One of the storytelling issues with Civil War was that the split between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers seemed to happen too fast, and the lines seemed more drawn up by Marvel editorial than the story itself. Though X-Men Schism is telling a very similar story, the fracturing of the partnership between Wolverine and Cyclops, the fact that Jason Aaron is taking his time in building the tension between the pair is going to make that eventual split that much more believable. My only complaint is that the main threat, a group of hyper-intelligent children, is fairly slightly too similar to Eziekel Stane from Matt Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man run for my taste.
Schism is what I always wanted Civil War to be: an organic breaking point built on the shoulders of years of storytelling. This is the issue where Cyclops and Wolverine finally come to loggerheads and it’s an earned conflict. Even better – there’s no clear ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ like there was in Civil War. This issue also fleshes out the new Hellfire Club a bit more, and they are joyously creepy. Schism is Jason Aaron firing on all cylinders with an all-star art team and that is basically a must-read.
First of all, everything with Idie in this issue crushed me. Crushed. Me. And then Generation Hope followed it up and destroyed me utterly. Oof. Whew. Ahem, OK. Now, as to the meat of the goings-on in the issue and especially the tension this builds between Scott and Logan: very well-played, Mr. Aaron. I’m totally buying into this schism. Logan concern for the innocence of those who still have it is a good contrast with his violent tendencies and rough edges and seems to fit well with what I’ve seen of Logan and his mentoring of all his girls. And Scott, whew. Like many seem to be, I’m not a huge Scott fan, but I don’t dislike him either; he’s just generally a bit too dull to inspire much interest. But, what’s been building with him as the leader of the mutants, trying to do what’s right and trying to protect his people, and how that’s clashing with other considerations like how his people themselves are impacted by his decisions. I just keep seeing that Fear Itself ad with Scott dressed like Magneto. It’s all bubbling up, and I’m absolutely hooked to find out just how it explodes.