I could get behind this... The art is decent, but the ideas are better. He outlines in the beginning what he's trying to avoid and what he thinks is corny, but this reboot would take some pretty talented writing to not be just as corny.
My first thought about the art was "Saturday Morning X-Men Cartoon", which isn't necessarily bad.
The Ultimate Universe, which is still in print, sort of failed at what it wanted to accomplish. I think Marvel's goal was to only sell the Ultimate Universe in big box retail stores and create a different audience than the ones at comic shops. Regardless, the Ultimate line is still in print.
They recently killed Ultimate Peter Parker and replaced him with a character called Miles Morales. I've read a few of the new issues and its not terrible. It's definitely on par with the modern Marvel universe, faint praise to be sure.
As to other reboots that worked out well, I'd like to think that Moore's run on Swamp Thing was an excellent reboot. Grant Morrison's Animal Man is also a very cool reboot. A lot of early Vertigo stuff used existing characters in new ways.
Honest question, has any comic series reboot ever worked well?
I'm a fan of the Starman reboot from the late 90s. It is definitely in my top ten series of all time. It is in the same vein as the Vertigo series that Million Dollar Mimring mentions. Also in that list would be Sandman Mystery Theater and to some degree Sandman. I also enjoyed the Conan reboot that Dark Horse did. I stopped reading and sold my issues, but it had a good run for at least 50 issues.
Yeah, there's lots of comics reboots that have done not only well, but sometimes have outdone their predecessors. Reboots are one of the main features of the modern comics age, stuff gets rebooted all the time...there's even distinctions between "soft" reboots where it may be something like what they did with Iron Man where the continuity is preserved but there's easier jump-on points and some light retelling and hard reboots like Ultimate Spider-Man where the entire storyline starts from scratch. Then there's crazy, company-wide reboots like the New 52 thing at DC.
So to answer, there have been many comic series that have rebooted well. And every now and then, something like Moore's Swamp Thing blows the original out of the water.
As for Jeb's link, it's cute stuff. I like Logan in suspenders and I'm glad to see that Colossus isn't ignored since he's a long-time favorite that doesn't make the team much anymore. Also, hooray for mohawk Storm.
I'd be remiss not to mention the Milligan and Allred reboot of X-Force (later changed to X-Statix). The stories felt fresh, a lot fresher than the Grim'n'Gritty X-Force.
While reboots can obviously work, I would prefer to see original material from new and interesting writers. Get out of the Marvel sandbox and create your own world. A world unrestricted by continuity nerds getting upset about changes to their favorite character. Rebooting the X-Men feels...needless. What worked for other reboots is that most people didn't know the character. If people knew about the character, a large majority didn't care about the character. DC took dead properties and gave them over to new and interesting writers. Those early writers were given a sense of freedom that someone writing X-Men would never have. You have to be a writer with a lot of clout or be given a character that doesn't sell to do anything original in the modern Marvel/DC universe.
As a résumé, which is what it sort of feels like, the work provides some interesting ideas. It feels unique while covering familiar ground. I'd be interested to see what he does with some low tier character.