Posted on September 18, 2013 AT 06:56pm
Battle of the Atom Part Four! With the big X-Men event in full swing, the tide shifts to the Uncanny team as young Scott and Jean head over to the “bad guys” to gain help from the current team of young and broken mutants. One the flip side, present Kitty and Rachel Grey have begun to state their case of why the original X-Men need to make their own choices while Logan, Storm and the rest of the team argue the counterpoint. Oh, and Maria Hill is finding out more reasons to really hate the X-Men with all their time-travel nonsense.
This is a terrific issue, with a great look and a monumental push towards the progress of this arc. It had some great revelations, including the decision of the Uncanny team as they figure out whether or not to help Scott and Jean. It also had some great humor in and, and felt more fun than any issue of the series thus far.
Chris Bachalo has returned to the book on the art side, with a crew of inkers (Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba and Al Vey) on his side. The fact that Bachalo is on this book is a surprise for many readers, as this book looks much, much different than his other work. Gumbyclops looks much better, and despite the ever-deteriorating costume of Emma Frost, all of the characters look much better than they ever have. The colors are brighter and less painted looking, and while there is still some color exaggeration (outside the lines) from Bachalo, this is a terrific issue for both him and writer Brian Bendis, who is spot-on in this issue, delivering humor when prudent, as well as pushing the story forward in a big way.
While the story did move along very well, it does have its hang-ups. While focusing on the Uncanny team, there was very little of the biggest part of this story: the future X-Men. While they do appear in this issue, it’s not really until the end other than for a brief moment, and they have only implications, not impact. Seeing more of them would have been nice, since it’s likely not all of them will be sticking around once this event ends.
Summary: With some fun moments and a brand new look, this series keeps going as one of the more entertaining books on the Marvel roster, as well as a terrific companion to All-New X-Men, which is still the better book at the moment. While there’s not enough of the main “Battle Of The Atom” roster in this issue for long, it was a great installment and sets the stage for a lot more fun from Bendis and the others as this event crosses some of the other X-books.
Pros: Great artwork, fun story
Cons: Emma’s Costume. Seriously.
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