I have been a fan of the X-Men for a very long time. For me it's always been about the characters and how they interact with each other, rather than the villain of the week concept that was so prevalent in the Avengers titles throughout the 90's. This characterization is what drives the story in X-Men: Second Coming, and reminds me why I became a fan in the first place.
The story begins with Cable and Hope returning to the present day troubles that have forced the X-Men into exile upon a floating island they call "Utopia". Hope has been referred to as the mutant "Messiah" because she is the only mutant baby born since M-Day when most of the world's mutant population was eliminated by the Scarlet Witch. Hope, now a teenager, has grown into a hardened soldier from her years jumping back and forth in time, running from those who want to kill her.
As for the great character moments, fans of Illyana Rasputin, also know as Magik, will enjoy her witty interactions with Pixie and her brother Colossus that harken back to her days with the New Mutants that made her so popular in the 90's. Cyclops, usually known as a great strategist, finds himself rushing into a situation driven by emotion that results in chaos. And in one horrific panel X-23 takes matters into her own hands, shining a light on Cyclops' darkest secrets, creating an enormous divide in the team when the fate of mutant kind needs them to be united now more than ever.
This chapter ends with the reveal of the mastermind behind the newly formed alliance between the Sapien League and the Purifiers with plans to kill Hope therefore leaving mutant kind on a path to extinction.
Second Coming is credited to:
Writers: Craig Kyle and Chris Yost
Artist:: David Finch
Inks: Matt Banning
Colors: Aspen's Peter Steigerwald
Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna
The X-men: Second Coming storyline continues in Uncanny X-Men #523