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The X-Men event of the decade is right here! It's never been a more dangerous time to be a mutant. Even with their numbers at a record low, the world refuses to trust mutantkind. And after a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. Of course it's at this moment, when the mutant race most needs to stand together, that a split begins that The X-Men event of the decade is right here! It's never been a more dangerous time to be a mutant. Even with their numbers at a record low, the world refuses to trust mutantkind. And after a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. Of course it's at this moment, when the mutant race most needs to stand together, that a split begins that will tear apart the very foundation of the X-Men. From superstar writer and Marvel Architect Jason Aaron and a full roster of comics' top artists, this is an X-tale that will reverberate for years to come! When the dust settles, the X-Men landscape will be irreparably changed. Collecting: X-Men: Schism 1-5, Generation Hope 10-11, & X-Men: Regenesis


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The X-Men event of the decade is right here! It's never been a more dangerous time to be a mutant. Even with their numbers at a record low, the world refuses to trust mutantkind. And after a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. Of course it's at this moment, when the mutant race most needs to stand together, that a split begins that The X-Men event of the decade is right here! It's never been a more dangerous time to be a mutant. Even with their numbers at a record low, the world refuses to trust mutantkind. And after a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. Of course it's at this moment, when the mutant race most needs to stand together, that a split begins that will tear apart the very foundation of the X-Men. From superstar writer and Marvel Architect Jason Aaron and a full roster of comics' top artists, this is an X-tale that will reverberate for years to come! When the dust settles, the X-Men landscape will be irreparably changed. Collecting: X-Men: Schism 1-5, Generation Hope 10-11, & X-Men: Regenesis

