The best X-Men story arcs of 2013

I decided to make a list of the best X-Men story arcs of 2013.

I have listed some individual comics as well as hardcovers

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Edited by oldnightcrawler

I think the first 15 issues of All-New X-Men should just count as one big arc. After rereading them recently, I find they do hold up as pretty entertaining character explorations, but I can't really say that any part of that story is better or worse than the rest. Not the greatest or most essential X-men story, but definitely one of the books I'll most fondly associate with 2013.

The Iceman arc from Astonishing X-Men was pretty good, as were the first 4 issues of Wood's X-Men and the return of Nightcrawler. I don't know if I'd consider any of them great X-men stories, but as a fan of Nightcrawler, Iceman and Jubilee I certainly enjoyed them. Certainly essential for fans of those characters.

Uncanny X-Men, on the other hand, has been one of the best X-men books in years. Not flawless, and certainly not for everyone, but as contemporary reinterpretations of the X-men go, this one has been both distinct and solid.

Other than that, I think The Arms of The Octopus was probably the X-men story I enjoyed most, and was kind of the best example of what I liked about the "O5" being around again. To me, it's the story that most feels like both 2013 and 1963, and should have been more of a focus of the 50th anniversary theme.

Really, it probably should have just been issues 16-18 of All-new X-men instead of it's own separate thing; mostly because it was one of the best arcs of the year, also because Battle of the Atom basically sucked and was the worst two issues of every book it was in, and thirdly because even if they still did BotA but did it 3 issues later, both X-men and Uncanny' would have had more chance to develop their teams before being thrust into a 5-book crossover.

Posted by HAWK2916

Out of this list I could have done without most of these stories and came away really feeling that I wasted alot of money in 2013. Astonishing's arc with Iceman was the best of the lot. Cable and Xforce was pretty cool and one I'd rank above most of the other stuff as well. Wood's Xmen has good characterization even though the stories and plots are weak. Still waiting on Uncanny to get started. It reads better if you read everything together and not on a month-by-month issue to issue basis because it really just drags and drags that way

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Oh yesss... ALl New X-men was amazing last year, but it is going down in quality slowly in 2014.

I enjoyed Battle of the Atom a lot.

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@oldnightcrawler said:

I think the first 15 issues of All-New X-Men should just count as one big arc. After rereading them recently, I find they do hold up as pretty entertaining character explorations, but I can't really say that any part of that story is better or worse than the rest. Not the greatest or most essential X-men story, but definitely one of the books I'll most fondly associate with 2013.

The Iceman arc from Astonishing X-Men was pretty good, as were the first 4 issues of Wood's X-Men and the return of Nightcrawler. I don't know if I'd consider any of them great X-men stories, but as a fan of Nightcrawler, Iceman and Jubilee I certainly enjoyed them. Certainly essential for fans of those characters.

Uncanny X-Men, on the other hand, has been one of the best X-men books in years. Not flawless, and certainly not for everyone, but as contemporary reinterpretations of the X-men go, this one has been both distinct and solid.

Other than that, I think The Arms of The Octopus was probably the X-men story I enjoyed most, and was kind of the best example of what I liked about the "O5" being around again. To me, it's the story that most feels like both 2013 and 1963, and should have been more of a focus of the 50th anniversary theme.

Really, it probably should have just been issues 16-18 of All-new X-men instead of it's own separate thing; mostly because it was one of the best arcs of the year, also because Battle of the Atom basically sucked and was the worst two issues of every book it was in, and thirdly because even if they still did BotA but did it 3 issues later, both X-men and Uncanny' would have had more chance to develop their teams before being thrust into a 5-book crossover.

I have disagree with you, with the first 15 issues of New X-Men should count as one big arc. I think the problem with Micheal Bendis writing is it doesn't seems like much happening, with All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. Having said that, there has been some great characters developments and interactions within though titles. I wouldn't consider them the greatest story arcs, just the best of 2013.

Iceman story and Kurt story was pretty good. I think Kieron Gillian and Marjorie Liu proved, if you care about those characters enough, there you can really write a good story for them. Having said thats, I’m glad both of those writers have left those titles, cause Kyle and Yost will do a good job on Amazing X-Men. I think Marjorie Liu works better on solo titles, I loved her work on the X-23 series.

