Ever since House of X and Powers of X rejuvenated X-Men fandom in 2019, one of the most consistent questions I’ve heard has been “What are the essential comics of the Krakoa era?” Admittedly, my initial reaction was “Read it all, you cowards!,” but even I can acknowledge that after a near 5-year journey, that’s a lot of comics, and not everything is vital to enjoying and understanding this fascinating era of X-Men.
So, I’ve set myself the task of selecting the 10 collected works that best summarize the Krakoa / Hickman era of X-Men, and provide the most invaluable contributions to the grand metanarrative and overarching plot. This would have been much easier if I could have made a list of 12, but unfortunately, the X-Office’s insistence that Powers of X is pronounced “Powers of Ten” and X of Swords is pronounced “ten of swords” leaves me no choice but to take the Roman numeral way too seriously. This means the list will truly concentrate on contributions to the larger story, and some of my picks for best comics of the era will get left out as honorable mentions.
If you feel jumping around through the essential works is skipping too many comics, that’s why I have the complete Krakoa era X-Men reading orders on Comic Book Herald. This guide is for those who want a relative fast track that captures the era’s essence. To those who say even this fast track is too much: “Read more comics, you cowards!” [Read more…] about Top 10 Essential Krakoa X-Men Comics (Collected)