The Terrigan Mists have not only been causing mutants all around the world to get sick, it has also sterilized them as well. Now mutants are not only dying, but it's looking like there aren't going to be any more mutant births in the foreseeable future. And that's just the beginning. Thanks to Cyclops, the world hates and fears mutants more than they ever have (I really wish Marvel would explain what he did). While everything may seem to be at it's bleakest for mutants, Storm has taken the role as both Professor Xavier and Cyclops and has continued to give hope to the mutant race. Storm is finally playing the role she has she's destined to play for decades; leader.
The team starts off with just Storm, Illyana (Magik) and Iceman, nut Storm sends Illyana to recruit her brother Colossus who retired to become a farmer. Despite his need for a more peaceful life, Colossus agrees. Unfortunately, their next two recruiting missions didn't go so well. The trio make an attempt to bring in a teenage Jean Grey who declines because she wants to live a normal life. If you think teenage Jean Grey is weird enough, then you'll love who they encounter next. The team comes across Old Man Logan. The Logan they knew is dead and gone and to Old Man Logan, these must seem like the ghosts of the teammates that died in his future. Despite Storm's pleading, Logan also declines. The bad news doesn't end there. The school is being ambushed and Nightcrawler has been captured. Welcome to Extraordinary X-Men. Hope you survive the experience.
If there is one thing I can say about most X-Men titles it's that they are consistent since the beginning. This series feels like a throwback to the good old days. Just them against the world. Even when life seems to be going great for the mutants, something happens to slap them back to reality. No matter what, the world will always hate and fear them. Storm is phenomenal in her new role as leader, Iceman is slowly starting to show why his power is at omega levels, and Illyana is slowly becoming a very likable character. If that isn't enough to drag you in, there's the relationship between Old Man Logan and the rest of his team.
As far as beginnings go, it was a great start and a great introduction of all of the characters that will appear in this arc in the future. The ending may be a bit predictable, but that adds some comfort to the story. Everything doesn't need to be a mystery. Sometimes there is comfort in knowing you were right. All in all, if you're looking to start a new story, I highly suggest starting with Extraordinary X-Men.