30 review for X-Men: Schism

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    "This time around, the revolution will not be televised. The revolution will be telepathic." -- Quentin 'Kid Omega' Quire, simultaneously causing trouble and mangling a Gil Scott-Heron lyric It feels like it has been FOREVER (thanks for nothing, pandemic of 2020!) since I've had the chance to read any X-Men adventures, often courtesy of my library system. Schism both fit the bill and hit the spot, with a pretty good story involving the usual earthshaking events that cause severe division within t "This time around, the revolution will not be televised. The revolution will be telepathic." -- Quentin 'Kid Omega' Quire, simultaneously causing trouble and mangling a Gil Scott-Heron lyric It feels like it has been FOREVER (thanks for nothing, pandemic of 2020!) since I've had the chance to read any X-Men adventures, often courtesy of my library system. Schism both fit the bill and hit the spot, with a pretty good story involving the usual earthshaking events that cause severe division within the ranks of the normally-contentious team. Writer Aaron was also especially on point with scripting some humorous or sarcastic dialogue, such as great moment when Rogue ("Don't mind us, folks. Go on with yer whole 'no more mutants' party. We're just here to save y'alls asses is all.") and Kitty Pryde ("We're just here to help . . . Did I happen to mention that I'm also Jewish?") are purposely sent to an unidentified Middle Eastern-type nation - where women are second-class citizens and religious intolerance is a way of life - that finds itself hopelessly under attack. The finale chapter was also particularly effective in delineating the conflicting personalities of several of the characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This review was revisited after reading Fear Itself: Avengers Academy. What’s more entertaining than a tween Hellfire Club? Well, lots, but in this tale Jason Aaron makes the most of it. After reading Aaron’s lackluster (I'm being kind) attempt at an Incredible Hulk storyline, this is a good one. The ruthless kiddies attempt to not only take out some mutants, but also make some big bucks at the same time. Enterprising little bastards, no? And it is this attempt that’s the lynch pin for the titled This review was revisited after reading Fear Itself: Avengers Academy. What’s more entertaining than a tween Hellfire Club? Well, lots, but in this tale Jason Aaron makes the most of it. After reading Aaron’s lackluster (I'm being kind) attempt at an Incredible Hulk storyline, this is a good one. The ruthless kiddies attempt to not only take out some mutants, but also make some big bucks at the same time. Enterprising little bastards, no? And it is this attempt that’s the lynch pin for the titled “schism”. Cyclops and Wolverine have divergent opinions on just how to use the younger X-men. Cyclops feels that the kids shouldn’t be coddled and if danger rears its head then they should be in the front lines. Wolverine, that old softie, believes that kids should have somewhat of a kid’s life, even if they are mutants who wield destructive powers. Rant: Now hold your horses and for the love of Stan Lee, didn't I just read this plot trope in Fear Itself: Avengers Academy? Why, yes, Jeff, you sure did. What's the point of having a tired theme, if you can't just re-use it over and over again? It's like corn, no matter what you do with it (canned, on the cob, crushed), it still comes out looking the same. End rant. Despite the fact that there’s a huge Sentinel about 50 feet away from Utopia Island, it’s the mention (in anger, of course) of Jean Grey that pushes the boys to have a go at each other. Suckers! You're in the Marvel universe. Jean's not dead, she's just resting. Ultimately, the X-men are forced to take sides and split into opposing camps. A decent and familiar (and breeding contempt) X-men story capably illustrated by Carlos Pacheco.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    The simmering resentment between Cyclops and Wolverine finally come to a head during an attack by the brand new Hellfire Club. Can Scott and Logan stop fighting each other long enough to protect Utopia from the new suitcase-Sentinel (more scary than it sounds)? This was a great mini-series with high stakes and long-lasting ramifications for the X-Men. I would go so far as to call it essential reading for the modern X-Men fan. The artwork was a little disjointed, as each issue is drawn by a differe The simmering resentment between Cyclops and Wolverine finally come to a head during an attack by the brand new Hellfire Club. Can Scott and Logan stop fighting each other long enough to protect Utopia from the new suitcase-Sentinel (more scary than it sounds)? This was a great mini-series with high stakes and long-lasting ramifications for the X-Men. I would go so far as to call it essential reading for the modern X-Men fan. The artwork was a little disjointed, as each issue is drawn by a different artist, but all the artists turn in some excellent work so it's not anywhere near as bad as it could be. Not perfect (what is?) but a cracking good read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    As always everyone hates and wants to kill mutants. Because of Scarlet Witch rather than there being millions of mutants there are only 200, so exterminating mutant kind has never been more of a possibility. Some differences of opinion arise leading to a Schism. I heard about Schism for years and wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. I certainly hadn't missed anything, but I'm surprised no one mentioned the pre-teen sociopaths responsible for the whole conflict. I don't know what these a-hole kids As always everyone hates and wants to kill mutants. Because of Scarlet Witch rather than there being millions of mutants there are only 200, so exterminating mutant kind has never been more of a possibility. Some differences of opinion arise leading to a Schism. I heard about Schism for years and wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. I certainly hadn't missed anything, but I'm surprised no one mentioned the pre-teen sociopaths responsible for the whole conflict. I don't know what these a-hole kids problem is. They are all wealthy and apparently since they have nothing better to do getting people killed and making more money seemed like a great idea to them. I also have no idea why these kids were even part of this story. Prelude to Schism made the entire story seem vastly different. The X-Men didn't have time to sit around contemplating what to do, things happened and they reacted. So the whole conflict revolved around using kids in battle. Cyclops being the good little X-Men he is, had no issue using kids in battle since he was a child soldier. Wolverine wanted no part of that. It seemed Idie's casual indifference to killing and seeing herself as a monster was the straw that broke the adamantium camel's back. I didn't enjoy how Schism ended because I just can't imagine it happening like it did.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    3.5 stars Likeable, but not great. Definitely not Aaron's best work here. So we all know that some fundamental divide occurred between Cyclops and Wolverine even if you haven't read this. I really just wanted to know what that was and it turned out to be a little anti-climactic and felt forced. The fight between Cyke and Wolvey was well drawn but seemed a bit petty to me. Although, Wolverine's reasoning for starting the Xavier school up again did seem justifiable. The Regenesis story included in thi 3.5 stars Likeable, but not great. Definitely not Aaron's best work here. So we all know that some fundamental divide occurred between Cyclops and Wolverine even if you haven't read this. I really just wanted to know what that was and it turned out to be a little anti-climactic and felt forced. The fight between Cyke and Wolvey was well drawn but seemed a bit petty to me. Although, Wolverine's reasoning for starting the Xavier school up again did seem justifiable. The Regenesis story included in this collection was quite terrible, art and all.