X-Men Blue, Vol. 2
The X-Men are caught up in the epic Secret Empire event! But what does the new landscape of the Marvel Universe mean for mutantkind? How will Jean, Cyclops, Beast, Angel and Iceman survive in a world dominated by Hydra? And what exactly does Magneto have up his sleeve?COLLECTING: X-MEN: BLUE 7-12

X-Men Blue, Vol. 2 Details

TitleX-Men Blue, Vol. 2
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherMarvel Comics
ISBN-139781302907297
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Marvel, X Men, Superheroes, Comic Book

X-Men Blue, Vol. 2 Review

  • Red Panda
    January 1, 1970
    The first half of this book was the inevitable Secret Empire tie-in. The second half dealt with the terrible results of Hank's dabbling with sorcery. Neither was great to be honest; I've given this three stars but I'm rounding up from two and a half. I'm hoping for more from the next volume.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    The first half of the book is a Secret Empire crossover. Mutants have their own fascist state now in California. It's never fully explained why so many X-Men are acting out of character. Secondary mutations are reintroduced. (Wolfbane's is really dumb. She now has razor claws and can turn into a entire pack of wolves which makes no sense.) My frustration with these crossovers is there's never enough explained to know what's going on unless you've read the main title (and sometimes additional min The first half of the book is a Secret Empire crossover. Mutants have their own fascist state now in California. It's never fully explained why so many X-Men are acting out of character. Secondary mutations are reintroduced. (Wolfbane's is really dumb. She now has razor claws and can turn into a entire pack of wolves which makes no sense.) My frustration with these crossovers is there's never enough explained to know what's going on unless you've read the main title (and sometimes additional miniseries). And then the next issue, it's like it never happened.In the second half of the book, Hank's flirtation with magic bites him in the ass. The no personality Goblin Queen returns with her supernatural minion versions of the X-Men. Meanwhile Jimmy and Angel investigate Jimmy's origins and we get some lead-in to the "mothervine" story line that I presume will be happening in the next trade.These stories are OK, but they tend towards just big slugfests. I'd like to see some character advancements or at least some B plots. The art here is also not that great. Cory Smith's art looks hurried in places and I've never even heard of the two guys on the Goblin Queen arc.
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  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of two stories.The first is set during Secret Empire and it focuses on the Original 5 resisting the fascist state of Tian. It bounces off of a big company crossover in the best way, by using it as the background to tell its own story. And, it's a successful one: Bunn offers a great look at where Emma Frost is now, continues on with character threads from his Magneto comic, and generally produces an exciting and interesting arc. [4/5]The second sadly reverts to the same pablum we've A collection of two stories.The first is set during Secret Empire and it focuses on the Original 5 resisting the fascist state of Tian. It bounces off of a big company crossover in the best way, by using it as the background to tell its own story. And, it's a successful one: Bunn offers a great look at where Emma Frost is now, continues on with character threads from his Magneto comic, and generally produces an exciting and interesting arc. [4/5]The second sadly reverts to the same pablum we've been getting from the X-office ever since Secret Wars . We get more on the Goblin Queen, an entirely two-dimensional villain, and the long fights just don't add up to much. The only saving grace of this arc is the completion of a very annoying young-Beast story that's been running for a while [3/5].Meaning that in the end, volume 2 ends up with about 3.5 stars, which is good as the X-office does on its X-team titles nowadays. Still, it's better than Gold. (Coming up next: a crossover with Gold.)
