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In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!
Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #6-4.
6. “Gifted” Astonishing X-Men #1-6
Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s opening storyline on Astonishing X-Men spotlighted Kitty Pryde as she rejoined the X-Men after retiring from superheroing to pursue a “normal” life. Cyclops convinces her to return as he needs someone who can bridge the gap between “normal” humans and mutants and few people do that better than Kitty Pryde. Her return to the X-Mansion brings back loads of memories for Kitty but things get even more crazy for her when she reunites with Colossus, who she thought died some time ago! Meanwhile, Beast and mutants as a whole struggle when a doctor unveils a mysterious “cure” for being a mutant. This became the basic plot of the film X-Men 3.
5. “E is for Extinction” New X-Men #114-116
Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Tim Townsend were the creative team on the opening arc of Grant Morrison’s tenure on X-Men. Morrison revamped the look of the X-Men as well as the general status quo, as mutants are popping up with so much frequency that the Beast (who has mutated into a more animalistic, feline-looking version of his “normal” blue furry self – the idea of “secondary mutations” was also something Morrison newly introduced into the X-Men universe) discovers that if things continue as they are going, NON mutants will be extinct in a few generations! During this turbulent time in mutant history, a new villain made her mark. Cassandra Nova takes control of a seemingly defunct Sentinel base to decimate Genosha. 16 million mutants killed in less than an hour! The X-Men, along with new member Emma Frost (who was one of the very few survivors of the Genosha attack), hunt down Nova and seemingly stop her…but it is too late, she has taken control of Professor X’s mind. What will she do with her new body? The X-Men will soon find out.
4. “God Loves, Man Kills” Marvel Graphic Novel #5
In this classic graphic novel by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson, the X-Men are forced to team up with Magneto when they run afoul of the anti-mutant religious zealot Reverand Stryker. Stryker ends up kidnapping Cyclops and Professor Xavier and the X-Men and Wolverine go to resuce them. Instead of a larger battle on live television, though, the X-Men essentially win the day through vigorous debate. After Stryker denounces Nightcrawler as non-human, Kitty retorts, “More human than you! Nightcrawler’s generous and kind and decent! He had every reason to be bitter, every excuse to become as much of a demon inside and out, but he decided he’d rather learn to laugh instead! I hope I can be HALF the person he is, and if I have to choose between caring for my friend and believing in YOUR God…then I choose…m-my friend!” Nice. Eventually, Stryker’s inhumanity rears its ugly head and the X-Men are saved. Powerful stuff.
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