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X-Men: Blue is a comic book published by Marvel Comics, launching under the post-Inhumans vs. X-Men ResurrXion umbrella of X-Men titles, and serves as a follow-up to All-New X-Men and All-New X-Men (2016). It is written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Jorge Molina.

After a fraught number of years for the X-Men, including near-extinction, as well as wars with both The Avengers and The Inhumans, mutantkind has reached a livable point of stability. While still hated and feared by the larger world, the X-Men find themselves in a unique position to fully take advantage of their new lease on life.

While sister title X-Men: Gold focuses on the new flagship X-Men team led by Kitty Pryde, Blue features the time-displaced X-Men — Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel— under none other than Magneto's tutelage. Despite their unlikely partnership, the O5 need Magneto as much as he needs them — especially when a familiar stranger from another universe shows up to further complicate things. The series ended after 36 issues, with the team moving on to the Extermination (2018) event.

See also: X-Men: Red, another color-based team title of this era, led by the resurrected Jean Grey. X-Men: Black, an anthology series set after the events of X-Men: Blue which follows six villains including Apocalypse.

X-Men: Blue contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: This series ends with Magneto reconstituting the Brotherhood and rebuilding Asteroid M. This is completely ignored in the following series, and then retconned altogether in X-Men (2019).
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Warren, surprisingly, towards the Blob in Issue #12 as he melts away.
  • Always Someone Better: Mach-2 versus Magneto. She's a teenager with a few years of experience at most, he's got decades of experience.
  • And I Must Scream: One of the Reavers has a skull for a head – with no mandible.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: In issue #23, as Jimmy and Bloodstorm are walking around the Mojave Desert, Jimmy says it stirs memories he can't quite recall - that of the Ultimate X-Men's base in his home reality.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Briar is a member of the new Brotherhood.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Angel's fiery wings are impressive looking, but more than once turn out to be impractical - he can't fly through trees because he'd start a massive fire, he melts any snow around him, and at one point manages to set a bar the X-Men are fighting in on fire.
  • Back for the Dead: The next time Ultimate Quicksilver is seen, he's dead.
  • Back for the Finale: In the final issue, Jimmy Hudson briefly returns, having regained control of his Poison half enough to restrain Sebastian Shaw (who was about to attack Cyclops and Jean).
  • Bad Future:
    • The 2099 the team ends up in. Which they apparently caused, when the O5 took over Alchemax by themselves.
    • Then they end up in an altered version of Generation X, which would be a Bad Past to us readers, but is a Bad Future to the team. Turns out the Brotherhood from Battle of the Atom went back, took the place of the original five, killed Magneto and that Brotherhood, and went on a rampage. Professor X tried to rally a resistance, but they were defeated and imprisoned.
    • Issue #27 introduces another one, where the Original Five stay in the present, leading to Sentinels killing everyone. A few issues later we see it developed further - apparently a Reaver Virus started up, turning folks into Reavers. Magneto led mutantkind against them, before dying. Erik visited this future, and is horrified by it.
    • Issues #35 and #36 feature brief glimpses of several, revolving around the consequences of the O5 team staying in the present; the Earth is attacked by Galactus' animated corpse in retribution for Jean attacking him, Beast once again falls under the Goblyn Queen's control, being forced to fight Magik while aware of his actions (with Limbo being torn apart in the battle), and Warren kills his present day self, becoming Apocalypse's new Horseman of Death.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: In one of the Bad Futures referenced directly above, a new Brotherhood led by Magneto is credited with the survival of mutantkind as they were willing to kill people infected with a deadly new virus to prevent its spread, a measure neither the Avengers nor the X-Men were willing to take. Upon returning to the present, the first thing Magneto does is wipe out the research lab whose work would one day unwittingly create the Reaver virus.
  • Badass Teacher: Exodus, who took Elixir to an unknown time and place to help him gain greater control of his powers.
  • Breather Episode: Issue #35 is mostly the younger O5 saying good-bye to their older counterparts, interspersed with flashes to the future.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • In issue #4, they gain a new team member, Jimmy Hudson, who has crossed over into the main Marvel universe.
    • The same issue also showcased the all-new Marauders: Ultimate Quicksilver, Ultimate Armor, Guardian and Mach II. All also fellow survivors from the Ultimate Universe.
    • Ms. Sinister — AKA Claudine Renko — resurfaces for the first time in six years in issue #5. She was last seen mortally wounded and being taken into Mr. Sinister's "care" in X-23 #6, leaving her fate unknown until this series.
