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The X-Men travel through Magneto's time portal to save the past! But something is wrong with the portal, which sends the team careening through time and space. Will they be able to figure out a way to get back to the present? COLLECTING: X-Men: Blue #16-20


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The X-Men travel through Magneto's time portal to save the past! But something is wrong with the portal, which sends the team careening through time and space. Will they be able to figure out a way to get back to the present? COLLECTING: X-Men: Blue #16-20

30 review for X-Men Blue, Vol. 3: Cross Time Capers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Jeebus! Another time travel X-Men story! These guys time travel more than Dr. Who. Since when is Magneto smart enough to build a time machine? Bunn could have least had one of the geniuses on the Marvel universe build it. There's not much point to the story other than to get a couple of cameos from X-teams of other eras. It makes the time travelling aspect of these original five X-Men even more convoluted. I doubt the writers can even keep it straight at this point. Secret Wars would have been t Jeebus! Another time travel X-Men story! These guys time travel more than Dr. Who. Since when is Magneto smart enough to build a time machine? Bunn could have least had one of the geniuses on the Marvel universe build it. There's not much point to the story other than to get a couple of cameos from X-teams of other eras. It makes the time travelling aspect of these original five X-Men even more convoluted. I doubt the writers can even keep it straight at this point. Secret Wars would have been the perfect time to just wipe this whole mess away, but these writers just keep mucking with it, making it worse and worse.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] The Original Five X-Men head back, forward, and sideways in time as timestream anomalies force them to try and return to their original timeline before it all goes horribly wrong. Of course, things aren't all they seem. It's true what they say - you can't go home again. I actually quite liked this arc. X-Men Blue has remained the more ambitious and overall stronger of the two coloured X-titles (not counting Red which just started), and this arc revisits a plot point from Br [Read as single issues] The Original Five X-Men head back, forward, and sideways in time as timestream anomalies force them to try and return to their original timeline before it all goes horribly wrong. Of course, things aren't all they seem. It's true what they say - you can't go home again. I actually quite liked this arc. X-Men Blue has remained the more ambitious and overall stronger of the two coloured X-titles (not counting Red which just started), and this arc revisits a plot point from Brian Bendis's run on the characters while explaining it away with some very clever baiting and switching that brings back a group of characters you'll love to hate. Along the way we get cameos from the X-Men of 2099, Emma Frost and friends, and some more familiar faces. It's a cavalcade of characters that are mostly fit for purpose. This is the first Blue story that's been more than three issues though, and it does feel a bit wavey in the middle, spinning its wheels until the last two parts kick it back into high gear again. The art can't be faulted; Thony Silas starts us off fairly well before RB Silva takes the remaining four issues. He's becoming a superstar artist that I feel a lot of companies are sleeping on - teaming him with iunker Adriano Di Benedetto has been one of Marvel's best artistic moves in a while, because Di Benedetto really elevates Silva's pencils to another level. X-Men Blue's third arc is a little too long, but it's attempts to do something different yet familiar with these characters can't be faulted for trying.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

    3,5* Yet another time travel story, rather decent actually. Friends of the X-Men start disappearing due to time ripples, meaning the timeline is being altered by something from the past. The Blues' past. So they use some gizmo supposed to help them correct the course of events. First stop: 2099 (?) I didn't think I'd ever say it but Bunn wrote something quite good. He deftly uses past events and characters from before Secret Wars to weave his plot and even bring answers to some unexplained stuff. I 3,5* Yet another time travel story, rather decent actually. Friends of the X-Men start disappearing due to time ripples, meaning the timeline is being altered by something from the past. The Blues' past. So they use some gizmo supposed to help them correct the course of events. First stop: 2099 (?) I didn't think I'd ever say it but Bunn wrote something quite good. He deftly uses past events and characters from before Secret Wars to weave his plot and even bring answers to some unexplained stuff. It's coherent, self-contained and well-constructed and overall the dialogues are less cheesy than usual-except the fight scene of issue 18, itself time travelling to the glorious 80's when everybody tried to get a killer punchline while beating the shit out of someone else. R.B. Silva illustrates most of the book. His style somehow reminds me of the great Stuart Immonen so it's all good as far as I'm concerned. After 3 volumes very so-so, this one goes back on tracks. Knock on wood and hope it lasts!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Ok, this volume was pretty damn awesome. It’s time travel a-go-go as the world begins to change and the young, time-displaced X-Men are forced to journey back to their past to save the future. With a few stops along the way to some familiar eras, including a stop-over in 2099! But things are noticeably different and the X-Men are to blame! This is easily Cullen Bunn’s best entry in the X-Men Blue series this far and it’s a freaking blast, drawing on just enough (warped) nostalgia for the hook bu Ok, this volume was pretty damn awesome. It’s time travel a-go-go as the world begins to change and the young, time-displaced X-Men are forced to journey back to their past to save the future. With a few stops along the way to some familiar eras, including a stop-over in 2099! But things are noticeably different and the X-Men are to blame! This is easily Cullen Bunn’s best entry in the X-Men Blue series this far and it’s a freaking blast, drawing on just enough (warped) nostalgia for the hook but delivering plenty of differences to keep you interested. This one’s an X-cellent entry.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert Kirwan

