Warren Ellis has a great handle on about half the characters in this comic. His White Queen is snooty and smug, Beast is earnest and clever. I liked his take on Armor as a new member getting over her nervousness about working with the A-team. Storm is tough and regal, while retaining some of her old nurturing ways. But Cyclops is WAAAAY to bloodthirsty and comes across as a villain. Speaking of villains, Forge comes off like a nut here, totally out of character too. I don't think this type of character progression is necessary, and in fact, is kind of pointless. Forge wanted to attack a parallel Earth through a Ghost Box, and the X-Men immediately attack him and try to stop him. Then Beast has his girlfriend Agent Brand of SWORD zap a laser through the Ghost Box anyway, and Cyclops says it was the right move. What? I really don't like where this story arc left a bunch of characters.
I think the easiest thing for me (and hopefully Marvel editorial) is to just pretend this story never happened.
Simone Bianchi's art is as beatiful and weird-looking as always. His take on the X-Men is ok, but I was almost jarred out of the story at the weird Pan's Labyrinth-y "New Mutants" we see in this issue.