Review: X-Men Prelude to Schism #3

Published on June 21st, 2011

Alright, so Uncanny X-Men is coming to an end… at least until November when the book will return and be renumbered. What is it that’s going to destroy the X-Men? Well, it’s a story-line called Schism. What is Schism? I have no freaking clue. Luckily for us, writer Paul Jenkins has been putting out a mini-series called X-Men: Prelude to Schism. So far, all we know is that there is something so huge and threatening heading for Utopia that Cyclops has needed three whole issues to decide what to do about it.

preludeschism3Cyclops has gone to the two people who have had the biggest influence on his life, his mentor and teacher, Professor Charles Xavier and his greatest enemy, Magneto. After hearing what these two had to say, Cyclops decides to look back on his own life before announcing what his decision is to his closest friends and allies. So basically, what we get in this issue is a retelling of Cyclops’ origin. We see Cyclops as a young boy who suffers from headaches and we see the event that made young Scott Summers lose his family. We then move to Scott joining the X-Men and eventually becoming their leader.

We didn’t learn anything about Cyclops that most X-Men fans didn’t already know, but it’s a nice refresher that gives us a better idea of what kind of person Cyclops is. And for readers that may be fairly new to the X-Men, this was probably fairly enlightening. It shows how seriously Cyclops takes his position as the leader of all the mutants, but also shows that it was never something he felt that he deserved. In recent years the writers at Marvel have really done a lot to make Cyclops an interesting character and I think this issue really adds to that.

What was really interesting about this book, was seeing how the other X-Men react in this kind of situation. Obviously, Wolverine has to prove that he’s the toughest mutant alive and starts a fight with Namor who has to make himself appear to be the most important person ever. Although, after reading this issue I’m starting to feel bad for Emma Frost. I’ve mostly found her to be an annoying character and I still would rather have Jean Grey around, but I think she’s put her dues in at this point. She’s been there to support Cyclops, but there are several hints in this book that Cyclops is still trying to figure out what Jean would approve of.

I think this book has done a good job of getting readers excited for Schism, but I don’t know if we need a four-issue mini-series to get this across. All I’m thinking about at this point is, “What the Hell is going on?!” For some strange reason, I have a feeling that by the end of the next issue, we still won’t know what this enormous threat is.

Ken Zeider