolverine Goes to Hell #1 – #5

Uncanny X-Men #526 – #529 + Heroic Age One-Shot

Generation Hope #1 – #5

Read Generation Hope

Uncanny X-Force: Apocalypse Solution #1 – #4 + Uncanny X-Force: Deathlok Nation #5.1, #5 to #7

Read Uncanny X-Force

X-Men: Curse of the Mutants #1 – #6 + Curse of the Mutants One-Shots

Reading Order: Death of Dracula #1, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Blade #1, X-Men #1, X-Men #2, Namor: The First Mutant #1, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Storm & Gambit #1, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Smoke & Blood #1, X-Men Vol #3, Namor: The First Mutant #2, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – X-Men vs. Vampires #1, X-Men #4, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – X-Men vs. Vampires #2, Namor: The First Mutant #3, Namor: The First Mutant #4, X-Men #5, X-Men #6

Namor: The First Mutant #1 – #6

X-Factor #207 – #224

X-23: The Killing Dream #1 – #6

Astonishing Spider-Man / Wolverine #1 – #12

Read Astonishing Spidey / Wolverine

X-Men: Age of X

Issues: AGE OF X ALPHA, X-MEN LEGACY #245-247, NEW MUTANTS (2009) #22-24, AGE OF X UNIVERSE #1-2

Astonishing X-Men #36 – #43

Uncanny X-Men #530 – #539

X-Men: Prelude to Schism #1 – #4

X-Men: Schism #1 – #5

Generation Hope #6 to #12

X-Men: Regenesis #1

X-Men: X-Club

Read X-Club

Fear Itself + X-Men Tie Ins

Wolverine & The X-Men + Avengers v X-Men – Oct 2011 to Oct 2012

Wolverine and the X-Men
Wolverine and the X-Men (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After the events of Schism, Wolverine takes over the role of headmaster at a newly founded school for mutants. If that sounds absurd, you’re not wrong, but it also leads to some of the best X-Men comics of this whole era. Plus, Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force continues doing amazing things, including leading to an all new Age of Apocalypse series!

Magneto: Not a Hero #1 – #4

Read Magneto Not a Hero

X-Factor #225 – #232

Wolverine & the X-Men #1 – #3

Buy Wolverine and the X-Men Omnibus

Uncanny X-Force #8 – #19

Age of Apocalypse #1 – #12

Read Age of Apocalypse (2011)

Uncanny X-Force #20 – #24

Astonishing X-Men #44 – #47

Uncanny X-Men #1 – #4

Wolverine & the X-Men: Alpha & Omega #1 – #5

Daken: Dark Wolverine #20 – #22

Uncanny X-Men #5 – #10

Wolverine & the X-Men #4 – #8

X-Factor #233 – #240

Uncanny X-Force #25 to #35

Avengers: X-Sanction #1 – #4

Read Avengers X-Sanction

Avengers vs. X-Men + Tie Ins

Astonishing X-Men #48 – #56

Buy Northstar

Astonishing X-Men – Volume 11: Weaponized

X-Factor #241 – #258

Marvel NOW! X-Men + Uncanny Avengers – Oct 2012 to 2015

Below you’ll find a starting selection for X-Men books through Marvel NOW!. I recommend you check out:

Marvel NOW! Reading Order Guide

The Marvel NOW! guide will cover all X-Men comics from 2012 to 2015.

Uncanny Avengers #1 – #5

Rogue in Wolverine and the X-Men
Rogue in Wolverine and the X-Men (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Buy Uncanny Avengers: The Red Shadow

AvX: Consequences #1 – #5

Buy AvX: Consequences

Wolverine & the X-Men #19 – #24

X-Men: Legacy #1 – #6

Buy X Men Legacy – Prodigal

All-New X-Men #1  – #5

Buy Yesterday’s X-Men

Uncanny X-Men #1 – #5

Buy Revolution

All-New X-Men #6 – #10

Buy Here to Stay

X-Men: Xtermination

Issues: Age of Apocalypse 13, X-Treme X-Men 12, X-Termination 1, Astonishing X-Men 60, Age of Apocalypse 14, X-Treme X-Men 13, Astonishing X-Men 61, X-Termination 2