    I LOVED THIS STORY!! OMG a time travelling story done right with sumptuous art!! It tied up some loose threads that were annoying me and it was a heck of a fun time getting there!! Easily my fave volume of X-Men Blue so far!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    C. Varn

    Cullen Bunn seems to have trouble figuring out what to do with the alternate time classic X-men plus Bloodstorm and Draken, so enter yet another time travel plot. This trope has made X-book continuity almost impossible to follow starting in the 1990s, but Bunn does not completely botch it. While I am not quite sure what the point was in introducing X-Men: 2099 team again--which hit a mid-90s nostalgia for me-- and the Generation X team under Emma Frost showing up, but once Bunn gets the Blue tea Cullen Bunn seems to have trouble figuring out what to do with the alternate time classic X-men plus Bloodstorm and Draken, so enter yet another time travel plot. This trope has made X-book continuity almost impossible to follow starting in the 1990s, but Bunn does not completely botch it. While I am not quite sure what the point was in introducing X-Men: 2099 team again--which hit a mid-90s nostalgia for me-- and the Generation X team under Emma Frost showing up, but once Bunn gets the Blue team into a proper Brian Bendis' plotline and revisiting that, this feels more grounded immediately. Silas and Silva both do good artwork here even if they are in Marvel house style. There are some out of character developments, Magneto builds a time machine in the basement subliminal suggestions by Professor X. This element fairly sloppy writing given the general talents of the characters involved. Yet this is a great improvement over the Gold Team and the Weapon X lines--and there isn't enough of the Red Team and Astonishing line to make a strong judgment yet--but there are some major flaws here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    X-Men Blue continues to be the better of the current X-Men books, and this is the best volume of it to date, finally fulfilling the promise of Vol. 1. That's in part due to the characters. Bunn did great with them in the early volumes, and that may be somewhat lessened here due to the larger cast, but still we get lots of attention to these people as people. However, it's in larger part due to the plot. This is the finally the story that unwinds the terrible mess made of the timelost teens' plotli X-Men Blue continues to be the better of the current X-Men books, and this is the best volume of it to date, finally fulfilling the promise of Vol. 1. That's in part due to the characters. Bunn did great with them in the early volumes, and that may be somewhat lessened here due to the larger cast, but still we get lots of attention to these people as people. However, it's in larger part due to the plot. This is the finally the story that unwinds the terrible mess made of the timelost teens' plotline, which was thoroughly inconsistent by this point. And it does so with great attention to recent X-Men continuity, making it feel like a continuation of the Bendis era in a way that none of the other post-Secret Wars X-Men comics have. Oh, and the cross-time meetings with 2099, Gen X, and the classic Magneto are fun. There's too much meet-and-fight, and too little attention to expanding those eras, but it's a good enough MacGuffin to hang the main plot upon, and it doesn't feel too decompressed thanks to the visits to three different eras.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    This was a fun read about the X-Men and time travel. I read some people complaining about the time traveling thing, well, guess what? This is a time displaced X-Men team. Time travel is intrinsic to them and it is bound to happen. Some complaints just make me scratch my head, ha! Anyway, while the story has its low moments, it has an interesting plot and it explores some issues that this team should really worry about. One of the things I like most about this series is that each character has a nic This was a fun read about the X-Men and time travel. I read some people complaining about the time traveling thing, well, guess what? This is a time displaced X-Men team. Time travel is intrinsic to them and it is bound to happen. Some complaints just make me scratch my head, ha! Anyway, while the story has its low moments, it has an interesting plot and it explores some issues that this team should really worry about. One of the things I like most about this series is that each character has a nice portrayal; even if I'm still wondering what Bloodstorm is doing here-- I enjoyed it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Argggggggggh I loathe the inanity and pointlessness of excessive time travelling so the original X-Men stuck in the current time, travelling back through time to fix it, is all a bit much. Nevertheless Bunn doesn't do too bad a job and puts in some good pointers for the future of the book. 6 out of 12.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Time travel - the lazy way to fill a whole issue, and yet change nothing. I will say having some of the "guest" characters was nice. I like reading stories with this specific incarnation of (view spoiler)[ the Evil Brotherhood, including Xorn although he really wasn't much in this at all (hide spoiler)] . Time travel - the lazy way to fill a whole issue, and yet change nothing. I will say having some of the "guest" characters was nice. I like reading stories with this specific incarnation of (view spoiler)[ the Evil Brotherhood, including Xorn although he really wasn't much in this at all (hide spoiler)] .

