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Early Review: X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1

Not one, not two but THREE different X-Men from different time periods. If you've been reading X-Men comics lately, this is exactly what you've been waiting for.

The Good

With each issue of Brian Michael Bendis' ALL-NEW X-MEN or UNCANNY X-MEN, I've been in a bit of awe. After the events of AVENGERS VS X-MEN, the X-Men became divide. Cyclops did some disastrous things even though he had good intentions. It was Beast that decided to bring forth the original X-Men from the past into the present in order to try to prevent the current Cyclops from going down what he saw as a dark path. Time travel and the X-Men go together like superheroes and spandex but I've been hooked with every issue.

This is where it all starts bubbling to a boil. The reality of it is, there is an almost limited sense to the direction of ALL-NEW X-MEN. How long can the X-Men from the past stay in the present without serious consequences occurring? That's something we're going to see starting with this issue -- in a big way.

The premise of this event is we'll be seeing X-Men from the future journey to the present to try to straighten up the problems of having the X-Men from the past forward in their time. Yeah, it sounds like it could get messy and confusing. But Bendis makes it so compelling. We've seen so many different alternate futures in the X-Men comics. What we haven't been aware of is what effect could having the original X-Men in the present. There's also been the question of are they actually from the same timeline since it used to be Marvel characters couldn't travel within their own timelines. Rest assured, answers will be give. Some, at least.

Bendis sets this story up nicely. With a splashy opening, he also immediately establishes the characters and mood of the current state of X-Men. Sprinkling in the bits of humor makes the story that much more enjoyable.

In terms of art, it's a visual feast. With Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger along with Marte Gracia's colors, you'll have to step back and say, "Wow!" It all just looks so good. We get a variety of scenes. There's some nice big splashy layouts that really allow the details and dramatic poses to be used without a feeling that we're getting short-changed in terms of storytelling. There's quite a few characters present here and they all look good, as they should.

The Bad

It may be another crossover but, seriously, I've been waiting for this since ALL-NEW X-MEN #1. When crossovers start off like this, I have no complaints. Well, this could mean some bad things for some characters, especially if you've looked at the future solicits...

The Verdict

Is the end near? Time travel has often been a big factor in X-Men storylines and this one is about to erupt in a big way. Brian Michael Bendis has been setting up this story since taking over two X-Men titles. We are treated to some great art and action is cranked up to get us hooked from the beginning. Some of today's readers may feel on the verge of crossover overload but it's stories like this that make it worth it. As soon as you finish, you'll wish to see another chapter ASAP. I am fearful of what could happen to some characters. But that's just a sign of good storytelling. Bendis has made me care about some of the X-Men in new and different ways I didn't think could be possible. Reading this, I found myself letting out a big sigh while a smile formed across my face. I cannot wait to see more.

On sale September 4, 2013. Checklist and preview can be seen HERE.

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Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

WOE.... BMB is doing wonders with the X-men.... damndiggitydoodahhh woohhooo!!! Can't wait to read this.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Interesting. Another reason to destroy my wallet.

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Posted by Kerrigan

I do hope we get to keep the X-kids from the past. They're more fun that the current lot, and All-New's a better book that Uncanny (which I also like a lot).

Edited by Baconbot

Very interested in this!

Posted by Wolverine08

Hope this is better than other X events of late..........................................................................................

Posted by G-Man

@wolverine08: I'm so digging ALL-NEW X-MEN and UNCANNY. This didn't disappoint me.

Posted by stevencarver_

I am extremely excited about this event. I've been rereading the trades and newer issues in preparation and they are all just so great. I love what Bendis is doing with the X-Men, and I hope it's a loooooong time before he leaves.

Posted by G-Man
Posted by UltimateSMfan

I've been loving All new x-men and Uncanny x-men and now really looking forward to this!

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Posted by henrik

No , you cant be serious........................its yellow?

