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Published September 2, 2022

These X-Men Starter Stories Are Perfect for New Readers

Save up to 67% off on digital collections and issues starring the Children of the Atom, including the entire 'X-Men: Grand Design' lineup!

Originally inspired by a dream of unity, the telepath Professor Charles Xavier assembled students with extraordinary, innate powers from around the world. Dubbed “mutants,” these remarkable super-beings were ostracized and feared by society—until they channeled their powers for good as the X-Men!

Read some of the most pivotal moments in mutant history with the “X-Men: Grand Design” sale, now ongoing in the Marvel Comics App through October 3! Pick up any of our suggested starting points as digital issues or collections to save up to 67% off on uncanny titles. Plus, Marvel Insiders who shop this sale will earn 1,000 Insider points (limit once per sale) for any purchase.

Here’s our top picks! (With over 130 titles to choose from!)

X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN

Collects X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN (2017) #1-2:

Over six tumultuous decades, the X-Men have carved a singular place in comic book lore and popular culture. From their riotous birth in the ’60s, to their legendary reboot in the ’70s, to their attitude adjustment in the ’90s, to their battle against extinction in the ’00s, the X-Men have remained unquestionably relevant to generations of readers, the ultimate underdogs in an increasingly complicated world. In X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN, New York Times-best-selling author Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree, Wizzywig) takes you on a pulse-pounding tour of X-Men history unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before, an intricate labor of love that stitches together hundreds of classic and obscure stories into one seamless X-Men masterpiece! This volume also includes 1963’s X-MEN #1, masterfully recolored by Ed.

Cover to X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN.
Cover to X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN.

X-MEN ORIGINS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Collects X-MEN ORIGINS: COLOSSUS, JEAN GREY, BEAST, SABRETOOTH, WOLVERINE, GAMBIT, ICEMAN, CYCLOPS, NIGHTCRAWLER, EMMA FROST and DEADPOOL:

Discover the uncanny origins of some of the greatest X-Men of all! These gripping and personal tales reveal how the young mutants each gained their powers and found their way to the Xavier School—from legendary original members like Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast and Iceman; to iconic additions of the all-new, all-different era like Nightcrawler, Colossus and Wolverine; to the fan-favorite Gambit! Plus: Get inside the head of fiendish foe-turned-stalwart member Emma Frost, and explore the bloody and disturbing past of the savage Sabretooth! And Wade Wilson is determined to tell his own story as the fourth-wall breaking Deadpool! A host of comic-book talents unite to explore the early days of Marvel’s mutants!

Cover to X-MEN ORIGINS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION.
Cover to X-MEN ORIGINS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION.

X-MEN CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1

Collects CLASSIC X-MEN (1986) #1-23:

In 1986, Marvel launched CLASSIC X-MEN, a series that reprinted the “All-New, All-Different X-Men” era—with a twist! All-new backup stories fleshed out the 1970s tales and delved deeper into the characters’ lives—and new story pages were even inserted into the reprints, expanding on key moments and sowing the seeds for future storylines! Now, all this created material has been collected together—complete with comparisons and text pieces explaining what was changed, what was added and why! Friendships are forged, allies are mourned and lives are transformed in these rare tales that dance between the raindrops of some of the most revered X-Men comics of all time.

Cover to X-MEN CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1.
Cover to X-MEN CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1.

These comics and collections are available to read on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android, on sale through October 3. Grab the full list of sale titles below!

