The latest movie in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, will be released this Friday! If you’re like me, superhero movies are inspiration to delve further into the comics to seek out character backstories and classic story lines. But sometimes it’s not as simple as just picking up the latest issuefrom the library or comic book store, especially in the case of the X-Men. Marvel’s X-Men is a notoriously complicated universe to delve in to without a little guidance. There are a number of different timelines; a multitude of story arcs that may or may not connect with each other; and, like, a bajillion characters that at one time have belonged to the X-Men. Buzzfeed has even created a list ranking 95 members of the X-Men (I don’t necessarily agree with their ranking, but you get the point; if a Marvel character has mutant powers, chances are they have been or will be a member of the X-men).
With this in mind, here is a list of X-Men titles to get you started on your mutant-filled comic odyssey. Of course, these can all be requested from the library!