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“For five years, we’ve been getting our ducks in a row to prepare for `Schism,’ just as `Schism’ sets up a 2012 event that will have all eyes focused on the X-Men,” he said.

Ultimately, when “Schism” concludes, Alonso said that the survivors _whomever they may be _ “will stare at each other across a philosophical chasm the size of the Grand Canyon. This is a war for the heart of the X-Men.”