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Top Five Variant Takes on the X-Men

Here are the top five variant takes on the X-Men! Note I don’t mean What If…?s or Alternate Realities, but stuff like X-Men Fairy Tales.

Enjoy!

5. The Manga X-Men

I really was not much of a fan of this manga take on the X-Men, but I can’t think of a more deserving fifth place variant!

4. The Noir X-Men

This Fred Van Lente-penned variant on the X-Men is cute – you have to love the notion of the plot being the murder of Jean Grey! :)

3. The Fairy Tale X-Men

This was a strong mini-series filled with good fairy tale takes on the X-Men, and the artwork was stunning all throughout, particularly the Kyle Baker art for the second issue!

2. The X-Babies

The X-Babies are a cute concept, and they also seem to have legs, as the gag is still being used nowadays, two decades or so after they first popped up!

1. Kitty’s Fairy Tale X-Men

One of the most charming issues of Claremont’s X-Men run, this one-off issue by Claremont and the late, great Dave Cockrum was so cool that Cockrum even got to do a Nightcrawler mini-series based on the Bamf! character from Kitty’s fairy tale!

That’s the top five! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

13 Comments

Kitty’s Fairy Tale X-Men are good and all, but I don’t see how anyone could pick anything other than the X-Babies as #1. Art Adams drew them for most of their early appearances! That alone should put them in the top spot.

It’s not like Dave Cockrum is some slouch! :)

I think Kitty’s Fairy Tale benefits from the comparative lack of exposure. The X-Babies were cute the first time….and the second time. But went rapidly downhill the more times creators went to that well. I mean, if you want to get right down to it…their are enough iterations of the X-babies to merit their own continuity…which just isn’t right.

I love Kitty’s Fairy Tale as a example of something wonderful that can come from a comic in just one issue out of nowhere. No decompressed storyline…just one and done.

I HATE the X-Babies and anything to do with Mojoverse. Always have, always will.

Kitty’s Fairy Tale all the way!

Vincent Paul Bartilucci

December 7, 2008 at 7:23 am

Lord, I hate Kitty’s fairy tale.

Then again, i hate Kitty.

Technically, all of these ARE alternate reality X-Men groups.

Tom Fitzpatrick

December 7, 2008 at 9:21 am

“Lord, I hate Kitty’s fairy tale.

Then again, i hate Kitty.”

Then I guess you must be glad she’s “GONE” from the pages of Astonishing X-men.

Would love to see a new version of Kitty’s Fairy Tale in the context of modern X-Men stories. Telling a happy ending version of the Dark Phoenix Saga to a child is one thing, but I’d love to see, say, a happy fairy tale spin on Planet X…

Mangaverse?

Come on, with some of today’s most talented writers and artists working on the Age of Apocalypse, how can that incarnation not get a nod?

erm, read the whole post… nevermind.

The post is kind of vague. What if’s or alternate realities sort of apply to The X-Babies and Kitty’s Fairy Tale team, since they’re not really “616″.

I quite liked the take on the X-Men from 1602.

Did anyone actually win one of those Columbia bikes???

I second 1602.

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