The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide and trade reading order for collecting X-Treme X-Men comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting X-Men Graphic Novels: A Definitive Guide. Last updated October 2017 with titles scheduled for release through March 2017.
The X-Men line received a major shake-up to its status quo in 2001. To make way for Grant Morrison’s academically focused team in New X-Men, Marvel spun off some of its most beloved X-characters into a third flagship X-title, penned by veteran scribe Chris Claremont and launched with artist Salvador Larroca.
This new team boasted heavy-hitters Storm, Rogue, Bishop, Thunderbird, and Sage, and would later feature Cannonball, Gambit, and Shadowcat. Psylocke, Beast, and Wolverine also appeared, though they were shared with Morrison.
It’s important to note that, at its launch, X-Treme X-Men was the only X-team that featured a consistently fantastical, heroic theme. Morrison’s New X-Men trended more cerebral and sci-fi, while Austen took Uncanny X-Men to a more soapy, relationship-focused feel. Meanwhile, X-Force relaunched as the tongue-in-cheek X-Statix. X-Treme was alone in carrying the banner of a classic X-Men feel.
It was also the solo comic book at the time to feature Storm, Rogue, or Bishop, who barely even make a guest appearance elsewhere during this run.
X-Treme ran for the full length of Morrison’s run on New X-Men. Afterwards, Morrison’s slimmer, scholastically-focused team was in turn spun off into Astonishing X-Men, penned by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. Astonishing borrowed Kitty Pryde from this book, with the main two X-Men titles absorbing most of the other characters.
The X-Treme X-Men title went unused for almost a decade before being revived in 2012 for an unlikely purpose – a reality-hopping Dazzler vehicle penned by Greg Pak that might have been better off known as Exiles. [Read more…] about Collecting X-Treme X-Men as Graphic Novels