This has been a very interesting mini-series for me. On the one hand, there are parts that I'm REALLY enjoying. On the other hand the main villains are a bunch of 10-12 year olds who keep making fart jokes... So needless to say, I'm a bit conflicted... If we get away from the mini-Hellfire Club, this issue could be great. But with every fart joke I'm forced to read, I'll be deducting a 1/2 from the final score...
X-Men: Schism #4(of 5):
Summary: Lord Summers takes Idie back to Crazy Mutie Island(Utopia), while Wolverine, Dr. Nemesis and Madison Jeffries are still in San Fransisco trying to figure out how to stop the Sentinel the mini-Hellfire Club left there for them. This particular Sentinel is incredibly advanced and is able to pull metal into itself as it goes along, growing ever bigger and more powerful as it goes along. Jeffries uses his technopathy to try to communicate with the Sentinel but learns that it barely has any thought-process, all it wants to do is grow more powerful and eradicate mutants... After it disposes of Wolverine by blasting him into the Pacific, it turns it's sights onto Crazy Mutie Island and begins to march through the waters towards the island after knocking Nemesis and Jeffries out. Lord Summers tries to recall the X-Men he sent out to deal with the Sentinels that had been activated in various countries all over the world, but none of them are able to get back in time... In other words, Summers was caught with his pants down... Big time! Summers blasts the Sentinel from the island, but it continues to slowly march across the waters towards him. With no choice, Lord Summers is prepared to use the youngest mutants on Crazy Mutie Island(the ONLY mutants on Crazy Mutie Island!) to help him make his final stand against the Sentinel. Before he can lay down a plan, Wolverine swims to shore and tells Summers that he wouldn't allow Lord Summers to throw the lives of the kids away since they had little to no chance of standing up against the Sentinel. Summers disagrees and tells Wolvie that they weren't children, they were now X-Men, and as such they'd defend their crazy island to the last man. Wolvie storms inside Crazy Mutie Island while Lord Summers begins planning the defense of the island with the kids. Just before the Sentinel reaches the island, Wolverine returns and tells Summers that he had just armed 2,000 pounds of plastic explosives in his bedroom(as an aside, why did Wolvie have 2,000 lbs of plastic explosives in his bedroom?), and was planning on pushing the trigger to detonate the island once the Sentinel came ashore. With that, Wolvie tells the kids to evacuate the damned island as fast as they possibly could. Lord Summers tries to talk Wolvie out of blowing up his warped mutant kingdom, but Wolverine realizes what any rational X-Men fan figured out long ago, that the X-Men had lost their way and gone off the track somewhere along the line. Since he couldn't convince Wolvie to hand over the detonator, Lord Summers pulls out the Jean Grey card and tells Wolvie that Jean never loved him, that instead Wolvie scared her... Oooo! Wolvie counters that by telling Lord Summers that if Jean were alive now, she'd be more afraid of Lord Summers... Oooooo!!! And with that, it's on. With the Sentinel rapidly approaching, Wolvie and Lord Summers tear into each other as if they were the worst of enemies, with Wolvie trying to defend the detonator and Lord Summers trying desperately to get it away from Wolvie. This issue ends with the two mutants brawling on the beach just as the Sentinel arrives.
Thoughts: Now there we go!! THIS is what I want to read about in an X-Men comic book! No children making fart jokes, just a great story and an AWESOME battle scene. And the best part for me? Lord Summers and Wolvie pulling the Jean card at each other. That was some inspired dialogue so kudos to Jason Aaron for that. This issue also did a great job of framing exactly what's gone wrong with Cyclops these past few years for me... He went from being a strong leader who cared about his teammates, to a militant dictator who cared about his piece of land. I still find it kind of odd that it's Wolverine who is standing against Lord Summers here, as I'd expect Wolvie to want to stand and fight the Sentinel until the bitter end, but in a way Wolvie always did have a soft spot for the younger, female X-Men(Shadowcat, Jubilee, X-23, Idie), so I guess I can understand why he wanted the children to evacuate the island. This issue finally gives us Lord Summers and Wolvie coming to blows, and it should go without saying that I am FIRMLY on Wolvie's side here. Here's hoping Wolvie or that Sentinel can knock some sense into the head of Lord Summers.
Score: 9 1/2 out of 10.Oh SNAP!! You know it's on now!!!