The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide on collecting X-Men comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting X-Men: A Definitive Guide. Last updated March 2016.
This run is notable for frequently treating Uncanny X-Men and X-Men as bi-weekly editions running a contiguous story (possibly why some of it hasn’t been collected). It was also notable for frequent editorial intervention into plotlines.
Scripting duties shift throughout this section of issues. They start out handled by Steven T. Seagle through the 370s, at which point Alan Davis takes over (unusually, not penciling while he writes) – possibly ghost-writing for Chris Claremont.
Pencils aren’t consistent either. Chris Bachalo (of Generation X) contributes over a year of issues early in the sequence, followed by Leinil Francis Yu (at #364) and Adam Kubert.
#351-355: Not collected. These books cross over to stories in X-Men, Vol. 2 #71-75.
#356-359, Uncanny X-Men/Fantastic Four Annual 1998: Not collected. #358 contains elements that result from events in X-Men, Vol. 2 #77-78. The annual occurs at the end of this run; all 1998 annuals were team-up books.
#360-365: X-Men: The Hunt for Professor X
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1981) #360-365; X-Men (1991) #80-84 & 1/2; X-Men Unlimited (1993) #22. #360 crosses over with #80. #362-365 crosses over with #82-84.
#366-367: Magneto: Rogue Nation (ISBN 0785108343)
Collects X-Men #85-87, and Uncanny X-Men #366-367, Magneto Rex #1-3, and X-Men: Magneto War #1.
#368-371: Not collected. Crosses over to X-Men, Vol. 2 #88-91.
#371: Deathlok: Rage Against The Machine
Collects Cable (1993) #59-62, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #371, X-Men (1991) #91, X-Men Annual ’99, Deathlok (1999) #1-11, material from Cable (1993) #58
#372-375: X-Men: The Shattering (ISBN 0785137335)
Collects Uncanny X-Men #372-375, X-Men #92-95, Astonishing X-Men (vol. 2) #1-3, and X-Men 1999 Yearbook.
(There’s also the out-of-print The Astonishing X-Men: Deathwish (Apocalypse The Twelve Prelude), which collects the smaller range of X-Men #92, Astonishing X-Men #1-3, Uncanny X-Men #375, and X-Men #95.)
#376-377: X-Men vs. Apocalypse Vol. 1: The Twelve (ISBN 078512263X)
Collects Uncanny X-Men #376-377, Cable #75-76, X-Men #96-97, and Wolverine #146-147
#378: X-Men vs. Apocalypse Vol. 2: Ages Of Apocalypse (ISBN 0785122648)
Collects X-51 #8, Uncanny X-Men #378 and Annual 1999, Cable #77, Wolverine #148, X-Men Unlimited #26, X-Men #98, and X-Men: The Search for Cyclops #1-4.
Annual 22/1999: Not collected.
X-Force, Cable, and Deadpool end approximately at the end of this sequence – leaving X-Men and Wolverine as the only original X-book spinoffs still running.
These issues are marked by a lack of identity. The major Apocalypse story is followed by an uninspired return of both Chris Claremont and Scott Lobdell. The pair limps forward through the edgy relaunch of New X-Men with Grant Morrison, as well as Claremont’s 90s-style romp in Xtreme X-Men.
What’s often forgotten is that Uncanny also relaunched, with Joe Casey given the reins for the Poptopia arc through the end of the run. His take on the X-Men is at once more standard and more unusual than Morrison – he pens standard superhero fair, but he explores tabloid fame, the dissolution of the team, and mutants as prostitutes.
#379-380: X-Men: Powerless (ISBN 0785146776)
Collects Uncanny X-Men #379-380, Cable #78, X-Force (1991) #101, Wolverine #149, and X-Men #99.
#381-383: Not collected. Part of the Revolution linewide relaunch. Runs parallel to X-Men, Vol. 2 #100-102.
#384-385: Not collected. Crosses over with X-Men, Vol. 2 #103-104
#386: Not collected
#387: Avengers / X-Men: Maximum Security (ISBN 0785144994)
A massive paperback collecting Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet, #1-3, Captain America (1998) #36, Thor (1998) #30, Uncanny X-Men #387, Bishop: the Last X-Man #15, Iron Man (1998) #35, Avengers (1998) #35, Gambit (1999) #23, X-Men (1991) #107, and X-Men Unlimited (1993) #29.
#388-390: X-Men: Dream’s End (ISBN 078511551X)
Collects Uncanny X-Men #388-390, Cable #87, Bishop #16 and X-Men #108-110.
Annual 23/2000: Not collected. Occurs around the end of the Dream’s End issues.
#391-393: X-Men: Eve of Destruction (ISBN 0785115528)
Collects Uncanny X-Men #391-393 and X-Men #111-113.
#394-399: X-Men: Poptopia (ISBN 0785108017)
A standalone, off-beat adventure featuring Chamber.
#394-409: X-Men: X-Corps (ISBN 078518502X)
Also includes Annual 24/2001, which falls between #400-401. Features Banshee assembling a team from scratch, including appearances from other characters from the canceled Generation X.
This era ends at the same time as the end of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run.
This era of Uncanny is frequently slammed by fans, partially due to Austen’s propensity for soap opera dramatics in his plotting. Also, though the covers are largely striking, the same cannot be said for the interior art – even when handled adequately by Salvador Larroca the colors are wan.
Due to a presumably tepid response, these trades are now out of print. Most complaints can be sourced to the lackluster team of leftovers from Morrison and Claremont’s pickings of first-stringers: Iceman, Angel, Nightcrawler, Husk, and a perfunctory Wolverine. Juggernaut and Northstar are amended (and generally well-characterized), later joined by Havok and Polaris (written rather poorly).
However, if you turn your nose up at Austen, you’ll miss some big plot points – though many have been quickly forgotten: Angel’s secondary mutation, Husk’s time as an X-Man (and affair with Angel), Iceman’s transformation from flesh to ice, Nightcrawler leaving the church, Juggernaut’s turning good, Havok’s return to X-continuity, Polaris’s descent into madness, and the secret of Nightcrawler’s lineage.
That’s a lot of major developments! If anything can be skipped it is the laborious She Lies With Angels – which could have been summed up in a single issue rather than a trade.
#410-415: Uncanny X-Men Volume 1: Hope (ISBN 0785110607)
#416-420: Uncanny X-Men Volume 2: Dominant Species (ISBN 0785111328)
#421-427: Uncanny X-Men Volume 3: Holy War (ISBN 0785111336)
#428-434: Uncanny X-Men Volume 4: The Draco (ISBN 0785111344)
#437-441: Uncanny X-Men Volume 5: She Lies With Angels (ISBN 0785111964)
#435-436 & #442-443: Uncanny X-Men Volume 6: Bright New Mourning (ISBN 0785114068)
Also collects New X-Men #155-156.