The Definitive X-Men Reading Order (that’s also easy to follow!)
I’ve been an X-Men fan for over 30 years, but I’ve never found a perfect reading order for X-Men comic books – so I decided to build one myself!
I examined every X-Men title, issue, and major appearance published in their first 50 years and organized them into a single X-Men reading order.
My approach is a little different than other guides. I’ve tried to examine the X-Men’s entire history one story at a time – so you can read without switching comics mid-story. I don’t think inserting single issues between one another or even switching mid-issue makes for an ideal reading experience.
This X-Men reading order takes advantage of the breaks in stories created by Marvel’s collected editions wherever possible and was built by referencing release dates, chronology guides, and Marvel’s own Official Indexes.
The result? An easy-to-follow guide that threads all X-Men titles together like one massive crossover.
Is a comprehensive X-Men reading order more than you were looking for? For a trade reading order guide to any single X-Men title, like Uncanny X-Men or Wolverine, head to the Crushing Comics – Guide to Marvel Comics!
Or, try Instant X-Pert, which only include stories that were the highlights of the first 50 years of X-Men comics leading up to Avengers vs. X-Men.
How does the X-Men reading order work?
Click one of the Eras below based on the period you’re interested in or the dates your comics were originally released.
If you’re not sure where to start, each X-Men reading order era begins with a list of all the ongoing series released in that time period. Each era breaks down the primary X-Men narrative (usually contained in Uncanny X-Men) into digestible chunks divided by major storylines like “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and “Avengers vs. X-Men.”
I am constantly updating these eras with notes from my own re-reading as well as improvements from commenters and patrons!
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The Eras of X-Men
Era #0: Before X-Men
Stories occurring prior or parallel to X-Men #1 in September 1963 – as well as “Origins” and “Before the X-Men” types of series.
Era #1: Original X-Men
Stories from X-Men #1 in September 1963 through (but not including) Giant-Size X-Men #1 in May 1975
Era #2: Second Genesis
Giant-Size X-Men #1 in May 1975 to Uncanny X-Men #140 in December 1981
Era #3: New Mutants
Uncanny X-Men #141 in January 1981 to Uncanny X-Men #198 in October 1985
Era #4: X-Factor
Uncanny X-Men #199 in November 1985 to Uncanny X-Men #243 in April 1989
Era #5: X-Tinction
Uncanny X-Men #244 in May 1989 to Uncanny X-Men #280 in September 1981
Era #6: Fatal Attractions
Uncanny X-Men #281 & X-Men, Vol. 2 #1 in October 1991 to Uncanny X-Men #307 in December 1993
Era #7: Onslaught
Uncanny X-Men #308 in January 1994 to Uncanny X-Men #337 in October 1996.
Era #8: Reassembled
Uncanny X-Men #338 in November 1996 to Uncanny X-Men #365 February 1999.
Era #9: Revolution
Uncanny X-Men #362 in December 1998 to Uncanny X-Men #393 in June 2001.
Era #10: New X-Men
Uncanny X-Men #394 and New X-Men #114 in July 2001 to Uncanny X-Men #443 in June 2004.
Era #11: The New Age
Uncanny X-Men #444 in July 2004 to Uncanny X-Men #465 in December 2005. This begins with the immediately post-Morrison period and concludes with House of M.
Era #12: Endangered Species
Uncanny X-Men #466 in January 2006 to Uncanny X-Men #491 in December 2007. It includes the events Decimation, Civil War, and World War Hulk.
Era #13: Manifest Destiny
Uncanny X-Men #495 in April 2008 to Uncanny X-Men #525 in August 2010, which spans Messiah Complex to Second Coming. It includes the events includes Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, and Siege.
Era #14: Breaking Points
Uncanny X-Men #526 in September 2010 to Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 #20 in October 2012, including all of Fear Itself and Avengers vs. X-Men.