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Auch wenn das "Team Blue" die ursprünglichen fünf X-Men sind, ist trotzdem alles ganz anders und das Team an sich ist kaum wiederzuerkennen. Hinzu kommt, dass im MCU keine geradlinigen Stories mehr erzählt werden. Ohne Brüche im Raum-/Zeitkontinuum und Multiversen läuft fast gar nichts mehr, und in jede Story spielen die Ereignisse der letzten Jahrzehnte hinein. Das wirkt zwar sehr komplex, aber eine handwerklich gut gemachte Story, die ohne diesen ganzen Hintergrundkram auskommt, wäre mir auch Auch wenn das "Team Blue" die ursprünglichen fünf X-Men sind, ist trotzdem alles ganz anders und das Team an sich ist kaum wiederzuerkennen. Hinzu kommt, dass im MCU keine geradlinigen Stories mehr erzählt werden. Ohne Brüche im Raum-/Zeitkontinuum und Multiversen läuft fast gar nichts mehr, und in jede Story spielen die Ereignisse der letzten Jahrzehnte hinein. Das wirkt zwar sehr komplex, aber eine handwerklich gut gemachte Story, die ohne diesen ganzen Hintergrundkram auskommt, wäre mir auch mal sehr lieb. Und nach einer solchen Story sucht man auch bei den "five original X-Men" vergeblich.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]Secret Empire rocks the X-Men (because no one is safe from Marvel's event tidal wave), and then Beast's magical exploits come back to bite him in the ass, bringing the Goblyn Queen into the action too. They aren't kidding about that 'we hope you survive the experience!' thing, are they?X-Men Blue remains the stronger of the two X-books in this second volume. The character dynamics are much more interesting and explored much better than in Gold, and not just because the tea [Read as single issues]Secret Empire rocks the X-Men (because no one is safe from Marvel's event tidal wave), and then Beast's magical exploits come back to bite him in the ass, bringing the Goblyn Queen into the action too. They aren't kidding about that 'we hope you survive the experience!' thing, are they?X-Men Blue remains the stronger of the two X-books in this second volume. The character dynamics are much more interesting and explored much better than in Gold, and not just because the team was already more closely knit to start with. Following up on Beast's magical experiments feeds directly from the last All-New X-Men series, and even Secret Empire manages not to be a total turd as it brings some fan favourite characters back into the fold to help the X-Men save themselves (plus Emma Frost, who should be in all the X-books all the time).The art is where Blue tends to fall down a little compared to the other title. Corey Smith takes the Secret Empire issues, and they're not as polished as his work has been previously; I feel like he was rushing to meet Blue's twice-monthly deadline, especially when you compare this to his Nova run, or his work on the Clone Conspiracy: Omega. The magical storyline gets Gionvanni Valletta and Douglas Franchin, both of whom I've never heard of but didn't make any lasting impressions, unfortunately.I think if you squashed X-Men Gold and X-Men Blue into one big book, it'd be something really special. Unfortunately for now Blue stays ahead of the pack, but still doesn't quite reach as high as it could.
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  • Robert Kirwan
    January 1, 1970
    Ok so I just read this and I already want to jump right back in!! So happy that this volume of X-Men blue found its voice and really hit its stride! This follows on from volume 1 but obviously in the time period of writing, there was a WHOLE lot more going on in the marvel universe so we do get a little backstory at the start!!Hydra has taken over and there are some mutant camps that the mutant leaders have negotiated for!! Yes it’s all well and good in Utopia where humans and mutants live well Ok so I just read this and I already want to jump right back in!! So happy that this volume of X-Men blue found its voice and really hit its stride! This follows on from volume 1 but obviously in the time period of writing, there was a WHOLE lot more going on in the marvel universe so we do get a little backstory at the start!!Hydra has taken over and there are some mutant camps that the mutant leaders have negotiated for!! Yes it’s all well and good in Utopia where humans and mutants live well together, but anyone who doesn’t agree with the regime is leashed and power-dampened!!This is where we pick up with the original x-men freeing a camp of these mutants and really, the pace NEVER lets up!!!The homage to old characters not seen in ages is SO GOOD!! Seeing Toad and Wolfsbane with secondary mutations is fantastic and a great way to bring back in other “forgotten” characters!! Heck even Polaris and Madeline Pryor make an appearance!! LOVE IT!It’s a really fun romp from start to finish with the artwork being consistent throughout!! It rivals X-Men Gold at points in visuals and certainly feel as the original feel of X-Men is definitely here!!Tip top performance in a fantastic volume!! Love it
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  • AGamarra
    January 1, 1970
    Creo que no me confundí con el buen argumento que está tomando la serie. En la primera parte nos muestra un enfrentamiento de los X-Men jóvenes contra Nueva Tian, especie de estado fascista mutante dirigido por Emma Frost y algunos miembros del Club del Fuego Infernal. Como resultado de éste se da un hecho muy curioso que Jean y Scott tienen un lazo mental no buscado por ellos sino tras la pelea con Emma Frost. Posteriormente enfrentan a Madeleyne Prior y por si fuera poco ya hay dos rivales más Creo que no me confundí con el buen argumento que está tomando la serie. En la primera parte nos muestra un enfrentamiento de los X-Men jóvenes contra Nueva Tian, especie de estado fascista mutante dirigido por Emma Frost y algunos miembros del Club del Fuego Infernal. Como resultado de éste se da un hecho muy curioso que Jean y Scott tienen un lazo mental no buscado por ellos sino tras la pelea con Emma Frost. Posteriormente enfrentan a Madeleyne Prior y por si fuera poco ya hay dos rivales más que parecen una amenaza latente.Me gusta la diversidad de situaciones, los peligros reales que atraviesan y sobre todo la dinámica entre Jean y Scott.
