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X-Men #6 - Battle of the Atom Chapter 7 Review

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The true nature of the X-Men from the future is revealed as the Jean Grey school is under siege once more.

The Good

Battle of the Atom is well over the halfway point and Brian Wood has picked up the baton once again and continues the strange tale of X-Men from the future, X-Men in the future, and past X-Men in THEIR future...it’s all much less confusing than it sounds. Last issue saw Magik lead Cyclops’ team to the future to meet the actual future X-Men, which means, uh oh, who’re the X-Men currently taking up residence in the Jean Grey School, trying to send the younger members back to their past? This is definitely an action-filled issue, but Wood knows a thing or two about writing excellent action scenes in addition to establishing characters. This event is one where there are a lot of new characters involved, and due to its length, they can be developed by the right writer. Anyone who’s read Wood’s run on Star Wars knows that he’s definitely up to the task of taking both well-established and new characters and putting an interesting spin on them. Also: BROO!!! Yay for Broo, we all love Broo, if you don’t love Broo, you’re probably not a very nice person to be around!

David López handles pencilling this action-packed issue with Cam Smith and Terry Pallot on inks and the prolific Laura Martin assisted by also-prolific Matt Milla on colors. WHEW! That’s an awful lot of artists for one issue, but it shows beautifully and it’s great that they’re clearly not tripping over one another. The action jumps off very, very abruptly and once it’s on, it is ON, so it’s good that the art is as fluid from one panel to the next as it is. The details are also very striking with a lot of little things gotten just right, in fact at first I thought the book was being drawn by Olivier Coipel, though that could be as much as a result of his collaborations with Martin. Not to say there isn’t a unique style on it, but Coipel is one of my favorite artists, so this was definitely a delight to behold.

The Bad

I really have no idea what the point of this event is and I REALLY don’t know why it had to be ten issues. Even the paragraph of context given on the recap page does little to help anyone either just jumping in or who has gotten ONLY the X-Men issues of the event. Obviously, this is the 7th part of a story, so jumping on needn’t be a large focus, but since it’s a cross-over, I feel that extra effort should be made. There’s also only so long that character motivations can remain completely in the dark before intrigue gives way to frustration and we are just about on that line, if not a little over. What, exactly, the not-X-Men from the future want is hinted at, but why it was absolutely critical to their plan that the original X-Men return to the past is still a complete mystery. I just keep thinking that if it were two or even one issue shorter, it would’ve been perfectly lean, but maybe the next two issues will prove me wrong.

The Verdict

Even as over-extended as I think the cross-over is (I’m also somewhat averse to cross-overs that take this long because of regular readers either needing to increase their weekly buying, or having to skip out on a title), I actually do like how the characters are written, how they interact with one another, and I absolutely LOVE the designs of the future X-Men (both real and otherwise). The plot is losing me somewhat, but the overall writing is strong enough to carry it to being entertaining and the art is fantastic on its own merits. I think this will be a great collected work, to be sure, we just need to get there first.

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Edited by turel_hash_ak_gik

mmmmyes. i also am curious to see where this all goes. *twirls moustache*

Posted by timelord

A ten Part event is a bit much unless they wanted to do two a week like they did at the start. Marvel has enough X books they could pull it off.

Edited by feargalr

Spoilers for people... but can anyone explain why wolverine doesn't have a healing factor and he's kid is boy mystique? Did I miss something?

Posted by Cyclopswasright

Wouldn't blue wolverine/mystique cease to exist with wolverine dying like when old cyclops disappeared after young cyclops nearly died?

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

@feargalr said:

Spoilers for people... but can anyone explain why wolverine doesn't have a healing factor and he's kid is boy mystique? Did I miss something?

I think it happened in the Wolverine Title story line: 'Killable'.
Also logan's mind was boggled as everyone. So i guess that explanation is to come.


Im not 100% sure of it...

Posted by tximinoman

Wouldn't blue wolverine/mystique cease to exist with wolverine dying like when old cyclops disappeared after young cyclops nearly died?

Young Cyclops did died and was resurrected by Old Cyclops's healer (can't remember his name).

Posted by cobra88king8

This entire event seemed like an interesting idea but seeing it jump between 3 titles that all have new/reintroduced characters and then them introducing tons of completely new characters have caused me to lose interest completely. Also why evil Molly Hayes? Was she used purely for the teaser?

Posted by Meteorite

Man, that cover is so "meh". Don't get me wrong, the art is competent, but it fails to say anything about the interior of the book or make you want to pick it up.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

I really hate this event.

It just solidifies that Marvel is giving the middle finger to the Runaways fans. Bad enough we have Quentin Quire in the future as the Phoenix, but Molly is evil?! I'm really close to quitting comics permanently. Especially with that really gag worthy sappy ending.

Posted by Hanson724

I give this a 3/5. I should have went with Forever Evil cause this is going downhill fast.