Reading Order: Astonishing X-Men #59, Age of Apocalypse #13, X-Treme X-Men #12, X-Termination #1, Astonishing X-Men #60, Age of Apocalypse #14, X-Treme X-Men #13, Astonishing X-Men #61, X-Termination #2

Buy Xtermination

Astonishing X-Men #62 to #68

Uncanny Avengers #6 – #11

Buy The Apocalypse Twins

X-Men #1 – #4

Buy X-Men: Primer

Wolverine & the X-Men #30 – #35

All-New X-Men #11 – #15

Buy Out of Their Depth

Uncanny X-Men #6 – #11

Buy Uncanny X-Men: Broken

Battle of The Atom

Issues: All -New X-Men 16-17, Uncanny X-Men 12-13, Wolverine & The X-Men 36-37, X-Men: Battle of the Atom 1-2, X-Men 5-6

Reading Order: X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1, All-New X-Men #16, X-Men #5, Uncanny X-Men #12, Wolverine & the X-Men #36, All-New X-Men #17, X-Men #6, Uncanny X-Men #13, Wolverine & the X-Men #37, X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2

Buy Battle of The Atom

But seriously, you should check out Comic Book Herald’s Marvel NOW! reading order for every X-comic from this time period!

All-New All-Different X-Men (2015 – 2017)

Extraordinary X-Men Vol. 1: X-Haven (Extraordinary X-Men #1 to #5)

All-New X-Men: Inevitable Vol. 1: Ghost of the Cyclops (All-New X-Men #1 to #6)

Uncanny X-Men: Superior Vol. 1: Survival of the Fittest (Uncanny X-Men #1 to #6)

X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever (X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1 to #5)

X-Men ’92 Vol. 1: World is a Vampire (X-Men ’92 #1 to #6)

X-Men: Apocalypse Wars

Civil War II: X-Men #1 to #4

Extraordinary X-Men Vol. 3: Kingdoms Fall (Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1, Extraordinary X-Men #13 to #16)

All-New X-Men: Inevitable Vol. 3: Hell Hath So Much Fury (All-New X-Men #12 to #16, Annual #1)

Uncanny X-Men: Superior Vol. 3: Waking From the Dream (Uncanny X-Men #11 to #15, Uncanny X-Men Annual #1)

Death of X (Death of X #1 to #4)

Inhumans vs. X-Men

Enjoy the X-Men comics! Have a question? Do what feels right to you in the comments, or contact Comic Book Herald on Twitter or Facebook

57 Replies to “The Complete X-Men Reading Order Guide (Modern Marvel Comics Era)”

  1. Can you explain (or point me in the direction where you have already explained) How your specific reading orders (i.e. x-men or spider-man) fit in with your complete Marvel reading guide? Are these a part of the guide, just pulled out and separated for fans of the individual series that might not want to read all of the other titles? Anyway your site continues to impress me, keep up the most appreciated work.

  2. Hi Dave,

    Do you have a reading order for Avengers: The Initiative series/arc? I’m assuming it would fit in right after civil war…

    Thanks for your very helpful website 🙂

  3. Great job. I have one question, when you have, for example, something like the following:

    Astonishing X-Men #36 – #43
    Uncanny X-Men #530 – #539
    X-Men: Prelude to Schism #1 – #4

    Are you supposed to read the 7 Astonishing issues before the nine Uncanny issues, and then the 4 issue miniseries? Or are you supposed to read them in some sort of alternating fashion. This is, of course, just one example of many such in your list and I just wanted to gain some more clarity on that.

    Thanks again, wonderful effort.

    1. Good question. Generally speaking, I would say you can read the complete story arc (so all 7 issues of astonishing) at once, and then move on to the next series. For most of the events/crossovers you’ll want an alternating sequence which I try to provide here. There are exceptions of course but that’s my preferred approach.

      Glad you enjoyed and hope that helps!

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for the reading order guide – it’s great!

    I have a question regarding the ‘Ages of Apocalypse’: how does this differ from the 1994-5 run of the Age of Apocalypse?

    Are they completely different?

    Best, Vac

    1. Glad you dig it!

      That’s right “ages” is a separate miniseries that occurs after age of apocalypse. It will make a lot more sense if you’ve read the main AoA series.