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    One of the coolest things about this story is how it brought to head the gradual, conflicting dual arcs of Cyclops and Wolverine. It’s been fascinating to see how these two heroes started out on opposite sides of the morality coin and how circumstances have caused those priorities and ideals to shift and have ultimately flipped them to the opposite sides. When you read early X-men books, you would never think that Wolverine, the savage, irreverent antihero, would be the one fighting for the educa One of the coolest things about this story is how it brought to head the gradual, conflicting dual arcs of Cyclops and Wolverine. It’s been fascinating to see how these two heroes started out on opposite sides of the morality coin and how circumstances have caused those priorities and ideals to shift and have ultimately flipped them to the opposite sides. When you read early X-men books, you would never think that Wolverine, the savage, irreverent antihero, would be the one fighting for the educational ideals of Professor Xavier and keeping kids out of harms way or that the golden boy Cyclops would turn into a hardened soldier, willing to win a war and survive by any means necessary. But that’s what these desperate, post-Decimation times have done. This book is a turning point in the X-universe and features a great Civil War-style conflict between these two leaders, where you'll have a tough time choosing a side, as both are correct. It gets pretty tense and gripping. *I’m not sure what was up with the 10-year old Hellfire Club supervillains though! That was kind of silly and awkward.* But this is a highly important part of modern X-men history as this set the stage for all the X-men books for the following decade.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Aaron kicks this miniseries off with a...lot of talking between Cyclops and Wolverine. Knowing where this is headed (thanks, Marvel press corps), and given Aaron's ham-fisted dialogue (he doesn't seem to get either voice right) and foreshadowing, this doesn't start well. However artificial the premise kicks off the Sentinel re-launch, the initial wave of terror they create is at least believably illustrated. And the antagonists of this story are suitably menacing, but not for reasons I would've e Aaron kicks this miniseries off with a...lot of talking between Cyclops and Wolverine. Knowing where this is headed (thanks, Marvel press corps), and given Aaron's ham-fisted dialogue (he doesn't seem to get either voice right) and foreshadowing, this doesn't start well. However artificial the premise kicks off the Sentinel re-launch, the initial wave of terror they create is at least believably illustrated. And the antagonists of this story are suitably menacing, but not for reasons I would've expected. they're downright sociopathic and slightly clever, which is a helluva contribution to the X-Men universe for Aaron to make. After reading the core story, I feel like this: like most of the non-Bendis-led events of Marvel's recent history (e.g. Shadowlands, Fear Itself), the main event comic is probably weaker than some of the supporting stories written alongside as tie-ins to the event. I can't prove that yet with this book, but even though there was some decent plotting and the dialogue improved slightly, this still felt entirely artificial and implausible. As in: with all the fights between Cyclops and Wolverine over the years, when Logan stuck around every time, is this *really* supposed to be the most convincing reason for a split to naturally and finally occur? I hope that Marvel follows through on this one, if they really intend for us to believe it. For now though, this feels like a squabble between teenagers on a schoolyard, and one that should blow over just as inconsequentially. I think one thing that frustrates me most about Marvel (and which might be colouring my attitude to what Aaron did here) is that they don't commit to change. Utopia is a great new concept and it's been executed masterfully by Fraction and others, but they do easily backslide into Xavier's school in Westchester - out of nostalgia, not because it hasn't been wrung dry of every fresh story that could be told. Best issue was Gillen's Regenesis. Good storytelling device, interesting snippets of what generally felt like believable and appropriate dialog (save a few begging moments). 3.5 stars - not great, but some moments of better-than-good. Marvel, don't squander this opportunity. Here are my plot notes because I can never remember who when and what, when I'm reading later books: (view spoiler)[Carlton Kilgore killed by his son Kade.  Kade creates events to kick off sales of new Sentinel model. Hellfire club, which went mutant-free, gets taken over and killed off by Kade and his band of child billionaire weaponeers.  Quentin Quire initiates the Sentinel launch by attacking the UN, then requests sanctuary in Utopia.  Idie kills Helllfire club goons, thinks she's acting like the monster she believes she is.  (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Lackluster execution of an interesting concept. Splitting the X-Men along ideological lines is an interesting thought, and I kind of like the split between proactive Cyclops and reactive Wolverine. But it's just really, really poorly executed. The actual boiling point comes when Cyke wants to allow the perfectly willing teens with powerful mutant abilities defend their home and themselves from a giant Sentinel come to kill them all, and Wolverine doesn't want the kids in battle. Which is, to my Lackluster execution of an interesting concept. Splitting the X-Men along ideological lines is an interesting thought, and I kind of like the split between proactive Cyclops and reactive Wolverine. But it's just really, really poorly executed. The actual boiling point comes when Cyke wants to allow the perfectly willing teens with powerful mutant abilities defend their home and themselves from a giant Sentinel come to kill them all, and Wolverine doesn't want the kids in battle. Which is, to my knowledge, the first time that Kitty's and Jubilee's father figure ever had a problem with a powerful teen fighting literally for survival. I guess it's supposed to be an eye opening thing for Wolverine, but I just couldn't really buy it. Especially because I know that Logan is about to go cross country and train these same teens he doesn't want to learn how to fight and they'll be defending themselves within a few issues. I buy that the split happened, I buy that there are insurmountable differences between the two leaders, but the breaking point just needed to be more clear and more believable. Side note: does anybody else think that maybe Idie (who is black) might have been more interested in the doll if Logan had gotten her one that looked like herself? I guess we're supposed to read that as Idie being matured beyond childish things past her years, but a) most girls her age are past baby dolls in the least traumatic of circumstances and b) she might have liked a doll she could identify with. Sorry, moving on. This whole collection gets three stars for the surprisingly well-written and effective Regenesis issue. It's the actual blow-by-blow of who goes where and why in the split, and it's the best thing in this book. The dialog is mostly very good, and it redeems some of the more poorly thought out decisions that lead to this story in the first place.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    I enjoyed this purely for the fact that it literally ripped the X-Men in two. Obviously, Cyclops is one side, and Wolverine is the other; could it happen any other way? No, don't think so. Very interesting, especially the Regenisis book which detailed the splitting into 2 factions in a very cool way. Also liked how they showed Scott and Logan working together, and respecting each other, yet being willing to rip each other to shreds over ideology. Well worth a read, especially as X-Men fan, becau I enjoyed this purely for the fact that it literally ripped the X-Men in two. Obviously, Cyclops is one side, and Wolverine is the other; could it happen any other way? No, don't think so. Very interesting, especially the Regenisis book which detailed the splitting into 2 factions in a very cool way. Also liked how they showed Scott and Logan working together, and respecting each other, yet being willing to rip each other to shreds over ideology. Well worth a read, especially as X-Men fan, because it sets up the way forward with nearly every title in the X-family.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    The X-men are splitting up. This tale focuses on its culmination and the rationales of various characters. The ending was the best part. Close to a four star but no cigar, Freud. OVERALL GRADE: B

