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The second volume of All-New X-Men was released following the events of Secret Wars, featuring the original time-displaced X-Men (sans Jean who departed for Extraordinary X-Men) and X-23, as well as the additions of Idie Okonkwo and Genesis/Evan both primarily hailing from Wolverine and the X-Men. In this volume, the teens split from the X-Men and travel across the world, refusing to be intimidated by the terrigen threat and continuing their heroics.
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The series was relaunched as X-Men: Blue in April 2017.


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  • Alien Geometries: Scott trying to break in to the Bigger on the Inside trailer through a hatch in the bottom ends up poking his head into multiple rooms simultaneously. The experience leads him to quickly retreat and vomit.
  • Ancient Egypt: Beast and Evan accidentally time-travel to Ancient Egypt when Evan picks up the Mask of Horus while Hank is testing means of getting himself and the rest of the O5 home. Hank ends up captured by the Sandstormers, while Evan inadvertently helps a young En Sabah Nur — who has yet to become the genocidal monster Apocalypse — escape from his cruel father, Baal of the Crimson Sands.
  • Beach Episode: Issue 9 begins with the X-teens celebrating Evan's birthday on the ruins of Utopia. It features X-23 in a bathing suit, and Rockslide lounges on a pool float in Goofy Print Swim Trunks, while Shark Girl and Transonic also enjoy the water. Even Broo gets in on it in trunks while complaining about how cold a slide made of ice is.
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  • Big Damn Kiss: Laura and Warren in issue 12. In the middle of a battle with goblins, no less.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Hank's trailer. Outwardly it's a simple trailer hitched to an old VM minivan. Inside it's a luxurious apartment. With a slushie machine.
  • Birthday Episode: Along with Beach Episode above, issue 9 opens on the X-teens celebrating Evan's birthday amid the wreckage of Utopia. Evan, however, is less than enthused but puts up a front for the benefit of the others.
  • Breather Episode: #13 is all about hanging out at a nightclub while Bobby figures out his issues with flirting.
  • Continuity Snarl: Where does this series take place in relation to All-New Wolverine, where Laura has taken in her clone sister Gabby, who never appears here?
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  • Cult of Personality: One has sprung up around the elder Cyclops after whatever he did during the time skip in the form of the Ghosts of Cyclops.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • X-Men vs. the Ghosts of Cyclops. The ghosts didn't even stand a chance.
    • Blob inflicts a brutal one on Wolverine in issue 4.
  • Dance Party Ending: The final page of issue 19 which closes out the volume is of the kids having an impromptu dance party.
    • No Ending: For Wolverine. Neither that issue nor X-Men Prime that followed it explained why Laura left the team as it transitions to ResurrXion. Idie and Evan at least say that they're ready to go back to school.
  • Fanservice: Wolverine spends the entirety of her appearance in issue 9 in a high-cut one-piece bathing suit. Transonic is effectively naked during the same scene.
  • Forceful Kiss: Jean Grey reunites with the team in the last issue. When she meets Scott, he's still upset and angry at being made out to be a villain by Emma Frost. After ranting for a bit, Scott all of sudden turns and kisses Jean. He apologizes, but Jean isn't upset.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe example: The X-Men are big in Japan.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Issue 5 shows the aftermath of Blob's brutal beating of Wolverine. Her body is shown, but her head is always off-panel, implying that Blob beat her skull into paste. Warren actually throws up when her Healing Factor starts to put her back together.
  • The Great Off Screen War: It's actually got two:
    • All-New X-Men Vol. 2 picks up 8 months after Secret Wars, and none of these events are recounted in either of the two volumes. So Secret Wars becomes this for anyone who didn't read that series.
    • Additionally, the disastrous conflict between mutants and the Inhumans that led to the apparent death of the older Cyclops is alluded to, but happened sometime between the two volumes and we only see what happened a year later.
  • Hellgate: Hank ends up opening one in the RV tampering with magic and science, where upon they literally have to wade through Hellfire.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Laura runs with it for all she's worth in #4, leaping headlong into danger without considering the consequences, and subjecting herself to severe injury as a result. It culminates with a positively savage No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at the hands of the Blob. She berates herself for it in the next issue.
    • Laura again in the Monsters Unleashed tie-in issue, ignoring Gambit's warning not to go into the water in the bayou, and promptly getting one of her arms torn off by a hungry alligator for her trouble. Gambit takes it away from her when he blindly stumbles into a net trap (even though he'd previously pointed out one the kill they're tracking used) and gets them both stuck. Then it's Laura's turn again, when she's somehow unable to cut her way out of a net without injuring Remy in the process.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The Hand has an environmentalist wing called...the Green Thumb.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than Extraordinary X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. The Terrigen Mists threatening mutant kind with extinction don't get more than a mention, and the book focuses on the O4 + Wolverine, Evan, and Idie being superheroes.
  • Meaningful Name: Bobby starts a relationship with an Inhuman despite rising tension between the Inhumans and Mutants. Naturally, the guy is named Romeo.
  • Meet Cute: Spectacularly botched by Bobby when a guy flirts with him by asking about his powers, and Bobby's demonstration is...less than helpful.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: Dr. Chimera, a minor villain in the Monsters Unleashed tie-in. Formerly a brilliant biologist, he began replacing parts of his own body with cloned parts of several animals.
  • Noodle Incident: The elder Cyclops has done...something to turn himself into the most hated mutant in the world, as part of a series of incidents that's ratcheted up anti-mutant rhetoric to new heights. It also apparently led to his own death. However it's yet to be revealed exactly what he did.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Both Blob and Toad prove to be much more dangerous than the team remembers. The former curb-stomps Wolverine and challenges the rest of the team single-handed. The latter, while drunk out of his mind, kidnaps and very nearly murders young Cyclops in a demented attempt to alter the timeline and undo the actions of Scott's older self.