    • Bloodstorm – the vampiric Storm from Mutant X — joins the team in issue #12.
    • The X-Men of 2099 (well, a 2099) return during "Cross Time Capers".
    • The evil future X-Men from Battle of the Atom and Uncanny X-men return in issue #19. They're the ones who've been impersonating the O5 back in their home reality.
    • At the end of Issue #34, Amelia Voight and Marrow return as part of Magneto's new Brotherhood.
    • Wildside, a minor X-Force villain from the Liefeld days, returns briefly in issue #26 to torment Lorna.
  • Bury Your Gays: In the mysterious Bad Future where adult versions of the O5 reside, something happened that killed exactly one of them: Iceman.
  • Call-Back:
    • In issue #4, Jean recounts the time before Battleworld, where the young X-Men visited the Ultimate Universe, to Cyclops (who wasn't present because he was off in space with his dad).
    • Issue #31 revisits several elements from the Magneto solo series, such as child Magneto's attempt to kill Hitzig with a screw, Briar using Erik's pain for her own kinky purposes, and the subject of whether you can change the past.
  • Calling Card: Magneto gave himself the idea in a Terminator-sized Temporal Paradox, but as of issue #34 he leaves behind steel busts or statues of himself in the ruins of the places he destroys.
  • The Cavalry:
    • At the end of "Cross Time Capers", Beast uses the time machine to gather everyone the team had met over the last three issues to fight the evil future X-Men.
    • Magneto calls in Elixir and Exodus to help cure people of Mothervine.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Malice choker Ms Sinister gives Jean.
  • Comic Book Death: Bastion returns, after having been utterly destroyed by Hope in Second Coming. He reveals that just before he'd been destroyed, he time-jumped away.
  • Comic-Book Limbo: Briar Raleigh vanishes into it following this book's end and hasn't been seen since. Fans speculate that she simply got bored of the X-Men universe and wandered off into a more erotic one, where she prowls to this day in search of the Kink Above All that can satisfy her thirst.
  • Compelling Voice: One of Bloodstorm's vampire powers, though she hates using it.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Jean and Ms Sinister's meeting of the minds has glimpses of the Ultimates, Miles Morales, Jimmy realizing he had claws in Ultimate Comics X, and the cast of Ultimate Comics X-Men.
    • On meeting Jimmy Hudson, Magneto notes he looks familiar for a reason he can't place. It's because Jimmy's mother was the Ultimate universe version of Magda, Magneto's wife.
    • In issue #14, when the team finally uses Magneto's time-machine, they see among other things; the Savage Land, Apocalypse, and Cyclops and Jean's wedding.
    • During issue #19, as past!Magneto and the X-Men hang out between time, there's glimpses of Charles and Erik's fight against HYDRA, Onslaught, Logan escaping Weapon X, and the Age of Apocalypse X-Men.
    • On bringing past!Magneto into the X-Mansion, he notes he's been there before (going by the timeline, that's likely Uncanny X-Men issue #18, where he briefly defeated the X-Men and turned the mansion into a genetics lab).
    • At the end of issue #20, Magneto uses the time machine, showing glimpses of Auschwitz, his first fight against the X-Men, the original Brotherhood of Mutants, the time he was de-aged to a baby, the Mega-Sentinel destroying Genosha, and Anya burning to death.
  • Continuity Snarl: Ultimate Quicksilver is revealed to be one of the characters who made the jump to the main Marvel Universe. This is despite the fact that he'd been killed by Kang way back during the final arc of The Ultimates, meaning he would've been long dead by the time Secret Wars (2015) happened. That's likely the reason he was Killed Off for Real in Issue #12.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: As seen when he fights Havok, Magneto can still construct a solid helmet by gathering scraps of metal around his head and fusing them together.
    • Inverted with Daken, who can have his whole body except his head wrapped in ice without his teeth chattering.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Issue #18 gives a few hints to the sorry nature of the bad past, but not the whole picture.
  • Death Glare:
    • Neither Bloodstorm or Jean are happy to witness Original Jean's wedding to Scott.
    • Penance of Generation X really doesn't like Jimmy, who's more confused than anything else.
  • Demonic Possession: Polaris winds up possessed by Miss Sinister's Malice. Since she has experience with this kind of thing, she's able to fight it off, but not before Malice does some damage.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Daken is accidentally close enough to smell Briar when she fantasizes about her boyfriend's daughter Lorna thrashing a mansion in an attempt to kill children, and he is surprised that that turns her on more than his pheromone powers could.
