X-MEN BLUE #2 is a fantastic, expertly polished follow-up to the first issue that came out just two weeks ago. It takes the perfect amount of action, character, and plot that conjures up a beautiful comic that is sure to remind you of the good ol’ X-Men days.

For someone familiar with the comics and in love with the X-Men as a team, X-MEN BLUE #2 is quite fun. We get to see the original team as teenagers in the real world. It’s something from all of our fanfiction dreams. Trust me, you really don’t want to miss out on young Jean Grey with a biker jacket and a hipster scarf. Seeing Jean in something other than cheesy 80’s garb is very fulfilling. However, I think anyone, comic book guru or not, would appreciate this comic and especially this issue. Objectively, it’s just good.

READ: Haven’t read the first issue? Check out our review of X-MEN BLUE #1!

The last issue revealed the leader of the new team is none other than the X-Men’s historically notorious rival, Magneto. Riding on that momentum, writer Cullen Bunn uses flashbacks to explain how Magneto managed to convince the young X-Men to join. Bunn masterfully weaves together this issue’s story in a way that truly shows off his talent. The plot moves forward at a thrilling pace, though not forgetting to include poignant, individual moments with each character. It creates a sense of action and fun while still feeling intimate and character-focused.

X-MEN BLUE #2 Returns to the Danger Room

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Image from X-MEN BLUE #2, courtesy of Marvel

Distrust is the heaviest theme in the series so far. The team struggles, as does the reader, in trusting Magneto. For them, as Jean Grey says, fighting against Magneto “was like yesterday.” But they’re young and naive. They need guidance beyond Jean’s headstrong leadership. Whether or not Magneto will bring that guidance without an ulterior motive is yet to be revealed. Though in this issue we do get a glimpse into his endgame. Whether or not that’s good for the X-Men is up for you to decide.

Less Money, More Problems in X-MEN BLUE #2

We also begin to see some of the personal problems our characters are having and how that might affect the team. In this issue, Iceman struggles to get in touch with his Inhuman boyfriend. Hopefully, we’ll see more of their relationship as the series progresses. We also see Beast and Cyclops ponder the consequences of working with Magneto. Though they have trust in Jean, their fears are not entirely erased. Romantic tensions blossom between Jean and Scott, though Jean seems more focused on being the leader of the X-Men. There are glimpses of Jean and Magneto becoming friendly, which brings a new dynamic to the comic. Perhaps any ulterior motives Magneto has will fall to the side once he starts to care for young Jean. Through these little moments, we see facets of the characters that make the team unique.

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Each team member is distinctly themselves and beautifully rendered through Bunn’s writing alongside Molina and Milla’s art. X-MEN BLUE #2 is obviously lacking in diversity because their whole team is made of people from the 1960s when apparently minorities didn’t exist. However, Jean is an amazing female leader. She’s remarkably strong without losing her femininity. Even more, she has a pure heart. It’s hard to see her thrown into a world so wicked and harsh, but reassuring that she still seems to keep some of that goodness intact. The runner-up for best character is Magneto. His silvery haircut makes the word foxy come to mind whenever he’s on the page. Besides that, it’s great to see his softer side, regardless of how genuine it may be.

An Imaginary Exercise Reveals Real Issues of Distrust

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Image from X-MEN BLUE #2, courtesy of Marvel

And Magneto gives us the best setting of a comic I’ve seen in a while: his own mind. The comic portrays an eerie mansion full of winding staircases and doors on ceilings. Variations of his helmet linger in random places. Outside, a large expanse of space glistens. And of course, in deeper nooks and crannies we see the remnants of Magneto’s past and how they still haunt him. The scenes of Magneto’s mind show a greater complexity often forgotten in the character. They were truly poignant and well written. That is what I come to the X-Men for. I crave three-dimensional characters who recognize the gray in a world of black and white. This nuance was something INHUMANS VS X-MEN lacked. That arc was big picture, while X-MEN BLUE brings it back to scale.

X-MEN BLUE #2: The Bottom Line

The bimonthly releases will keep me on the edge of my seat. Though this issue doesn’t end with quite the cliffhanger as last time, it cemented my faith in Bunn. I believe he will create and follow through with a great journey, all while exploring questions of trust, family, and the past. And what’s more is the solid art throughout. Jorge Molina and Matt Milla fill the page with vibrant colors and dynamic action — just look at the images in this article for proof. Paired with excellent writing, these artists bring the young X-Men to life. All in all, X-MEN BLUE #2 is a great episode that gives a new series a lot of promise.

X-MEN BLUE #2 by Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina, and Matt Milla
X-MEN BLUE #2 is a fantastic, expertly polished follow up to the solid first issue. A compelling plot moves forward alongside an abundance of dynamic art.
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