  11. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    If it wasn't for my current X-Men reading rampage, I never would have picked this book up (especially since I'd never even heard of it.) Some sort-of-crossover-event with a terrible cover? Why bother? But see, if someone would have just said "It's basically Wolverine & The X-Men vol. 0 with Cyclops burning Wolverine's face off," then JEEZUM KRISMAZ I woulda been ALL OVER DAT. Luckily, my X-Men rampage led me here. Minus the shit cover, it's awwwwesome. Great art, funny sometimes, serious sometimes If it wasn't for my current X-Men reading rampage, I never would have picked this book up (especially since I'd never even heard of it.) Some sort-of-crossover-event with a terrible cover? Why bother? But see, if someone would have just said "It's basically Wolverine & The X-Men vol. 0 with Cyclops burning Wolverine's face off," then JEEZUM KRISMAZ I woulda been ALL OVER DAT. Luckily, my X-Men rampage led me here. Minus the shit cover, it's awwwwesome. Great art, funny sometimes, serious sometimes, and SOMETHING ACTUALLY HAPPENS, which is never the case with crossovers. Jason Aaron is kinda my new drug.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    2.5 stars. The age of heroes fighting heroes is in full swing at this period in Marvel history (and would continue for a few years yet), and so now we are given "X-Men Civil War". I didn't really like the main story until about issue 3. It got a little more interesting and picked up the pace a bit (view spoiler)[although I still don't know if I buy Cyclops blasting Logan with his pew pew beams without any physical provocation AND when Utopia is seconds away from an attack. He's certainly not my 2.5 stars. The age of heroes fighting heroes is in full swing at this period in Marvel history (and would continue for a few years yet), and so now we are given "X-Men Civil War". I didn't really like the main story until about issue 3. It got a little more interesting and picked up the pace a bit (view spoiler)[although I still don't know if I buy Cyclops blasting Logan with his pew pew beams without any physical provocation AND when Utopia is seconds away from an attack. He's certainly not my favorite character, but he is definitely not that dumb/violently emotional (hide spoiler)] . Besides a slow start, the only other real complaint is that the art is kind of weird. Logan looks really fat, for example. The Hope issues are basically the end of the main book retold from a different perspective, from the point of view of characters that I couldn't care less about. The art was also a lot worse in these issues. The Regenesis issue was about Scott and Logan recruiting different X-Men to their sides. This story was intercut with pointless panels of the characters as cave men, because I guess they needed to pad this dry story out a bit. The funniest part is the end when, in true Marvel "hero vs hero" fashion, it asks "WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?". Oh god, spare me. If I had rolled my eyes any harder I would have went blind. So, anyway, a decent X-Men story that really only exists to split everyone's favorite mutants into different teams. Schism is probably worth the read, but I would suggest only the biggest X-Men fans read the other stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    SPOILERS The X-Men have started their own mutant nation, a small island off the coast of California named Utopia, in a bid to create an identity and safe haven for themselves. But following an anarchist mutant attack on the United Nations, the world’s nations activate old Sentinels which quickly prove their age by causing havoc to humans rather than mutants – X-Men to the rescue! Meanwhile the Hellfire Club undergo a rebranding and a new leader with no qualms about setting loose a dangerous new t SPOILERS The X-Men have started their own mutant nation, a small island off the coast of California named Utopia, in a bid to create an identity and safe haven for themselves. But following an anarchist mutant attack on the United Nations, the world’s nations activate old Sentinels which quickly prove their age by causing havoc to humans rather than mutants – X-Men to the rescue! Meanwhile the Hellfire Club undergo a rebranding and a new leader with no qualms about setting loose a dangerous new type of machine, one that seems unstoppable, and sets its sights on Utopia. With the X-Men scattered across the globe dealing with the Sentinel threat, Cyclops, leader of Utopia, is given the choice of abandoning the island or doing the unthinkable – conscripting mutant children to put their lives on the line to save the fledgling nation. Jason Aaron gets the ball rolling nicely on this well put together and vastly interesting new series for the X-Men. I like the idea of Utopia though I felt the Westchester Academy was kind of the same thing. Until it was destroyed of course. The book hinges upon the decision Cyclops faces and which Wolverine is completely against doing – asking kids to fight for them. The “Schism” of the title is about the conflict between Cyclops and Wolverine’s different leadership styles and their own views on what Utopia stands for – are they training mutants to become X-Men or are they teaching them how to live better lives with their powers? The train/teach difference reflects Cyclops’ current world view which is about establishing safety for the mutants of the world, while the other is Xavier’s legacy of uniting the world through shared understanding. The resulting fight between Cyclops and Wolverine is gripping reading and the mutants of the world become split between one vision of the world and the other. It’s like “Civil War” but for the X-Men only. The one gripe I will say is about the Hellfire Club – hyper-intelligent and black-hearted 10 year olds, really? 10 year olds? It just looked silly. Either way, this is the most interesting X-Men storyline the series has had in years and I look forward to the coming stories following this split.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brandon St Mark