    Briar: We all have our kinks.
  • Dramatic Irony: During "Cross Time Capers", Jubilee of Generation X tells Bloodstorm she thinks vampires are gross.
  • Dream Tells You to Wake Up: At one point the male members of the O5 have to leave Jean for dead and flee, and end up being shown a holographic representation of the X-mansion where Jean is alive. Reluctant to leave the pleasant lie for a rather unpleasant reality like Hank wants to, Scott fights him over the decision. Holo!Jean intervenes and tells them not to fight over something, herself, that isn't even real.
  • Easily Forgiven: Hank sides with the Goblin Queen willingly, but everyone forgives him by the end of the arc.
  • Enemy Mine: The X-Men team up with past!Magneto to fight the evil future X-Men in issue #19.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Emma might be classified as a villain, but what Havok and Miss Sinister was doing, forcibly mutating innocent people and killing them, was going too far.
  • Exposition: How we know what's going on with our heroes at the beginning of issue #3.
  • Flanderization:
    • In the Ultimate universe, Jimmy was just the son of Wolverine, and had claws. Here, his similarities with Wolverine are taken to the extreme.
    • Briar is way kinkier than she let on in the solo series.
  • Functional Addict: Magneto still uses the drugs he started using in the solo series, making fans wonder whether his powers are really "back". When did he ever have a problem tearing a lighthouse in half when he had his full powers?
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Magneto's are a child version of himself and a Nazi officer.
  • Grandfather Paradox: Discussed in issue #20. Jimmy thinks their time travel should be nulled out because what they did while time travelling made it so they never had a reason to time travel in the first place. Hank tells him not to think too hard about it.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Bastion claims as much. He wants to save mutantkind now albeit only so he can destroy them afterwards.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: With the original Cyclops dead, Emma has hopped into one of these and seems intent on riding it for as long as she can.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Alex winds up un-inverted by Emma and Polaris.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Subverted. Jean feels weird about saying "To me, my X-men".
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Emma to Scott.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Younger and older Bobby do this to each other while discussing Romeo's break-up method.
    Older!Bobby:That's just… I mean, it's just…
    Both: Cold.
    Younger!Bobby: He really iced me out!
    Older!Bobby: Put a freeze on the relationship!
    Younger!Bobby: He is cold-hearted!
  • In Name Only: Mothervine, made from the genes of the mutants from Ultimate Marvel, is completely different from the Mothervine seen in the Ultimate Wolverine miniseries.
    • Additionally, there is no mutant gene in the Ultimate universe, so the mutants who escaped to this universe wouldn't qualify in the traditional sense.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted with Emma after the Mothervine story, as she is not Easily Forgiven by Magneto.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: For some reason, Jimmy Hudson doesn't remember the X-Men. According to Ms. Sinister, it was result of the transition from his native universe to the mainstream universe. Eventually, when he becomes a Poison, he gets all his memories back.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's a little hard to talk about the series without mentioning Jimmy Hudson being in it.
  • Legion of Doom: Ms. Sinister, Bastion, Havok and Emma Frost team up to spread Mothervine all over the Earth and dramatically increase the number of mutants. Bastion fully plans to kill 'em all when this is done, while Havok and Emma have their own plan. Emma ends up betraying them all to help the heroes.
  • Loony Fan: Briar Raleigh sticks around from Magneto's solo series as his sidekick, and turns out to be a lot more loony (and thirsty) than anyone ever imagined possible.
  • Malevolent Mugshot: In the timeline where the Reaver virus ravaged the world Magneto picked up the habit of sculpting busts of his head with his powers as a warning against humans that mutants are under his protection.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: The after effects of the Mothervine bombing. People who weren't mutants before can be returned to normal, but latent mutants have their powers jumpstarted.
  • Meaningful Rename: This began back in issue #1 of the solo series, but Magneto has taken to using his birthname as an alias, with a scientist addressing him as Mr. Eisenhardt.
  • Meet Your Early-Installment Weirdness: During "Cross Time Capers", the team run into Magneto of the 60s. As in the very insane, evil Magneto, who isn't even phased that the "X-Men" have just murdered his Brotherhood. Bobby is appropriately weirded out by him.
  • Metaphorically True: In Issue #6 Jean tells Norio, Gazing Nightshade, Whisper Doll and Hexadecimal that Jimmy is Wolverine's son, which is true but just not for that universe's Wolverine.
    Jean: Well, it's true. Sort of.
