So I'm experiencing an X-Men kick lately.
What's your favorite era/creative team/run of X-Men? Go!
Originally Posted by masculine todd
Team: Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Wolverine with Banshee or Kitty.
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1. Claremont's first run (especially Claremont/Smith + the Asgardian crossover)
2. Morrison's New X-Men
3. Carey's making a solid pitch for #3 at the moment;
4. Whedon's also in the mix
5. Roy Thomas and Neal Adams
Alan Davis and Joe Kelly get honorable mentions for not sucking too hard during the 90s.
For other x-books:
1. Claremont's New Mutants
2. Alan Davis Excalibur
3. One (or both) of PAD's X-Factor runs
4. BKV's Mystique was criminally underrated
5. Joe Casey/Ladronn Cable surprised me
Claremont and Silvestri/Outback era
Whedon or Claremont (not current Claremont....80s Claremont)
Roy Thomas/Neal Adams
Chris Claremont/Dave Cockrum
Chris Claremont/John Byrne
Chris Claremont/Paul Smith
Chris Claremont/Jim Lee
Fabian Nicieza/Andy Kubert
Scott Lobdell/Joe Madureira (SP)
Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely
Joss Whedon/John Cassaday
All of those were great for the X-Men, and for X-Factor:
Louise Simonson/Walt Simonson
Peter David/Larry Strohman (I can't remember the guys' name, he pencilled X-Factor starting with issue 71...)
Peter David/Joe Quesada
I also really dug Chris Claremont/Alan Davis on Excalibur, Fabian Nicieza/Greg Capullo on X-Force, and the Bill Sinkiewicz issues of New Mutants (I can't remember off the top of my head if he pencilled Claremont issues or Simonson).
Also, I think Mike Carey is fucking amazing, and I believe that if he had different pencillers to work with I would have him as my current favorite X-creator. The guy's just awesome.
Another current X-creator that is just crushing right now is Chris Yost on New X-Men. Yeah, he works with Craig Kyle, but I get the feeling that Yost does the heavy lifting on the book. Kyle's busy with the Marvel animated features.
Ed Brubaker is an amazing writer, and I really like his run on Uncanny, but Whedon, Carey, and Yost are really pushing my buttons the most right now.
Some of my favourite X-Men stuff has been fairly recent, actually.
Grant Morrison's New X-Men - I love how it challenged the stagnant status quo of the '90s and managed to introduce some very promising new ideas (Cassandra Nova/Mummudrai's, X-Corporation, mutant subculture, etc). Frank Quitely, Ethan Van Sciver, and Phil Jimenez also brought some stunning artwork to the equation.
Peter David's X-Factor - PAD knows these characters, and it's a pleasure to see him explore new ground with some of them, including Madrox, Quicksilver, and Monet, to start with. There's also some very strong story arcs being developed at the moment, and a genuine effort to work with such a poorly planned and executed concept as M-Day. Also, the art, whether it's courtesy of Ryan Sook, Denis Calero, or Pablo Raimondi, is just beautiful.
Mike Carey's X-Men - There's a great mix of old school and utter insanity in this book. Although the stories aren't the best in X-Men history, there's something very enthusiastic and intriguing that keeps me coming back for more. And despite his sometimes odd storytelling, I'm a huge sucker for Chris Bachalo's artwork.
There's also the default answer - Claremont in his prime on the title.