Covering Issues #1-6
Perhaps the best part of these issues was finding out the origins of the mysterious Bamfs that have populated the Jean Grey School since day one. Although suspected from their obvious physical features and teleportation abilities, it was never really known just how they were created until now. Another pleasing part was the addition of a mutant who has normally not been associated with the X-Men (much like how the Magneto twins have very rarely been involved in mutant affairs outside of their own personal space). It is good to see characters who aren’t normally associated with this group branch out and explore who they are, making them more than just standard. Hopefully, her development here will continue.
The writing of the series is excellent, but I’ve come to expect that from Jason Aaron’s take on X-Men characters and settings. His ability to skate around the edge of the afterlife and then dive right into it is spectacular, especially when he does his best to cast a shadow over who exactly is the main character of the first story arc. To be fair, though, the clues concerning the character’s identity were rather obvious, and while I feel that it does take away the ability for Aaron to create a surprise for his readers, it allows for those same readers to be comforted by a familiar, favorite presence that many have begged to be returned to production.
The most disappointing aspect of the first 6 issues, however, was how easily the situations seem to have been resolved. There are sure to be consequences for the decisions made, perhaps not being fully explored until much later—and maybe not even in this title—but the consequences will still be there. Despite that, though, the relative ease in which things were settled doesn’t seem to be bothering anyone. Instead, everyone is focused more on seeing their comrade and friend alive once again, but it unnerves me that a dedicated group such as the X-Men would just leave it be for the future.
I am not sure exactly what will take place with this title now that the first arc has been fully finished. Focus may depart from the main character reintroduced, as he gets his own ongoing series, so the future is as it always will be: unknown. One known aspect is that Aaron will be leaving as the writer soon, so what is yet to come will certainly be unexpected.