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X-aminations X-Men Reviews

X-aminations is a series of posts written with the goal of examining each and every issue of Marvel Comics X-Men and its various spin-off titles. 

The current regular schedule of reviews rotates through three different series every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 

Wednesdays: Uncanny X-Men, X-Men (vol. 2), Generation X
Thursdays: X-Factor, X-Force, Excalibur 
Fridays: X-Man, Wolverine, Cable

Reviews of annuals, the quarterly X-Men Unlimited, additional limited series, one-shots and relevant appearances in other series will be worked in as needed. 

Part of the goal of this project is to get a feel for what it would be like to walk into a comic shop on a given month and pull these titles off the stands. Thus, issues are examined according to their on sale date, with the titles covered in a given two week period equating to what was on sale in a given month. Annuals, limited series, significant guest appearances and the like will be fit in where they can be, but the main titles will remain in their on-sale date groupings.

On sale dates come mostly from Mike's Amazing World of Comics, a fantastic website and resource you should check out if you haven't already. Matters of chronological appearances are usually determined by the Official Marvel Index and/or the Marvel Chronology Project, with occasional assistance from SuperMegaMonkey's Marvel Chronology project. Discrepancies/oddities/general notes on the matter of chronology will be discussed in the relevant issues' posts.

Want to start at the beginning? Here's the very first X-amination (of X-Men #1, of course). Click through from there to read all the reviews in order!

X-aminations: What's Coming Up

All X-aminations

X-Men & Uncanny X-Men

New Mutants





X-Men (vol. 2)

All New X-Factor

X-Men Unlimited


Generation X 



X-amining X-Men Elsewhere (guest appearances, limited series, etc.)

Retro X-aminations (reviews of issues I missed the first time around)

Unstacking the Deck (reviews of Marvel's various trading card series)

Notable Runs

Chris Claremont & John Byrne

Chris Claremont & Jim Lee 

Chris Claremont & Bill Sienkiewicz's New Mutants

Chris Claremont & John Romita Jr.

Chris Claremont & Marc Silvestri

Louise Simonson & Brett Blevins' New Mutants 

Louise Simonson & Rob Liefeld's New Mutants

Louise Simonson & Walt Simonson's X-Factor

Larry Hama & Marc Silvestri's Wolverine

Peter David & Larry Stroman's X-Factor 

The "Blue & Gold" era of Uncanny X-Men & X-Men (vol. 2). 

Notable Storylines

"The World Tour"


"The Dark Phoenix Saga"

"The Demon Bear Saga"

"The Cross-Time Caper"


"Acts of Vengeance"  

The "Non-Team" era of Uncanny X-Men

"Days of Future Present" 

"X-Tinction Agenda

"The Muir Island Saga"

"Mutant Genesis"

The Blue/Gold Era

"X-Cutioner's Song"

"Fatal Attractions"


"Child's Play"

"Phalanx Covenant"

"Legion Quest"

"Age of Apocalypse"

"The Road to Onslaught"


  1. i have always been intrigued by the family dynamics between cable, Phoenix 2, and Prof. Xavier. How did Xavier feel about Cable taking the Nw Mutants?

  2. Added link to post posting all "Onslaught" reviews.


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