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X-Men #5 - Battle of the Atom Chapter 3 Review

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Scott and Jean are on the run, and the X-Men are on the hunt.

The Good

The X-Men track down Scott and Jean, who stole the Blackbird in Chapter Two of Battle of the Atom. The past, present, and future come together to try save the future.

As far as this being a chapter of Battle of the Atom goes, this is a fine issue. It's a great continuation from ALL NEW X-MEN, and even though this book has a different creative team, the transition is incredibly smooth. The story itself is one that's on the run. It's focus is heavily on what happened to Jean and Scott after the Blackbird crashed.

This issue reminds me of a much more light-hearted and fun version of the ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS AND PHOENIX. It's nice to see these characters back in comics and watch a relationship grow between them. As much as I disliked Scott and Jean as a couple during my teenage years, it's something I've been dying to see on the page again. There may be a bit of awkwardness between the two characters, but a relationship is really starting to bloom here, even after Jean got all "kissy-kissy" with Beast.

This Arthur Adams cover is tops. It has a really cool layout and perspective. It's nice to see some Art Adams cover work. The ray effect coming out of Cyclops' eyes is a really stunning visual element to this piece.

The Bad

Man, this tie-in really disrupts the flow of this book. This doesn't really feel like an issue of X-MEN. It feels like a large helping of Battle of the Atom with a small side of Brian Wood's X-Men. We get small scenes of Rachel Grey and Kitty Pryde sprinkled in here so it could be called an X-MEN book, but the heavy Scott and Jean focus really throws the book off.

The Verdict

X-MEN #5 is a great Chapter 3 for Battle of the Atom, but a not-so-great issue of X-Men. Jean and Scott are on the run, and their closeness is leading to a slowly growing relationship. While the issue was a lot of fun, it really doesn't feel like an X-Men book. This really interrupts the main X-MEN story. There's a lot of good here, including the art from David Lopez (with Cam Smith on inks and Laura Martin on colors). This all being said, a good issue is still a good issue. So overall, you should pick this one up. Battle of the Atom is turning out to be a pretty fun ride.

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Posted by UltimateJonathan

Moves alot better than a Bendis book though :P

Posted by spacemanspiff85

I did think it was kind of funny how Jubilee was shoehorned in a little awkwardly, because it is an issue of X-Men, even though she really didn't have anything to do with the story.

Edited by sparty-dbq

That's been the thing with X-Men events lately that use this format of spanning across 4 individual titles: The book with the furthest ties from the core story pretty much loses its own identity during the course. Same thing happened to X-Factor during Messiah Complex and New Mutants in Second Coming.

Edited by akbogert

"X-MEN #5 is a great Chapter 3 for Battle of the Atom, but a not-so-great issue of X-Men."

Pretty much this.

Posted by Mezmero

The art did not feel very consistent in this issue. There were panels where young Jean's face looked old. Isn't she suppose to be a teen? This event is picking up some major steam. I think I'm liking it more and more as it continues. I agree that it wasn't laid out like an issue of XX-(wo)Men.

Edited by pinkyjim

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Posted by stevencarver_

I loved this issue. Yes, it did lose its identity from the many X-Men issues, but I don't really care about that very much. I thought this was an amazing issue, the best of the crossover yet, and that final page had me SO EXCITED for next week.

Edited by AntoineGHOST

But...this isn't a "tie-in" issue...It's part 3 of Battle of the Atom.. I thought PART 3 was perfect, imo.

Edited by The_Titan_Lord

It's a nice issue.

Edited by QuantumVertex

Honestly this was a bit of a let down, it didn't really move the story as forward as i would've wished! I expected much more to happen! This was 1 of 2 X books released this week and the only related to BOTA! Great book for what it was, but i expected much more progression!

Posted by longbowhunter

Didn't like this issue as much as the previous two Battle of the Atom chapters. Can't put my finger on why. Part four looks more interesting.

Posted by tximinoman

I'm not sure I'm liking this crossover. I mean.. I like they're (sort of) dealing with the consequences of the old X-Men going to the future and all but, who the hell are this future x-men? Are they from a new timeline? why does future Kitty Pryde wears his "days of the future past" clothes? Are they from that timeline? Wasn't she dead in that timeline? (wasn't her death the main reason why Rachel Grey ended up traveling to the past?) If she's the future Kitty from that timeline... Wasn't Rachel and her supposed to be friends? why didn't they recognize each other? And how's even possible that they are from that timeline, I mean... Didn't Rachel's travel to the past changed everything?

It might sound a little nitpicking but I'm really confused about future Kitty Pryde, she just doesn't make any sense.

Also, I didn't liked this issue, it doesn't feel like an X-Men issue (and I'm really liking this series) and the art sucks.

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

Agh I liked the overall story, it was an okay "tie-in." My only gripe with this was the art, it felt lazy to me that when characters were out of focus they had no faces. When it happened the first time I thought it was a mistake but it carried on through the issue & it really bothered me. To go from Oliver Coipel's art to this really bothers me.

Edited by DiegoReckholder

And, Psylocke and Jubilee appear from nowhere.