Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop Black Friday Deals Week in Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Paperwhite Listen in Prime Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars13
4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2012
Finally, for the first time in recent months, the X-Men gets a decent story which changes the X-Men dynamics forever.

Jason Arron comes into the X-Men to show what he can do and he really does pull it off. The X-Men have a situation that has to be dealt with and is very serious to the point where it will change one of the characters forever. Cyclops wants to go one way and Wolverine strongly wants to go the other. This leads to one massive SCHISM through the centre of the X-Men that again, really does change the X-Men universe for the forceable future. The writing of the comic is great. Its very easy to read whilst setting up a world which you can be completely engrossed in and something that I really do wish Marvel do this more often, is that with every issue the artist changes. This was obviously to make sure the individual issues coming out every month were out on time, but when the five artists are as good as the ones here, its a real treat.

If anything, the only downside to this book is the final few issues. For some reason, the book goes a little bit...mental...crazy perhaps and I use didn't get it. Anyhow, it is a very minor thing that doesn't take away how great this story is.

So to cut this short, I think this book is great. Its a well written, well drawn collection that in it oversized form, looks superb in anyones collection. An essential read.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 October 2012
There is so much to write about this, but seeing as everyone before me has accurately nailed down the salient points I'll just add my own perceptions. Yes here it comes the showdown between Cyclops and Wolverine and of course it comes at the most inopportune juncture, courageous move by the Marvel team to portray these two experienced and stalwart X-men losing it in momentous style just when cool heads needed to be shown, with so much ground to cover I guess there was no opportunity to write in other veteran x-men trying to bash their egos together. I loved the fact that the story drew me in so much that I was actually shouting (in a minor way) for the pair of them to stop it! Now that's storytelling at its best getting the reader engaged. The handling of 'Generation Hope' team's own issues was another skilful piece of work and you just have to compassion for poor Idie grim coming of age; this TPB signals just how much potential there is in the characters in this team. The splitting of the community with its alternating panelling of an allegorical fight between two alpha caveman males was both impressive and poignant. Then there are the strands of sardonic humour running through the episode when all nations' obsolete sentinels run amok; one of the Cuckoos telling Fantomex he does not have clearance to crash a sentinel into an Italian football stadium is never going to grow old! Several artists involved and all with excellent artwork conveying both action and emotion.
I gripe too about the Evil Children! They were like a Tim Burton take on 'The Mystery Machine'. Them taking down expereinced X-Men? Just plain silly. Hurry up Sebastian Shaw get back here and dispose of the annoying little wretches, and Marvel if you must use them, just keep them for comic episodes where they belong. I dropped one star for their inclusion.
OK moan over; this was a great collection, sets up so many strands for the future.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 20 April 2014
The story from the five-issue mini-series Schism is collected, along with Regenesis #1, as X-Men: Schism. Reading it now, after the end of the AvX event, it is easy to see it as the beginning of the aptly-named schism between Scott Summers and Logan, Utopia and the Jean Grey School. It is also the beginning of the all-new, all-young Hellfire Club, which becomes the arch-nemesis of the Jean Grey School. Each issue of the mini-series has a different artist, which makes it a bit of a patchwork to look at, though the story itself is interesting enough for you to not notice it too much.

The plot is fairly straightforward – Scott goes to an arms-limitation conference to ask for the dismantling of Sentinel technology, something happens, and suddenly Sentinel technology is being revealed all over the world in response. Many Sentinels start to run wild, and the X-Men and Avengers, among others are called out to dispose of them. The junior Hellfire Club are, of course, up to their elbows in the goings-on, and launch an attack on the opening of the Mutant Rights Museum in San Francisco, followed by a new Sentinel attack on Utopia. All of this is causing Cyclops to get more and more militant in his views of mutant defence, while Logan is seeing more and more of the youngest mutants being put into the firing line instead of having their own lives to live. Eventually, as the super-Sentinel strides towards Utopia, Scott and Logan have a falling out over the correct response, which leads to the schism of the title, as Logan decides to reopen the old school in Westchester.

Although there are spectacular action sequences in the story, it is primarily about character differences and development, which lead to the forming of the two X-factions that dominate the X-Men comics for the following few years, ultimately leading to the AvX showdown and beyond.

This is an excellently-written story, though the use of different artists for each issue makes the artwork of variable quality, depending on your personal preferences.

