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The children at the X-Mansion thought they had it tough when Professor X was running things - but now that Cyclops and Emma Frost have taken over the reins of the school, they're wishing for the simpler times of yesterday. As a new semester begins at the Xavier Institute, the X-Men-in-training are just getting comfortable with one another as the devastating news hits: the The children at the X-Mansion thought they had it tough when Professor X was running things - but now that Cyclops and Emma Frost have taken over the reins of the school, they're wishing for the simpler times of yesterday. As a new semester begins at the Xavier Institute, the X-Men-in-training are just getting comfortable with one another as the devastating news hits: the teachers plan to separate them into different squads. What happens when best friends are torn from one another in the name of school policy? And what do the New X-Men do about it? Collecting: New X-Men: Academy X 1-6


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The children at the X-Mansion thought they had it tough when Professor X was running things - but now that Cyclops and Emma Frost have taken over the reins of the school, they're wishing for the simpler times of yesterday. As a new semester begins at the Xavier Institute, the X-Men-in-training are just getting comfortable with one another as the devastating news hits: the The children at the X-Mansion thought they had it tough when Professor X was running things - but now that Cyclops and Emma Frost have taken over the reins of the school, they're wishing for the simpler times of yesterday. As a new semester begins at the Xavier Institute, the X-Men-in-training are just getting comfortable with one another as the devastating news hits: the teachers plan to separate them into different squads. What happens when best friends are torn from one another in the name of school policy? And what do the New X-Men do about it? Collecting: New X-Men: Academy X 1-6

30 review for New X-Men: Academy X, Vol. 1: Choosing Sides

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    More teenage drama than X-Men. The 3rd generation of New Mutants after the original New Mutants and Generation X begin training at Xavier's School for Higher Learning. This is clearly aimed at younger audiences. It feels even more soap opera-y than the regular X-Men. More teenage drama than X-Men. The 3rd generation of New Mutants after the original New Mutants and Generation X begin training at Xavier's School for Higher Learning. This is clearly aimed at younger audiences. It feels even more soap opera-y than the regular X-Men.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This was really good! It focuses on this group of mutants and I love how the author introduces tehse characters and then the Hellions and the new mutants and placing them in competitions and the rivalry and the leader dilemma and vs and all that and the drama it all brings and I love it, in particular how they explore Prodidy and Hellion and the tension between them and when one of their own Kevin aka Wither is arrested by FBI, what drama that all brings and who will fight whom and the tension an This was really good! It focuses on this group of mutants and I love how the author introduces tehse characters and then the Hellions and the new mutants and placing them in competitions and the rivalry and the leader dilemma and vs and all that and the drama it all brings and I love it, in particular how they explore Prodidy and Hellion and the tension between them and when one of their own Kevin aka Wither is arrested by FBI, what drama that all brings and who will fight whom and the tension and face off there. Its one of the better X books I have read and I love the dynamics and the character explorations like whatever is going on with Surge and Dust and then the stuff with Kevin is great and the underlying tensions between Rahne and Josh/Healer and all that and the way they use Cyclops is awesome. The art was standout for me and it compliments the writing really well. A must read series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Teenagers being teenagers. However, I am growing to like Emma Frost, something that I didn't think would ever happen. Teenagers being teenagers. However, I am growing to like Emma Frost, something that I didn't think would ever happen.

  4. 5 out of 5

    a

    These comics are so addicting! Love the whole idea behind these volumes and even though there's a bit of juvenile drama in them, it's doesn't bother me at all. Oh comics, where have you been all my life... <3 These comics are so addicting! Love the whole idea behind these volumes and even though there's a bit of juvenile drama in them, it's doesn't bother me at all. Oh comics, where have you been all my life... <3

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    A little too Dawson's Creek, and that could get really old really fast. For now, though, I'll enjoy these character-based stories and look forward to how they'll grow. A little too Dawson's Creek, and that could get really old really fast. For now, though, I'll enjoy these character-based stories and look forward to how they'll grow.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nelson

