So why do I still have a problem accepting I'm a fan? In some ways I think it has something to do with the insane amount of characters and years of convoluted continuity that come with them. Whatever the case may be, until the other night and my startling revelation I'd been telling people for years that I "just don't care" about the X-Men.
Of late I've been reading even more titles starring Colossus and his ilk than ever before; I've even gone so far as to add Wolverine and the X-Men to my pull list. It's the first x-title I've pulled on a monthly basis and I adore it. What Jason Aaron is doing in that book is superb, fun, superhero storytelling. So, naturally, I decided to go back and catch up on everything that happened up to the Schism event that led to Wolverine and the X-Men becoming a thing. As I said I didn't have that much catching up to do. I own the first five volumes of Mike Carrey's X-Men: Legacy, the Messiah Complex, and Second Coming hardcovers and multiple trades collecting Matt Fraction's run on Uncanny. Before that I'd read everything that Ed Brubaker had done with the characters, and I've devoured Grant Morrison's work on New X-Men. Elsewhere, I'd read the first handful of X-Factor trades and pretty much every Wolverine story published since 2004... Seriously, how did I not realize I was this abreast of the goings on in this section of the Marvel U sooner? How did I manage to spout off about not being an X-Men fan without realizing that, hey, you own half the books they've starred in over the last five years?
Now obviously no one would be able to read every X-title... or at least I wouldn't be able to. I have no interest in the New Mutants (despite reading many of the early 90's issues owned by my sister) and Generation Hope carries no meaning for me. Also, I don't tend to read tie-in minis so all those little ancillary series' starring Kitty Pride or Colossus were just going to carry on being unread by me. But the last 20 + issues of Fraction's Uncanny run and on into the Kieron Gillen stuff, well, that was fair game. Also, Schism, and the relaunched Uncanny.
Fraction's work on X-Men really does impress me. I'd even go so far as to credit it with being some of the better team comics of the last decade. Sure, at times it delves too far into high-minded sci-fi but it's fast and fun and he made some interesting decisions, such as bringing Magneto onto the team and returning Kitty to earth where she belongs. He did away with Sebastian Shaw (for the foreseeable future) and did a wonderful job of introducing new characters that felt fresh to the Marvel U. He was saddled with one of my least favorite artists (Greg Land) but also one of my favorites (Terry and Rachael Dodson). His run is a lot of fun, and though the first few stories may seem trite he eventually found his footing with the Utopia move and without him we wouldn't have had stories like Messiah Complex and Schism.