So, a lot of stuff has gone down (besides the mutant population) since the Regenesis and Schism events occurred. What were those two events you ask? Well, it all started with a slight disagreement between the two most iconic mutants of the Marvel Universe, Cyclops and Wolverine. You see, they got into a bit of a spat over how Cyclops was increasingly militarizing the mutant youth, and Wolverine wasn't having any of it. So, Schism happened:
"But Witch Hunter," you say, "isn't there a picture that better encapsulates this great struggle AND that doesn't look like you only spent five minutes in Microsoft Paint using a tired old meme?"
After the dust settled, Wolverine and Cyclops decided that they couldn't kiss and make-up this time and got a divorce. Half the kids stayed with mama Scott:
And half the kids left Utopia to live with papa Logan:
Cyclops stayed on the lavish island paradise of Utopia, while Wolverine went back to the team's roots to re-start the school in Westchester, New York. He named it the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning both as an homage to Charles Xavier's old school, and to piss off Cyclops by naming it after his dead wife, who was kinda into Logan.
The establishment of the two rival camps roughly describes the Regenesis event. But even though the school is awesome, and the people populating it are thoroughly rad, people might argue that most of the remaining mutant population's heavy-hitters stayed with Scott on Utopia. I scoff at these words, I scoff at them heartily, because even though Scott has Magneto, Namor, Colossus-who-is-also-a-Juggernaught-now, Emma Frost (okay, we get it), Hope, Storm, The New Mutants (enough already!), Dr. Nemesis and the X-Club (GET ON WITH IT!!!!
); Wolverine has two things that Cyclops will never have.
One, he's running an awesome team on the down-low you may have heard of. Oh, you know, nothing big, just an awesome Rick Remender vehicle called the Uncanny X-Force
A team that kicks ass, but doesn't take names due to their clandestine nature. The current roster consists of Wolverine, Psylocke, Fantomex, Deadpool, Dethlock, and Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler. There was some unpleasantness concerning Archangel, but that is a story best experienced through GETTING THE TRADE (seriously, it's really good, you should pick it up).
And two, Wolverine has ANOTHER secret weapon on his side. A weapon that Cyclops doesn't even suspect. He's a man of little renown, of seemingly little worth, who is waiting in the wings for his chance to shine, and we all know it's going to happen, and that it'll be good and sweet when it does.
But maybe I've said too much . . .
Finally, there are two books which are not specifically tied to either side of the Schism, but are neat and should be checked out in their own right. The first is about a little detective agency that plays loose and fast, but gets results!
The second book I'm talking about is one that is so far removed from the normal X-Books that it takes place in another dimension. A dark place, a place where Charles Xavier died and his dream never even had a chance to live. It's also a topsy-turvey place where humans are on the run and mutants are the ones sticking it to them.
Welcome to the Age of Apocalypse, and yes, you're probably gonna die.
Here the team is called the X-Terminated, made up of honest-to goodness Homo Sapiens and lead by the heroic version of the 616 universe's William Stryker. They've even picked up a few de-powered mutant allies along the way in the form of Jean Grey and Sabretooth. On the run from the evil AoA version of Wolverine, they fight for what's left of humanity.
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