There are always enough X-Men
to go around.
The newest title, Amazing X-Men, started in 2013 and its opening arc brought a mutant into the X-Men family and brought an old fan favorite Back from the Dead
The Jean Grey School, run by Wolverine, has long been the home to little blue bamfs — creatures that look like chibi versions
of Nightcrawler, but who only say "Bamf
," the sound that Nightcrawler's teleportation makes. They've mostly been hanging around the school getting into trouble, causing trouble, and being cute. But one day they built a machine, and the day they chose to fire it up is also the day Firestar
arrived to join the school faculty.
That machine transports the X-Men present: Storm, Beast, Wolverine, Northstar, Iceman and Firestar to a place most of them never expected to see, where they run into their old friend Nightcrawler. Turns out Nightcrawler's father is trying to take over the afterlife, and Nightcrawler's cry for help was to send the Bamfs to earth.
- An Ice Person: Iceman, natch
- Back from the Dead: Nightcrawler, at the end of the first story arc.
- Badass Family: Northstar and Aurora
- Brother-Sister Team: The above mutant duo, when working together — which is rare, as Northstar is mostly an undocumented immigrant into the United States these days.
- Big Damn Heroes: The X-Men's plane has crashed. Northstar is on his back, bloody, with a frightened child in his arms. There is a viral spread of Wendigo overtaking Canada and closing in on the X-Men. The only two major spellworkers on the North American continent are out of commission or out of reach. And then Alpha Flight shows up.
- Brought Down to Normal: Storm: in Hell, her powers don't work.
- Cannibalism Superpower: The Wendigo curse as it works in Marvel 616: consume human flesh, become rampaging giant super-strong magical monster who can't be stopped except by magic.
- Clothing Damage: Except for Iceman (shorts), Northstar (too fast to touch), Beast (superhero undies), and Nightcrawler (the hero and a teleporter), the team's outfits suffer varying amounts of sexy damage.
- Escape Artist: Storm. In issue #2, Azazael's pirate crew complains that they can't keep her tied up because she just keeps getting loose.
- Fiery Redhead: Firestar, a redhead with fire powers.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: Played with. There are points in the first arc where it burns and where it freezes over courtesy of the fire and ice X-Men present.
- Flash Back: Each X-Man who knew Kurt back at the time of their original introduction gets to recall a previously unseen fond memory of their friendship with him.
- Storm recalls Kurt, because of his crush on her, setting up her attic jungle so she won't leave and go back to Africa.
- Beast recalls playing Danger Room Obstacle Chess with Kurt on a night the human-looking X-Men have gone out.
- Wolverine remembers discussing how he expects to die with Kurt.
- Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Played with. There weren't any specific fluffy cloud examples, but the idea of paradise being a calm and peaceful place was represented.
- Fragile Speedster: Northstar.
- I Am A Humanitarian: The Wendigo curse as it works in Marvel 616. Consume human flesh — even by accident — and turn into a Wendigo.
- I Kiss Your Hand: Gloved hand, even. Kurt introduces himself to Firestar in this manner.
- I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Kurt to Beast who is having a rough time remembering he's a civilized man after having been stabbed in the back and dunked in the icy waters of what may be the river Lethe (which steals memories).
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Kurt seems to have no problem understanding what the blue Bamfs are saying.
- Love Triangle: As of issue 4, no direct indication. But presumable as Kurt's romantic feelings toward Storm have already been confessed. As of the beginning of the series, Storm was romantically entangled with Logan, who considers Kurt his best friend.
- Naďve Newcomer: Firestar, who despite her previous heroics with The New Warriors and The Avengers, isn't prepared for the X-Men's patented brand of weirdness.
- Never Say "Die": Averted. Kurt himself is quick to say he's still dead (since his friends are visiting him in the afterlife).
- Oh Crap:
- "World War Wendigo" Part 2: Talisman is in the middle of casting a spell that will solve the viral Wendigo outbreak. She gets attacked from behind by the newest Wendigo — Wolverine, who was unable to fight off the magical infection without his Healing Factor. Cue the reaction from the rest of the team.
- Pokémon Speak:
- The blue Bamfs seem only capable of saying Bamf as an all purpose word. But they have learned the english word "Whiskey" courtesy of Wolverine.
- The Wendigo can only growl and say their own name.
- Pirate: Azazael and Nightcrawler literally captaining pirate-type vessels that fly through the afterlife.
- Sanity Slippage: Dr. Walter Langkowski is normally an extremely calm and intelligent person who happens to be able to turn into a golden Sasquatch. But the magical Wendigo infestation interferes with his usually seamless transformation and begins dragging him slowly, inexorably, toward cannibalistic madness and animalism.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Nightcrawler, but less the modern version and more the old 1950s Errol Flynn style.
- Toilet Humor: Mostly brought up by Iceman.
- The Virus: In this case, a magical contagion of Wendigo.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The "World War Wendigo" arc is pretty much textbook Zombie uprising, except with cursed Canadian cannibal monsters.