What is the x-men comic book continuity?

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Professor Charles Xavier is a mutant, or a human being with mutated genetics. Referred to as homo-superior, mutants' enhanced genetics often manifest as super human powers. Professor X, for example, is a very strong telepath. Predicting that mutants will not be welcome in modern society, Professor X uses his resources to open a school for mutants.



He recruits the first five original X-Men and trains them to use their powers. Scott Summers, also knows as Cyclops is trained as their leader, using a ruby quartz visor to control optical blasts that come from his eyes. Jean Grey, called Marvel Girl, has the power of telekinesis and later telepathy. Warren Worthington III, code named Angel because of his hollow bones and large, feathered wings leaves behind his playboy lifestyle to fight crime. Hank McCoy lends his superior intellect and agility to the team using his college nickname Beast, which he received on the football field. Finally. Robert Drake rounded out the team as Iceman, the youngest of the five, he has the powers to turn ambient moisture into ice.

Created in the 60s, the X-Men were more than a super hero team. They tackled issues like civil rights and discrimination as they were a group of mutants, humans that were essentially the same as their peers, but feared and hated because they were different. The most prevalent theme in the book from its creation to the present day is the fact that these mutants selflessly protect a population that shuns them. The protection they offer is usually from evil mutants like Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. While Professor X and his X-men work to prove that mutants and humans can co-exist, Magneto sees homo-sapiens as inferior and must be eradicated.



The cast of characters would stay pretty much the same for the first twelve years until Giant Sized X-men #1 in 1975. This comic book introduced a new line up of X-men, Storm, Colossus, Banshee, Sunfire, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Warpath. When the original X-men are kidnapped by a living island, Professor X goes around the world to recruit new mutants. This new team rescues Professor X's first class and returns them to the school unharmed. Eventually, the X-men would branch out into a franchise in the 80s. The x-men comic book continuity from here gets a little confusing as the mutants enter into what most critics would call their golden age. Cyclops would lead the X-men listed above in Uncanny X-men, Jean Grey would lead the original X-men in X-factor, and a new crop of mutants would come around in New Mutants.

In the 90s, the X-men underwent another overhaul, combining the original class with the current class of mutants in the books X-men and Uncanny X-men, and changing the New Mutants to X-force. Characters bounced around from book to book depending on the creative team behind them until the commercial success of the X-men movie. After an company wide crossover centered around the mutants, every super hero is wiped out in the Marvel Universe except for the mutants. Afterward, Marvel would release a new continuity called the Ultimates. This new universe allowed writers and artists to redo certain books from the bottom up.

This new universe changed the X-men comic book continuity a bit, angering some old fans, and bringing in some new fans. By the year 2012 there were 12 different books involving the X-men, causing Marvel to re-evaluate the x-men comic book continuity. With plans to reduce the number of books to make it a bit easier to keep up with the family of mutants.

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