Starting with Schism…

October 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm (Uncategorized)


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You’re not very far behind. Essential reading is really only Schism, but there are several tie-ins that you may want to pick up.

Prelude to Schism-I did not like this book. I don’t really think it’s essential reading for Schism, but here it is. It has some pretty glorious art, but I’ve yet to see how anything in these issues ties into the larger story, or (for the most part) has anything to do with the characters. I think the intent was to give a deeper look into what was going on in everyone’s head, but it just didn’t work for me. However, the Wolverine chapter was damn pretty. Collects Prelude to Schism #1-4
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artists: Clay Mann, Roberto De La Torre, Laurence Campbell

Generation Hope: Schism-You probably want to finish this baby before you get to the last chapter in Schism. A must for Hope fans. Collects Generation Hope #6-12–BE AWARE! Schism also collects Generation Hope 10-12, so you are stuck double dipping trade-wise, get the single issues, or miss out on Gen Hope 6-9.
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Espin

Schism-This is it. Honestly, not a lot happens in the actual mini, but it’s worth getting for issue #4 alone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important, but I think the gut punch was harder for the long time fan. I think this has been better received by the long-time fans, as there is a lot of between the lines reading to be done. However, it is a milestone…unless they revert everything in the next few months. Collects X-Men Schism #1-5, Generation Hope #10-12, X-Men Regenesis #1, and X-Men Choosing Sides #1. I just read Regenesis, and it was EXCELLENT.
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artists: Daniel Acuna, Adam Kubert, Frank Cho, Carlos Pacheco

Definitely grab Uncanny X-Men issue #544, it was the last issue of the original numbering, and a nice little send off into the new books. It’s collected in the last Uncanny Trade which focuses on the Uncanny X-Men Fear Itself tie-ins. Fear Itself: X-Men is not essential reading, but if you want to pick it up, it can be read without having to read Fear Itself proper.

Now you can head over to Where to start with X-Men…right now and decide which books you are going to grab monthly.

Happy Reading!


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