  11. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    It was cool seeing the X-Men interact with the various characters from different places and points in history, but other than that there wasn't a lot of substance going on here. Still interesting, however.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarospice

    Ugh! It was actually interesting to see the original kids time jump to these different X eras but they didn't spend enough time in any, and the end reveal of why this caper was a conplete letdown.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Since the debut of All-New X-Men, the question has always been "When are the original X-Men going to return to their original time?". This Volume, starts the process on that path (at least that's what it looks like). The members of Blue Team (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel, Beast, Jimmy Hudson, Bloodstorm) are experiencing "temporal headaches". Magneto is having them the worst, and they are also giving him echoes of Charles Xavier's voice. Gathering them all together, it is revealed that Magne Since the debut of All-New X-Men, the question has always been "When are the original X-Men going to return to their original time?". This Volume, starts the process on that path (at least that's what it looks like). The members of Blue Team (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel, Beast, Jimmy Hudson, Bloodstorm) are experiencing "temporal headaches". Magneto is having them the worst, and they are also giving him echoes of Charles Xavier's voice. Gathering them all together, it is revealed that Magneto recently built a time machine in the basement (later we find out it was from a psychic suggestion from Xavier) and the team jumps in, intent on returning to their time. Given the title is "Cross Time Capers", you know you are in for a ride. First stop: 2099, where they meet up with the X-Men 2099 (Skullfire, Bloodhawk, Metalhead, Krystalin, La Lunatica, Cerebra, and Meanstreak). In 2099, they suffer under the regime of the original 5 X-Men, so Blue Team helps them by stopping a powerful Sentinel. Machine gets repaired, they jump again.... .... this time to the 1990's, where the residents of Xavier's School are Generation-X (Chamber, Jubilee, M, Mondo, Skin, Synch, Husk, Penance, Banshee, and Emma Frost. As a reader of Gen X in the 90's I was so glad to see them all back!) At first they fight each other, but Emma takes them aside and sorts them out. It is here we find out that Blue Team is not only travelling through the past, but also through parallel universes where the Original 5 take over the world. A harsh lesson for them to learn... Machine repaired, jump again..... they show up in the 1960's, where the Original X-Men are fighting Magneto. The problem of two sets of X-Men gets resolved when the impostors reveal themselves to be the Brotherhood (Raze Darkholme, Bruiser, Ice Thing, Beast, Old Man Deadpool, Xorn, and Charles Xavier II) Obviously, a fight starts (like usual), but this time, Blue Team pulls the 2099 and Generation X teams forward to help. They find the real 60's Xavier, who tells them when they are ready to return, they must return to the exact moment they left in order for time to be restored. They return to present day, but with a new mission: getting home, the way they were when they left, at the time they left. X-Men Blue is a great title and perfect for messing with all kinds X-history. I have really been enjoying seeing all the changes to the original team, but am excited to see them finally addressing the problem that has been around since the beginning. I hope the writers know what they are doing.... Recommend.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    It's an X-Men time-travel story (comic book time travel story for that matter) that didn't completely suck. That in itself is an accomplishment. Going with the Goodreads definition of 3 stars here ("I like it," as opposed to mediocre). Bunn manages to tell a time travel story that answers some questions about the team and the timeline without just raising more or accomplishing nothing at all. The time displaced X-Men are summoned back in time to stop a problem from the past and do so. The book a It's an X-Men time-travel story (comic book time travel story for that matter) that didn't completely suck. That in itself is an accomplishment. Going with the Goodreads definition of 3 stars here ("I like it," as opposed to mediocre). Bunn manages to tell a time travel story that answers some questions about the team and the timeline without just raising more or accomplishing nothing at all. The time displaced X-Men are summoned back in time to stop a problem from the past and do so. The book acknowledges their changes from what they'd have been if they'd stayed in the past and explains some questions that have hovered over the team for a time. And while the time travel does reset itself, the goal was for it to reset itself, to restore the timeline not to change it more, so it seems likely it succeeded, meaning the story actually does something instead of most timestories that occur, threaten to change everything, and then change nothing. So yeah.... The art was sort of inconcsistent this volume. There were some panels where a given character would look great and then you flip the page in the same issue and s/he looks awful. Not sure what happened there.