Edited by UltimateJonathan

I don't trust Bendis on X-men. So I will go into this issue with low expectations.

Posted by Master_Thief

Can't wait for Amazing Xmen........... the return of NIGHTCRAWLER

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Posted by AllStarSuperman

ill buy the collected trade of battle for the atom, i have a ton of individual issues...

Posted by Maddpanda531

Marvel Comics has raped my wallet.

Posted by BlackArmor

I've been enjoying both ANXM and Uncanny so I feel like I should be looking forward to this but I'm still gun shy after Schisim

Posted by sasquatch888

I don't trust Bendis on X-men. So I will go into this issue with low expectations.

why I think the x-men got better since bendis took over

Edited by HAWK2916
@g_man said:

@kerrigan: Have you seen the cover to ALL-NEW X-MEN #18? Click only if you really wanna see it!

http://brianmichaelbendis.tumblr.com/post/57191679641/all-new-x-men-18-cover-by-brandon-peterson

At least Kitty's still alive. So Im definitely happy on that count.

@sasquatch888 said:

@ultimatejonathan said:

I don't trust Bendis on X-men. So I will go into this issue with low expectations.

why I think the x-men got better since bendis took over

I don't think its better but that's just me. I follow because I love the Xmen but if given the choice I'd replace Bendis in a heartbeat. His stories drag forever and ever with many issues going by and nothing happening. I think he has largely ignored or hampered Emma's character. And time travel and alternate realities are not the answer to everything!!! Jeez!! lol. My biggest problem with him is GOLDBALLS. lol

On a side note: Anybody else worried about these future Xmen? This Ice-Hulk thing and Xorna and whatever Beast is. I love Molly Hayes, but wouldn't it have been better to have some of the current X-students all grown up returning, or even the old-school Xmen 2099 team (remember them) as the future team coming back? Seriously worried about this aspect of the event.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

Really looking forward to this.

Posted by Trevel8182

I wonder at any point were the X-Men of the Future going to be the 2099 X-Men.

Edited by phisigmatau

bendis? yuck.

Posted by Mutie199

i have very high hopes about this. i hope marvel doesnt disappoint me like they did with age of ultron

Posted by AlKusanagi

Art Adams only did the cover? Well now I'm sad. I was looking forward to him doing all the art. The X-men/New Mutants crossover, Asgardian Wars, is still one of my favorite stories ever. Plus, his Rocket Raccoon and Longshot stuff.

Edited by captain_elburn

Is it necessary to have read X-Men and Uncanny before reading Battle of the Atom?

Posted by HAWK2916

@trevel8182:

I don't know if it was ever meant to be that way but the characters sure seem a lot better than these Bendis-Aaron creations Im hearing about. But maybe Im wrong and maybe we don't get the stupid stuff but who knows, I just have to wait and see

Edited by saoakden

Looking forward to this X-Men crossover.

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Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I really don't want to get sucked into another crossover right when Infinity is going on but X-Men and Uncanny X-Men are already in my regular pull-list and I hate only getting blips of the story... So looks like I might be reading this one.

Posted by oldnightcrawler

I really don't want to get sucked into another crossover right when Infinity is going on but X-Men and Uncanny X-Men are already in my regular pull-list and I hate only getting blips of the story... So looks like I might be reading this one.

This is pretty much how I felt.

I'm not going to bother with the Wolverine and the X-Men issues either way, but I can hold off dropping All-New X-Men for another couple issues to see how this goes down.

Edited by CaptainHoopla

I'm looking forward to this. Does anybody know, are there only two "Battle of the Atom" issues with the rest of the story taking place in the regular books?

Edited by AgeofHurricane

I'm looking forward to this. Does anybody know, are there only two "Battle of the Atom" issues with the rest of the story taking place in the regular books?

Yup.