  • Only Sane Man: Juice is pretty much it for the Ghosts of Cyclops. She's the only one that seems to realize just how stupid it is to take on the cops after they take over the police station, and once the X-Men get involved she more or less surrenders to them without a fight.
  • Parking Problems: With Pickles needing a snack to recharge after 'porting the team to Scott's location at the end of issue 1, they're left with no choice but to leave their van and trailer precisely where they are. Parked in the middle of a library. Needless to say, it gets towed and impounded. Hank did tell Idie and Evan to take care of getting the van out of there...
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The team has largely broken up and gone their own ways when the book begins. Warren and Laura are in Vail, Hank, Idie, and Evan are in Florida, and Bobby is taking advantage of the mutant-friendly atmosphere of Austin. Jean has left the team entirely. Scott is hasn't even used his powers for some time, to keep a low profile after whatever his older self did. However everyone but Jean and Scott are still in contact with each other, with Warren and Laura inviting the group up to Vail to get together. An attack by the Ghosts of Cyclops forcing Scott to reveal himself prompts the others (minus Jean) to suit up and come to his rescue.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Scott unleashes a brutal one on Thirst, the leader of the Ghosts of Cyclops, while both are in jail over their brawl in issue 1.
  • Retcon: Issue 12 establishes that Laura has actually been faking all of her Character Development since X-Force, and she still feels just as screwed up as she was before the Liu series.
  • Road Movie: The premise of the volume is the O5 (minus Jean), plus Laura, Evan, and Idie, on the road trying to be heroes.
  • Second-Act Breakup: Laura and Warren get together at the end of volume 1, and are still dating when volume 2 begins. However Warren is increasingly frustrated by Laura's recklessness, and allowing herself to be horrifically injured because she can heal from it. After she gets curb-stomped by Blob in issues 4 and 5, Warren tells her he can't do it anymore and that they need to break up. They get back together in issue 12.
  • Stepford Smiler: Issue 12 reveals that Wolverine is one with her recent OOC behavior all being part of an attempt to come off as what she perceives to be normal.
  • Take That!: Laura's private thoughts in issue 12, where she muses on how she would formerly handle a situation but then decides to forego her meticulous strategy and just charge right in because now she's "the <expletive> Wolverine," is viewed as a direct shot at the reader revolt against her characterization to this point.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: In issue 12 Laura and Warren hash out their relationship issues while surrounded by goblins...who pretty much just up an leave.
  • Time Skip: Volume 2 picks up approximately sixteen months after the end of Volume 1. During the interim the multiverse nearly came to an end, mutants have become an endangered species. Again. And the elder Cyclops did something really, really bad that's helped turn almost the entire world against mutants.
  • Time Travel: Evan and Beast are inadvertently transported back in time to Ancient Egypt while Hank is experimenting with a way to return himself and the rest of the O5 home. Evan comes face to face with a young Apocalypse, when he was still a young boy.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The Ghosts of Cyclops pretty much run on this, but especially Thirst and Pillar. They think they can actually fight the entire Chicago PD after taking over a police station.
    • Wolverine, who has apparently completely forgotten her training and analytical, calculating nature, and just charges blindly into danger without considering the consequences first.
    • Dr. Chimera. When a giant monster intrudes upon his capture of Gambit and Wolverine, he only sees it as a new ally in his war against the "inferior humans". Even when the monster grabs him with its claw and raises him up to its mouth, he doesn't believe he's in any danger, instead thinking the creature just doesn't want his captives to hear them talking (despite the fact that it hadn't shown any signs of intelligent speech). He only realizes something's amiss barely a second before the monster bites off the top half of his body, by which time it was already too late.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In issues 4 and 5 Blob is not only able to utterly destroy Wolverine hand-to-hand (despite Laura being one of the top martial artists in Marvel), but is able to take on the entire team at once.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Wolverine, who seems to have completely forgotten her training and analytical, calculating nature in favor of throwing caution to the wind and relying on her Healing Factor to bail her out of situations.
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • The last time Blob appeared he was still depowered after House of M, and relied on MGH for his powers. He returns in All-New X-Men apparently with his powers back, but the series doesn't address whether they've been restored as a result of Secret Wars, or if he still has to take the drug.
    • Cameron Hodge was absorbed by Warlock during the Second Coming event. In #12, he is mentioned as being alive and back in charge of the Right, with no explanation for how he returned.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Believe it or not, Apocalypse. Young En Sabah Nur was once a gentle, compassionate, kind-hearted boy who wanted to escape his cruel foster father, Baal of the Crimson Sands.
  • Wham Episode: Issue 15 reveals that Hank has already solved the time travel problem. He's just convinced it won't solve anything.
  • Wham Shot: The last page of issue 12 reveals the power behind the goblin attack is Madelyne Pryor from the Secret Wars: Inferno series, along with the demonically transformed Nightcrawler from the same series.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Wolverine has established a clear "No Kill" policy. Which doesn't extend to Hand ninjas (since they're technically already dead). Or goblins.
  • We Help the Helpless: The team's mission statement after getting back together. Issue 4 sees them teleporting from one end of the world to another, stopping crimes and saving lives.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The final issue of All-New X-Men reveals that the unaltered Original 5 are somehow still in the past, despite the team having spent a year in-series in the present. O5!Beast surmises that the universe decided something needed to be done and somehow got that hole filled in while they were dealing with the Inhumans and the older Cyclops' oddities.

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