For the third year running, Marvel Comics is offering fans a chance to elect one member of their flagship X-Men squad with their X-Men Vote campaign and polling site at marvel.com/xmenvote!
The electoral chaos of X-Men Vote began in 2021 with the announcement of the inaugural Hellfire Gala and, with it, the launch of a new flagship X-Men team penned by Gerry Duggan. It would be anchored by mainstays and fan favorites like Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Rogue, but fans could chose the final member in an expression of direct democracy.
(According to Duggan, the vote is totally unrigged by Marvel and he truly plans potential subplots for every character in the election)
There’s no superhero comics fanbase more obsessive than X-fans. X-Twitter immediately exploded with campaigning, trending X-Men around the world and driving up the votes. We wound up with Polaris on the team from that initial vote, pulling her out of Leah Williams’ X-Factor. Then, in 2022, Firestar topped the vote, pulling her out of… well, mostly out of disuse, if we’re being honest.
This year’s X-Men Vote has a list of six selections with a clear disparity between the media darlings, the fan faves, and the dark horses. Who are our six potential X-Men, and what are some of the best runs to catch up on their comics history?
Keep reading for a deep dive! And, let me know your favorite issues and runs with these characters in the comments below.