X-Men: Schism #1
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X-Men: Schism #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Carlos Pacheco Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 13, 2011 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 3
7.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

The X-Men event of the decade starts here!  It's never been a more dangerous time to be a mutant. Even with their numbers at a record low, the world refuses to trust mutantkind...and after a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. Of course it's at this moment, when the mutant race needs most to stand together, that a split begins that will tear apart the very foundation of the X-Men. From superstar writer and Marvel Architect Jason Aaron and a full roster of comics' top artists, this is an X-tale that will reverberate for years to come! Come October, the X-Men landscape will be irreparably changed.

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Victor Kutsenok Jul 14, 2011

    Now THIS is what an "event" should look like. A strong cohesive story that sets the stage for a massive battle and a world shattering ending. I love the way this book is paced. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jul 13, 2011

    We might be witnessing the dawn of the Jason Aaron age of X-stories. He definitely has some big shoes to fill, but with the foundation he is laying in SCHISM, Aaron definitely is showing that he has the potential to fill said shoes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jul 14, 2011

    X-Men Schism #1 was the perfect definition of what a first issue of a major event should be. Jason Aaron delivered an issue that can bring in new readers while continuing ongoing plot threads from previous X-Men events that have happened the past few years. Aaron did a fantastic job showing the X-Men, specifically Cyclops and Wolverine, as characters that have seen a lot of evolution over the years. He also provided excellent challenge for the heroes of the story. The villains of the story are so great that it has the reader question how the X-Men will actually be able to come out of what lies ahead of them. If you are an X-Men fan or have had an interest in reading an X-Men book I highly recommend picking up X-Men Schism #1 as it delivers on everything you expect from a great X-Men issue and event. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Jul 13, 2011

    Despite the price, I'm totally happy I picked up Schism #1. Aaron launched the first issue well and I'm stoked to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 14, 2011

    It's encouraging that this is all happening on a global scale - that certainly helps kick it up a notch. It's too early to tell if the story's going to work or not - but it's a decent start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Jul 13, 2011

    Nothing shocking happens in "Schism" #1. Instead, Jason Aaron plants the seeds for a story that makes mutants once again hated like they once were, one that Cyclops and Wolverine are at the center of, and raises a lot of questions of what will happen next. Most of all, there's an energy and excitement inherent in this comic that hasn't been seen in the X-books in a while. This is how you kick off an event: by putting the story first and letting the spectacle follow naturally. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Jul 17, 2011

    Schism seems to be exclusively about the main X-Men team, because I'm certain that X-Factor doesn't care whether or not X-Men splits up into two separate entities due to a difference in opinion on the direction of mutantkind. At least, that seems what the plot of Schism is going to be, especially considering we already know that we're going to have a Cyclops-led X-Men book and a Wolverine-led X-Men book in October. Such is the nature of superhero comics: it's the announcement that's the surprise, not the comics themselves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Oct 6, 2011

    Schism is not inherently a bad book in any way, shape or form. Aaron clearly has plans that he and Kieron Gillen will be working on for 2012 with this whole Regenesis business. However, when you compare Schism with any number of X-Events of the past five years, you'll find that those books " while still being rather open ended " all had much more pertinent resolutions with their stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 13, 2011

    In the end, the creative team have no control over external factors like price, so I can't hold that against them. Schism is a largely successful start to this latest X-event. Aaron seems to have his characters well in hand, and the only question now is whether the conflict will properly coalesce in issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 13, 2011

    Carlos Pacheco’s art is nicely done here. I don’t love all of it, particularly how he draws Wolverine, but everything else is on point. Pacheco has a nice flow from panel to panel and he’s very focused on the foreground of each panel. There’s little shading or texture save for what’s happening right in front of you. Definitely an epic quality, something you need for a story like this. Schism #1 is a good start and it gets the ideas flowing about the new trajectory for the mutant population. It could all fall apart, but for now I’m fully on board. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Mike McLarty Jul 21, 2011

    The creative team puts in a solid performance. The art is pretty to look at and the characterization makes the book a pleasurable reading experience. However, there are some pretty sizeable plot holes (I've mentioned a few above) and our new villain just doesn't project the intended threat level. Finally, the pricing on this book is out of the ballpark of reasonability. Marvel continues to lose my patronage thanks to the schism between their perception of value and mine. X-Men: Schism earns 3.5 out of 5 Stars. If the pricing remains consistent for future installments, I will wait until the collected edition is offered so that I can find out how everything finally pans out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jul 14, 2011

    Its not a bad beginning to this storyline. Knowing what we do about the direction, it feels like a decent launch. It will need to grow quickly, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Dec 4, 2011

    Overall this was a good introductory issue for the series. Aaron really does a good job showcasing the bond developed over the years between Cyclops and Wolverine. Where I find the issue doesnt shine is Carlos Pachecos artwork. I found it overly simple compared to his past works. Hopefully this improves with issue two. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Jul 13, 2011

    There was a lot of hype from Marvel about this series, and maybe my expectations were a bit too high. I have to admit I was disappointed in this issue. There have been better first issues of a story arc, but I do think that some of the concepts we saw in this issue are interesting. I think the set up was just okay, but I am still interested in the reasons why this team will be breaking up. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 27, 2011

    This series may already be on the fourth issue, but I don't seethe point of reading anymore. I already know what happens and Marvel'smarketing machine wouldn't let you not know, even if I wanted. The biggestproblem I had with this book was that Cyclops and Wolverine got along reallywell. It's completely against their characters since they've always butted heads;it's what kept each character in line. But here" they're friends and I findthat less believable than the entire world armed with Sentinels. I do stillagree with everything Aaron said about Alan Moore though, even if I don't likehis writing he's still right in that regard. Read Full Review

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