I was......kind of super not into this issue at all. I felt that some of the writing was weak and the overall Jean Grey revenge thing was just.......no thanks. I'm so over that particular story thread being repeated ad nauseum in the X-Men universe. Time to move on to something new.
There were things about it that I did really like and generally I'm a fan of alternate timeline stories and 'how things could be' stories if only for fresh takes. But the entire basis of this story was....not a fresh take, and that really hindered my possible enjoyment of it.
almost too tied to the current continuity
This is a gripe I have with basically every future-timeline story. Standing on their own merits of was this an entertaining/good read is fine. But I always feel like people shouldn't give them that much weight or importance as a solid 'this is how things will end up' book. They're really alternate future stories (and I mean technically, this was, regardless). It was like X-Men: The End. I love love loved those stories. But they were so tied in with things that were going on specifically during that time period of the X-Men books that there was no way it was going to be long-term believable as a future that could actually come about. Especially when you look back at it now.
Mostly these are my thoughts. I do have one more though; instead of placing great talent on things which have already been done - why not roll the investment dice a little and offer a prestige one shot (or 3 issue mini all on premium material) that truly stretches the boundaries?
I am all for the bottom line and keeping your consumer base happy with their tried and true preferences; it keeps the publishers in business and allows me to keep reading. What I don't understand is, if this is a limited print & non-cannon story - why not truly try something new? Even at the cost of a possible loss up front - if it generates critical acclaim and fan interest - that can pay a lot of other costs forward.
Maybe I'm getting old - but truly I just will not spend my hard earned money on these tropes. Either do one of two things: give me great creators on established (read: not reissued/volumed every 2 years) titles or give me high quality 'else-world/what-if' stories that truly push the boundaries of cannon.