Posted by Wolverine08

I give this a 3/5. I should have went with Forever Evil cause this is going downhill fast.

You should have gone with Infinity. It is currently awesome.

Posted by saoakden

I love this series, probably one of my favorite X-men title out there. I am curious about a certain character that made their debut here.

Posted by Hanson724

@wolverine08: you're the second person to tell me that in the last hour! I'm sure my LCS has some copies cause its time to jump on Infinity.

Edited by RageEx2

@hanson724: Beginning can be a little confusing and bewildering, but oh man, are there a HUGE amount of jaw-dropping moments!

Posted by MatKrenz

@cafeterialoca: So your mad that they made Molly Hayes a villain in an alternate timeline that will probably never be referenced after this event. Something that has happened to countless other characters over the years. And your gonna quit all of comics permanently, which includes companies that don't the stuff you hate. That's reasonable.

Posted by Trevel8182

great!

Posted by sparty-dbq

So all the hell they've put each other through, constantly trying to kill one another (and succeeding in some cases), all the contempt and hate for each other so thick you could insulate homes with it, and STILL Wolverine and Mystique apparently do the no-pants-dance again at some point in the future. Man, Mystique must be a monumental lay.

Edited by Ellie_Knightfall

I feel like the overall tone and quality of this book is being dragged down by this event. Seriously hope it doesn't suffer some of what Gillen's run did, where it seems like we couldn't go more than two or three issues without it being interrupted by event tie ins.

Edited by cameron83

@matkrenz said:

@cafeterialoca: So your mad that they made Molly Hayes a villain in an alternate timeline that will probably never be referenced after this event. Something that has happened to countless other characters over the years. And your gonna quit all of comics permanently, which includes companies that don't the stuff you hate. That's reasonable.

Yeah,sometimes I don't get comic book fans.

I mean,one of the lasting effects of AoU that people forget about apparently is a broken timeline (which seem to be a prevalent theme in some of these recent events),but you're right. This is likely to be forgotten and never referenced.

@wolverine08: you're the second person to tell me that in the last hour! I'm sure my LCS has some copies cause its time to jump on Infinity.

Wolverine08 is right. Infinity so far has been....it's just......I can't even explain it.Everything about it is amazing so far. Although I hope you're not one of the people that say that "it's boring" or "too slow" or "too fast" just because it doesn't have mindless fighting every other scene or just because some people can't pick up on things points in the story or they miss certain (key) parts. Or they just want mindless,unguided action scenes every other panel.

I hope it ends as strong as it is consistently delivering with each issue. Every issue seems better than the previous one. The Tie-ins also clear up a few things,but they are not necessary because,as said,this is one of those events that should be a precedent for others since it is ( awesome on all fronts and) one of the events that you can get the main titles and still follow the story easily (meaning the tie ins are not necessary for key points).

Posted by Cavemold

oh look another Bendis event that seems like nothing important is going on

Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

@sparty_dbq: Maybe, just maybe in the future Mystique rapes Wolverine by shape-shifting into someone he knows, and he assumes it's whomever.

Posted by Hanson724

@cameron83: I don't mind that there isn't a lot of action it's all of the different timeline X-Men that's killing it for me. Too many people to where I just don't really care. Based on what you and @wolverine08 said I'm definitely getting Infinity. Thanks!

Posted by jonesy10

With the latest chapter in All-New and now this great outing in X-Men, Battle of the Atom is finally living up to the hype. I just wish they were more creative with this whole time travel story. It's just taken for granted that this type of reality warping tech is available, but the ramifications of all the time hopping isn't made clear.

It seems like an excuse for Bendis to write the original X-Men (and to heck with continuity or consequences). It's still pretty fun to read

Posted by turel_hash_ak_gik
Posted by dcguy

Wouldn't blue wolverine/mystique cease to exist with wolverine dying like when old cyclops disappeared after young cyclops nearly died?

Hey, that's a good question and a serious contuinity error. Unless he has borned already , trying to kill his future father not make sense.

Posted by Daycrawler

@dcguy said:

@cyclopswasright said:

Wouldn't blue wolverine/mystique cease to exist with wolverine dying like when old cyclops disappeared after young cyclops nearly died?

Hey, that's a good question and a serious contuinity error. Unless he has borned already , trying to kill his future father not make sense.

He sounded pretty suicidal / reckless to me, so perhaps he doesn't care. Or thinks that a paradox of some sort will occur creating an alternate timeline where he still exists (would he know about the whole young Cyke dies / old Cyke ceases to exist thing?). Or he's a Sinister create Mystique/Logan hybrid clone, with no procreating required?

Ooooorrr, Mystique has fiendishly stolen a sperm sample from present day Logan to impregnate herself with future Mysterine (Wolverique?), so Logan's death now doesn't actually matter. Hahaha!