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X-Men: Schism Hardcover – January 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785156682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785156680
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,871 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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If you are an X-Men fan, it's an absolute must.
N. Beitler
X-Men: Schism is a great story culminating in a long-building tension between the two main leaders of the X-Men, Cyclops and Wolverine.
bejaha
The reason why I think it is too long, is because there are too many unnecessary build-up, and with very little action.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Wells VINE VOICE on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By THowerton on May 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cristiano M. Silva on March 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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