    Really great read! My favorite parts where the Wolverine/Cyclops fight, and the Regenisis issue included at the end. I definitely am going to pick up more X-Men titles when I go back to my lcs!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    the famous wolverine vs. cyclops battle. Having read alot of the newer stuff this book becomes more and more important as time goes on. As we now know 2014 the teams are still broken. Regenesis is a really cool after comic that explains where all the x-men go. Overall Jason Aaron does a great job writing this book. and in the end...we get toad the janitor hahaha

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beckiezra

    Nostalgia for X-Men be darned, this took me almost a month to come back and finish because the first two chapters were so blah why do I care. The last 4 parts of the book went much faster, maybe it was just a change in my attitude. I have to go downgrade my rating for prelude to schism now because this book was much better than that one and I can't possibly give this book more than 3 stars because: Things I hate: 10 year old super villains. They're not mutants, they're just super evil rich kids Nostalgia for X-Men be darned, this took me almost a month to come back and finish because the first two chapters were so blah why do I care. The last 4 parts of the book went much faster, maybe it was just a change in my attitude. I have to go downgrade my rating for prelude to schism now because this book was much better than that one and I can't possibly give this book more than 3 stars because: Things I hate: 10 year old super villains. They're not mutants, they're just super evil rich kids who manage to take out all the adults in their life, fight aliens, take over the Hellfire club, create a super sentinel, and successfully destroy the X-Men. It was ridiculous and part of why the second chapter was so hard to get through. Stupid cavemen fights. What the what?! I guess it made it slightly interesting for someone, and was good for giving breaks as they divided everyone up for this stupid schism. Logan being a total idiot about kids fighting as though that's not THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE X-MEN! The X-Men have always been kids fighting, that's who they are, Professor X gatherings impressionable young mutants and turns them into a commando team of fighters for truth justice and the mutant way! Logan and Scott fighting each other when a freaking sentinel is there to destroy them. I think Scott has the sense to stop blowing Logan down to a skeleton after the first sentinel blast on the island even if I can imagine Logan preferring to keep fighting (even though obviously those kids he cares SOOO much about can't possibly have evacuated yet so he can't go blowing up the island). The art was pretty decent even if I didn't love it all the time. Why can't the same artist do things? Is that asking too much? I loved loyal Logan at the beginning, I love Scott and Logan being friends, I love Logan respecting Scott. I have not read X-books even semi-regularly over the last 15 years so I realize there have been a lot of changes in the characters and the situations. I blame two things 1) those movies that made the comics decide spandex wasn't cool anymore and 2) terrorists making everyone feel like things can only be bad and we have to reflect that in our entertainment. So I know Scott has been doing some crazy stuff for the last decade and I can overlook it in general to read random graphic novels. Maybe I would see it as a more natural change in the books if it happened gradually over a decade but I just randomly read these newer collections (and wish there were some collections of the good stuff I was waiting to have happen for years and then it finally did a couple years after I stopped collecting) and somehow the X-Men have adopted Magneto's dream for mutant isolation and Scott is a jerk who takes advice from Emma and I don't even know who half the characters are and don't really care about their lost childhoods or mental anguish or whatever. I just care about the characters that I know and I do not like the way the writers have decided to tear them apart. I can't give this less than 3 stars because it was an emotionally charged story for me at least and isn't that what a book should do?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Martin Earl

