Great story arcs by great creators are really the backbone of the whole comic book enterprise. They’re what we want to read, and if we’re speculators or collectors, they’re the comics we want to own. Claremont’s run on Uncanny X-Men, Miller’s run on Daredevil: these are great runs that introduce iconic characters or add essential elements to character mythology.
Because of the popularity and significance of these arcs it can often be difficult and expensive to track down the issues.
As collectors, I think we should always be on the lookout for the next great arc, or perhaps an arc from the recent past that hasn’t quite ascended to legendary status. Grant Morrison’s New X-Men might be just such a run. New X-Men was really just a new label slapped onto X-Men (Vol. 2). Morrison’s run lasted 40 issues from 114-154. It was good. “Riot at Xavier’s” remains one of the best X-Men stories I’ve ever read.
Over a three-year period, Morrison added several major players to the X-Men universe.
Quentin Quire a.k.a. Kid Omega (New X-Men 134)
Fantomex (New X-Men 128)
Xorn (New X-Men Annual 2001)
Stepford Cuckoos (New X-Men #118)
All of these characters have become major presences in the X-universe. Quentin Quire is the only reason I read Wolverine and the X-Men for twenty issues. Fantomex now has his own series and seems to be to the 2010s what Gambit and Cable were to the 1990s. Xorn comes and goes, but reappeared (in a fashion) in the recent Battle of the Atom cross-over. The Stepfords are currently members of Cyclops’ team of renegade X-Men.
One of the other great features of Morrison’s run on New X-Men is that most of the art is handled by Frank Quietly. Quietly’s art might be an acquired taste, but I’ve come to really appreciate it. There’s a similarity between his stuff and Capullo’s and McFarlane’s that I really like. The broken lines and rough edges really humanize the characters.
Anyway, my guess is that Morrison’s and Quietly’s work on New X-Men will be fondly remembered for decades, and the characters that Morrison created during that run have the potential to be major players in X-Men comic books for a long time. Get these issues now, while they’re still affordable. If nothing else, you’ll be getting a terrific story.