Once I started buying more comics other than Archie as I grew, I was a big DC Comics zombie, mostly in the Batfamily group of books. Then I started branching out to other titles. This is where I ran into X-Men. At the time,I wasn't all that familiar with them. I would always see the covers on the stores and occasionally play their video games, but never rally got into their books. Until seventh grade where my best friends Alfred and Heimdall started showing me their copies and around the time Marvel released some trading cards based on X-Men all drawn by Jim Lee.
I got a little frustrated so I decided to quit reading them for a while. Then I was introduced into another artist that would become influential, John Romita Jr, who did the artwork on Uncanny X-Men 300. Afterward I would buy it every now and then, until my definitive Uncanny X-Men creative came on board: Scott Lobdell, Joe Madureira, Tim Townsed, and the coloring studio Liquid! Colors.
Ever since I have not bought current X-Men comics, though I have bought back issues of the older material. And what I've heard from the current stories it just doesn't look like a fun read anymore. Who knows, maybe I'm wrong. About the cartoon series I will say I enjoyed tremendously, as well as X-Men 2 and 3 of the live action movies. I actually thought the first was the weakest of the 3 (yeah, I just went there!), and I have yet to see X-Men: First Class.
All in all, for me X-men was a weird and trippy ride, showing all that's great and all that's bad in mainstream comics. But one thing is for sure, it sure was an entertaining trip, none the less, and at the end of the day, that's what really matters. Thank you for reading and have a good one.
Alvaro “Lance Danger” Cortes Jr