  • CYCLOPS VOL. 1: STARSTRUCK
  • CYCLOPS VOL. 2: A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME
  • DARK X-MEN
  • DEATH OF X
  • DECIMATION: GENERATION M
  • DECIMATION: SENTINEL SQUAD ONE
  • DECIMATION: X-MEN - SON OF M
  • DECIMATION: X-MEN - THE 198
  • DISTRICT X VOL. 1: MR. M
  • DISTRICT X VOL. 2: UNDERGROUND
  • DOMINO VOL. 1
  • DOMINO VOL. 2: SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
  • DOMINO: HOTSHOTS
  • EXTERMINATION
  • FIRST X-MEN
  • GENEXT
  • GENEXT: UNITED
  • GIANT-SIZE X-MEN - 40TH ANNIVERSARY
  • GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: TRIBUTE TO WEIN & COCKRUM GALLERY EDITION
  • JEAN GREY VOL. 1: NIGHTMARE FUEL
  • JEAN GREY VOL. 2: FINAL FIGHT
  • JUBILEE BY ROBERT KIRKMAN
  • JUGGERNAUT: NO STOPPING NOW
  • LEGION: TRAUMA
  • LONGSHOT SAVES THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
  • MAJOR X
  • MUTANT X: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1
  • MUTANT X: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2
  • MYSTIQUE BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION
  • MYSTIQUE BY SEAN MCKEEVER ULTIMATE COLLECTION
  • NIGHTCRAWLER VOL. 1: HOMECOMING
  • NIGHTCRAWLER VOL. 1: THE DEVIL INSIDE
  • NIGHTCRAWLER VOL. 2: REBORN
  • NIGHTCRAWLER VOL. 2: THE WINDING WAY
  • ORORO: BEFORE THE STORM
  • PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY
  • SABRETOOTH: OPEN SEASON
  • SENTINEL VOL. 1: SALVAGE
  • SENTINEL VOL. 2: NO HERO
  • SENTINEL VOL. 3: PAST IMPERFECT
  • SHATTERSTAR: REALITY STAR
  • STARJAMMERS
  • STORM
  • STORM VOL. 1: MAKE IT RAIN
  • STORM VOL. 2: BRING THE THUNDER
  • VENOM & X-MEN: POISON-X
  • X-BABIES CLASSIC VOL. 1
  • X-BABIES: STARS REBORN
  • X-CAMPUS
  • X-MEN '92 VOL. 0: WARZONES!
  • X-MEN '92 VOL. 1: THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE
  • X-MEN '92 VOL. 2: LILAPALOOZA
  • X-MEN BLACK
  • X-MEN CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1
  • X-MEN CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2
  • X-MEN FAIRY TALES
  • X-MEN LEGENDS VOL. 1: THE MISSING LINKS
  • X-MEN LEGENDS VOL. 2: MUTANT MAYHEM
  • X-MEN LEGENDS: ART ADAMS
  • X-MEN ORIGINS
  • X-MEN ORIGINS II
  • X-MEN ORIGINS: FIRESTAR
  • X-MEN ORIGINS: GAMBIT
  • X-MEN ORIGINS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
  • X-MEN SEASON ONE
  • X-MEN/ALPHA FLIGHT
  • X-MEN/BLACK PANTHER: WILD KINGDOM
  • X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR
  • X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR: 4X
  • X-MEN/SPIDER-MAN
  • X-MEN/STEVE ROGERS: ESCAPE FROM THE NEGATIVE ZONE
  • X-MEN: AGE OF X
  • X-MEN: ANGEL - REVELATIONS
  • X-MEN: APOCALYPSE/DRACULA
  • X-MEN: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  • X-MEN: CHILDREN OF THE ATOM
  • X-MEN: COLOSSUS - GOD'S COUNTRY
  • X-MEN: COLOSSUS BLOODLINE
  • X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MUTANTS - MUTANTS VS. VAMPIRES
  • X-MEN: CYCLOPS & PHOENIX - PAST & FUTURE
  • X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS
  • X-MEN: DIE BY THE SWORD
  • X-MEN: DOMINO
  • X-MEN: EMPEROR VULCAN
  • X-MEN: ENDANGERED SPECIES
  • X-MEN: EVOLUTION
  • X-MEN: FALLEN ANGELS
  • X-MEN: FIRESTAR
  • X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - BAND OF BROTHERS
  • X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - CLASS PORTRAITS
  • X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - MUTANT MAYHEM
  • X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - THE WONDER YEARS
  • X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - TOMORROW'S BRIGHTEST
  • X-MEN: FIRST CLASS FINALS
  • X-MEN: GAMBIT - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1
  • X-MEN: GAMBIT - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2
  • X-MEN: GAMBIT & ROGUE
  • X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN
  • X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN - SECOND GENESIS
  • X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN - X-TINCTION
  • X-MEN: ICEMAN
  • X-MEN: KITTY PRYDE - SHADOW & FLAME
  • X-MEN: KITTY PRYDE & WOLVERINE
  • X-MEN: LONGSHOT
  • X-MEN: MAGIK - STORM & ILLYANA
  • X-MEN: MAGNETO - TESTAMENT
  • X-MEN: NEW AGE OF APOCALYPSE
  • X-MEN: NOIR
  • X-MEN: NOIR - MARK OF CAIN
  • X-MEN: PHOENIX - ENDSONG/WARSONG ULTIMATE COLLECTION
  • X-MEN: PHOENIX ENDSONG
  • X-MEN: PHOENIX WARSONG
  • X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK
  • X-MEN: PSYLOCKE
  • X-MEN: S.W.O.R.D. - NO TIME TO BREATHE
  • X-MEN: SHATTERSHOT
  • X-MEN: STARJAMMERS BY DAVE COCKRUM
  • X-MEN: THE ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS & PHOENIX
  • X-MEN: THE END BOOK ONE
  • X-MEN: THE END BOOK THREE
  • X-MEN: THE END BOOK TWO
  • X-MEN: THE HIDDEN YEARS VOL. 1
  • X-MEN: THE HIDDEN YEARS VOL. 2
  • X-MEN: TO SERVE AND PROTECT
  • X-MEN: UNCANNY ORIGINS
  • X-MEN: WORLDS APART
  • X-MEN: WORST X-MAN EVER
  • X-MEN: X-CLUB
  • X-NECROSHA
  • X-WOMEN
  • YOUNG X-MEN VOL. 1: FINAL GENESIS
  • YOUNG X-MEN VOL. 2: BOOK OF REVELATIONS

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