Seriously though, they really are that good.
This issue is filled with all sorts of goodness, from the new recruits training and learning valuable lessons about their powers, to Magneto flashing back to his 'good-old-days' of being a big bad, before jetting off for a covert meeting with Maria Hill and Dazzler.
Most importantly though, a huge status quo shift in this issue takes place throughout the Marvel Universe, as for the first time ever, we see a large-scale human protest, wait for it...
In FAVOR of mutants!
That's right, humans out demonstrating for equality and fair treatment of mutants. Perhaps Brian Bendis is really taking his stewardship of this book to heart, and is bringing the long-standing core message of the X-Men into the modern era, reflecting changing values not only here, but in last week's All-New X-Men as well. Between the younger Cyclops and Iceman's encounter with teenagers who found them to be "cool" and not frightening, and this pro-mutant demonstration, Bendis is really building steam towards a large-scale shift in human political dynamics within the Marvel Universe at large. While I of course have no insight what so ever into Bendis's real-life opinions or motivations for his work, it seems that perhaps changing times are being reflected here in his work. Again, this cuts to the core of everything the X-Men have been about since Lee and Kirby created them 50 years ago, and I think this is a natural evolution of the narrative.
Scott's speech towards the end of the book, at the demonstration, was emotional and full of power, exactly what we as readers have come to expect from the current version of his character, a really well written monologue from Bendis. The real value that these few pages bring to the character development of Scott Summers is that they show he is still the true leader of all mutants, whether they are part of his group or not, and as he has grown and matured, he has surpassed every teacher he has ever had, and is truly the only leader for all mutant kind. After years of struggling in a leadership role (dating back to the 60s, really), Scott has finally realized his potential, and under Bendis's guidance, it appears that evolution will continue.
Frazer Irving takes over from Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend once again, and does a magnificent job. The art teams on both of the Bendis X-Men titles are outrageously good, and it really doesn't faze me when they switch out, as the art is stellar either way.
Love this book, it is beyond deserving of the title 'flagship'