The latest era of X-Men is coming to an end. I'm not disappointed. The whole Terrigan Mists era of X-Men feels like it was more a placeholder than anything else. Like, "we just came off of the Bendis run but we don't know what to do with the X-Men. Let's push our Inhumans hard, poison the air and let the X-Men figure things out while we try to find a direction for the book." That's what the last year or two have felt like to me. But it's ending.
This book has a lot going for it. Lemire! It's an Inhumans vs. X-Men tie in, but it has almost nothing to do with that series, which is fine by me. What we have here are four stand alone character driven stories, focusing on a different X-Man. Forge, Storm, Old Man Logan and Magik. Jeff Lemire makes it work in the context of the big, awful crossover. There's really nothing he can't do.
Also included in this book is X-Men Prime, the latest version of "let's start things all over again." Kitty Pryde is back and she's in charge of the team. I hope this leads to a strong direction for the X-Men. It's something they've been lacking for a while now.
Extraordinary X-Men Vol 4: IvX
Writer: Jeff Lemire, Mark Guggenheim, Greg Pak, Cullen Bunn
Artist: Eric Koda, Victor Ibanez, Andrea Sorrentino, Tom Palmer, Ken Lashley, Ibraim Roberson, Leonard Kirk, Guillermo Ortego