Whoa, what a journey! Just wanted to share with everyone my personal X-Men comic reading adventure. I wanted to get into comics over a year ago and I started searching of a way to do that here on Comic Vine. I found out about DCs New 52 and picked up some issues and really enjoyed the potential entertainment I could get out of it. But I wanted to try something Marvel, and I wanted to go for X-Men. Of course, I was completely lost on where to start so I thought to check Kijiji (a Canadian specific Craigslist) on what I can get from issue one.
X-Men (1991) was there from issue 1 to 200 at a great price of $150 (USD and Canadian dollars are about the same for anyone wondering). That is of course until I was rushed by the seller who had the issues unorganized and in person admitting there are some missing. I still bought them thinking there couldn't be that many missing of the 200 issues on September 26, 2011. I was bummed after a careful organizing that I had only 136 unique issues and some doubles. There were plenty of holes in the collection and I was still determined to fill all the gaps. Only after a couple of days I found another 26-230ish set at $150 (though I was able to bring that down to $100). This guy was really nice and legit. Full, organized set and he really rose my ambitions on getting the entire volume. I held 223 unique issues and had doubles on 124. Was able to sell them at a comic shop for practically nothing ($31) and by November 5, 2011 I had 250 unique issues at a total cost of $241.60. This can go on for a lot longer but I'll summarize. I kept informing myself and wanted more X-Men titles, got Astonishing X-Men, Age of Apocalypse Omnibus, X-23 (vol3), House of M 1-8 issues, Messiah Complex/War/Second Coming Hardcovers, Avengers vs. X-Men hardcover and all missing gaps of issues from a variety of sources. They were found in used book stores, regular book stores, comic stores, local conventions, Kijiji and Ebay. I would say the total costs for everything I have would probably amount around $600-$700.
It's all worth it though. After I got settled into my new home, around November I began reading. Today I have read everything in this read order list I made for myself:
Age of Apocalypse
New X-Men 114-156
Astonishing X-Men 1-6, X-Men 157-164
Astonishing X-Men 7-12, X-Men 165-174
House of M 1-8, X-Men 175-176
Astonishing X-Men 13-18, X-Men 182-193
Astonishing X-Men 19-24 + Giant Size, X-Men 194-204
Astonishing X-Men 25-30, X-Men Legacy 208-218
Astonishing X-Men 31-35, X-Men Legacy 219-234
X-23 (v2) 1
X-23 (V3) 1-21
Astonishing X-Men 36-47, X-Men Legacy 238-265
Avengers vs. X-Men
Astonishing X-Men 48-55, X-Men Legacy 266-275
Astonishing X-Men 56, All-New X-Men 1-2, X-Men Legacy (v2) 1-2
I wonder when I became such a fan? There were definitely some dry spots, but it was nothing compared to all the great 21 years worth of content I got to read in just about 1 year.
As for the present and future I will continue to get Astonishing X-Men, All-New X-Men, X-Men Legacy (v2) and MAYBE Uncanny X-Men (MarvelNow). I'm not wealthy or anything so the Uncanny X-Men is still up in the air.
If I had to mention the peak of enjoyment, it would have been during New X-Men, followed closely by Age of Apocalypse, Joss Whedon's Astonishing, House of M, Messiah trilogy. Just finishing All-New X-Men I get a glimpse of the X-Men from before my 21 years of content so I really feel like I have accomplished a lot and wanted to share that with you all.