  5. First off thanks for amazing work. Second sorry if this has been asked already before, but I want to make sure I’m understanding correctly. Im trying to read my way through your marvel read order and the x-men read order and I just want to make sure I have the read order down for what I’m going to read.

    New X-men.

    Astonishing X-men 1-6.

    Avengers Disassembled.

    Astonishing X-men 7-12.

    House of M + Decamation

    Astonishing X-men 13-24 +Giant Sized

    Then move on to Civil War?

    Thank you so much again!

  6. Is all the links listed here for buying the TPBs or whatever, do they corner all the issues you list or is there a lot of single hunting?
    I use to be a big X-Men fan and had tons. But stopped long ago and missed so much. And I’d live to read all this. Trying to find the best way and cheapest to get caught up.

    1. Much of this is covered in TPBs, but not all. The best and cheapest way to get caught up is going to be Marvel Unlimited, but that’s only if you’re comfortable catching up digitally.

  7. Hi. Do you recommend Exiles? I have seen it mentioned in other places but I don’t see it here. I understand it is not very continuity heavy, is that right?

    All your guides are great, thanks for taking the time! I (sort of) accidentally got a marvel unlimited subscription for a year and intend to get my money’s worth, this makes it easier 🙂

    1. I love Exiles. Love, love, love.

      There are tons of references to classic/famous X-Men and Marvel Universe stories, but otherwise you can pretty much read straight through for as long as you enjoy. Issue #70 is a House of M tie-in, so at that point you might want to loop back in with the state of the Marvel U.

      Glad you dig the site! Hope I can help turn the accidental purchase into some fun comics 🙂

  8. Hi!

    Thanks for all of your reading lists. They are really great.

    I have a question about this reading list. I have just finished Cable & Deadpool 1-12 and I am now reading Astonishing X-Men 7-12.

    I know there are some other X-Men series going on around this time (X-Men Vol 2, New X-Men Vol 2, Excalibur Vol 3). Are these left off of this list because they are not recommended reading? Is there any value in trying to read some of these storylines as well?

    I sometimes get caught up in wanting to know whats happening to all of the characters, but I also don’t want to waste too much time on really bad books.

    1. That’s a good question. In some instances (Excalibur) it’s not recommended, and in some instances it’s just lower priority but solid (new x-men). I’d recommend starting the series and getting a feel for it. If it’s not enjoyable hop on back to the loving arms of astonishing x-men.

  9. Hi, first I want to say this is amazing just like all of the lists on here, and keep up the good work. Now, getting down to business. Im in highschool so I dont have alot of time to read comics, due to homework and various tv shows im watching. So, what titles do you feel are the most essential? It would be great to get an idea of what to read, so I dont waste time reading stories that dont really matter. Thanks.

  10. X-Men vs. Apocalypse: The Twelve, for individual issues or MU, here’s Marvel’s suggested reading order:
    Uncanny X-Men #376
    Cable #75 (Not in MU)
    X-Men #96
    Wolverine #146 (Not in MU)
    Uncanny X-Men #377
    Cable #76
    X-Men #97

  11. Hello Dave!

    Thank you so much for your amazing guides! I’ve recently started getting into Marvel comics. It took some years to muster the courage, but it has been very rewarding. Your guides have been essential to me.

    So now for my quick question. I’m interested in getting into modern X-men so that I can get myself up to date (then a have a look at the Claremont era later). After reading this guide I will start off with New X-men. However, you also note the Uncanny X-men issues that are running alongside them. Would it be possible to start at UXM #400 and get what is going on in that series? Are the two series closely related any any way? Just trying to figure out if I should read both alongside each other, or just focus on the New issues.

    1. Personally, I’d recommend going for New X-Men and coming back to Uncanny later if you like. They aren’t too interconnected, although I guess they’re at least cognizant of each other. That said, if you’re really ambitious, you could totally go for both and be just fine. Just know I’ll be impressed 🙂

  12. Why is there no mention of Xtreme X-Men in this list? I’ve read the first issue and…it’s absolutely as good as Claremont’s then-recent Uncanny run…that is to say not great. Still better than Chuck Austen though. Anyway, is it missing from the Chronology because it kind of exists off in its own little corner of the world? Still, it might be helpful for people confused by Bishop and Sage’s appearances in New X-Men.