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  • Travis Duke
    January 1, 1970
    I like this a lot, tons of action, cameos and story. Before I get into my review I wanna say I am gonna have some spoilers probably so stop now if you don't want any.I am sure glad Cullen Bunn is allowed to bring in so many characters, its like a mutant buffet in this series, I totally love it. In fact this series so far almost feels like a main event in term of story and action. Starts off with The young x-men getting capture by Emma Frost and her team which is a boat load of people, Toad, Wolf I like this a lot, tons of action, cameos and story. Before I get into my review I wanna say I am gonna have some spoilers probably so stop now if you don't want any.I am sure glad Cullen Bunn is allowed to bring in so many characters, its like a mutant buffet in this series, I totally love it. In fact this series so far almost feels like a main event in term of story and action. Starts off with The young x-men getting capture by Emma Frost and her team which is a boat load of people, Toad, Wolfsbane, Marrow, Firestar, Xorn, Old beast and more. The cool thing is some mutants are developing secondary powers which I also liked a lot for instance Toad now has a fiery tongue. So Jean and Jimmy go to rescue Cyclops, young beast, and Young Angel with the help of Danger and Polaris but are met with even more mutants! Havok and Polaris go toe to toe mean while Emma fights with Jean PHEW! Bobby, young Iceman is also training his omega power with Danger, I love seeing him in his giant iceman form its bad ass. OK so if thats not enough that was just the first half. We start round two with young Beast trying to manifest his magic power and ends up unelashing the goblin queen who traps pretty much everyone with her new absolutly crazy team the Hex men.... I loved it... nightcrawler, colossus, Storm, and pixie are all now demonized and its bad ass to me. In the end Storm snaps out of it and helps the new demonic young beast turn the tide.... ok im done.... that was a wild ride.obviously I am on board for volume 3 with all this action
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  • C. Varn
    January 1, 1970
    Mixed This tie-in with Hydra has much going for it including watching Emma Frost be a proper villain again. It does interesting things with the Steve Rogers Hydra plot and gives the young Hank McCoy so proper character development. That said, the book can feel manic in that shifts of narrative are fast and the number of former X-men on different sides of the fight can be overwhelming.
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  • Devi
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret Empire tie-in falters hardcore and just suffers from all around weak characterization. The second story here is much more interesting, with some “fun” dark alternate universe X-Men and further moving the overall plot of the book forward.
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  • Frédéric
    January 1, 1970
    As I expected this volume doesn't fare really much better than #1.The first part takes place in Tian during Secret Empire and that's about the level of connection it has with the event. It presents some interesting novelty with secondary mutations on reintroduced characters but is somewhat confusing when Emma Frost is presented as a total psycho bitch rather different than the cold behind-the-scene head of State she is in Secret Empire. Bunn is actually truer to form but it kinda collides with As I expected this volume doesn't fare really much better than #1.The first part takes place in Tian during Secret Empire and that's about the level of connection it has with the event. It presents some interesting novelty with secondary mutations on reintroduced characters but is somewhat confusing when Emma Frost is presented as a total psycho bitch rather different than the cold behind-the-scene head of State she is in Secret Empire. Bunn is actually truer to form but it kinda collides with Spencer's version.The second part is rather lousy and gives us back... the Goblyn Queen (zzz) who lures AD&D level one wizard Hank to... bring all versions of herself on Earth because the poor little whining thing feels alone. No shit. And now it seems a vampire Ororo is to join the team.What. The. Fuck?Meanwhile Angel and Jimmy investigate one of Ms Sinister's lair with maybe some links leading to the secondary mutations I spoke of above. Might lead to something later.Technically Cullen Bunn is still not very good: poor pacing, awkward transitions, lousy dialogues. I think that's his style now and I stopped hoping he'll improve.Artwise it's not much better: Cory Smith is ok but forgettable on the so-called tie-in while Giovanni Valletta and Douglas Franchin are already forgotten.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    I think I'm running short patience for this series. I feel like the characters are being forcefully dragged back towards status quo, and I'm not thrilled about that. And adding a second AU character isn't inspiring, either.
