Over the course of the X-Men's long history it has arguably grown and expanded almost more than any other Marvel comic, but with this growth comes a head scratcher for both newcomers and regular comic goers alike so if you would like to find out why a shadow phasing hero traveled back in time or how one member went crazy read on.
What To Read First
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
The story that kicked off Joss Whedon's (currently Avengers Director) amazing run and would prove to be one of the more defining stories of the X-Men. The story revolves around the idea of a "cure" for mutants. This idea would mean being a mutant is almost an illness something firmly rejected by Cyclops and Wolverine but surprisingly accepted by some members of the X-Men. A whole boat load of suspense ensues in this story arc and if you're worried about not being able to follow Joss uses Kitty as a gateway for new readers.
X-Men: First Class
Not to be confused with the movie of the same title, X-Men:First Class is a focus on the original five X-Men that started it all. While you won't need this to get caught up on what's currently going on you'd be hard pressed to find a better portrayal of these characters in their early days and it's a nice break from the sagas that seem to be popping up in the "X-universe" every other Wednesday.
Giant-Size X-men #1
The comic book that preceded Claremont's run on the X-Men and introduced many fan favorite mutants like Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and brought Wolverine to the X-Men. This issue revived the franchise and introduced probably the most diverse roster of the team.
What To Read Next
These stories are stories that may not be easy to follow if you don't have a basic grasp on the X-Men mythos but are definitely well worth the read as they have shaken the X-Men to what they are today.
X-Men: God Loves Man Kills
God Loves Man Kills is what many X readers see as the X-Men's defining arc and it's hard to argue with them. In 1982 legendary writer Chris Claremont took the concept of the X-men and examined them in the light of real world analogies. What we got was a realistic portrayal of how the world may react to the dawn of mutants and how mutants may react to the world. This is definitely a must read for any comic book reader.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Although we may be overwhelmed with time travel stories currently but you'd be hard pressed to find a more cooler and fun read than this story where an X-Men mutant sends a message back to her previous self to prevent an apocalyptic future in which mutants are rapidly being wiped out.
What To Read Now
Upon the launch of Marvel NOW there's a staple of everything being new reader friendly. While it does do that for the most part it can be really hard to follow if