    I came back to comics after this happened, at the beginning of the Marvel Regenesis period, having read most of Civil War, but nothing much else. (I did read House of M, which was important for this.) For that reason, this book answered a lot of questions that I didn't really even know I had. I'm glad to know about Kade Kilgore and Quentin Quire and WHY everyone was so mad at Quire. All of this makes Wolverine's work with him at the new school even more mature and Xavier-ish. Mostly, though, wha I came back to comics after this happened, at the beginning of the Marvel Regenesis period, having read most of Civil War, but nothing much else. (I did read House of M, which was important for this.) For that reason, this book answered a lot of questions that I didn't really even know I had. I'm glad to know about Kade Kilgore and Quentin Quire and WHY everyone was so mad at Quire. All of this makes Wolverine's work with him at the new school even more mature and Xavier-ish. Mostly, though, what this book did for me was show the final descent of Scott Summers into idiocy and megalomania. This brings us the Cyclops of AvX and of the new Mutant revolution. It's good to see that happen. (view spoiler)[The key, of course, came when Wolvie was willing to blow the Sentinel to bits if Scott would only get people to safety, and Scott refused because, I don't know, "where would we go?" (Hint for you Summers: the shores of San Francisco until the blowing up is done and then you can come back—Magneto can rebuild your precious city with his mind in a week.) I know that he'd been persecuted his whole life and had been running and running and running for as long as he can remember, but there was no need to take a martyr's stand and make the kids fight for what HE perceived as the only way. By letting wolverine blow himself and the robot up, a Mutant would still be doing the fighting, would still be making a stand against this kind of genocide, but would be doing it without harm to himself. (oh, sweet, sweet regeneration!) It is this martyr's stance, this insistance that he ALWAYS be facing the hate of the world (even though it was just Kilgore trying to make money at their expense, not a true mutant-hate attack) that has made him the horrible person that he has become. (hide spoiler)] All the years have blinded him to the good and left him myopically seeing the hate. Now, more than ever, he truly is a cyclops, and the accompanying lack of depth perception that comes from not seeing things from two points has blinded him to anything else but his own hurt.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    After a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. It's at this moment, when the mutant race desperately needs to stand together, that a split begins that tears apart the X-Men. The tension that has been simmering away for the last couple of years bubbles up to the surface here. I won't go into the main plot in great detail, as it's not great. And the Hellfire Club kids are awful. Truly awful. I never thought it'd be Wolverine to make the point that teaching chil After a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. It's at this moment, when the mutant race desperately needs to stand together, that a split begins that tears apart the X-Men. The tension that has been simmering away for the last couple of years bubbles up to the surface here. I won't go into the main plot in great detail, as it's not great. And the Hellfire Club kids are awful. Truly awful. I never thought it'd be Wolverine to make the point that teaching children to become killers is wrong, but there you have it. But Cyclops is right that these children do not have the chance to be children: people are trying to kill them every day, and only by learning to fight can they survive. Let's not forget that many of the X-Men were children themselves when they first joined the team. I couldn't say which side I'd be on. Wolverine's intentions are obviously noble, but what he's doing feels so futile it's hard to view it as the right choice. Wolverine's hypocrisy is not lost on the reader, either; he's still the man behind X-Force, and he's had to engage in some pretty shady means to justify his ends. Anyway, enough of that. Let's get to the good part: the final issue, where we get to see some characters make their decisions. The decisions issue is interspersed with scenes of the X-Men as cavemen, choosing sides while watching a fight between caveman-Cyclops and cavemen-Wolverine. While it sounds ridiculous, as a visual metaphor it works pretty well. There's very few big shocks. Most of the characters you'd expect to go with Wolverine go with Wolverine, and most of the characters you'd expect to stay with Cyclops stay on Utopia. While part of me applauds this consistency, wouldn't it have been interesting to see some characters choose differently? What if Rogue had stayed with Cyclops? Or Gambit? Or Marvel Girl? What if Emma had chosen to go to the school? Schism isn't the greatest, but as a set-up to the next era of X-Men stories, it's good stuff. Definitely worth a read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    Me and my x-men comics have a relationship going on over 20 years. We have had more good times than bad times, there's was a year or two that we lived in a separation, but Grant Morrison came and united us once more and everything was good for a while. Lately we have more bad times than good times and divorce was looming in a horizon. I decided to give last chance to this new 'counselor guy' named Jason Aaron and this thing called the 'Schism' and something happened, his plan worked. I was smili Me and my x-men comics have a relationship going on over 20 years. We have had more good times than bad times, there's was a year or two that we lived in a separation, but Grant Morrison came and united us once more and everything was good for a while. Lately we have more bad times than good times and divorce was looming in a horizon. I decided to give last chance to this new 'counselor guy' named Jason Aaron and this thing called the 'Schism' and something happened, his plan worked. I was smiling again while reading my x-men, not perfect yet, but right direction and see there's still a future for us, even after 24 years of marriage there is a breath of freshness in the air.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Where to start... How about the art? For a tent pole event have a consistent art team, not different teams for different sections. And the über-sentinel that supposedly is the ultimate mutant killing machine... that gets destroyed magically by nothing more than "coming together as a team"? Seriously? And I just can't buy Wolverine as the compassionate guy who doesn't think kids should fight and kill... but has mentored a teenage killing machine (X-23)? Come on...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    Pretty excellent! But then the editors said, "Ok Aaron, now you need to finish this with a wrap-up story, oh and also we are gonna give you another (not-as-good) artist, since there is no action, make it great!" At least that is what I assume happened. Yeah, it ended on a pretty weak note so this only gets 3 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    Talk about a difference of opinions; Wolverine wants to protect mutant children while Cyclops thinks every mutant is a combatant. They clash in a very spectacular way and end up drawing a dividing line between the few remaining mutants. The plot is so packed that it's a bit messy at times, but the epic showdown between Wolverine and Cyclops made me unable to give it a lower score ^_^