  • Adam Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    We start off with the Blue Team seemingly on the run. They are not cooperating with the current political agenda, which is Emma Frost leading the mutant sovereign nation of New Tian in the time of Captain America's 'Secret Empire'. Sent out to stop Blue Team is a group of Hellions as well as Firestar, Toad, Mondo (where has this guy been since 90's Generation X??), Marrow, Wolfsbane and Havok. The goals are simple, capture and suppress the powers of Blue Team and take Cyclops to Emma for "condit We start off with the Blue Team seemingly on the run. They are not cooperating with the current political agenda, which is Emma Frost leading the mutant sovereign nation of New Tian in the time of Captain America's 'Secret Empire'. Sent out to stop Blue Team is a group of Hellions as well as Firestar, Toad, Mondo (where has this guy been since 90's Generation X??), Marrow, Wolfsbane and Havok. The goals are simple, capture and suppress the powers of Blue Team and take Cyclops to Emma for "conditioning". When Jean escapes, she gathers Jimmy, and new teachers Danger and Polaris (at the "Magneto school" that Blue Team is attending) and mounts a rescue mission. (Several hilarious moments here regarding the rivalry between Emma and Jean...)The latter half deals with the mistakes of Beast's dabbling into magic, as well as Jimmy's quest to find out where he came from. It is revealed that Hank's skill has come from a pact made with the Goblin Queen (Madeline Pryor herself!). Taking his vulnerabilities into consideration, she gets him to activate a Beast Form, which throws him more under her control, allowing her 'Hex-Men' to attack the base. Pixie, Colossus, Bloodstorm and Nightcrawler (though they are all from parallel universes) attack them and are routed when Bloodstorm switches sides after seeing how Henry is being controlled. Jimmy (in a very similar manner to the whole Weapon X thing that Wolverine had to go through) enters a base that was controlled by Miss Sinister. The base is not empty and we see Blob, exhibiting a secondary mutation (like many of the other 'bad' mutants have been) and Jimmy vows to find out more about "Mothervine" and shut it down.By Volume's end, Bloodstorm has joined Blue Team and Scott and Jean have reconnected their psychic connection, which seems to be leading to a possible romance.... Both X-Men books are amazing right now. Very much have a feel similar to the great 90's X-books that I grew up on. I hope the streak continues.High recommend.
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  • Sean
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this volume after reading X-Men Blue Vol. 1: Strangest and realized pretty quickly that I was missing some vital information. The young time-displaced X-Men are awkwardly shoe-horned into the ill-conceived Secret Empire crossover where Hydra ends up governing all of the United Stated except California which is run by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club.If you liked the Secret Empire event (and my understanding is that most people simply didn't), then you will might like seeing the uneas I picked up this volume after reading X-Men Blue Vol. 1: Strangest and realized pretty quickly that I was missing some vital information. The young time-displaced X-Men are awkwardly shoe-horned into the ill-conceived Secret Empire crossover where Hydra ends up governing all of the United Stated except California which is run by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club.If you liked the Secret Empire event (and my understanding is that most people simply didn't), then you will might like seeing the uneasy negotiations between Hydra-Captain America and Magneto. I also liked the wickedly deranged struggle between Emma and young Scott. But overall, the episodes that take place in the Tian, the free mutant state formerly known as California, were strained at best.The book picks up in the second half when Hank's meddling with the mystic arts causes problems for the team. The young X-Men fight an old nemesis, Madelyne Pryor, in a battle the echoes the classic X-Men: Inferno. Madelyne has a series of warped Hex-Men to aid her.Overall the book was entertaining. I am glad that the team will be headed off-world in X-Men Blue Vol. 3: Cross-Time Capers . Hopefully by the time they get back, Marvel can sort out the Hydra mess.
