To be clear: This is a list of episodic animated TV shows based on comic books—not the greatest cartoons featuring super heroes (i.e., who didn’t start out in comic books, like Battle of the Planets), and it’s a list of underrated or underreported ones…That’s why so many of my “real” top 10 favorites aren’t here (i.e., Teen Titans Go!, Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, etc.).

X-MEN.  I’m talking about the 2011 anime series from Marvel Entertainment and Madhouse.  The other three shows that came out of this collaboration (Wolveirne, Blade and Iron Man) never rose above mediocre, but this series did a good job at telling the story of the X-Men right after Jean Grey’s death.  It’s not canon—not even close (it takes place in Japan)—but it wove in elements from Grant Morrison’s New X-Men (the U-Men) and Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men (the character Armor) to great effect.  A sweet little gem that most people never even knew existed.

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