Review by: keith7198

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Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Frank Cho

Size: pages
Price: 3.99

I loved “X-Men Schism” #1 and even though it was a table setting issue it had some great character interactions and placed the pieces for what feels like an important X-Men event. Issue #2 builds on the first book but in slower more measured steps than I expected.

While writer Jason Aaron advances his story it still feels like he’s putting things into place. It doesn’t feel like it’s fully taken shape yet and with only three issue left, it seems like there is still a lot of story to develop. But I’m jumping ahead a bit. This issue, on it’s own merits, is rock solid and very well structured. Things unfold and we finally see some significant tension between Wolverine and Cyclops.  Aaron knows how to write dialogue and his work is fantastic here. Genuine and natural conversations flow from the characters and never feels forced or overwrought. At it’s core, this arc kinda feels like something we’ve seen in X-books before, but Aaron’s well crafted story never fails to entertain and engage. Personally, I’m hooked.

Frank Cho takes over the art from Carlos Pacheco. While not as solid as Pacheco’s work, Cho’s style isn’t so drastically different that it changes the tone and feel of the series. Most of his characters look good and their expressions help in the storytelling. There are a few action sequences and Cho handles those with ease. Overall this is a solid looking book, not great, but very good.

This is a really nice issue and while I worry if Aaron can bring this story to a satisfying conclusion in just three more issues and the idea of different artists runs a risk of changing the tone of the series, I’m having a lot of fun with Schism. Aaron has proven himself in the past and there’s no reason to doubt him. I’m ready for issue #3.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. Havin fun with this too, for some reason I’m getting the feel of this being an X-event, a series that holds more significance than a regular book would, although have had issues with Wolvie’s characterization and some aspects of the plot.

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