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X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2 - Battle of the Atom Chapter 10 Review

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It's the end of the Battle. There will be casualties. There will be shocks. This will change things.

The Good

There's only been ten parts to Battle of the Atom but it's felt like we've all been through a lot. Crossing over into several different X-titles and basically involving five different group of X-Men from three different time periods, it's been a crazy ride. The previous chapter ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Several missiles from a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier were launched (by the Brotherhood). This is where some big seeds for the future are being planted.

As the solicit promises, there are some big things that happen here. We get a battle on top of a battle. While there are many many different X-characters involved, the art in the first part is allowed to flow smoothly without cramming too many characters onto one page or panel. This gives the story a bigger feel as we cut to different characters fighting different obstacles. There is also a superb cutaway panel within a nice two-page spread.

As the story progresses, the tension builds as there's no telling what might happen.

Once the dust settles, we are treated to four epilogues. It's a great way to give closure, to say goodbye and to mourn some.

Of course, it is the final epilogue by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen that will have the biggest impact. It's something I didn't see coming at all.

The Bad

It's an oversized issue so it makes sense that there'd be several creators involved. The different writers works since they've all been writing the different chapters and some are more suited to writing certain voices. Unfortunately at the midway point of the issue, the art changes quite a bit. The inks are thicker and it's a bit jarring.

Parts of the ending are a little convenient. Some of the fates for certain characters are't too surprising. We were introduced to a lot of characters and while they were cool to see, they weren't entirely crucial in order to reach the big turning point at the end.

The Verdict

It's the end of Battle of the Atom. As expected, there are some big changes. If you've been enjoying the story of the original X-Men brought to the present, there is no way you'll want to miss this conclusion. Not only will their story be affected, so will those of the other X-Men in the present. The entire story could have been trimmed a bit but we are treated to a nice epic battle and, of course, that big shock of an ending. The lives of the X-Men have reached another turning point. Let's see what happens after this.

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Posted by Zarathos_No_Daimaoh

@tximinoman: She Didnt . She bonded with the All new team and merely followed them . Not to mention she was disgusted by the way everyone over Logan's side arbitrarily decided they should go back , at the beckon call of "future strangers" . Notice , beyond the whole Former phoenix/slash killer hypocrisy surrounding Cyclops , how highly hypocrite Logan is , after already having destroyed the time space continuum balance in Age of Ultron .

Anyway i very much doubt she will let old Cyclops (and Magneto) weaponize the All new X-men , at least not without resistance . it was pretty much the reason why she went to the school instead .

Finally , seems to me that's the first actual REAl reunion between Kitty and Illiyana

Posted by TheFirstLantern

I didn't get why kitty left. I was/am flabbergasted.

Edited by ajones363

the part I found annoying above all was Wolverine's little speech at the end (the first epilogue) where he said that Charles Xavier is the only life that mattered- That means that he didn't give a shit about Northstar, whom he killed, Nightcrawler, who was killed and who Wolverine kinda disgraced by trying to kill the very person who he was fighting to protect, James Proudstar, Sean Cassidy and all the other deceased X-Men.

Posted by Dayvid3

the part I found annoying above all was Wolverine's little speech at the end (the first epilogue) where he said that Charles Xavier is the only life that mattered- That means that he didn't give a shit about Northstar, whom he killed, Nightcrawler, who was killed and who Wolverine kinda disgraced by trying to kill the very person who he was fighting to protect, James Proudstar, Sean Cassidy and all the other deceased X-Men.

Glad someone else noticed that. I found it a really messed up statement the second I read it

Posted by mickeymayhew

I was following the event and then as someone who has been reading the X-Men for over 20 years, I was having deja vu. I could have sworn that through many writers on many occasions we had gone down these proverbial roads before and to be quite honest I am tired.

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The bottom line is that the X-Men need to be blown up and rebuilt. I promise you in a year or so all of this will be over and the teams will be reunited and Xavier will be back from the dead. Mark my words.

totally agree; way too many characters now, duplicate versions...remember when there used to be only about 12 X-Men on two teams and it was a really select bunch? now it seems all someone has to do is walk into the school and hey presto, they're an X-Man. I remember when you had to earn that right to call yourself that, all those old 'Welcome to the X-Men so and so, hope you survive'

Posted by jonesy10

As always, Cyclops looks down on Wolverine, the dude who has probably sacrificed more than anyone else for the X-Men. He wants to compare body counts, but here he is allied with Emma Frost and Magneto, two people who are more that familiar with the act of killing. I wouldn't be surprised if he let Mystique join his crew next

Posted by ajones363

@jonesy10: Yeah, I disagree with that. Cyclops is the one person who has sacrificed more than anyone: He lost his parents. He lost his brothers (one who was stolen from him by Xavier, if you recall Deadly Genesis), He's lost two wives (one multiple times) to death. He had a son by wife #1 and he was forced to send him to the future. He left the x-men because he wanted to go soul-searching after Storm beat him. He had a telepathic affair with Emma Frost (which totally ruined his marriage with wife #2). He was possessed by Apocalypse. He took in a piece of the Void (which I partly for his going insane). He's had to run the x-men for many years since Wanda went crazy and blasted mutant kind to near extinction (which also resurrected several old enemies of other Marvel Heroes- the Jaspers for example- and which is, arguably, the ONLY reason why the Phoenix came.) And then to top it all of, he is now a fugitive because he refused to be held accountable to the US government while possessed by a force that he did not seek and then going crazy after his father figure and his ex-friends attacked him because he was literally making the Avengers obsolete (that's why AvX sucked so badly, because you cannot make a humanitarian a villain)