I had a long absence from comic collecting, particularly X-Men (right about the time that Chuck Austen started writing Uncanny). I pretty much missed X-Treme X-Men entirely while it was still in print.
Boy, was I sorry. I have been enjoying the trade paperbacks immensely, or at least the stories and revisiting some of my favorite characters.
Intifada is great because we get to not only see veteran X-Men out in the field again as heroes (and as law enforcement officers), but we also have the bonus of finding out where many of the original New Mutants got off to after X-Force. (I despised X-Force) Cannonball returns from X-Corps, which is great, he is a strong character with a lot of depth and surprising intelligence. Seeing his reunion with Lila Cheney warmed me, too. Sunspot and Magma return, too; Sunspot was poorly used during the Liefeld/Simonson period back in the early 90s.
My main complaints about this book, though are once again a) the artwork by Kordey, b) the hypersexual feel to many of the frames, it is very touchy-feely, all of the character look like they routinely jump into bed with each other, particularly an out-of-character kiss and grope between Storm and Gambit, and c)horrible "fight choreography" and costumes. These are the worst clothing and hairstyles ever drawn, Kordey fails to get it right for most of the series' run.
There are bits of sharp humor and pop culture references that make you chuckle. Rogue's bedroom in her house in Valle Soleada has several posters of Anna Paquin and movies that she has starred in on the walls; this of course winks at Anna Paquin's portrayal of Rogue in the X-movies. When Sam assists the miners in Paris with searching for survivors of the tunnel collapse, one of the rescue team asks him to sing along with one of Lila's songs, namely "Sam." (which of course was written about him, see New Mutants Annual 1)
If you enjoy this title, buy this book for the storyline, and ignore the crummy penciling. It's worth it.