News has been slowly trickling out regarding the upcoming "gamechanging" X-Men event, Schism, now billed as the X-Men's version of Civil War.
In it we shall see a massive philosophical divide among the mutants, with Wolverine on one side, and Cyclops on the other. Just what their ideological differences are has not been revealed, but we have been told it is simpler than Wolverine being a killer and Scott not crossing that particular line. In addition we now know one of the catalysts of the split is the return of Quentin Quire, a very powerful telepath, fond of anarchy and rebellion, created back in Grant Morrison's ever popular New X-Men run. Plus a new breed of Sentinel seemingly attacking the whole world.
It was also announced this week that the immensely long-running Uncanny X-Men title will be coming to an end, for the purposes of serving the Schism story and its aftermath. One can assume that new X-titles will begin with a #1 and follow the newly divided X-teams on their now separate paths (hopefully one will be based in New York.) Here are a few preview pages that have been posted online:
I'm not exactly sure why Logan's muttonchops look so much weirder than usual there, but they do. Apparently Idie of the Five Lights, as well as Hope, will play a big role in the event, and I'm glad to see Storm is there because despite all this talk of Wolverine being a natural leader, the writers seem to have forgotten that Storm was in fact a better leader than even Scott. Ororo doesn't get nearly enough page time these days.
But of all the images that Marvel has put out there as teasers, this is the one that has me the most interested:
Father vs. Daughter! Unresolved family issues! War of the Magnetic Powers! So intense her pupils have disappeared! Polaris is definitely coming back to Earth after Mike Carey finally deals with Havok's team in upcoming Legacy issues!
I fully expect a brother vs. brother Havok/Cyclops image to be released soon as well. Alex has been in the stars for years now (at least publishing wise) and he became leader of the Starjammers, intent on killing Vulcan and generally hardcore in a rogue, rebel, fighter, hunter kind of way. Maybe the different suns he's come across in his travels has supercharged his solar powers. In the same vein I would love to see a corporeal Rachel Grey have to take on Emma Frost and her cuckoos, and at least some hint about the Phoenix Force mystery when Rachel meets Hope.
The potential of inner conflict among the X-Men has always been ripe, and with that last teaser I'm definitely getting excited. Even when X-events are badly done or overhyped, or even boring, they always manage to be fun, which is more than I can say for the current mainline Marvel events.