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Perlino

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was very close to giving this 5 stars, but then I thought about it in relation to other books I have read and it wasn't quite there. I love it when comics aren't afraid to get dark and edgy, as this does by having sadistic kids take over the Hellfire Club. The overt references to them killing their parents was a welcome innovation in a world where everyone wants to sugar coat things, even often in comics. I am excited to see where that storyline went / goes. The other thing I loved about the bo I was very close to giving this 5 stars, but then I thought about it in relation to other books I have read and it wasn't quite there. I love it when comics aren't afraid to get dark and edgy, as this does by having sadistic kids take over the Hellfire Club. The overt references to them killing their parents was a welcome innovation in a world where everyone wants to sugar coat things, even often in comics. I am excited to see where that storyline went / goes. The other thing I loved about the book was the outright war between Logan / Wolverine and Scott Summers / Cyclops. It is cannon at this point that the two bump heads frequently. After all, Summers is a do "things by the books" most of the time and Logan is a maverick. Surprisingly, though, I felt that the roles were reversed here. Logan wanted to protect the mutant children while Summers thought that they should fight because they exist in a world that hates them. The best part was that the fight between the two was all out in this storyline. It was bloody, it was visceral, and it was wonderful. I got a strong sense of what a real fight between the two would be and not just harsh words thrown back and forth. For instance, there is a close shot of Wolverine's claws going through Cyclops fist. I like that the writer and the artists didn't hold back. The last issue was rather long and figurative, but I think I got the jist. It is so intriguing to see Logan trying to start Xavier's school back up again, while Cyclops wants to continue to live on a secluded island. Once again, I feel that the roles are reversed. This has the X-Men taking sides and I want to know what happens next. The set up is very promising.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Lima

    Wow, this was awesome! Jason Aaron is my man! It was a nice run, with a nice background and of the greatest fights between to characters that i've ever seen in this midia. And the ending was great, too. This was the path Logan had to follow to continue to pursuit Xavier's dream. Gonna read it Aaron's run of Wolverine and the X-men now. And just to finish, Scott Summers is a moron. Just saying it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Wasn't too bad, nice too see the sentinels back. Unfortunately bar the sentinels there really aren't any villains of note here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Vibranium vs heat beams!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    So many tense events have led up to this moment.... Cyclops makes a plea to the UN to have the world decommission their Sentinels. Mutant acceptance is on the decline and he is worried about the safety of Utopia. Instead of complying, it enrages some of the countries and has them reactivating their old broken Sentinels. Enter the Hellfire Club... Not the Hellfire Club that we've known for a long time, no, this Club is all children of famous and rich people, where the kids themselves are twisted an So many tense events have led up to this moment.... Cyclops makes a plea to the UN to have the world decommission their Sentinels. Mutant acceptance is on the decline and he is worried about the safety of Utopia. Instead of complying, it enrages some of the countries and has them reactivating their old broken Sentinels. Enter the Hellfire Club... Not the Hellfire Club that we've known for a long time, no, this Club is all children of famous and rich people, where the kids themselves are twisted and evil. Their first attack (and first huge fight of this book) is on the Museum of Mutant History. A young mutant is the only one left to stop them and, after Cyclops telling her to do what she feels is right while Wolverine tells her that she is a kid so she needs to escape, she fights back, killing (by accident) over 100 innocents. This event is what begins the Schism: Cyclops (believes that all mutants, regardless of age, should be taught to fight to defend themselves) vs. Wolverine (believes that young mutants should be in school and learning instead of fighting). The young Hellfire Club mounts another attack. This time, they have developed a weapon that sucks in all metal around and uses the materials to create a very powerful Sentinel. The first Sentinel they make heads towards Utopia. The second major fight of the book comes then between Cyclops and Wolverine, who move the fight from verbal to physical once Scott uses Logan's love for Jean Grey as a low blow. THIS FIGHT IS EPIC, AND A LONG TIME COMING! SO AMAZING! Their battle includes the Sentinel as well (third and final battle) but is joined by the young X-Men who decide to fight, even though they don't want to. Sentinel defeated, but damage done. The last issue divides the X-Men into teams. Cyclops stays at Utopia and Wolverine takes his group back to Westchester to found the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Amazing story! Must read for X-Men fans.

