For a team mostly concerned with the plight of persecuted mutants here on Earth, the X-Men sure do spend a lot of time gallivanting across the stars. But you'll hear no complaints from longtime X-Men fans about that possible deviation from their core theme; outer space adventures are just rad in general, and they become even radder when Marvel's mutants get involved!
Readers will get to see Storm and her X-Crew leave Earth's orbit in X-MEN #18 when writer Marc Guggenheim takes over the book's steering wheel. The team has a long history of x-traterrestrial adventures; check out seven of them, presented in chronological order!
1. THE PHOENIX SAGA
The all-new X-Men crew headed to the stars pretty quickly after their formation. Missions like this one—where all of reality threatened to shatter into a million pieces thanks to the Shi'ar's mad Emperor D'Ken's tampering with the M'Kraan crystal—really forced Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Colossus to get over their differences and work together like a team. This storyline introduced a number of X-Space mainstays, like the Starjammers, the Shi'ar, and the Imperial Guard. It also switched Jean Grey out with the all-powerful Phoenix, a move that would definitely have ramifications.
2. THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA
See? Ramifications! The Phoenix has gone rogue, obliterating a few billion alien lives along the way, and the Shi'ar have no choice but to put an end to her. Luckily the Phoenix has the X-Men on her side, and they're willing to risk everything to keep their teammate alive and give her a fair trial. Unfortunately the team has to go up against the might of a truly unleashed Imperial Guard. Things end tragically, to say the least.
3. THE BROOD SAGA
The X-Men's outer space adventures got decidedly creepier with the introduction of the Brood, a race of aliens that procreate by laying eggs inside their victims. The team comes closer to death than ever before as they struggle to overcome their slow transformations into members of the Brood collective!
4. FREE CHARLEY
A newly unified X-Men squad, all decked out in snazzy looking blue and gold jumpsuits, go up against a cadre of Warskrulls to free their kidnapped mentor and restore peace to the Shi'ar Empire. Unlike the previous space epics, this one includes 100% more wisecracks from Jubilee—possibly giving it an edge over everything that's come before.
5. WHERE NO X-MAN HAS GONE BEFORE!
The X-Men spent 1996's holiday season locked in a relentless battle against the techno-organic aliens known as the Phalanx. And just when the X-Men think they've survived the worst of it, they crash land back on Earth and encounter one of their deadliest foes! Whether its on Earth or off, the X-Men really can't catch a break.
6. THE RISE & FALL OF THE SHI'AR EMPIRE
With the threat of Cyclops and Havok's long lost brother Vulcan looming over the entire Shi'ar Empire, the X-Men once again felt compelled to rush into space to save their extraterrestrial allies. This story features both a star-making turn for ex-X-Forcer Warpath as well as the seeming end of one of Marvel's most prominent patriarchs.
The incredibly intense initial ASTONISHING X-MEN run comes to a head with this final arc as the X-Men rush towards a warlike planet called Breakworld to confront their new enemy Ord head on. Junior X-Man Armor earns her place on the team just as one of the senior members sacrifices themselves to save Earth!
The X-Men go on an all-new outer space adventure this August in X-MEN #18!