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  • Gabi Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    Though I find the plotline really annoying and confusing (what with it being directly affected by the stupid Secret Empire event that no one wanted), I really like the creative team, and the direction it went with Jean, and especially the quick attention to Beast. The backstory on this modern/vintage (for lack of a better word) version of the beloved character is really interesting, especially seeing how he's coping with not being able to comprehend all the new technology that's been around and Though I find the plotline really annoying and confusing (what with it being directly affected by the stupid Secret Empire event that no one wanted), I really like the creative team, and the direction it went with Jean, and especially the quick attention to Beast. The backstory on this modern/vintage (for lack of a better word) version of the beloved character is really interesting, especially seeing how he's coping with not being able to comprehend all the new technology that's been around and is continually being created. His decision to go to magic is really cool, and the fact that the end of this volume focuses on that is REALLY intriguing and makes a really good story arc.The creative team is really good, where I like this art style and feel it fits the team well, and the writing seems solid. I'm really glad there's a settled creative team, since the switching around got really annoying and I felt had a huge decline in art quality after the first couple issues of the ongoing.
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  • Scott Lee
    January 1, 1970
    This book seems headed in interesting directions. There's quite a jump between volume one and volume two as whatever's going on with Secret Empire jumps the book into a new status quo that apparently dovetails with either the "during Secret Empire" reality or the post-Secret Empire reality. I've not read Secret Empire (obviously) so I don't know which. Anyway, bit of a learning curve, and what you need to get the details isn't included in this book, so be forewarned. The character bits here are This book seems headed in interesting directions. There's quite a jump between volume one and volume two as whatever's going on with Secret Empire jumps the book into a new status quo that apparently dovetails with either the "during Secret Empire" reality or the post-Secret Empire reality. I've not read Secret Empire (obviously) so I don't know which. Anyway, bit of a learning curve, and what you need to get the details isn't included in this book, so be forewarned. The character bits here are interesting--Scott and Jean get a bunch of time together, and Bunn seems to be at least open to the idea of addressing Scott and Jean getting together again. The Beast's transformation from Science guy to magic and science guy continues, and brings us into a fascinating new place. Iceman and Warren get short shrift by comparison, but the events of a warren Jimmy Logan adventure into Canada seems to point toward a new plotline that will further Jimmy's story and bring his past into focus as a source of trouble for the book. So that's good.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Wow I’ve missed quite a lot, i.e. the entire Captain America regime. Reading this, however, doesn’t exactly have me wanting to go back and do a read through. And when exactly did Emma Frost become like this?Enjoyable enough but the back-to-basics aspect of Blue from the first volume disappeared with this tie-in, as well as the mystic aspect of the second half. Too bad Jean didn’t do more leading...Art was nice overall and the contrast of the young X-Men and the adult mutants was well done.
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  • Tom Malinowski
    January 1, 1970
    Not reading for a few years, definitely feel a disconnect with what's going, but eh, you just go with the flow. Wasn't super confused as the first few issues dealt with Secret Empire, California being a mutant state, and Emma Frost evil again? The Goblin Queen is revealed as the one who's been urging Henry to cast spells which brings the young X-Men to fight her Hex Men. Polaris asserts her presence with Magneto.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this but I felt like in between volume 1 and 2 that there was something that I missed. I guess that I am going to have to do some research to see. The story however was interesting and I will be reading more of these. More X-Men were introduced in this volume, good bad I don't know. I am excited to find out.
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  • Joe
    January 1, 1970
    It has a lot of action, but not a very memorable story. I wasn't really into the Secret Empire and New Tian ideas. I didn't like the Hex-Men much either, but I did like Bloodstorm, so I'm glad she will stay.
  • B
    January 1, 1970
    There are all these clear callbacks to Mutant X, but they aren't doing Mutant X.I think it would be better if it were Mutant X.Also, it's clear that Bunn really wants to finish his story from his Magneto series. Does anyone else want that story finished?
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    A cartoonish version of the X-men. Doesn't seem like a Marvel comic. It's more like the Disney version of the team. A bit stupid but mildly amusing. Telling point of the book: Goblin Queen yells to her minions "Kill the X-men!" But none are harmed, pages later, civilly captured instead.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Overall I am liking the Blue stories much more than the Gold.
  • Ross Alon
    January 1, 1970
    MehOkay story. Boring art. The X-men deserve better
  • Daniel Butcher
    January 1, 1970
    Feels more of a transition book than a complete set of arcs.
  • Fiona
    January 1, 1970
    why do they have to do emma dirty like this
  • Babs
    January 1, 1970
    Better than the Gold Secret Empire stuff. The young ones from the past mess in New Tian's affairs.
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