From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.
I freaking love the X-Men! Awesome characters, cool powers, and simply amazing stories have to be the biggest appeal, but the heart of any X-book is the team, the team dynamic, and those great relationships. We all have our favorite X-Teams, and so do I! So, without further ado, we state the obvious, take it to the TV, and hopefully surprise at the end, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: My Favorite X-Teams.
Honorable Mention: X-Men ’92 Animated Series
I couldn’t get enough of this show when I watched it in the original run, or when I regularly stream it just to have something on in the background while I’m reading comics. And that’s why the team only gets the Honorable Mention spot.
Team Lineup: Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X
5. The Brotherhood of Mutants
Originally known as The Brother of Evil Mutants, the more politically correct version of the team came later on as moral lines became grayer. Founded by Magneto, early members included future Avengers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, with Mystique and Toad eventually taking the lead of the team. The appeal of The Brotherhood has always been the political undertones that come along with the team. The team hasn’t always stuck to those political leanings, however, and despite The Brotherhood moving back to those roots as of late, the evil mutants only get the five spot on this Lot.
4. The First Class
The first, the original, and their still going if you count Bendis’ go at the team, Professor Xavier’s First Class of mutants launched an entire line and army of mutants for one simple reason: It was revolutionary. And it started a revolution. I doubt the legendary creators knew exactly what they had on their hands, and Oh, how these characters have changed, but I’m sure glad they did, and sure glad they do.
Team Lineup: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, and Iceman
Although the team first assembled in New Mutants #100, the Wetworks Team assembled by Cyclops to wipe out threats to mutants before they acted. The series, written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost and drawn by Clayton Crain, and later Uncanny X-Force by writer Rick Remender and artist Jerome Opeña, was a great take on the blurred lines of morality that have always been an aspect of the X-Men, but these series turned the whole thing on its head.
Team Lineup: Warpath, Wolfsbane, Wolverine and X-23, adding Angel, Domino and Elixir later, and Psylocke, Fantomex, and Deadpool in Uncanny X-Force.
2. Astonishing X-Men
Joss Whedon and John Cassady’s epic run on Astonishing X-Men is easily one of my favorite short-runs, and the number one book a go to when new readers ask me what they should buy to start reading the franchise. As we all know, Joss Whedon was awesome before this run, and he’s shown exactly what he can do with the Avengers on the big screen, and Cassady is currently owning the Star Wars series. This series is a just a treat, and I can’t rave about it enough.
Team Lineup: Cyclops and Emma Frost (as co-team leaders), Beast, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Lockheed and Wolverine.
1. X-Factor Investigations
This may be a surprise to non-X-readers, but anyone who has read this series knows exactly why Peter David’s celebration of comic book noir back-dropped behind one of the best cast of X-Characters I’ve ever read in a series. There’s a detective story told throughout but there’s huge leaps for character development and important moves for the X-Men as a franchise, but the series did it all without a regular artist, and the title ducked and weaved with every Marvel event over the course of its run without skipping a single beat. I read this annually!
Team Lineup: The Multiple Man, Butterfly, Siryn (then Banshee), Darwin, Havok, Longshot, M, Pip the Troll, Polaris, Rictor, Shatterstar, Strong Guy, and Wolfsbane.
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