    This was kind of a mixed bag. I don't know which writer handles what duties, but it's clear that one handles the plotting and one handles the dialogue. I think the plotting itself was very strong - the arc flow was good, the characters and conflicts were interesting, and there were some creative demonstrations of powers. On the other hand, the dialogue was awkward and stunted, and it seems to me that the script was not quite clear. I say this because there were a lot of sequential inconsistencies This was kind of a mixed bag. I don't know which writer handles what duties, but it's clear that one handles the plotting and one handles the dialogue. I think the plotting itself was very strong - the arc flow was good, the characters and conflicts were interesting, and there were some creative demonstrations of powers. On the other hand, the dialogue was awkward and stunted, and it seems to me that the script was not quite clear. I say this because there were a lot of sequential inconsistencies. What I mean by that is that sometimes the art and the script would not line up, as if the script writer didn't properly tell the artist what to do, or perhaps the artist just didn't properly follow instructions. There were also a lot of instances where a character would just flat out say something unnatural that the reader could easily tell from context, which reminded me a lot of silver and golden age comics, and not in a good way. A bunch of times a character would say something like "Hey, don't worry, I got you because I can manipulate wind below you" or "I will get there quick because I can drain electricity to run quick." Of course I am paraphrasing, but you get the idea. There was even one time where a character called another character by the wrong name, which could be a mistake of the writer, the letterer, or the artist. Speaking of art, it was very inconsistent. It got quite messy in some of the middle issues, to the point where characters' eyes were droopy or misaligned and linework as a whole was quite amateurish. The first and final couple of issues were pretty decent in the art department though. Despite all the problems, I thought there were some nice character moments and dynamics, and the arc itself had a good flow of situations and conflicts to resolve. I look forward to seeing more of these characters since they are generally characterized well outside of some odd dialogue. 2.5/5 rounded up to 3. This could've easily been bad, but had just enough charm to pull through.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Yet another Mutant Academy story. It kind of feels like yet another reboot. And Emma Frost is at her typical irritating level as is Scott Summers. And Really Dani and Rahne are no better. But the latest crop of kids are interesting - especially since I know we see more of Prodigy and Dust and some of the others later. So definitely not high art in the fact the art is kind of inconsistent. But pretty good 3.5 of 5.

  8. 5 out of 5

    saskia

    I first read this almost five years ago and I'm not liking the vibes of this anymore. It's boring. And the islamophobia? No thank you. I first read this almost five years ago and I'm not liking the vibes of this anymore. It's boring. And the islamophobia? No thank you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mickey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, we really just doing Harry Potter this time, huh? One of these days, there will be a head of Xavier's Institute that will actually want to build a school that helps mutants understand and learn about their powers (which is what everybody keeps saying the school is for) without drafting them into a paramilitary organization (which is what everybody keeps insisting the school is not). It might be nice to have some mutant lawyers or like chemists or whatever in addition to the troopers. Unsurpri So, we really just doing Harry Potter this time, huh? One of these days, there will be a head of Xavier's Institute that will actually want to build a school that helps mutants understand and learn about their powers (which is what everybody keeps saying the school is for) without drafting them into a paramilitary organization (which is what everybody keeps insisting the school is not). It might be nice to have some mutant lawyers or like chemists or whatever in addition to the troopers. Unsurprisingly, Scott Summers is not the guy to change all this, given the fact that Professor X put him in charge of such a paramilitary outfit when he was like 15. So, yeah, probably some trauma there. So, Scott immediately splits all the kids up into squads to give them extra combat training and, unsurprisingly, all of the squads hate each other and become instant cliques. The book focuses on two of these squads (12 kids), Dani Proudstar's New Mutants and Emma Frost's Hellions. The teens are fun, frankly I prefer an X book that is teen-centric, and they generally all get their moments and are pretty clearly characterized from the jump. Their interpersonal stuff gives plenty of reason to keep reading. Sure, they get all Sharks and Jets with each other when they're competing in Scott's weird military games, but that doesn't mean they aren't willing to also all secretly pine for each other. Ultimately, everyone gets faced with a giant moral dilemma which wraps up maybe just a little too neatly (don't they always?) and we all go home happy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

