The other book I'm eyeing at is X-Force. See, I've been watching all the episodes I missed of X-Men Evolution on Disney XD. I really have found myself impressed with this series, despite being turned off during it's first season. The later seasons, 2 through 4, have simply rocked - with great episodes like when Mutants are revealed to the public, Magneto's curiously future X-Men filled team, and the epic rise of Apocalypse. If I had only known the series would be this good after that cringe inducing season finale of season 1, I might have stuck around to begin with.
Anyway - being impressed by the Evolution series, I began eyeing Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost's X-Force title. I had originally dismissed the series as another showcase for the already over-exposed Wolverine, but I'm now realizing the series is just an extension of his X-Men work. Plus I'm finding it nice to see older X-Men classics like Archangel, Bastion, Styfe, and Apocalypse in the series. I'm a continuity fan, so I love seeing these older plot threads being picked up again.
At the end of Dark Avengers/X-Men, the issue had a preview of an upcoming X-Force/New Mutants cross over called Necrosia. It featured Selene, the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club. I hate that villain. I usually don't hate a lot of villains, but she's right up there along with Doctor Light and the Shadow King in my book of annoying villains. So, color me surprised that I found myself actually interested in this upcoming attack of her's against the X-Men. That's another reason I'm giving X-Force a chance. If they can write Selene in a way that actually doesn't annoy me, then this might be the perfect X-Book for me.
I'm going to put X-Force on my pull-list, but I'm going to see if the recent two issues "#17 and #18" are still available, as I'm walking into part 3 of a four part story arch. I've also been thinking about saving up for two X-Force TPBs, one with the first 6-issues of this Wolverine led team, and the other of the big Messiah War story arch.
I'm finally returning to the X-Men. I hope it's a fruitful reunion. So Matt Fraction - don't mess it up!