Comic Book / Adjectiveless X-Men

Adjectiveless X-Men is the fan term for various X-Men series, so-called because... well, there's a lot of X-Men books, and adding "adjectiveless" helps make the distinction. Anyway, this page will refer to issues 1-113 of X-Men as volume 1 and issues 157-207 as volume 2.

While the X-Men debuted in a series called The X-Men, that book was retitled Uncanny X-Men and is referred to as such. By 1990, there were three X-titles, the original, X-Factor and New Mutants (well, four if you include Wolverine). Because of the huge cast, a second central X-Men title was announced, written by Chris Claremont and drawn by new superstar Jim Lee. Issue #1 was released in 1991, and is still the best-selling single issue of all time. This split the X-Men into two teams: the blue team (in Uncanny X-Men) and the gold team (in X-Men). This series is known for its bevvy of crossovers, which also means it's very difficult to collect in trade.

In 2001, the series was retitled New X-Men for Grant Morrison's cerebral sci-fi run (not to be confused with New X-Men: Academy X, the third volume of New Mutants), before reverting back to X-Men. That series eventually retitled itself X-Men: Legacy, which initially focused on continuity-heavy stories featuring Professor Xavier before shifting focus for the remainder of its issues to Rogue. It too is a part of numerous crossovers. For convenience, many generally refer to the entire series, bar the New X-Men run, as X-Men: Legacy... Comic books are confusing.

A new Adjectiveless X-Men series was launched in 2010. This series focused on the role of the X-Men in the wider Marvel Universe, and featured "guest characters" who usually don't appear in X-books, such as Blade and Daredevil. This series was eventually cancelled, and replaced by its successor, another Adjectiveless series.

This series was launched with the Marvel NOW! initiative, and features an all-female team. While Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men and All-New X-Men focus on Cyclops' team of rebel X-Men, Wolverine's school, and the original time-displaced X-Men, respectively, and the X-Force titles are their own little thing showcasing mutant black ops teams, this series just features an X-team in general. It's become known as "that other X-book" due to being largely influenced by the other X-books. Its second story arc was a crossover, and two of its cast were hijacked by other series. This series crossed over with the other X-titles in the Battle of the Atom Bat Family Crossover.


Tropes applying to Volume 1:

Tropes applying to Volume 3:

  • Guest-Star Party Member: Daredevil, Blade, the Future Foundation, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider and War Machine.
  • Superman Stays out of Gotham: The entire point if the series was to avert this and have the X-Men combat threats in the Marvel Universe as a whole.

Tropes applying to Volume 4:

  • Back from the Dead: Madelyne Pryor. Downplayed with Selene Gallio, who is instead just reassembled from being dispersed into the atmosphere.
  • The Big Guy: Rogue usually acts as this.
  • Bumbling Mom: Jubilee isn't a very responsible parent, taking almost every opportunity to ditch Shogo onto someone else, even if those people are in no way qualified to babysit (O5 Iceman and Beast).
  • Evil Counterpart: The Sisterhood of Mutants is one to the book's feature team, being an all-female team and all.
  • Mama Bear: The entire team acts as this to Shogo.
  • The Smart Guy: Kitty Pryde, who left the team.
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