    Three different artists worked on these 6 issues. None were too bad but I liked Ryan best of the 3 (#5 & 6). Basically teenage school drama with enough outside friction to keep it entertaining. Characters: Scott and Emma, obviously. Bobby makes an appearance in an early issue (but he's not angry/dickish Bobby that we've got in the actual X-men run. He's fun Bobby.) Dani Moonstar and Rahne are both teachers. Of the kids: There's Prodigy, Elixir, & Rockslide (sob) all of whom I know from the recent Three different artists worked on these 6 issues. None were too bad but I liked Ryan best of the 3 (#5 & 6). Basically teenage school drama with enough outside friction to keep it entertaining. Characters: Scott and Emma, obviously. Bobby makes an appearance in an early issue (but he's not angry/dickish Bobby that we've got in the actual X-men run. He's fun Bobby.) Dani Moonstar and Rahne are both teachers. Of the kids: There's Prodigy, Elixir, & Rockslide (sob) all of whom I know from the recent House of X run. Dust & Jay Guthrie (Icarus) I know from previous (2000 - 2003) X comics. I recognised other names but didn't really know the characters. Surge is annoying AF and a racist bitch. And Justin (Hellion) is either a bully or a psycho with a Napoleon complex. I can't decide which, but I do think Emma has a screw loose calling them Hellions. That's just asking for trouble. And why was Glob in the assembly scene? He was one of the gang of murders (so not the Glob I've come to live in recent years) when QQ and his delinquent followers went on a Kick fuelled rampage. The others were in prison, why is Glob at the school?

  11. 4 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017... (I'm a little out of continuity order here due to a mix-up so I am reading this series up to House of M and then I will be back in place...) I love coming of age stories. I love Mutant comics. So this series is pretty much written for me. The problem is, Marvel is always making these series about the younger generations of X-Men. And I always get to know and love the characters. And then when the series ends, those characters more or less disappear off the f Continuing the great x-read of 2017... (I'm a little out of continuity order here due to a mix-up so I am reading this series up to House of M and then I will be back in place...) I love coming of age stories. I love Mutant comics. So this series is pretty much written for me. The problem is, Marvel is always making these series about the younger generations of X-Men. And I always get to know and love the characters. And then when the series ends, those characters more or less disappear off the face of the earth. I know that is going to happen to these characters, too, just as it did with my beloved New Mutants and Generation X... So knowing that going in, I feel like I am holding myself back from falling in love with these characters. Oh well. I really dig Surge. (and I still love having Moonstar back/around...) (review of volumes one and two.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    When you're a kid or a teenager, and an adult makes a decision you don't agree with, you think they're stupid and you hate them. Luckily for the teens in this comic, the adults ARE idiots. It's not much of a surprise that the generation of teachers at Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters are mentally unhinged veterans with no business being around children, nevermind teaching them. The writers are still finding their feet with the new generation of characters, but they also don't seem to know ho When you're a kid or a teenager, and an adult makes a decision you don't agree with, you think they're stupid and you hate them. Luckily for the teens in this comic, the adults ARE idiots. It's not much of a surprise that the generation of teachers at Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters are mentally unhinged veterans with no business being around children, nevermind teaching them. The writers are still finding their feet with the new generation of characters, but they also don't seem to know how to write Cyclops, Emma Frost, Wolsbane, or Dani Moonstar, all of whom snap at each other every time there is the slightest disagreement. I recall the series getting better as it progressed, and am really hoping that isn't a false memory.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judith Groen

    I really liked this book. I have read a lot of Avengers teenage stuff and always loved that too... So this was a no brainer.. I really like the characters and the teams they make. There were not really characters I disliked, but some were more likeable than others. I loved Prodigy, Josh and Kevin. I so hope they keep being a part of the X-Men universe later. The art was okay, it did the job. But is was nothing amazing or special.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Overall a great run that continues threads from the same writers' New Mutants & Grant Morrison's New X-Men. Glad to see Dust get further development. That said, it's profoundly stupid that the main conflict of this volume is Scott Summers, Dani, & the new New Mutants eager to handover their teammate Wither to the FBI. We've a long way to go till we get to the more militant Cyclops of Kieron Gillen & Brian Bendis. At least Emma Frost & the Hellions push back against Scott's nonsense Overall a great run that continues threads from the same writers' New Mutants & Grant Morrison's New X-Men. Glad to see Dust get further development. That said, it's profoundly stupid that the main conflict of this volume is Scott Summers, Dani, & the new New Mutants eager to handover their teammate Wither to the FBI. We've a long way to go till we get to the more militant Cyclops of Kieron Gillen & Brian Bendis. At least Emma Frost & the Hellions push back against Scott's nonsense

