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X-Men by Jonathan Hickman Reading Order: How to read the most ambitious X-Men run in a long time?

X-Men by Jonathan Hickman Reading Order: How to read the most ambitious X-Men run in a long time?
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For a long time, X-Men comics were just a second thought at Marvel Comics. And then, Jonathan Hickman came.

What are the X-Men by Jonathan Hickman about?

A new era begins for the mutants of the Marvel World. With artists Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, writer Jonathan Hickman uses past, present and future to build a new kind of X-Story for the Mutantkind.

Charles Xavier has a plan. He makes an offer to the human in order to build a new Mutant nation on Krakoa Island where all the mutants in the world—good or bad—are welcome. Together, they will take their place in the future and nothing will stop them. It’s a new beginning, but humans may not be ready to accept it.

X-Men by Jonathan Hickman Reading Order:

I. House of X/Powers of X

These two miniseries work in concert to build a prologue to the newly revised world of the X-Men by Jonathan Hickman.

X-Men Jonathan Hickman Reading Order

The House of X & Powers of X are collected in one book, but if you want to read issue by issue, this is the reading order:

  1. House of X #1
  2. Powers of X #1
  3. House of X #2
  4. Powers of X #2
  5. Powers of X #3
  6. House of X #3
  7. House of X #4
  8. Powers of X #4
  9. House of X #5
  10. Powers of X #5
  11. House of X #6
  12. Powers of X #6 (of 6)

II. Dawn of X

The new X-Men status-quo is in place. Now, new series are created to tell the multiple stories written by Jonathan Hickman and his Marvel collaborators.

  1. X-Men #1
  2. X-Men #6
  3. Excalibur #1-6
  4. New Mutants #1-4
  5. New Mutants #6
  6. Marauders #1
  7. Incoming #1 “Bar Sinister”
  8. X-Men/Fantastic Four #1-4
  9. X-Force #1
  10. Fallen Angels #1-4
  11. Marauders #2-3
  12. New Mutants #8
  13. X-Men #2
  14. Marvel Comics #1000 “The First Horsemen”
  15. X-Men #3
  16. New Mutants #5
  17. New Mutants #7
  18. New Mutants #9-11
  19. X-Force #2-3
  20. X-Men #4
  21. X-Force #4-5
  22. Fallen Angels #5-6
  23. Hellions #1-4
  24. X-Force #6
  25. Marauders #4-6
  26. Cable #1
  27. X-Men #8-9
  28. X-Men #5
  29. Giant-Size X-Men #1: Jean Grey & Emma Frost
  30. Marauders #7
  31. Giant-Size X-Men #3: Magneto
  32. Marauders #8
  33. X-Force #7-8
  34. Excalibur #7-8
  35. X-Force #9-10
  36. X-Factor #1
  37. Wolverine #1-3
  38. Cable #2-4
  39. Marauders #9-12
  40. Giant-Size X-Men #2: Nightcrawler
  41. New Mutants #12
  42. Marvel’s Voices #1 “The Race”
  43. Giant-Size X-Men #4: Fantomex
  44. Giant-Size X-Men #5: Storm
  45. X-Men #7
  46. X-Men #10
  47. Empyre: X-Men #1-4
  48. X-Men #11
  49. Wolverine #4-5
  50. X-Factor #2-3
  51. X-Force #11-12
  52. X-Force #15-16
  53. Excalibur #9-12
  54. X-Men #12

X of Swords >> The X-Men Crossover of the Year begins here

  1. X of Swords: Creation #1
  2. X-Factor #4
  3. Wolverine #6
  4. X-Force #13
  5. Marauders #13
  6. Hellions #5
  7. New Mutants #13
  8. Cable #5
  9. Excalibur #13
  10. X-Men #13
  11. X of Swords: Stasis #1
  12. X-Men #14
  13. Marauders #14
  14. Marauders #15
  15. Excalibur #14
  16. Wolverine #7
  17. X-Force #14
  18. Hellions #6
  19. Cable #6
  20. X-Men #15
  21. Excalibur #15
  22. X of Swords: Destruction #1

