I get the feeling that this book is running on fumes, like, as many have mentioned, the joke is wearing thin.
Don't get me wrong, I love that there is a core X-men book dedicated to just being fun, and there have been a few really fun issues (#17, with Doop! -I roared!), I guess I just had hoped it would get better than this by now.
Personally, I get the feeling that it's a matter of focus. Between setting the tone, not really having any main characters, being invaded by crossovers and guest stars, and just generally being maybe too wacky, the whole thing seems a bit fluffy. I don't think this is a necessity of a fun or funny book; take Claremont's Excaliber, or David's X-factor. Hell, look at the way Whedon used the students in his Astonishing run. There's lots of fun and funny X-men stories that don't make the characters out to be one dimensional cartoons.
Some have mentioned that perhaps it's that the cast is too big, and maybe it is, but I feel it's more to do with not having a core cast. I think the core teaching staff is great, classic, love that Storm and Kitty are back, etc, but it seems like they are supposed to be the supporting cast. The book seems to treat the students like the stars, but, with the exception of Quire -who, yeah, is an awesome character- has done very little in the way of giving them any depth or even good character moments.
Could a core group of student characters, a la, say, New X-men or something, bring some focus to this title?
and, if so, who would you like to see most in it?
make some li'l lists, and let me know what you think!