X-Man, aka Nate Grey, is an Age of Apocalypse castoff, with a deep and complicated history in the X-Men universe of comics (he’s got Summers blood and time travel in his backstory… it gets weird). Generally, though, Nate has been an often overlooked supporting player in the 2000’s, until now suddenly getting his very own “Age.”
Spinning out of the events of the 2018 relaunch of Uncanny X-Men, and very much in the spirit of the alternate reality imaginings of Age of Apocalypse, the Age of X-Man drops Marvel’s X-Men into another mutant utopia with a dark secret at the center.
Below you’ll find a complete reading order for Marvel’s early 2019 Age of X-Man, including all the alternate universe comics to add to your checklist.
The guide will be updated with relevant crossovers and reading order information as issues are released!
Previously: X-Men Extermination
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Road to Age of X-Man
Collects: The complete event
1995’s genre-expanding mega crossover created an entirely new alternate reality for the X-Men, one in which Professor Charles Xavier had been murdered and Apocalypse had taken over the world. Age of Apocalypse is both the birthplace of Nathan Grey, the X-Man, and the format that Age of X-Man takes.
If you really want the full Nate Grey special, check out Comic Book Herald’s X-Man reading order.
Collects: Uncanny X-Men (2018) #1 to #10
Following the events of X-Men: Extermination, Marvel’s longtime flagship mutant title relaunched with a ten issue weekly story.
Age of X-Man Collected Trades
Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men
Collects: Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1 to #5
Collects: Age of X-Man: Nextgen #1 to #5
Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler
Collects: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1 to #5
Collects: Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #1 to #5
Collects: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #1 to #5
Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and the X-Tracts
Collects: Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #1 to #5
Age of X-Man Comics Checklist
You could make a pretty strong case – in fact, I think I’m about to make it – for reading each miniseries issue in sequence, rather than reading all five issues at once. For example, Marvelous X-Men #1, then Nextgen #1, Amazing Nightcrawler #1, etc, and then on to each series’ #2.
This will allow you to read the issues more or less as they were released, and gives a fuller exposure to the world of Age of X-Man. There’s not a lot of crossover between series, but it does help to read Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #1 before moving on to future issues of Marvelous X-Men.
- Age of X-Man Alpha #1
- Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1 to #5
- Age of X-Man: Nextgen #1 to #5
- Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1 to #5
- Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #1 to #5
- Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #1 to #5
- Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #1 to #5
- Age of X-Man Omega #1
Next: X-Men by Jonathan Hickman
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ARE ANY OF THE TRADES GOING TO INCLUDE THE ALPHA ISSUE?
6 tpb but none of them includes the alpha and omega issues? i hope thats not true and at least one of them includes them.(most likely marvelous x-men?) or even better: give me an omnibus with all 32 issues.^^
looks like i was right. should have googled first. https://www.marvel.com/comics/collection/73063/age_of_x-man_the_marvelous_x-men_tpb_trade_paperback
Robert Morales says
Is this a situation where each mini-series is self-contained within the Age of X-Man Universe? Or do you read them as they come out? Ex. Marvelous X-Men # 1, then NextGen #1, and so on?
I have been reading them as they come out. That was fairly tedious for the first month, as they all had a similar worlds to build, but things are branching out better in month 2.
I would second this approach so far. Reading each issue #1 sequentially from all the miniseries. For example, it helps to have read Apocalypse & The X-Tracts #1 or the X-Tremists #1 prior to Marvelous X-Men #2.
This event is quite fascinating to date – I’m pleasantly surprised, and have high hopes for the finish.
Wade Shaw says
Hey, just wanted to note that there will also be an Age of X-Man Omega #1 to cap off the event.