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X-Men: Battle of the Atom (2013) #2

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X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM, PART 10! The biggest battle in X-Men history will melt your face off. All of the X-Men find their footing in the world much changed. The X-Men event of 2013 concludes and sets up the major X-Men stories for 2014!
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  • Imprint: Marvel Universe
  • Format: Comic
  • Price: $3.99
  • UPC: 75960607943800211
  • FOC Date: Oct 16, 2013
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dave702 member

This was a mess. I liked parts of it, but in the end it was kind of a mess. It's telling that the Bendis issues ended up having the same problems his books always do (not enough action, large groups of people standing around having the same arguments they always have, endlessly). There's also a really big plot hole in the center of all this which isn't addressed at all: why did the future Brotherhood decide that sending back the original 5 was the way to fix things? Future Dazzler's death was the thing that made them decide to mess around with time travel. So why aren't they going back to prevent her assassination? Why go after the original 5 instead? It really doesn't make sense. The split


Horrible X-men event... *sigh* I'm glad I missed this one when it was going on or else I would've wasted a lot of money on something that is essentially a big disappointment. Messiah Complex, Second Coming and even Necrosha are all better than this trash. I have a lot of respect for Bendis and I love his non-X-men work but the dude just don't know how to write the X-men (at least for the ones who started reading X-books during Kyle/Yost run of New X-men).  

JackStamper member

Ok, SHIELD, I know there's a lot of stuff going on with mutants, but up to this point I was at least convinced, you TRY to be sensible. But you KNOW sentinels are a red flag for any mutant...why do helicarriers have them as a secondary ammunition?

Of course the only X-Men dying here are the ones from the future, and Colossus dying was kinda transparent in hindsight...but I have to admit, I only realized the other death, after Jubilee and Shogo talked about it, and I suddenly noticed..."Oh, that's what happened!"

So...the future Brotherhood still is in this timeline? Why? Their work is done, isn't it? And Kitty walks to the Uncanny X-Men? Honestly, why joining them? And why do the original X-Men join? Here's an idea: Join neither team! The Uncanny X-Men are terrorists! You're obviously NOT agreeing with their thoughts and methods, why joining them?

And yeah, Scott, you don't have any authority to tackle SHIELD about the sentinels. Wolverine might not be the most moral person...but right now, he is the best choice for it.

All in all this storyline was...okay. Answered some questions, introduced new characters, changed the status quo, and it had some nice moments. But...was it really all that necessary? I don't really see it...


I like that "U mad, bro?" Cyke gives Wolvie at the end.


I guess I don't want to give the impression that I thought this series was all bad.  I love the fact that (and I hope this is not a spoiler) the Original X-Men now seem to be locked in the present and there is no way to send them back.  This means that they can stay in the current continuity as long as the writers have interesting stories to tell about them, and their presence is not going to endanger the existing "reality" (keeping in mind that it's all a comic book world, so none of it is really real).  If nothing else, this crossover event established that the O5 aren't going back to the past anytime soon and that's awesome (for me, at least).


I'm sorry but I have to say that this cross over was a HUGE disappointment.  I mean the action scenes are a mess.  It's all about dialogue.  Aside the fact that Cho and Bachalo the art was horrific in the issues.  Aside from the fact that the battles were generic and boring, the look and the story line is a big disappointment.  I miss the days of crossovers like X-tinction Agenda, or Messiah Complex or Second Coming.  This has to be the worst cross over event since X-cutioners Song.


@JCrizzle76 I think Immonen's art was excellent as well, right up there with Cho and Bachalo.  Overall, though, I agree with your assessment of the story.  I think there were simply too many characters introduced in this "event", so they ended up being forced to sideline most of the recurring characters (y'know, the ones that we actually buy these books to keep up with), so it became difficult to really care about the events or feel that anything important was actually going on.  I've come to dread these yearly "earth-shattering crossover events" and I'm definitely glad this one is over and things can get back to some semblance of normal.