Cullen Bunn’s X-Men Blue began as a vehicle for the Original Five team of X-Men, which included the time-displaced versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, and Angel. The young team was working together with Magneto, who Bunn has been scripting for a few years now, in the pages of the previous solo Magneto series as well as his team of mutants in Uncanny X-Men. Unfortunately, that team of heroes has been missing from the title following the Poison-X storyline, which laid the groundwork for the ongoing Venomized event. The O5 team is still dealing with the ramifications of that event, leaving Bunn to work with Magneto, and as we saw in this week’s X-Men Blue #25, a brand new team of X-Men.
Of course, before we are introduced to the new team, Magneto is still dealing with Alex Summers AKA Havok and his team of villains, who are trying to enlist Magneto in their quest to elevate mutantkind into the dominant species of Earth. They plan to do that by unleashing Mothervine, a genetic virus that can cause secondary mutations in normal mutants, and regular mutations in normal humans. Mothervine was first introduced back in the Ultimate universe that characters like Jimmy Hudson and Miles Morales hail from, and was brought to the prime Marvel universe by Hudson, before it was reworked and experimented on by Miss Sinister, one of Havok’s team.
Thier plan to sway Magneto to their cause failed, largely due to the untested Mothervine – seen wasting Sebastian Shaw away after his use of it – and their continual experimentation on Mutants, which Magneto is not fond of. We are rewarded with not only a kick-ass new costume for Magneto but also the long-awaited battle between evil Havok and Magneto. Magneto makes short work of Havok and his team initially, taking down Bastion and Miss Sinister easily enough before Summers and Emma Frost manage to burn through his magnetic shielding, displaying the new power duo of Frost and Havok that we are starting to love to hate. Thankfully, upon advice from Bunn-creation Briar Raleigh, Magneto packed along some Mutant Growth Hormone, using the brief spike in his mutant powers to escape, though not without taking a toll on his body.
Over the last few issues, the various members of the new team have been gathered by Magneto’s second in command Raleigh and the remaining Blue team members Jimmy Hudson and Bloodstorm, who are both from alternate realities. They have added the always-confusing Xorn to the mix, as well as Wolverine’s son Daken, and the last member standing of the Raksha, Gazing Nightshade. The Raksha – a Madripoor-based mutant team inspired by the legend of Patch AKA Logan – were decimated in the previous issue by Polaris, who was temporarily under the influence of the Ultimate reality version of Malice, before she recovered to lead the new team of X-Men.
The new team are certainly going to have their hands full, as Havok and his team successfully used the Sentinels to deliver Mothervine bombs around the world, which will presumably kick off a wave of new mutant births and secondary mutations, though, with the instability of Mothervine, things could still go very wrong for humans and mutants alike. Ironically, the Mothervine release is similar in design to the detonation of the Terrigen Bomb during the Infinity event, which ultimately led to the death of Alex’s brother Scott Summers AKA Cyclops.
We’ll have to see how Polaris and her new team of X-Men handle the Mothervine epidemic when X-Men Blue #26 hits comic shelves on April 25. You can also follow the original five as they deal with the Poisons over in Venomized every week.
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