Posted by JamDamage

anyone reading Bendis on X-Men seem to have been happy. Better be better then AOU

Posted by CaptainHoopla

@ageofhurricane: Thank you. Thought I'd heard that, but wasn't sure. That makes it easier on my wallet.

Posted by AgeofHurricane
Posted by KingSciarrillo

really looking forward to it...I've enjoyed this run since issue #1

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Definitely will give this a try!

Posted by TheFirstLantern

Interesting. Another reason to destroy my wallet.

This. Villains Month already is butchering my budget, while I want to read this I don't know if I can afford it. Also, Infinity crossover as well. omg poor wallet.

Posted by G-Man

@captainhoopla: I included a link to the checklist and preview at the end of the review.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@deranged_midget said:

Interesting. Another reason to destroy my wallet.

This. Villains Month already is butchering my budget, while I want to read this I don't know if I can afford it. Also, Infinity crossover as well. omg poor wallet.

Tell me about it mate... Infinity is nuts as you ALMOST have to read everything to keep up. Villains Month is a must have for me and now this?

:(

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Posted by TheFirstLantern

@deranged_midget: I decided to only read New Avengers and the main story because I prefer the Illuminati vs Black Order than Builders vs Everyone and I want to see how Black Bolt and Co fend of Thanos in his search for the time gem. But at $3.99 a pop, this coming month will leave my wallet very very empty.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@deranged_midget: I decided to only read New Avengers and the main story because I prefer the Illuminati vs Black Order than Builders vs Everyone and I want to see how Black Bolt and Co fend of Thanos in his search for the time gem. But at $3.99 a pop, this coming month will leave my wallet very very empty.

Yeah to be honest, I don't really even care for the story-line it's following or the titles it branches out to. I dropped Hickman's Avengers a while back, I'll probably just pick up Infinity when it becomes available in trade.

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Posted by TheFirstLantern

@deranged_midget: Yeah I was thinking of just picking up Avengers in trade due to the event, but I trust Hickman so it should be good.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@deranged_midget: Yeah I was thinking of just picking up Avengers in trade due to the event, but I trust Hickman so it should be good.

Hickman's writing is a hit or miss with me. I've recently picked up his New Avengers title and really enjoy it because there seems to be a consistent direction that he takes with it. The main Avengers title seems like a jumbled mess to me.

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Posted by TheFirstLantern

@thefirstlantern said:

@deranged_midget: Yeah I was thinking of just picking up Avengers in trade due to the event, but I trust Hickman so it should be good.

Hickman's writing is a hit or miss with me. I've recently picked up his New Avengers title and really enjoy it because there seems to be a consistent direction that he takes with it. The main Avengers title seems like a jumbled mess to me.

Yes, I agree. I was surprised that it was like that. . New Avengers is more political and I find that more appealing.

Posted by HAWK2916

So New Avengers would be the best one to follow, at the moment?

Posted by Deranged Midget

@hawk2916 said:

So New Avengers would be the best one to follow, at the moment?

Well truthfully, it's almost purely opinionated on my end. You may have a completely different reaction that I did so I recommend you give each title a shot if you've never tried either.

Yes, I agree. I was surprised that it was like that. . New Avengers is more political and I find that more appealing.

Oddly enough yes, I agree. It has a sense of direction, a meaning to it. His work on the main title just seems to jump all over the place with no real traction to be had.

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Posted by TheFirstLantern

@deranged_midget: I think it is due to the fact that so far New Avengers has been used to introduce Incursions and the friction amongst the members while Avengers has had to deal with introducing new characters like ex Nihilo and the builders and how they are threats and how the avengers want to recruit everyone.

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Posted by Kerrigan

Oddly enough yes, I agree. It has a sense of direction, a meaning to it. His work on the main title just seems to jump all over the place with no real traction to be had.

I've wondered if a lot of that has to do with New Avengers coming out once a month, and Avengers twice. A lot of Avengers so far feels like filler. Maybe the twice monthly schedule wasn't part of his original plans?

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