The most famous mutant superheroes take on time travel and save the world before it was ever even in trouble in The Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past
Well, for starters, the whole storyline they sell you in the Marvel comic app is pretty pointless, I feel like the whole Days of Future Past story is really told in just two issues: “Days of Future Past” and “Mind Out of Time,” aka “This Issue: Everyone Dies” (The Uncanny X-Men issues #141 and 142, published in 1981). The other four issues with this bundle don’t add much at all to the story, other than background info that isn’t fully necessary. Aside from that, the actual Days of Future Past story is so captivating, so well produced that I can’t help but read and re-read.
In the future, mutants are helplessly imprisoned in internment camps, with sentinel guards all over a dystopian United States. Of course, the X-Men are not known for bowing down and staying quiet, so they devise a brilliant plan to telepathically send Kitty Pryde back to the past to her younger self, where they can change the future before it even happens. Preventing the fatal moment that triggered the horrific future. Classic.
It doesn’t surprise me that Days of Future Past, created by the writer/artists team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin, was ranked in the top 25 of the greatest Marvel comics. The story is progressive for its time, very original, and quite imaginative with its art. And as an obvious fan-favorite, it also doesn’t surprise me that this storyline was the basis for the most resent X-Men feature film.
The Days of Future Past film sticks to the basic theme of the comic storyline, but with some creative re-imagination. Characters are placed in different roles, plots are twisted to create a more blockbuster-friendly action movie, and well, it’s really only just loosely based of the comic classic. I loved the film, truly did, but I think it’s worth reading the comic on the side as well, to add to the history of the comic.
– Nahuel F.A.