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X-Men: Schism [Paperback]

Jason Aaron , Kieron Gillen , Carlos Pacheco , Frank Cho , Daniel Acuna , Alan Davis , Adam Kubert , Billy Tan
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July 11 2012 X-Men
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.


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Sara Shepard is the author of the #1 <em>New York Times</em> bestselling series Pretty Little Liars. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Sara has lived in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Arizona, where the Lying Game series is set.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok Jan. 30 2014
By Dave
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I picked this up to get some back story since I haven't read comics in awhile. It filled me in. It really didn't "wow" me though.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking juice Nov. 18 2013
By Avi18
Purchased this book on thebookdepository and arrived in 7 days to Canada.

Let's start with the strong points. The art is very well done. Nice action scenes.
Especially Wolverine vs. Cyclops.

Down side: The story could have been much better. For example, the mighty Magneto was taken down within one second. The characters credibility is at stake when the battles are not properly thought out.

If it weren't for the art, this book would have received 1 star easy. You can't buy a reader just with art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Storyline! Nov. 12 2012
By Tizzle
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All X-men fans will enjoy this excellent story line. X-men vs. X-men! You hate to see it, however, it does set up well for future stories. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The X-Men Are Back Jan. 14 2012
By S. H. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
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. For this X-fan, I couldn't be more excited by where the new team is relocating: it feels like coming home after a very long time!

Overall, this graphic novel is certainly one of the strongest and most engrossing stories I've read in a long time--and I've read a lot of X-Men stories: no qualms with recommending this issue to everyone.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay story that misses some marks. May 11 2012
By THowerton - Published on Amazon.com
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.

What I thought was absolutely ludicrous was the new Hellfire club (SPOILERS ALERT). I mean, children, really? Really?? Ugh. Absolutely ridiculous (I know that I'm talking about fantasy here but...). And they were able to take out the X-men and make them look like tools? Really??? Took me right out of the story. Whoever had that idea must have recently had a few extremely bad nights with their 8-year-olds.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the X-Men? March 16 2012
By Cristiano M. Silva - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whose side are you on? Feb. 24 2012
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Schism is good but kinda silly June 29 2014
By zombie phreak - Published on Amazon.com
This comic was pretty good, but it lacked a certain something in order to make it awesome.


Now really I did like all the fighting and I liked that we had a lot of different X-Men being dispatched to different corners of the world to deal with threats of old sentinels suddenly coming online after a mutant attacked a conference of the world leaders.

However the idea that four 12 year old kids would be able to infiltrate and take over the Hellfire Club and become essentially trillionaires is a little ridiculous. Also the idea that they could make a sentinel from the contents of a suitcase was also a little hard to believe, even for a comic book.

Also at one point Magneto calls himself, "A walking magnet." Magneto would never talk like this or call himself that. Whoever wrote this needs to read some of the classic comics he was in to get an idea of how Magneto talks and how he views his powers.

Plus why do the X-Men keep attacking their enemies in these situations one at a time instead of all attacking at once? I mean sure these kids are able to attack and take out the X-Men one at a time, but how easy of a time would they have it if Emma Frost was attacking telepathically while Wolverine was attacking in a beserker rage with his claws while Cyclops was blasting with his optic beams while Magneto was attacking by throwing a car, while Storm is blasting with lightning bolts all at the same target at the same time, how easily could the enemy defend him or herself? But no instead they all wait their turn and attack one at a time like they are in a Final Fantasy game.

Then in the end we have Cyclops staying in California while Wolverine heads back to Westchester, NY in order to restart Xavier's original school. However why did we need scenes of caveman versions of the X-Men fighting each other and taking sides and then going their separate ways? Seriously, what did that add to the story other than seeing various female X-Men in different skimpy outfits?


So it's okay and I guess this is a good jumping on point for anyone who doesn't read the comic to start reading it. Check it out if you have the chance.
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