X-Men Teams: Top Comic Book Stories


By: Mark Lynch

We know about the popular X-Men characters like Cyclops, Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Storm. But a lot of fans of the X-Men cartoons and movies probably don’t know about the other mutant based teams besides their alpha roster. Here are some of the other teams that are worth checking out.

5. X-Factor Investigations

Jamie Madrox and his crew are no longer running with the X-Men or with the U.S. Government. X-Factor Investigations is the team regular people call on when they need a case looked into that’s too weird for anyone else.

Team Members:
Jamie Madrix (The Multiple Man, leader), Layla Miller (Butterfly), Theresa Cassidy (Siryn), Monet “M” St. Criox, Guido Carosella (Strong Guy), Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane), Julio Richtor (Rictor), Longshot, Shatterstar, Armando Muñoz (Darwin)

Series to Check out: X-Factor 40-50
You get to really see what this team is made of individually and collectively.

Reason it Rocked:
A team full of lovable characters that come and go and come back together when they need each other. Despite their dysfunction, they are the epitome of a family dynamic. As Jamie Madrix puts it “X-Factor putting the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional.”

4. Wolverine’s Uncanny X-Force
Cyclops put a team together to kill threats to mutants before they could attack. After Hope returned, Cyclops dismantled that team. Wolverine put together a new team knowing that his kill crew was still needed.

Team Members:
James “Logan” Howlett (Wolverine, Leader), Warren Worthington the Third (Archangel), Wade Wilson (Deadpool) Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler, Age of Apocalypse Universe), Betsy Braddock (Psylocke), Jean-Fillipe (Fantomex)

Series to check out: Uncanny X-Force 25-35
The last story in the run and it’s full of action, tragedy, and betrayal.

Reason it Rocked:
The story starts great and just keeps getting better. This team does some things that are really messed up, but they are things that needed to be done if mutant kind was going to survive.

3. Rogue’s X-Men
Of all the teams I’ll mention, this was easily the most combustible. How it worked for as long as it did is still confusing.

Team Members:
Anna Marie (Rogue), Bobby Drake (Iceman), Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Raven Darkholme (Mystique), Sam Guthrie (Cannonball), Karima Shapandar, Regan Wyngarde (Lady Mastermind), Nathan Summers (Cable)

Series to check out: X-Men 188-193
See how the team came to be. It’s hilarious.

Reason it Rocked:
This team was absolutely fun from start to finish. It may have been short lived, but damn was it fun.

2. The New X-Men:
This team is the future of the X-Men and their future looks bright.

Team Members:
Noriko Ashida (Surge), Santo Vaccarro (Rockslide), Julian Keller (Hellion), Victor Borkowski (Anole0, Laura Kinney (X-23), Cessily Kincaid (Mercury), Sooraya Qadir (Dust), Megan Gwynn (Pixie), David Alleyne (Prodigy)

Series to check out: New X-Men 37-43
They get trapped in Limbo (a part of Hell) and the alpha roster is trapped elsewhere.

Reason it Rocked:
Like most mutant teams, the New X-Men dealt with death and tragedy. But never so much in such a short amount of time. An emotional roller coaster of a story arc.

1. The Exiles
While they may not be from the same universe, they are all members of the X-Men in their respective realities.

Team Members:
Clarice Ferguson (Blink), Calvin Rankin (Mimic), Kevin Sidney (Morph), T.J. Wagner (Nocturne), John Proudstar (Thunderbird), Mariko Yashida (Sunfire), Heather Hudson (Sasquatch)

Series to check out: Exiles 7-11
See exactly what the series is all about and how any of the Exiles could be killed or be left at the drop of a hat.

Reason it Rocked:
As a comic book fan, I always wonder “What if…”. This reality hopping team of misfits answer the what ifs. If the slightest changes can alter things, imagine what the major changes could do.

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