Comic Book / 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
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
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:
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.