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

Last Updated 2 days ago.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. Children of the Atom #1-2
  44. Giant-Size X-Men #4: Fantomex
  45. Giant-Size X-Men #5: Storm
  46. X-Men #7
  47. X-Men #10
  48. Empyre: X-Men #1-4
  49. X-Men #11
  50. Wolverine #4-5
  51. X-Factor #2-3
  52. X-Force #11-12
  53. X-Force #15-16
  54. Excalibur #9-11

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

IV. Destiny of X

  1. X Lives of Wolverine #1
  2. X Deaths of Wolverine #1
  3. X Lives of Wolverine #2
  4. X Deaths of Wolverine #2
  5. X Lives of Wolverine #3
  6. X Deaths of Wolverine #3
  7. X Lives of Wolverine #4
  8. X Deaths of Wolverine #4
  9. X Lives of Wolverine #5
  10. X Deaths of Wolverine #5

Coming soon

  • Devil’s Reign: X-Men #1
  • Marauders Annual #1
  • X-Men #7
  • Sabretooth #1
  • The X-Cellent #1
  • The Secret X-Men #1
  • X-Men (2021) #8
  • Devil’s Reign: X-Men #2
  • X-Men (2021) #9
  • Sabretooth #2
  • Devil’s Reign: X-Men #3
  • The X-Cellent #2
  • X-Force Annual #1
  • Immortal X-Men #1
  • Marauders (2022) #1
  • X-Men Red #1
  • X-Force #27
  • Knights of X #1
  • Wolverine #20
  • Legion of X #1
  • New Mutants #25
  • Giant-Size X-Men: Thunderbird #1
  • X-Men Red #2

January 21st Update: It was a mess, especially lately with the Inferno/Trial of Magneto editorial debacle. It was time to redo it, but I didn’t have time for a reread and, with time, I just stopped reading multiple series. 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. Their work was a great help. I hope that things will get in order with Destiny of X, but I don’t really believe it will be the case.

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

    1. I have a very broad question, and I am not a noob, however I just haven’t gotten around to Jonathan Hickman’s full X-Men run starting with house and powers of x. My question here is would I be lost if I skipped house and powers of X and started at Dawn of X and continued to X of swords Etc? Or is house and powers of X a must. I’m assuming that it is. Only reason I’m asking is I’m going to watch these videos on YouTube and unfortunately my favorite channel has a full video that starts at dawn of x and goes on to X of swords and everything on until the present. Thanks in advance

      1. Yes, House of X/Power of X can’t be skipped. After that, you can skip some of the series if you don’t like them, they are not as connected as Marvel pretends they are. But House of X/Power of X is the introduction needed to understand the situation with the mutants, the stakes, and the mysteries.

      2. Any idea where X-Men Green (The marvel unlimited comic fits into this, it definitely takes place in this current state of X-Men, but when? Not a clue)

      1. Well, at first, it was what seemed to be important, but it turned out that there were not as many tight connections as I thought there was going to be. Then, it became the #1 or the issue at the beginning of some major storylines. Honestly, I lost the point some time ago, I can’t even remember why some issues are bold. I probably need to take a look back and make a change. Don’t worry about it.

        1. Having used this list and having read through to X of Swords, you’ll be ok. It’s not really all that interconnected. You can read this list or go by the comics and you’ll be just fine.

      1. kinda confused by this reading order as some of the stories seem wrong, one minute Xavier is dead awaiting rebirth, then in another issue he’s already alive, then in the next he’s just being rebirthed? I’ve been using the Marvel Guides reading order list which seems to make a lot more sense chronologically, but they haven’t updated for a while now… 🙁

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