While not quite as enjoyable as #31, its still a blast.
Only two issues this part. Wolverine and the X-Men 15 and AvX 5 or 6. Forsome added content, I went back through the AvX issues to list the matches and winners of each one.
One of my favorite things about Grant Morrison’s classic run on New X-Men was this: he turned an oversized team of superheroes with pretensions of being something more into the cultural force fans had always pretended they were. People have always talked about the X-Men as being synonymous with various minority groups in the past, but few ever made that connection as concrete as Morrison did, creating mutant musicians, fashion designers, literature and propaganda. When Bendis decimated the mutants in January of 2006, he also decimated what made the mutants unique. But over the last 5 years, a large group of gifted creators have been pushing the various X-teams in different directions, and we’ve finally come full-circle: Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men #1 seems absolutely steeped in the idea of ‘mutant culture’ – and it’s fantastic.