  13. I love this site! I have pretty much every other page bookmarked! Great job!!

    Now… Where do we go from here? I’ve finished Wolverine and the X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men, and Amazing X-Men. So what’s next?


      1. Hi Dave, thanks for an awesome effort. I’m basically using your site as a bible at the minute.
        I feel like I’ve got a bit lost though…
        I’m a devout X-men fan so I read all that’s related to them, I’ve worked my way through the Marvel Now reading order and then gone back to Avengers: Time Runs Out to prepare myself for Secret wars. As I’ve started reading Secret Wars I’ve noticed bits of X-men storylines I’m not familiar with. As I’ve looked into it there are the last issues of Uncanny X-men (after Omega Mutant) and a couple of All New X-men (Utopians) issues.

        My question after all this rambling is do they go before or after Secret Wars?

  14. You’re guides are soooo helpful. I’m trying to get back in to comics after 12 years away and it would be impossible without guides like yours.

    Thank you!

      1. one thing I would add is X-Men: Emperor Vulcan to the guide for War of Kings. I started reading Kingbreaker in preparation for War of Kings and was confused by the state of the Cosmic X-Men when I started reading.

  15. Is “Uncanny X-Men: The Birth of Generation Hope” TPB the same thing as “Generation Hope: The Future’s a Four-Lettered Word” TPB? I’m getting ready to start reading “Second Coming” TPB and “Second Coming: Revelations” TPB. Want to make sure I have the next order from there. Thanks, Phillip

  16. Hi Dave, I just wanted to say that I enjoy your lists and have been using them for a while. It’s helped me get through all of the Ultimate Universe and many large story arcs that encompass the entire Marvel U.

    I’ve begun to read through your Modern X-Men list to catch up on my favorite team, but I’m starting to find gaps and X-men books that have been left off your list. For instance, the Claremont Excalibur run. I know you’ve mentioned that you don’t like that run and don’t recommend it, but for a person who wants to get all of the story, I feel that this book is important in the aftermath of the Xorn/Magneto events.

    Now I’ve gotten to Astonishing X-men, but have noticed that you didn’t include New Mutants Vol 2 and thus I was confused when Elixer, Armor and a few other newer x-men show up.

    Do you plan to flesh out the Modern X-Men Reading Order with all of the x-men books or is this list just the ones you feel are important? I really want a list that breaks down everything X-Men related the way you do your reading orders. Is there something like that?

  17. Hi, first of all, just wanted to say great job on all your guides. It’s because of your guide that I started to read Marvel comics. Before I found CBH I was a bit overwhelmed.

    Anyway, I was just wondering, why aren’t the rest of the Uncanny X-Force issues here, you went up to #24. What about #25-#35? Where would they fit in?

    Thanks in advance

    1. I saw that cable and deadpool reading order was changed it’s different then it was 2 weeks ago. Anyone know if what’s posted now is the correct order.

  18. This list has some titles indented from the rest. For example:

    X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong #1 – #5

    New X-Men: Hellions #1 – #4

    X-Men: Colossus Bloodline #1 – #5

    Is that of any particular significance? Is it suggesting that the indented ones are read simultaneously? Or read optionally?

    Loving the guide so far. Thanks for what must have been a monumental effort.

    1. err… looks like formatting didn’t work out properly.

      X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong #1 – #5

      >>>>New X-Men: Hellions #1 – #4

      >>>>X-Men: Colossus Bloodline #1 – #5

  19. So I’ve just started getting into comics. Found pretty much the whole Uncanny X-men Vol2 at Half Priced Books for $1 a piece. But I wanted to start from the beginning. I’m a total noob here so bare with me on the stupid questions, but I am completely lost on where to start reading. I decided to start with the Uncanny X-men #376. It starts out relatively easy understand, but then it starts referencing things that have happened and points me to another issue to understand what is going on. So i go the the suggested issue and then that issue suggests another issue to get the scoop. Where the heck do I even start??? I’m being pointed to other issues which point to other issues which point to other issues. But I want to know what the heck is going on.