  • Mindlink Mates: Circumstances lead to Scott and Jean having a direct, unconscious telepathic link. Jean learns to hide her thoughts from Scott, to his concern, but she explains that if they don't learn how to compartmentalize their thoughts then they'll end up one mind with two bodies.
  • Mind Rape: With Emma and Jean finding themselves on different sides once again, this was bound to happen.
    • In issue #2, though Magneto technically consents to Jean reading his mind to see for herself that his motives are pure, he clearly does not want her to go digging through his Holocaust memories, which she acknowledges and does anyway.
      • In issue #31 it turns out Magneto may have been aware of this and taken issue with it.
    • Emma has Scott kidnapped and tries to turn his mind into that of his older self, her dead ex.
  • Motive Decay: When she made her first appearances in Daken and X-23, Miss Sinister's entire motivation was the fact she was an ordinary woman whom Sinister kidnapped and made into one of his experiments, and was now attempting to pull a Grand Theft Me on to return from his death in Messiah Complex. All she wanted to do was survive with her mind and body her own. By the time she turns up again in Blue, she has completely embraced his Card-Carrying Villain Mad Scientist shtick, without any hints of her former characterization.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Magneto is forced to attack and kill several mothervine controlled mutants. Since not killing his fellow Mutants is one of Magneto's biggest tenets, this horrifies him, motivating his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Emma.
    • A more literal version in issue #33. Upon arriving in a dystopian future, Magneto really isn't sure what he has done, but he is certain it was all his fault.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • On arriving in Singapore, Angel repeats the old catchphrase of "welcome to [x], hope you survive the experience." He does the same in Barcelona.
    • During Jean's glimpse into the Bad Past during the time-travel capers, the evil Past!Jean is wearing a version of Rachel Grey's Hound outfit.
  • Never My Fault: Charles Xavier Junior claims that the mess he and his Brotherhood have made is the O5's fault for constantly thwarting their attempts to meddle with the timeline.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Hank's siding with the Goblin Queen nearly led to his friends dying and him being transformed into a monstrous appearance again.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Ms. Sinister. Emma eventually gets fed up of it and tries to break her fingers.
  • Nuke 'em: The imposter X-Men distract past!Magneto while a nuke heads to him. The actual X-Men save him from this.
  • Oh, Crap!: Scott is understandably startled when he finds himself face-to-face with Emma Frost in issue 18. Fortunately, this is a different Emma than the one he knows.
  • Once More, with Clarity: When issue #31 replays the scene from the scrapyard from #2, we learn that Jean did more than glance at Erik's Holocaust memories; she had a full-on conversation with them.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: One interpretation of what Erik tells Charles jr. after the X-Men defeat the Future X-Men.
    • Subverted with what Polaris does to Havok after their battle in #28.
  • Properly Paranoid: Issue #2 shows the X-Men are preparing to fight Magneto should the need arise. Given their past, it makes sense. By issue #29 it is looking like it will pay off.
  • Protected by a Child: Subverted. In a dystopian future, the grown up O5 want to kill Magneto, and a child steps between, but she doesn't plead – she is pissed.
  • Power at a Price: After entering into a pact with the Goblin Queen for Forbidden Knowledge, Beast ends up in a situation where if he keeps practising magic he'll end up possessed.
    • Magneto's objection to mothervine is that such power is unnatural and must therefore come at a price.
  • Power Degeneration:
    • The Blob is experimented on by Miss Sinister who has her information about mutancy from the Ultimate universe. He wakes up to the ability to shift his body freely before it breaks down and he starts melting.
    • It eventually happens to anyone subject to Mothervine, like Sebastian Shaw.
  • Put on a Bus: The fate of Bastion, who is sucked into Xorn's head. Given the track record of that particular bus, readers should expect to see Bastion back and none the worse for wear in a few years, tops.
  • Retgone: Magneto, Polaris and Danger all vanish from existence in issue #16, thanks to Magneto dying several decades ago. Technically, Lorna should be born by then, and Danger could still exist somewhere, but would have no reason to hang around Briar's mansion. Issue #18 at least clarifies what happened to Lorna - she died in the past, as part of the Brotherhood in Emma's memory.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the Mothervine crisis Magneto makes punishing Emma Frost for her role in it job #1.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: In the Poison X crossover with Venom, alien bounty hunter Killer Thrill – who debuted as an enemy of Drax and also fought Deadpool and Venom – bonds with a symbiote and attacks the Starjammers, leading the Young X-Men to forcibly recruit Venom.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Following his trip into the Bad Future, Magneto invokes this in the most brutal way possible, killing the scientists whose research into artificial emotions would eventually result in the creation of the Reaver Virus.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Ever since Axis Havok had been toeing the line, but he steadily becomes more evil in the series to the point of being willing to sacrifice the very mutants he wanted to help create to gain control over them.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Cullen Bunn's Uncanny X-Men, featuring Magneto leading his own team under similar circumstances. Also to Hopeless' volume of All-New X-Men in continuing the adventures of the time-displaced O5 in the present.
