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Battle Of The Atom #1 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on September 5, 2013 AT 07:36pm

The first major X-Men event since Brian Bendis took over the bulk of the franchise is here, and with it comes another story about time travel. This time, the X-Men of the future will be making an appearance through four of the X-Universe’s titles, all of which will link up into a larger storyline. For the first installment, the All-New and Uncanny teams begin to see the ramifications of what they’re doing, and if this new team is any indication, things are not going well for the merry mutants.

It looks like the time-stream is pretty messed up, given not only the events of the major Age Of Ultron event that went through the Marvel Universe, but with the appearance of the original X-Men as well. As they’ve decided to stick around, this apparently causes even more major problems throughout the X-Men universe, and in spectacularly hypocritical fashion, the future team goes to the present to let everyone know that they really messed up. This gives some interesting looks at some beloved characters, and in the case of a few members of the X-Men, shows some terrific character development. This event is just starting, but so far, it’s started strong.

Brian Bendis is taking a pretty big risk with this event, though his last risk (starting this sort of thing off at all with All-New X-Men) paid off pretty well. The concept of time travel can be a hard one to take in sometimes, and now adding it in again could be a bit too complicated for some readers. It’s easy to get lost in the story at some points, especially since there are so many characters involved, but thankfully, Bendis knows this universe and how to run it, so it should all work out well.

The art team is pretty large here, but gives off the look of the All-New X-Men pretty well. The entire main team off of that book is here, with Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia helping out the main artist on the book, Frank Cho. While not as polished looking as the aforementioned title, there is a lot to like about the art style here, as well as the design of some of the future X-Men characters. As a personal peeve, however, there is blatant ignorance of some other aspects of character design (namely one of the Stepford Cuckoos, who changed both style and color of hair in recent issues of Uncanny X-Men, something that is ignored in their appearance here), which does throw off the continuity slightly. This is still a great looking issue, though.

Summary: The big X event has arrived, and while expectations are high, this could get very complicated and blow up rather quickly if not handled well. There are a lot of moving parts in this series, and while the creative team should be able to handle it, there is a high risk/high reward situation going on with this event. The books have been great so far though, and it will hopefully stay that way with this bit of storyline interruption.

Pros: Great artwork, good character development, fun future character design.

Cons: Lack of character design continuity in areas, complicated plot could be challenging.

Grade: B+


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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