I’m so glad Iceman got a good story arc, I really hope writers invest more in his character. I mean 2013 was good year for Iceman. I just hope that continues.

Uncanny X-Men has been pretty good. I don’t think it’s better than All New X-Men. I think the series it too center around Cyclops and we seen that for the past 6 years. With everything being about Cyclops. I have enjoy what Bendis is doing with Cyclops character. I think Bendis is doing a better job with Cyclops than Matt Fraction and Kieran Gillian. I still feel the focus is too much on Scott. I mean Emma, Magik and even Tempus have had some cool moments, but not enough of them

I haven't red The Arms of The Octopus yet, I still have to read it. Why didn't you like Battle of the Atom.

@hawk2916 said:

Out of this list I could have done without most of these stories and came away really feeling that I wasted alot of money in 2013. Astonishing's arc with Iceman was the best of the lot. Cable and Xforce was pretty cool and one I'd rank above most of the other stuff as well. Wood's Xmen has good characterization even though the stories and plots are weak. Still waiting on Uncanny to get started. It reads better if you read everything together and not on a month-by-month issue to issue basis because it really just drags and drags that way

I’m still waiting for Uncanny X-Men to get started, I mean there has been some good issues and had cool moments, but it still feels not much it happening.

Don’t we all feel like we wasting a lot of the money. I feel I wasted a lot of money over the last 5 years with Matt Fraction, Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillian. Although I’m glad I didn’t pick up all those stories they wrote. Wasting money is the cursed for comic fans.

We expect comics to be good, but a lot of time there not.

Brian Wood X-Men is pretty good. I Just can’t wait for it to be really good. Cable and X-Force was really good, I’m so annoyed it came to a end. I liked the Iceman story arc a lot.

@madeinbangladesh said:

Oh yesss... ALl New X-men was amazing last year, but it is going down in quality slowly in 2014.

I enjoyed Battle of the Atom a lot.

I have to agree with you, the quality of writing has gone down abit. I’m glad, I’m not the only one who like Battle of the Atom. What did you like about it ?

Posted by oldnightcrawler

@time said:
  1. I have disagree with you, with the first 15 issues of New X-Men should count as one big arc. I think the problem with Micheal Bendis writing is it doesn't seems like much happening, with All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. Having said that, there has been some great characters developments and interactions within though titles. I wouldn't consider them the greatest story arcs, just the best of 2013.
  2. Uncanny X-Men has been pretty good. I don’t think it’s better than All New X-Men. I think the series it too center around Cyclops and we seen that for the past 6 years. With everything being about Cyclops. I have enjoy what Bendis is doing with Cyclops character. I think Bendis is doing a better job with Cyclops than Matt Fraction and Kieran Gillian. I still feel the focus is too much on Scott. I mean Emma, Magik and even Tempus have had some cool moments, but not enough of them
  3. Why didn't you like Battle of the Atom (?).

1.) What I meant about All-New X-Men is that, between issues 1-13, there kind of is just one arc. You could split it into two or three acts, I guess, but other than maybe the end of issue 5 (when they decide to stay) there isn't really any story resolution until at least issue 13. Maybe you could say the same thing about Uncanny X-Men, in that it's building up a lot of different threads without really resolving very many, but I see them as being two very different types of story besides that.

2.) I think Uncanny' is much better than All-new', but only as a matter of personal preference. Firstly, I'm just way more interested in both the characters and premise of Uncanny, which is only a matter of personal preference.

Secondly, while I can appreciate the kind of teen-drama, soap opera approach to the writing in All-new', it's not really what interests me about reading any of those characters. For what it is, it's done well enough I suppose, it's just not my thing. I like Cyclops as an outlaw, leader-in-exile figure, I like Beast as a world-weary and haunted idealist, I just don't miss Jean or Angel, etc..

That said, those are all matters of personal preference; if I was just trying to be objective I could point out that All-new' has had much more consistent art, overall, and that it's had a lot more focus on character-driven story developments, etc; so it's not objectively better or worse so much as it's just not my thing.