X-Men by Jonathan Hickman Reading Order

III. Reign of X

  1. S.W.O.R.D. #1
  2. X-Factor #5
  3. Excalibur #16
  4. Hellions #7-8
  5. Cable #7-8
  6. X-Men #16
  7. New Mutants #14
  8. Marauders #16
  9. Wolverine #8-10
  10. X-Factor #6-9
  11. New Mutants #15-17
  12. Marauders #17
  13. S.W.O.R.D. #2-4 (King in Black tie-ins)
  14. King in Black: Marauders #1 (King in Black tie-ins)
  15. Excalibur #17-20
  16. Hellions #9-11
  17. X-Men #17
  18. Marauders #18-19
  19. Children of the Atom #1-3
  20. Cable #9
  21. X-Force #17
  22. Juggernaut #1-5
  23. X-Force #18-19
  24. Wolverine #11-12
  25. X-Men #18-19
  26. Cable #10-12
  27. New Mutants #18
  28. X-Men #20
  29. X-Corp #1
  30. S.W.O.R.D. #5
  31. Children of the Atom #4-5 (takes place during the Hellfire Gala, but are not officially tie-ins to the event)
  32. Way of X #1-2
  33. Marauders #20

Hellfire Gala –>The X-Men Crossover of the Year begins here

  1. Marauders #21
  2. X-Force #20
  3. Hellions #12
  4. Excalibur #21
  5. X-Men #21
  6. Planet Size X-Men #1
  7. New Mutants #19
  8. X-Corp #2
  9. Wolverine #13
  10. S.W.O.R.D. #6
  11. Way of X #3
  12. X-Factor #10
  13. Children of the Atom #6
  14. S.W.O.R.D. #7 (part of The Last Annihilation crossover)
  15. Cable: Reloaded #1 (part of The Last Annihilation crossover)
  16. New Mutants #20-23
  17. Marauders #22
  18. The Trial of Magneto #1
  19. Marauders #23
  20. X-Men #1
  21. Wolverine #14-16
  22. The Trial of Magneto #2-4
  23. Inferno #1
  24. Hellions #13-16
  25. S.W.O.R.D. #8
  26. Hellions #17-18
  27. The Trial of Magneto #5
  28. New Mutants #24
  29. X-Men #2
  30. X-Force #21-22
  31. Excalibur #22
  32. Way of X #4-5
  33. X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1
  34. X-Corp #3-5
  35. Excalibur #23
  36. X-Force #23-24
  37. Marauders #24-25
  38. X-Men #3
  39. Excalibur #24-25
  40. X-Men #4
  41. S.W.O.R.D. #9-11
  42. X-Men #5
  43. Wolverine #17-18
  44. X-Men #6-7
  45. Devil’s Reign: X-Men #1-3
  46. Inferno #2
  47. X-Force #25-26
  48. Marauders #26
  49. Excalibur #26
  50. Wolverine #19
  51. Marauders #27
  52. Inferno #3-4

IV. Destiny of X

This is not Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men anymore! I will continue the work here, but more slowly.


I have to credit the Krakoa Era website, some Reddit users like deleted59 and regurgitatedthought but also some leagueofcomicgeeks.com users for their hard work doing what I failed to do (keeping up with everything!). Their work was a great help.

Chi

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Thank you for posting this Fabien.

Shaun

Saturday 7th of May 2022

Hey I was wondering, do you know when the FCBD comic for Xmen in 2020 sits in here, I have it put just before X of Swords?

Surifin

Friday 4th of March 2022

hi Fabian, is this list exactly in chronological order? is that I'm starting new mutants to read and I would like them to understand as best as possible, without confusion 😀

Fabien

Friday 4th of March 2022

This is in chronological order. Things are a lot less interconnected than Marvel wants us to believe. So, don't worry too much.

Ryan B

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Hi, Fabien. You mentioned some editorial debacle re: Inferno/ Trial of Magneto and that you stopped reading certain series. Which ones have you stopped reading?

Chris

Sunday 27th of February 2022

X-Force 18 appears to be missing

Fabien

Sunday 27th of February 2022

You just need to read it before #19