  15. 5 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... Probably 3.5 stars... Okay, it's another time travel story with alternate reality characters. (yes, really...) And it is another hardcore nostalgia fest. But you know what? This one is pretty darned decent and finally moves the story of the original 5 a little bit further. pros and cons: + An appearance of *all* of Generation X. Skin was one of my all-time favorite x-characters (I know it's an odd one, but...) and it was nice to see him (and synch and Penanc Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... Probably 3.5 stars... Okay, it's another time travel story with alternate reality characters. (yes, really...) And it is another hardcore nostalgia fest. But you know what? This one is pretty darned decent and finally moves the story of the original 5 a little bit further. pros and cons: + An appearance of *all* of Generation X. Skin was one of my all-time favorite x-characters (I know it's an odd one, but...) and it was nice to see him (and synch and Penance and...). + The time travel plot actually makes some sense and everything follows from some earlier plot threads which is nice. - The longer the original 5 are away from their original time, the less sense it makes that they can return without destroying the whole timestream... - Bloodstorm and mini-wolvie continue to be more or less pointless to the story. Edie, Evan, and Laura were much better returning backup characters. -Why do the writers keep having these teens have hints of romance/attraction with *much* older characters? (Jean/Old Logan, Scott/Bloodstorm) It's just a bit creepy in my opinion. Overall, it is a pretty fun story that addresses some interesting stuff and moves the story along. I'm good with that and I look forward to the next volume.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    (2 stars only for the art)What a mess...seriously can someone....anyone please close out this time traveling crap in the x-men? I used to turn a blind eye and focus on other story elements with these young (from the past) X-men but enough is enough. Like before they teased us with the idea of fixing these time displaced x-men ( the magic beast stuff) but it didnt stick because supposedly there was already some young x-men in the past so the real younger x-men didnt stay... confused yet? So now (2 stars only for the art)What a mess...seriously can someone....anyone please close out this time traveling crap in the x-men? I used to turn a blind eye and focus on other story elements with these young (from the past) X-men but enough is enough. Like before they teased us with the idea of fixing these time displaced x-men ( the magic beast stuff) but it didnt stick because supposedly there was already some young x-men in the past so the real younger x-men didnt stay... confused yet? So now some other wonky time travel shit is happening and they use magneto's time machine to figure it out...well the result is this book and its only complicated it more! The only redeeming factor is we find out who are the x-men in the past that took over... its those pesky future brotherhood with charles Jr. I actually like these dudes but nothing can save this book.... please fix the x-men :(

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    I have nothing nice to say about this series I skimmed Vol. 2 & Mojo world... but I was just so bored with how pointlessly aimless this series is. New love interests join the team, but oh no, Scott and Jean now share a mind-meld thing! So awk. Haha (lame). More time travel. More muckups. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants or whatever are back. Again. What makes the X-Men a great series for me is their interactions with the real world. Their character development, and their cultural diversity. Here we h I have nothing nice to say about this series I skimmed Vol. 2 & Mojo world... but I was just so bored with how pointlessly aimless this series is. New love interests join the team, but oh no, Scott and Jean now share a mind-meld thing! So awk. Haha (lame). More time travel. More muckups. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants or whatever are back. Again. What makes the X-Men a great series for me is their interactions with the real world. Their character development, and their cultural diversity. Here we have a boring team + a wolverine and a vampire (seriously wtf?!), getting into unrelatable and poorly explained hijinks. Also Magneto and Charles are talking to each other through the past? Meh.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael Church