  28. 4 out of 5

    John

    I thought this specific story was pretty well written and integrated the peripheral characters well while highlighting the pressures both Cyclops and Wolverine are undergoing in the new situation for mutant kind. What I didn't like wasn't really in this book, it was more an uneasiness I have with the entire Marvel universe right now. Had you asked during the Morrison new x-men run,or even the Whedon astonishing run, which of these two characters would want to train the young mutants as soldiers, I thought this specific story was pretty well written and integrated the peripheral characters well while highlighting the pressures both Cyclops and Wolverine are undergoing in the new situation for mutant kind. What I didn't like wasn't really in this book, it was more an uneasiness I have with the entire Marvel universe right now. Had you asked during the Morrison new x-men run,or even the Whedon astonishing run, which of these two characters would want to train the young mutants as soldiers, your answer would be wolverine. Hell, he actually did this in X3. What changed? I haven't been that devoted a reader, but I doubt Scott and Logan have changed that much in five years of continuity. Just like Tony Stark would never hunt down superheroes who refused to register with the government. Just like Peter Parker would never make a Faustian bargain to save his Aunt May. Having superheroes do things out of character just to set up an interesting storyline isn't deconstructing superheroes, it's dumping the continuity for the sake of the story the author of the moment wants to tell. Sure wolverine being headmaster of Xavier's would be interesting. So was Brand New Day and Civil War. Just make sure it's still Wolverine that's the headmaster, and not a different character entirely in wolverine's form. Sorry this was so negative. I actually really liked the art, wolverine's relationship with the black girl, and especially the child Hellfire Club calling the X-Men writers out on the X-Men becoming the poster children for the gay rights movement and San Francisco's insane political scene. One other nitpick: why hasn't Marvel's version of President Luthor ( or Obama I guess), sent Seal Team 6 into Utopia with Woden bullets to assassinate terrorist genocidal mass murderer Magneto with graphite bullets or something?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rattoni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read Prelude to Schism, and I thought it was really good. It starts amazingly and it ends ok, nonetheless it is an interesting story that seems to settle ground for a great Event. And then, there's Schism. During all Schism, I kept wondering where did the prelude fitted in? What was this great invisible menance that requiered the elite of the X-men to be together and to work as a Team, making aside their individual differences, and following their valerous leader. The answer is nowhere to be fo I read Prelude to Schism, and I thought it was really good. It starts amazingly and it ends ok, nonetheless it is an interesting story that seems to settle ground for a great Event. And then, there's Schism. During all Schism, I kept wondering where did the prelude fitted in? What was this great invisible menance that requiered the elite of the X-men to be together and to work as a Team, making aside their individual differences, and following their valerous leader. The answer is nowhere to be found in schism, which turns out to be a really loose X-men story. But let´s forget about that. Let´see Schism as a stand alone story. Regarding the art, I hate when there are different artists drawing a single story, you may think that it is accetable since there are different titles involved in this story. Carlos Pacheco does the first number of the epic,and sets the bar high, but the other artists are so below Pachechos level that the whole thing suffers from it. Carlos pacheco is really good, but he lacks a good colorist, and got quite a static part of the story. Kubert ( Andy or Adam, I get them mixed)does a terrible depiction of the final batte, his figures seem so distorted before the battle begins that when they start the fight they don´t seem to get that much injuries since they are just as distorted as in the begining. Scott and Logan have had so many issues over the years and there have been so many different reasons for Logan to leave the x school, We´ve been waiting for the fist figh between cyclops and logan for decades, and now that we have it, it seems that this story only answers the editorial decition to set things for Wolverine as an independant team leader, but it misses the catharsis of the breaking point.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    Not too bad, though I don't think it really read like the huge, epic event it probably should have been, given the ramifications. I think part of the problem is that the event which leads to the titular "schism" doesn't really seem like that big of a deal, especially not in the wake of huge battles the X-Men have recently gone through in stories like Second Coming or even Curse of the Mutants. I mean, it's just Sentinels? Don't get me wrong, Sentinels are cool and all, and I'm glad to see them b Not too bad, though I don't think it really read like the huge, epic event it probably should have been, given the ramifications. I think part of the problem is that the event which leads to the titular "schism" doesn't really seem like that big of a deal, especially not in the wake of huge battles the X-Men have recently gone through in stories like Second Coming or even Curse of the Mutants. I mean, it's just Sentinels? Don't get me wrong, Sentinels are cool and all, and I'm glad to see them back in a non-protecting-the-X-Mansion manner. But they're also sort of commonplace in the X universe, and don't really feel like an adequate catalyst for an event which tears the group apart. I also think this book was slightly hurt by a failure to subtly build up to it in previous X-Men stories. I don't know, maybe the writers and editors WERE trying to do so, but it didn't come across that well, at least to me. At the beginning of this book, Scott and Logan are chummier than we've seen them in some time, and then as the book goes on they're suddenly at each other's throats and saying incredibly nasty and hurtful things that come out of nowhere and feel pretty out-of-character (especially from Scott). Still, the story moves along at a nice pace, and despite reservations about the "how" or "why" of the tale, the actual confrontations between Cyclops and Wolverine are cool, and the fallout is definitely intriguing. This story probably could have and should have been a lot better, but it's decent enough and sets up a interesting future direction for the X-universe.

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