Our Comics Guide to 'X-Men: The Animated Series’ S4 on Disney+
Head to Marvel Unlimited to binge the comics behind the cartoon.
One of the best aspects of seeing our favorite comics translated to screens of all sizes is looking back at its sequential inspirations! Whether they're old favorites or undiscovered gems, there's plenty of comic book source material to read.
In the case of X-Men: The Animated Series (’92-’97), the series creators approached the fourth season with a mix of original stories and ones that came directly from the comics, which you can read about in the guide below!
The order of these episodes, which debuted in 1995-1996, is based on the way they actually aired originally, which occasionally differs from the production order and how they might appear on Disney+.
Under the leadership of telepath Professor Charles Xavier, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Rogue, Gambit, Beast, Jean Grey and youngest member Jubilee, devote their lives as X-Men. All born with remarkable power, they protect a world that hates and fears their existence.
And, all 76 episodes of the ’90s mega-hit are up on Disney+ now, so you can revisit and re-watch this fan-favorite series, or check it out for the very first time.
EPISODES 1-2: ONE MAN’S WORTH
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Though the arc does seem to reference the already-adapted-in-Season 1 "Days of Future Past," it also includes time-traveling villain Trevor Fitzroy, who made his comic debut in UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #281, and was immediately followed by a first appearance from Bishop in the following issue. That initial story with Fitzroy and Bishop came to a head in UNCANNY X-MEN #283.
EPISODE 3: COURAGE
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Comic fans will know that Morph—originally known as Changeling—did not play much of a part in the team's history, but this episode does feature an adaptation of UNCANNY X-MEN #14-16 wherein Master Mold sent Sentinels after its creators Bolivar Trask and Henry Peter Gyrich for an upgrade!
EPISODES 4-5: PROTEUS
EPISODES 6-7: SANCTUARY
EPISODES 8-11: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
EPISODE 12: HAVE YOURSELF A MORLOCK LITTLE CHRISTMAS
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As it happens, Wolverine did something very similar to save the life of Doctor Voodoo just this year in the pages of SAVAGE AVENGERS (2019) #2. The X-Men’s Rockefeller Center romp is also mirrored in the pages of now-classic UNCANNY X-MEN #98, although instead of combating Wolverine’s grumbly Scrooge-like ‘tude, the team was up against a slew of Sentinels.
EPISODE 13: THE LOTUS AND THE STEEL
EPISODE 14: LOVE IN VAIN
EPISODE 15: SECRETS, NOT LONG BURIED
EPISODE 16: XAVIER REMEMBERS
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Shadow King originally appeared in UNCANNY #117, an issue that got into Amahl Farouk’s shared history with Charles Xavier, plus featured an epic battle in the astral plane.
EPISODE 17: FAMILY TIES
That’s a wrap on Season 4! So get watching/reading, and stay tuned for our Season 5 Reading Guide, right around the corner.
Read these uncanny tales and other essential X-Men stories in Marvel Unlimited today, along with thousands of other comics starring favorite mutants and more. Stay tuned for our Season 5 Reading Guide, and in the meantime, tell us which of these X-Men comics you’ll be reading at @MarvelUnlimited. And remember to stay posted to Marvel Unlimited’s Twitter and Facebook for more weekly announcements and updates!
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