Updated on 16 October, 2021
For many readers, especially those who are in their teenage years, the most popular X Men comics are the ones that take place in the future of the Marvel comic book world. If you have read up about the characters in previous X Men issues, you know that Professor X was once a devoted father and teacher, teaching young mutant students at a prestigious school. However, he was shunned by his own students after they discovered that he was secretly raising an army of powerful blond telepaths called the Resistance. He was also obsessed with the idea of creating a nuclear weapon to end the war, much to the dismay of the professor X himself.
The character's first appearance, in the classic "X Men" comic book series, introduced him as Xavier. His appearance was a stark contrast to Cable, who was an American soldier serving during the war in Vietnam. While Cable was focused on fighting against Magneto, the younger X Men were more interested in investigating the truth behind the mutant attacks they had been receiving. After discovering that there was in fact a conspiracy going on involving S.H.I.T. headpin, they set out to find out what had happened to Xavier.
Once they located their long lost father, they were reunited with him and learned that his mind had somehow been merged with that of Cyclops, leading to a confused Cyclops and a rogue team of X Men. The X Men later found themselves defending the Earth against Magneto's invasion of Earth, with Wolverine acting as the primary protector of the team. The team later became known as the X Men, taking on their new name in an effort to shake off the bad reputation that had been connected to their father. This new identity did not last long, when a new villain named optic overloaded the human brain with optic energy, killing most of the X Men. The revived X Men then gathered together to form the X Men, who were now led by Professor X, to protect humanity against threats such as Magneto and the resurrected Xavier.
In the modern age of X Men comics, the team is once again assembled, this time under the lead of Cyclops, also known as Scott Summers. He is the son of Professor X and Jean Grey, and was trained by Charles Xavier at some point in his life. Scott underwent an extensive training program at Stormview, and went on to become a powerful telepath, as well as a leader amongst the X Men. When an armored terrorist named Magneto attacked the school, Scott went into battle with the terrorist, only to loose his left arm to Magneto's blasts. Without a means of transportation, Scott searched for a way to bring Cyclops back to life, and was successful in locating a mysterious device known as the X-Jet.
This new piece of technology allowed them to travel back in time, where Cyclops discovered the reality in which mutant and humans were segregated. There, they discovered the Sentinels, robotic sentinels who hunted down and attacked anyone wearing a different colored uniform. Scott and Jean Grey used their combined mental powers to fight off the Sentinels, and Cyclops was left in charge of the X Men. However, when a tragicomic event occurred in the future, leaving the X Men without a future, a final series of comic books chronicled the events that happened, right up until the main series finale.
The final story told in the X Men series finale, entitled X-Men: Dark Phoenix, chronicled the final battle between the X Men and the villainous Phoenix. It ended with Cyclops' death, at the hands of the Phoenix. The series finale established the conclusion of the story for all future series, and was very well received by fans and non-fans alike. The series finale established a new timeline where the X Men were once again in command of the world, and were hunted down by the evil X Men.
Following the end of the first season of the television show, the second season of the comic book series was set to begin. However, the series was delayed again, and the third season quickly began to be cancelled by Fox. With the cancellation of the series, the comic book company was then left with very little time to put out new X Men comics. There was also pressure from Fox to introduce an entirely new cast of characters in the comic book series, something which the producers refused to do. It was not a surprise that the team decided to make the third season DVD collection the last one they would make, as it would be the final installment they would ever produce.
After the cancellation of the show, the company did start producing a few comics related to the popular X Men series. These took place within the same continuity as the show, but were produced outside of the main storyline. The most recent of these was New Wolverine, which was written by Brian Bendis. Following the conclusion of the X Men TV show, the animated X Men series went on to become one of the highest grossing animated films of all time. Not only was it incredibly successful financially, but it also spawned a spin-off feature film, as well as an interesting sequel to the original X Men comic book. If you have never seen an episode of this series, I highly recommend it; it is highly unlikely that you have seen an animated film that has been so successful.