My distaste for Gambit is well documented. Although, I dug his recent solo series and Peter David is grudgingly making me enjoy him in All-New X-Factor.
Don’t hate on Slim. I wasn’t a huge Cyclops fan, but he’s become a pretty interesting character of the last few years.
DUDE. If you truly loved Cyclops, you’d be reading his rise to ultra-badass-mutant-general over the past few years. Particularly in Schism and UNCANNY X-MEN, he’s just the man. Read up on all that and then get ready for AVENGERS VS. X-MEN. Seriously.
Hello! Welcome to the wonderful world of the X-Men. (We hope you survive the experience.)
Have you read all of SCHISM? The X-MEN: REGENESIS one-shot by Kieron Gillen & BIlly Tan lays out a good chunk of who stays on Utopia and who goes with Wolverine. Idie from Generation Hope goes with Wolverine, while the rest of Hope’s crew stays with Cyke. Magneto’s ALLLL Cyclops—Maggy feels that Scott’s really on point. I’m writing this while on a plane to LA, so I don’t remember off the top of my head what happened to Xavier. He’s probably thinking about Lilandra or something.
Anyway, I’d really suggest picking up all the Regenesis issues. UNCANNY X-MEN #1 and WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #1 are the big tentpole issues for each side. But past that, Team Wolverine has X-MEN: LEGACY, X-FACTOR, UNCANNY X-FORCE, while Team Cyclops has NEW MUTANTS (so so so good), GENERATION HOPE and X-MEN.
Oh, and read X-CLUB. It’s one of my favorite comics we’re currently publishing.