  20. So, i read alot of the x-men/spider-man around 85-96 (as lot as i could get my hands on here in sweden). Now with MU i have started to read some again, like spider-man ultimate (stopped at #133, and secret wars I (big fan now and when i was young). Now i have started with the new x-men 2001-2004 and planing what next, and with that i have some questions. Like can i go along with this one right after the new x-men 2001-2004.
    I was thinking of some wolverin origin, emma frost, weapon x (in that order) with some Amazing Spider-Man on the side. Haven’t started too read any bigger event except from secret war and 2 issues from the secret war 2 (that i couldn’t continue with). So my question is, should I ignore the new x-men 2004-2008 and go with my

  21. When making it to Wolverine & the X-Men only read 1-3 then read 8-19 of the Uncanny X-Force otherwise you’ll encounter too many spoilers in Wolverine & the X-Men #4.

  22. Hi Dave, EXCELLENT WORK on this site! I have several pages bookmarked and have Excel spreadsheets based on this data to help me keep track of the TPBs I own and need. My question is do you have an essential list of X-Men comics of trades to read post Marvel Now? I know it may be early to tell since it’s still new but trying to determine which stories to read next. I liked all of the All-New X-men through Utopians. But there are 3 new X-men runs currently going on (All-New X-Men (volume 2), Extraordinary X-Men, Uncanny X-Men (volume 4). Starting to get confused and didn’t see these yet on the site. Apologies if this is too new and not enough data yet to post. Thanks again for the tremendously useful site.


  23. Hey man – this is AMAZING – I’ve spent most of my summer trying to get through this in order and I’m loving it! I have one issue with Astonishing X-Men #24 (end of volume 4) fitting where you have it above… Kitty Pryde keeps appearing (X-Factor/New-X-Men/X-Men/Uncanny) and she should be hurtling through space according to where you had me read Astonishing volume 4 – it’s looking to me like volume 4 of Astonishing should be mush lower – maybe right before Messiah Complex? But then again maybe I’m missing something… Thanks again!

  24. Hi,

    Been following this from the New X-Men by Grant Morrison era, and am absolutely loving it!

    A suggestion: You’ve got Weapon X split into #1-#10 and #11-#28. Personally I’d make that split #1-#13 and #14-#28. That way it doesn’t break in the middle of a storyline, and I don’t think there’s any continuity problems with reading #11-#13 earlier?

    A question: No District X after the first six-issue storyline? I know Mr. M returns later, is it just that there’s nothing in issues #7-#14 that connects to anything later?

  25. Thank you! I fall into the “watched the animated series as a lass” (ahem! Lasses read comics too 😉 ) and I’ve read a lot of the old Claremont stuff it was based on, but any sort of guide through the ridiculously complicated X-universe is appreciated.

  26. your site is amazing. the work u put in to make these lists must be intense. I have literally gone from Muir Island Saga to All New all different Uncanny X-men by trade this year and your website was the torch in the darkness that is x-men continuity lol…


  27. What about All-new All-different? Here’s a reading order for that:

    All-new X-Men #1-6
    Extraordinary X-Men #1-5
    All-New Wolverine #1-7
    Uncanny X-Men #1-5
    Old Man Logan #1-14
    All-new X-Men #7-8
    Extraordinary X-Men #6-7
    Apocalypse Wars
    Extraordinary X-Men #8
    Uncanny X-Men #6
    Extraordinary X-Men #9
    Uncanny X-Men #7
    All-New X-Men #9
    Extraordinary X-Men #10
    Uncanny X-Men #8
    All-New X-Men #10
    Extraordinary X-Men #11
    Uncanny X-Men #9
    All-New X-Men #11
    Extraordinary X-Men #12
    Uncanny X-Men #10
    All-new Wolverine Annual #1
    All-new Wolverine #8-9
    Civil War II
    Civil War II #0-1
    All-new Wolverine #10-12
    Civil War II #2
    Civil War II: X-Men #1-4
    Civil War II #3-8
    Champions #1-2 (Young Cyclops)

    This next batch of comics hasn’t come out yet, so let me know if I’m wrong.

    All-new Wolverine #13-15
    Extraordinary X-Men #13-16 and Annual #1
    All-new X-Men #12-15 and Annual #1
    Uncanny X-Men #11-15 and Annual #1
    Death of X #1-4
    IVX #0-1
    Extraordinary X-Men #17
    Uncanny X-Men #16

  28. Can I not just read Grant Morrison X-Men by itself? I have found that I only like reading hardcovers & omnibus’s. Not into TPB or single issues.

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