The issue of the subsequent Regenesis series included here shows the recruiting by Scott and Logan of the various characters before Logan’s group sets off to their new home.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 February 2012

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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2013
Schism is an epic X-Men read.

The Hellfire Club and Sentinels both return to trigger a clash between the X-Men's 2 strongest personalities; Cyclops and Wolverine. This story is balanced and well paced, growing more and more intense until an epic scrap on the shores of Utopia.

I have given Schism 5 Stars because it sees the X-Men back at their best. In my opinion, this is when they deal with the hard-hitting issues. Schism is certainly in that bracket. Cyclops and Wolverine tussle over contrasting views on morality; what is right and what is wrong? Do the ends justify the means?
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 2 January 2015
The comic starts really well. There's some quirky dialogue between Wolverine and Iceman; not-so-subtle foreshadowing involving Wolverine refusing to teach a class of teenagers how to fight; and Wolverine and Cyclops engage in petty bickering. Even when they reach the UN things still seem promising: Wolverine freaks out the guards by casually bypassing their security system and Cyclops gives a passionate speech to the UN about dismantling its member countries' Sentinels.

But the quality quickly plummets when Quentin Quire (in name only) is introduced. In Grant Morrison's run of New X-Men it is established that he is the way he is because he got into drugs after finding out he was adopted. Here he is an insulting parody. An archetypal lefty student with no character whatsoever. In Wolverine and the X-Men #3 this is somewhat corrected but if it isn't in this book then I'm not going to attribute it to this book.

The villains in Schism are quite possibly the most embarrassing villains ever to appear in an X-Men comic. They're essentially a bunch of rich teens that have killed their parents and used their inherited wealth to kill mutants. There is literally no motivation for them to do this other than they're crazy. And they come across as little more than spoilt brats.

The Sentinels are a bit useless as well. The X-Men bang on about how dangerous they are but whenever they get around to actually fighting them it's like shooting fish in a barrel. And it's not even like it's a self-aware parody of classic X-Men which would have actually been quite clever.

It's not all bad: it does set up Wolverine and the X-Men which is quite fun; it feels like there is a lot of scale to the story; I like the character Idie and her role in the story; and the split was handled well.

The art's a bit of a mixed bag: Carlos Pacheco's art is passable but his style can be little creepy at times; Frank Cho's is somewhat more cartoony but it is still very clear; Daniel Acuna's is a little harder to make out but still a unique style; Alan Davies' is clear, detailed and lively; and Adam Kubert's art is too messy for my liking although a lot of other fans like it.

So while I understand why people like Schism, I felt let down and couldn't get into it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2013
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2012
Read if you love x-men.
Great storyline, fantastic Artwork.
Good one to read if you are into the latest x-men vs avengers storyline, or if you just fancy getting into something new!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2012
As someone relatively new to the comic/graphic novel world I know how hard and confusing it can be to find a 'way in' when faced with hundreds of different titles containing the same characters but entirely different stories and periods of time. 'X-Men Schism' would, with a bit of background knowledge*, be a good starting point for anyone looking for a way in to the X-Men Universe.

What total newcomers need to know is that the vast majority of books like these are simply a compilation of individual issues released in one piece, a bit like a DVD boxset of a TV series. This compilation tells the story of the X-Men, being some of the worlds few remaining mutants, facing yet another attack from the human race and having to decide whether or not to defend Utopia or to run and go elsewhere. The schism (divide) title comes from the disagreement between Wolverine and Cyclops who in recent times have been very close.

This is a very good read and quite a page-turner. It also leaves an interesting ending which will leave the readers themselves questioning their opinions on the events.

* Since a day called 'M-Day' the number of mutants on the planet has dramatically fallen to just a few hundred. Professor Xavier's school no longer exists and the majority of mutants now live on a small rocky island christened 'Utopia'. It is here that the X-Men exist with Wolverine and Cyclops being the most respected on the island.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2013
but it was very gratefully received and is now one of the most thumbed due to having been passed around the friends
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Avengers Versus X-Men
Avengers Versus X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis (Paperback - 23 Nov. 2012)

X-Men: Second Coming
X-Men: Second Coming by Zeb Wells (Paperback - 6 July 2011)

X-Men: Prelude To Schism (X-Men (Marvel Paperback))
X-Men: Prelude To Schism (X-Men (Marvel Paperback)) by Paul Jenkins (Paperback - 14 Mar. 2012)

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.