  • The Stinger:
    • Issue #1 ends with the reveal the kids are working with Magneto, and then a few pages show a community in Colorado dealing with a Wendigo. And Jimmy Hudson.
    • Issue #2 ends with the reveal that Magneto is secretly building a time machine.
    • Issue #27: In a Bad Future, the O5 are trying to evacuate some children from a Sentinel attack, as Angel declares they should've gone back when they had the chance. Then Beast is vaporized by a Sentinel.
      • And yet, in issue #33, Bobby is the one missing.
  • The Symbiote: In the lead-up to Venomized, the Young X-Men forcibly recruit Venom to help them rescue the Starjammers from a symbiote-clad Killer Thrill and her team of similarly augmented bounty hunters, who they acquire symbiotes from in the process.
  • Synthetic Plague: A frequently-used plot in this series. Sinister and Bastion cook up Mothervine, an 'aggressive biotech enhancement' intended to jump-start the mutant population, and shortly after that Magneto discovers the existence of the Reaver virus which apparently converts mutants into Ax-Crazy cyborgs against their will.
  • Taking You with Me:
    • Xorn uses his black hole head to take out Bastion, but apparently at the cost of his own life.
    • Defied. Magneto refuses to fight Jean because he knows that they would both fight to the death and he isn't having it.
  • Tap on the Head: The little blue girl from the future hits a beastified Hank in the back of the head with a steel pipe.
  • That Man Is Dead: After becoming a Poison, Jimmy Hudson is very insistent that his original self is dead. Jean disagrees.
  • Time Crash: Starts to occur eventually. Beast reckons it's because an enemy in the team's original reality took advantage of their absence and did something. It's because the Future X-Men of Battle of the Atom replaced the real X-Men, and killed the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The end of issue #20. Defeating the future Brotherhood undoes all the murder they did, but the X-Men still have traces of their adventure with them, and since the timeline is put right they figure eventually they will go back. Hank shrugs and suggests it just doesn't make sense.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Under Exodus's tutelage, Elixir has developed his power beyond Healing Hands and can now project it in fields large enough to encompass entire cities.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Briar has become steadily creepier, to the point that the thought of Polaris being possessed by Malice and killing children turns her on. She later admits that it is telling Magneto whom to unleash his powers on that really gets her off.
    • On a comparatively smaller level, Romeo breaks up with Bobby by ghosting him.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: When Briar is held at Utopia, Alex tries to get her to give up where Magneto is hiding. She refuses, and suggests he get to torturing her because "that'll be fun".
    • Played With, as she is self-described too kinky for kink as well. She claims that the Hellfire Club, whose meetings have corseted women in cages suspended from the ceiling, is too tame for her. She feels they deserve to die for this.
  • Too Many Mouths: One kid after the mothervine bombs go off grows mouths all over his face.
  • Tricked Out Time: Past!Xavier is of the opinion that the O5 will have to return to the past to the same time they left it back in All-New X-Men, and pick up where they left off.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: Seems to be the fate of anyone infected with the Reaver virus.
  • Vague Age: Briar looked about forty in the Magneto solo series. In this she looks about twenty.
  • We Can Rule Together: Alex offers Lorna this in issue #27. She declines.
  • Wendigo: A Wendigo attacks a police officer in Canada in the first issue. She's saved by Jimmy Hudson and Beast later takes its heart.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The brainwashed Ultimate X-Men are last seen getting knocked out, but after that are completely forgotten about.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
  • 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 about two years 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. Issue #2 reveals that Magneto's using the resources within the Hellfire Club to build a time machine to circumvent this.
    • Issue #19 finally reveals the truth – the O5 X-Men truly are the original X-Men and that the X-Men they saw when they showed up are fakes seeking to destroy time and space.
    • Inverted in issue #36, where they can finally go back, but opt to stay for one last fight.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: What Jean sees in Magneto's mind causes rivers of mascara to flow down her cheeks.