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Battle Of The Atom #2 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on November 5, 2013 AT 07:43pm

The finale to one of the biggest crossovers in X-Men history has come to pass, and with it comes a lot of answers as well as a lot of questions for the future of the franchise. With the future Brotherhood attempting to put their final plan into place, the X-Men of the past, present and future are working together to put an end to their final plan to change the future. This, like most evil villain plots doesn’t go as well as they’d hope, but it does bring forth a lot of interesting changes to the X-family.

The final piece of the puzzle is one that is a combination of entertaining, explosive and a bit underwhelming. The plot to send the original five back to their time is one that seems like a good idea, given the  absolute insanity that has come from the arrival of the team, but this entire crossover has been one that has upped that level much higher than ever before.

The team of Jason Aaron, Brian Bendis and Brian Wood have orchestrated a major event here, and while it’s been confusing, action-packed and full of great characters, it’s also been an event that has definitely added more questions than answers. The huge battle ended and the dust cleared, but there are some major changes on the horizon coming out of this, and not all of it seems to add up. The original team’s full impact has yet to be felt, but they were a major force in this event. The future teams suffered quite a bit more, but the present team will be the ones to really get things going after the effects of this settle.  Overall, this event had some major effects, though not the ones that anyone would have expected, and not those that really make a whole lot of sense.

The art team here is a bit scattered, with several artists taking the stage here. Giuseppe Camuncoli took over after some for the stellar Esad Ribic, though they weren’t given the proper assignments. Switching the work the two did might have worked better, and the epilogues done for each book (and featuring the book’s original artists) were good, but seemed like a bit of piling on. The art is all great looking, but doesn’t seem to have the consistency of the other installments of the series, and that is a problem for a series that has worked so well.

Summary: The action-packed and intense series is here and gone, and with it comes a lot more information than can be truly processed, and a lot of questions that will surely unfold with future issues from the individual books. This series is a major success, but the lackluster finish is something that is surely an effect of working so much in such a short time. The series as a whole gets huge accolades for its aspirations, but falters a bit in execution, putting a small blemish on what was a great crossover.

Pros: Great story, action-packed pages.

Cons: Inconsistent art.

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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