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X-Men: Schism Hardcover – January 11, 2012

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Cho was born in Seoul, Korea, and at the age of 6 he and his parents came to the U.S. He never had any formal training in art, and taught himself to draw and write by reading art books and comics. At the University of Maryland, he created the award winning college strip, University 2, which ran in the campus newspaper. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor degree in Nursing, he signed with Creators Syndicate Inc.

Artist Adam Kubert, who also contributed to the previous Ultimate X-Men volumes, hails from a long legacy of renowned Kubert illustrators. His dynamic pencils and attention to realism provide the X-men with a compelling, cinematic flair. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785156682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785156680
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey Award nominated comic book writer best known for the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo Comics and series such as Wolverine, Thor God of Thunder, Punisher MAX, Ghost Rider and Wolverine & the X-Men for Marvel Comics. He was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City.

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Collecting: X-Men: Schism #1-5 & X-Men Regenesis #1
Bonus: cover gallery with variants and promotional artwork

As a long time reader of the X-Men I was very skeptical about the Schism / Regenisis relaunch of the series. I was more than a little angry at Marvel for even thinking about stopping the Uncanny X-Men and starting something else with a number one in order to boost sales a la DC's New 52. I was wrong, way wrong.

Schism is the tale of the two very different philosophies at the heart of both Charles Xavier's dream of the X-men: one a warrior ethic fighting to save mutantkind and two the spirit of working on educating mutants and men alike for a brighter tomorrow. The fantastic plot of Schism 1-5 exposes the limitations of mutantkind living together in the island compound of Utopia under Cyclops' leadership (I'm going to be bare bones on details, because this is a must-buy comic).

Schism / Regenisis works because it is organic and inherent within the characters of the X-Men. There is no wiping the slate clean, rather the characters with the full weight of their emotional baggage much choose with which part of Xavier's dream they are more aligned. The Regenisis issue captures many characters motivations for following one of two leaders of the X-Men.

This graphic novel is perfect for x-fans new and old. New x-fans will find the starting place for two promising series (X-Men and the new Wolverine and the X-Men). For new fans Schism will provide all the backstory they need for the X-teams split and their different approaches to following xavier's dream. For old fans, Schism offers a rich story steeped in the history of many characters and raw with emotion.
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While only occasionally picking up some collected formats from my local library I haven't been in the thick of Marvel's continuities for a long time (but I was weaned on X-men circa 160's and on). Recently I picked up this book and the prelude and read the prelude first. Prelude was a disappointment, all fluff and no filler, and I did not know what the impending catastrophe that the mutants probably couldn't survive was. Now after having read "Schism" I can still honestly say that I don't know what it was. Perhaps that's because the events in "Schism" aren't earth-shattering: a new, still diabolical Hellfire club (moe on that later)...not earth-shattering; Sentinels rearing their ugly heads only to be easily taken apart...not earth-shattering; a super-sentinel coming on-line and being defeated...not earth-shattering; Cyclops and Wolverine fighting...always cool but not earth-shattering; and, finally, the X-men splitting (again) into at least two teams...been there, done that how many times? Not earth-shattering.

I haven't been along for Scott's transformation into the bada** ruthless leader he's become but I was surprised to see Wolverine, who has always pitched a soldier's line, to be the one to try to save the barely-there innocence of the x-children. It seemed a bit forced but good enough to break into multiple teams I guess. I loved the brutal throwdown between Cyke and Wolvie; thank-you Davis for your wonderful art there. I thought the best part of the book was the Re:genesis story where we got to see a variety of the x-folk decide whose side to join and why. I loved the way they cast the choosing sides as tribal, or a schoolyard pick. Also, how Idie was handled in the main storyline was compelling. Re:genesis elevated this read to a 3.5 stars.
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I'm actually a little surprised by all of the negative reviews for this book, because I thought Schism was one of the best written X-books that I've read in a while. I'm not sure if the reviewers missed some of the symbolism in the story and couldn't appreciate the story's larger impact or if they are just being people too in love with the past to enjoy new changes, but either way this is absolutely a must-read book that you should pick up if you're an X-Men fan.

The five issue arc is such an incredibly tight bit of self-contained storytelling from Jason Aaron. We start out with Cyclops and Wolverine going to an arms conference to plead with world leaders to destroy their Sentinel programs, and at this point of the story it's obvious the two of them are close friends now, far past the petty bickering they always seemed to be involved in back when Wolverine joined the team. One reviewer took issue with the fact that nations at the conference claimed Sentinels didn't exist when obviously they do, but he seemed to miss the fact that the leader making these claims was very obviously real life leader of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and an obvious parallel was being made to Iran's nuclear program and Ahmadinejad's insistence that the Holocaust never happened.

Another common complaint seems to be that the antagonists in this story are a new version of the Hellfire Club made up of children. People who didn't like the story bring up how lame it apparently is that the X-Men are taken down by kids, completely missing the fact that this whole story is about kids. Wolverine starts to pick up on the fact that Cyclops is training their young mutants to go to war and not to the ideals for which Professor X originally created the School For Gifted Youngsters.
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