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.