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Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?

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Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« on: August 29, 2017, 11:22:45 PM »
What's the best X-Men run for someone who wants to read some X-Men? Where would you start them?

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 01:00:57 AM »
What's the best X-Men run for someone who wants to read some X-Men? Where would you start them?
1975-1991 should just about cover it

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 01:02:07 AM »
Yup.  One of the best runs in comic history, imo
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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2017, 08:32:49 AM »
I'm also into that run, but I'm thinking of recommending a smaller chunk of it to get the person started. Maybe Dark Phoenix Saga?

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 08:41:08 AM »
I've found the Whedon run to work well for this scenario.

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 08:59:14 AM »
I've found the Whedon run to work well for this scenario.

Yeah, it's probably one of the most stylistically easy for non-comic readers to get into, and great modern-looking art, too. Plus it is very good.

If you go Claremont, the best run, I'd start them with when Mesmero makes them circus freaks through until they get back from fighting Alpha Flight in Canada (for a really concise 10 or 11 issues) or up through Dark Phoenix (for an obviously longer but still manageable stretch).

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2017, 09:22:59 AM »
I've found the Whedon run to work well for this scenario.

I LOVE The Whedon run... LOVE it. It's one of my top 5 runs on ANY comic in history.

But "for someone who's never read comics"? I'm not so sure. There's a lot of history there that a new reader would feel lost in. Without context, it's a lot of "Wait, what? Wait... what? What's this? What is going on?" It references Cassandra Nova (that would probably be the hardest part for s non-reader to grasp), the massacre of Genosha, Jean's death, Emma's history, Colossus' death... lots of stuff.

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 09:34:11 AM »
IMHO that actually helps get people into it X-Men comics. I've suggested that run to a lot of people and they always come back saying they enjoyed the story and they want to know where they can read up on those references.

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 11:55:13 AM »
Bamf just reminded me - certain people could probably start with Morrison's New X-Men, too.


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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2017, 05:25:23 PM »
   Morrison's run on X-Men is what stopped me from reading the series, and I started in kindergarten with X-Men # 27 "Enter The Mimic".
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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2017, 11:25:55 PM »
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Claremont recaps everything the reader needs to know like every issue. It's probably the one benefit to his lengthy expository style.

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2017, 06:58:30 PM »
   Morrison's run on X-Men is what stopped me from reading the series, and I started in kindergarten with X-Men # 27 "Enter The Mimic".

Was it the story or the art that made you stop?

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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2017, 11:09:46 PM »
   I've never been a fan of Quietly's (I know I'm going to misspell these names) pouty-face leather butch boy artwork but I could have muddled through, but Morrissey's arbitrary rewrites of characters, histories & motivations sunk it for me.
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Re: Best X-Men run to read for someone who's never read comics?
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2017, 02:48:43 PM »
   I've never been a fan of Quietly's (I know I'm going to misspell these names) pouty-face leather butch boy artwork but I could have muddled through, but Morrissey's arbitrary rewrites of characters, histories & motivations sunk it for me.
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