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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
After reading "Schism", my first thought was: I miss X-Men good old days. Specifically about this story, the weak points for me were: Cyclops and Wolverine, both of them uncharacterized, seemed to be "forced into conflict"; Carlos Pacheco's art in the first story is simply poor; Frank Cho's Cyclops is really, really weird; the story itself is not that great, a shadow when comparing to the great X-Men sagas from the past.
I'm giving 3 stars just because I'm a huge fan of Daniel Acuña, Adam Kubert and Alan Davis, but for me the question remains: did they really reboot Uncanny X-Men because of this?! Couldn't they make "Wolverine & The X-Men", which is interesting and fun, without this "Schism" thing?
And please, someone give Emma Frost some clothes. Good stories don't depend on things like that.
Maybe my expectation was too high, but this book didn't captivate me as much as I wanted it too.
This book and the "Schism" event felt very unclimactic, and more a "watch as we reboot the X-Men... again." I love the X Books, but this story just seemed filler to get to what we now know is the "Avengers Vs X-Men" collection.
The art was decent, but not as strong as I would have liked and for the most part I felt they X-Men came off as bumbling towards the super kids. What happaned to Magneto the hard core?
Good, and essential for any X Book collectors, but not as great as it could have been.
I had grown weary over the years with the X-Men franchise. There were way too many mutants to keep up with. I longed for the days when the team was smaller. I loved when they were portrayed as outlaws. Then the 90's came and that all ended. I was a fan of the Claremont/Byrne era out of all the X-Men eras. Over the years I floated in and out of the franchise. I loved the stuff they did in the eighties and some of the stuff from the nineties. The Grant Morrisson stuff was cool and the Joss Whedon era was awesome. All that being said Jason Aaron is a great writer and this is a great story worthy of your money. The Art is superb especially the chapter done by the legendary Alan Davis. Wolverine and Cyclops have always had issues. Over the years some writers have tried to touch on that tension. The main source of contention between them of course was Jean Grey but I like how the characters have evolved. At one time Cyclops was written as a go by the book stand up guy and in the last few years he has become hardcore in tactics and leadership. He has become everything he hated. Wolverine has evolved. He has an identity now and he is a full-fledged super-hero.Aaron has a grasp of X-Men history and if you are going to write it, you have to. For a long time X-Men was Marvel's babyand they invested great talent into it. I like that Aaron embraces the best and worst of who Wolverine is. He gets it which is a quality you like in a comic book writer. He handles Quentin Quire beautifully. I loved this book. It shows the X-Men outside of Xavier's influence fighting for the preservation of their race. The books is just very cool. I highly recommend it. Also check out Wolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 1 when it comes out. The book is amazing. I really loved Schism man. Very cool. Get a copy of this hardcover edition before it sells out and I predict that it will. Awesome book.