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    These "academy" novels always feature teen heroes and with teen heroes comes teen angst, teen love and all that other stuff. I already have a 15-year-old at home so I don't really need anymore teen drama. It wasn't horrible, but at the ripe old age of 50, it's just not my thing. These "academy" novels always feature teen heroes and with teen heroes comes teen angst, teen love and all that other stuff. I already have a 15-year-old at home so I don't really need anymore teen drama. It wasn't horrible, but at the ripe old age of 50, it's just not my thing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erik V

    X-men good but they not my favorite x-men

  17. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Rose

    Man. this was 2004 huh.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Not the best Xmen I’ve read, but not the worst. Definitely targeted for a younger audience. It’s my first reading any New Xmen content and a lot of the characters are interesting. Overall I would recommended.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Mclean

    I love teen drama meets comic books so this was right up my ally. This first arc get's us off to a decent start too, introducing some good, varied characters, and manaing to fit in a decent little story on the typical x-men co-operate V dominate when dealing with normal humans. My biggest problem was the art which ranges from just not fitting style and tone of the story to having simply horrible depictions of basically every female character in the book. I love teen drama meets comic books so this was right up my ally. This first arc get's us off to a decent start too, introducing some good, varied characters, and manaing to fit in a decent little story on the typical x-men co-operate V dominate when dealing with normal humans. My biggest problem was the art which ranges from just not fitting style and tone of the story to having simply horrible depictions of basically every female character in the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    It's strange reading the fallout from Magneto's attack on the Xavier Institute. For one thing, I didn't realize the old New Mutants series was at the same point. For one thing, I don't remember Jean ever being referenced so I thought she was dead. These characters are the kind that I think Marvel really does best: teenagers. I don't know why, but Marvel seems to have writers that can get the teen voice down. There also seems to be better diversity. I'm interested in seeing where these characters It's strange reading the fallout from Magneto's attack on the Xavier Institute. For one thing, I didn't realize the old New Mutants series was at the same point. For one thing, I don't remember Jean ever being referenced so I thought she was dead. These characters are the kind that I think Marvel really does best: teenagers. I don't know why, but Marvel seems to have writers that can get the teen voice down. There also seems to be better diversity. I'm interested in seeing where these characters go on their journey.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Azuree

    I'm a huge fan of the X-Men franchise - I love the movies and I grew up watching both the older cartoon and X-Men Evolution. When I saw this graphic novel available, I figured I'd give it a try. Although the illustrations were great and the characters and mutant abilities were cool, I thought the plot line was a little annoying. The majority of the book was the same two characters fighting between each other bringing everyone else into their bickering. I don't think I'm going to keep going with I'm a huge fan of the X-Men franchise - I love the movies and I grew up watching both the older cartoon and X-Men Evolution. When I saw this graphic novel available, I figured I'd give it a try. Although the illustrations were great and the characters and mutant abilities were cool, I thought the plot line was a little annoying. The majority of the book was the same two characters fighting between each other bringing everyone else into their bickering. I don't think I'm going to keep going with this series. I can't seem to bring myself to want to read the same thing over and over.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Earline

    I really liked the first New Mutants trade, and was a bit skeptical about the rest of the series, but so far it has really grown on me. Sorry Teen Titans. I think the New Mutants could kick your ass. I <3 Icarus [image error] I really liked the first New Mutants trade, and was a bit skeptical about the rest of the series, but so far it has really grown on me. Sorry Teen Titans. I think the New Mutants could kick your ass. I <3 Icarus [image error]

  23. 5 out of 5

    C.

    This series started out okay, but it has grown to be the best x-title after Whedon's "Asonishing". This series started out okay, but it has grown to be the best x-title after Whedon's "Asonishing".

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Teenage mutants gone wild!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Solitairerose

    Another start to the series, continued from New Mutants. Solid teen superhero stuff.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Isis Lee

    I really enjoyed this. Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I love the art style and new characters. I really enjoyed this. Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I love the art style and new characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    I started getting attached to the characters faster than I initially thought.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christian Smith

    "maybe I'd like the comic if the kids wern't total jerks:(" "maybe I'd like the comic if the kids wern't total jerks:("

  29. 5 out of 5

    Arthur

    i read it front to back and really really wanted to like it but it just came off way to immature for x-men stuff of modern times i doubt ill read more in the series

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abel

    Good issue for a newbie in x men comics

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