Well picking which book to start with this week was pretty easy seeing as that I only have 8 books to choose from... This week ends Schism, while next week brings us Regenesis(which should have been what Sega called their system after the Genesis, but that's besides the point), which is the start of the new direction for the X-Men.
X-Man: Schism #5(of 5):
Summary: Wolverine and Cyclops continue fighting while the mega-Sentinel bears down on Crazy Mutie Island. The two mutants continue their battle, and seemingly could care less that the mega-Sentinel was going to kill EVERYBODY, which leads to the various X-kids attacking and ultimately putting down the mega-Sentinel... Wait, that easily?! After the battle, the mini-Hellfire Club gloats about how well their mega-Sentinel worked out. Really?! It didn't kill anybody! Meanwhile, Wolvie talks to his newest young girl, Idie(you know he liked buddying up to young girls), and is sad to learn that she now felt like a killer and figured that was what it meant to be an X-Man. Not wanting to see the children placed in such a situation again, Wolvie tells Lord Summers that he was leaving. With that, Wolvie is joined by Iceman(??) and the two take most of the kids(the ones not in Gen Hope) as well as a tied-up Quintin Quire, hop a Blackbird and fly out to what used to be X-Mansion to start over.
Thoughts: I actually liked this issue. It gave us our schism event, something that Wolvie and Lord Summers simply couldn't reconcile, which turned out to be using the next generation of mutants as cannon-fodder. Lord Summers remained on Crazy Mutie Island with his band of villains, while Wolvie took a mess of X-kids(as well as Iceman and I'm sure some other X-Men) and went back to Westchester, where the X-Men belong. I enjoyed the fight scenes and thought Adam Kubert did a great job showing how brutally Wolvie and Lord Summers were going at it. Add the fact that the mini-Hellfire Club only had a cameo, and this was a good comic... Well, mostly... The event last issue that led to Wolvie and Lord Summers falling out was Summers wanting to use the X-kids to battle the mega-Sentinel and Wolvie being dead-set against that since he was sure the kids would perish. However, in this issue, the kids were the catalyst for taking down the mega-Sentinel, thus making Wolvie's point moot. Wolvie tried to save face in this issue by saying that maybe NEXT time the kids would die, but the fact that the kids came out of the battle alive and well kind of made Wolvie's argument look empty. But hey, on the plus side I'm more excited about the X-books than I've been in years, and plan on picking almost all of them up with the exception of Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Legacy(until Mike Carey leaves that series), so Marvel must have done something right!
Score: 9 out of 10.Look out, it's Zombie Wolverine!!!