Now that X-Men: Days of Future Past has sharpened the appetites of fans hungry for more mind-bending time travel stories, let’s explore five significant time-jumping plots in the X-Men catalog:
X-Men: Bishop’s Crossing by Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, and more: Want to know more about the “M”-brand sporting hero at the edge of the world in the new film? Well, look no further, as this collection marks Bishop’s dramatic cross-time entry into the world of the X-Men. His promise of outing the “traitor” in the X-Men’s midst was an ongoing subplot for several years, and his story of the future was about as post-apocalyptic as it gets.
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse by Scott Lobdell and many more: Both a time travel and alternate universe tale! After Xavier’s son, Legion, travels back in time to kill Magneto, everything in the present becomes a warped version of the status quo. Longtime villain Apocalypse now rules supreme, and it’s up to a very different band of X-Men to stop him! This four-volume set includes plenty of bad hairstyles and plasma rifles to keep the 90s nostalgia alive.
All-New X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen: After Cyclops killed Professor Xavier, he and Wolverine split the X-Men team into two factions, and nothing has been the same. In order to talk sense into two teams, X-Man Beast decides to travel back in time, when the original X-Men were not as grim, and bring these fresh-eyed heroes to the present-day. Only Brian Michael Bendis could make this work, and he really does, especially thanks to Stuart Immonen’s gorgeous artwork.
X-Men: Battle of the Atom by Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Brian Michael Bendis, Frank Cho, and more: The creative talent alone makes this new collection worthwhile, but it’s also a great exercise in character-mapping, as there are present-day, past, and future X-Men battling for a peaceful future. Spinning out of All-New X-Men, this story is continuity-heavy and fun for veteran fans.
X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne: Where it all began! This lauded storyline kicked off the post-apocalypse X-Men stories still being told today—and it significantly varies from the big screen adaptation. To commemorate its impact, Marvel released a brand-new hardcover collection that expands on the overall story.
What stories did we miss, X-Fans? Let us know in the comments below, please!