Way back before there were X-Men movies, back before Wolverine was a household name, I was 11 years old and my grandmother bought me my first X-Men comic book from Smith’s grocery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
It was Uncanny X-Men 187. It looked like this:
In it, Storm (Halle Berry in the movies) has a mohawk and has lost her weather controlling powers. She and an old Cheyenne shaman break into a high rise, and shoot a bunch of aliens in order to save Forge, Storm’s lover and the man responsible for her losing her powers. Based on that short description alone, it’s better than most of the comics I’ve read this decade. Here’s some panels from it:
It is nothing like any X-Men comic that has come out in the past ten years. Wolverine only appeared in a two panel flash back. The whole thing blew my mind. Writer Chris Claremont and artist John Romita Jr are the X-Men to me.