    This was such a fun read! Right off the bat, the art by Tony Silas and R. B. Silva was a breath of fresh air. It probably isn’t for everyone, but it was right up my alley. Rain Beredo did a great job on the colors as well. The story was excellent as well. I loved the characters they brought in. It was a fun play on the old idea of a cross time caper from Excalibur. It seemed like it may have gone a little quicker than it should have, but it still had plenty of room to breathe and develop as a st This was such a fun read! Right off the bat, the art by Tony Silas and R. B. Silva was a breath of fresh air. It probably isn’t for everyone, but it was right up my alley. Rain Beredo did a great job on the colors as well. The story was excellent as well. I loved the characters they brought in. It was a fun play on the old idea of a cross time caper from Excalibur. It seemed like it may have gone a little quicker than it should have, but it still had plenty of room to breathe and develop as a story. I also really enjoyed how this is contributing to the overall story of this title. It was nearly a perfect arc in my eyes. Self contained and interesting, yet building something greater than itself at the same time. I’m still very excited to see even more of where this is going.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I'm honestly not sure what I just read. I read the previous volume in the X-Men: Blue series (Toil and Trouble) but I felt lost throughout this one. I must have missed something in a crossover title. I don't keep up with X-Men: Gold, which seems to be where the Mojoverse reappeared. I agree with other readers that they need to lay off the time travel for a while. I've embraced the presence of the teen X-Men from the past, because I love the original five and they've managed to sustain that storyl I'm honestly not sure what I just read. I read the previous volume in the X-Men: Blue series (Toil and Trouble) but I felt lost throughout this one. I must have missed something in a crossover title. I don't keep up with X-Men: Gold, which seems to be where the Mojoverse reappeared. I agree with other readers that they need to lay off the time travel for a while. I've embraced the presence of the teen X-Men from the past, because I love the original five and they've managed to sustain that storyline for years, but it seems like every new title I pick up involves time travel shenanigans. It puts all other story arcs on pause.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Yes the thing I love most, time travel, not! Talk about confused. Maybe I am dumb but this whole storyline made no sense to me. The best thing about this is that we are getting a story, I just don't like it that much in all honesty. The story was very science fiction and I really appreciate that but the reveal of what is going on was so meh and who? that it just made the whole thing not matter that much anymore. I thought these characters were going bye-bye, but apparently no? or are they? God kn Yes the thing I love most, time travel, not! Talk about confused. Maybe I am dumb but this whole storyline made no sense to me. The best thing about this is that we are getting a story, I just don't like it that much in all honesty. The story was very science fiction and I really appreciate that but the reveal of what is going on was so meh and who? that it just made the whole thing not matter that much anymore. I thought these characters were going bye-bye, but apparently no? or are they? God knows at this point, sigh.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    More fun, but mostly because of all the damned time travel and illusions and the hearkening back to periods of X-History that were delicious but perhaps too cheesy to live - the 1990s Generation X, the X-Men of 2099 - good stuff, and important to refresh copyright through frequent use, and a little clunkily done here, but not so much as to fuck up a good time travel story. Enjoyed over a light dinner of aged cheese and diet cherry soda.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adan

    Time travel and X-Men?! Two great tastes that taste great together! The original X-Men being in the present finally starts to muck with time, so they go to the future (X-Men 2099!), the recent past (original Generation X!), and their original time (the original X-Men! ...wait, what). The mystery of who’s hanging out in the past is revealed, and it’s pretty great, actually. More blasts from the past, and I’m having a lot of fun reading the X-Men.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam Eastment

    So, this is probably more of an extension of the entire time travel saga started by Beast back in All-New X-Men #1 by Bendis - and I would recommend reading as such because it fits in really well. So read suggestion: All-New X-Men #1 -> Battle of the Atom -> Cross Time Capers The book is really good, story is good fun and I definitely enjoyed it. Highly recommended. So, this is probably more of an extension of the entire time travel saga started by Beast back in All-New X-Men #1 by Bendis - and I would recommend reading as such because it fits in really well. So read suggestion: All-New X-Men #1 -> Battle of the Atom -> Cross Time Capers The book is really good, story is good fun and I definitely enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    this was some good trippy fun with some time travel added into the mix and the ending...i'm not sure what that means but I am looking forward to the next installment. I really enjoy these characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    B

    The twist here does not really make sense. If the story is going somewhere, then I guess it is OK. But otherwise, it's a pretty confusing story that is just meant to use 90s nostalgia to sell a few books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ross Alon

    Well that was actually almost fun. Maybe it's just me, and my love for reality/Time jumping stories, but as an X-Men story this one almost worked, it made sense, while adding to an existing plot line. All on these Bunn has managed to miss in most arcs in his log run.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Derek Newman-Stille

    I am not normally a fan of time travel, but X-Men Blue # 3 and it’s time jumping narrative allowed for a voyage through moments of nostalgia from my comic reading last. An exciting comic filled with fun and adventure

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jase

    I really liked the art in this series. I wasn't that update with what's happening but I like the cross time event. A lot of complex back stories but I was impressed since the new Uncanny X-Men series isn't grabbing my attention. I'll stick here for a while and check out X-Men Gold.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    Enough time travel, for God's sake!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Tineo

    Okay, enough with the time traveling storylines!

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