As for Mara, I'm going to pick it up in trades. Wood's ongoing issues seem to be less episodic than typical comics. I expect it to be much better each issue. Re-reading Wood's X-Men run made me appreciate him even more when I read it as a whole.
About sweet d : The outcast. The slut. The bitch. The whore. The lonely sad slutty bitchy whore.
The birth will be Jean and Quintin having the next leader of the mutant race.