Debut: Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975)
Origin: The second team of X-Men were recruited by Professor X to rescue the original X-Men from the living island of Krakoa. Unlike his first effort, Professor X chose to gather more experienced mutants from all over the world. Though very individualistic, this new team manages to rescue the X-Men. This new team of all-new, all-different X-Men decide to stay with Xavier, while his original students (excluding Cyclops) decide to leave.
Members and Relationships
Cyclops– Team Leader. In charge of turning strangers into teammates. Strict.
Nightcrawer– Defecto pilot and mechanic. Show-off. Best friends with Wolverine.
Wolverine– Resident loose-cannon. Violent. Best friends with Nightcrawler.
Colossus– Youngest member. Strongest physically. Naive.
Storm– Only female member. Homesick. Most powerful.
Banshee– Oldest member (to their knowledge). Wisest. Most dependable.
Their Deal: The All-New, All-Different X-Men were quite literally the second genesis for the X-Men franchise. Had they not proved a success, the franchise would have probably died off. This team was older and composed of an ethnically diverse roster. Storm in particular was one of the first major female black characters in mainstream comics. The team is also responsible for turning Wolverine from a one-time bad guy in The Incredible Hulk #180 (1974) to one of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes. Under Chris Claremont and John Bryne, the themes of racism, prejudice, and discrimination were introduced into the X-Men, allowing the title to appeal to a wider audience. This was also the team that involved in the most famous X-Men title ever, The Dark Phoenix Saga. While the original X-Men may have created the frame work, the All-New, All-Different X-Men can easily be considered the foundation of the X-Men franchise.
Fun Fact: Chris Claremond and John Bryne may be the architects of the X-Men, but the original Giant-Sized X-Men #1, as well as Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus, were created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum