Posted on October 29, 2013 AT 08:31pm
It’s almost time for the finale of Battle of the Atom! With this issue comes the majority of the ending conflict between the X-Men of all timelines, finally battling it out the way only mutants can: with powers, conflict and angst. With Xorn and the future Brotherhood enacting the last parts of their plan to change their own futures, the future X-Men, original X-Men and the current roster (which includes a rare team-up between Wolverine’s team and Cyclops’ Uncanny group) are working together to put a stop to the plot and find out how to fix the timeline insanity that has been unleashed through Beasts’ bringing the original team to the present.
This is an insane plot helmed by X-writers Brian Bendis, Brian Wood and Jason Aaron, with Aaron taking a turn here in his book. There’s been no real discrepancy between the titles during this event, however, with the plots melding into one major arc. This issue brings the final moments of the Brotherhood’s plan into play, with the original plan to nab the original kids and send them back to their own time failing. This leads to their Plan B, which so far has not quite been revealed, established or confirmed.
Aaron is doing a great job of moving things seamlessly along with the rest of the books, and his Logan-centric team book has been on great ground in comparison to the rest of the titles helmed by Bendis and Wood. This issue has more action than any other issue, and bringing this into a visual form and still keeping the coherent plot is an impressive feat. The issue did seem a bit sped up though in terms of plot flow, however, since the middle portion of this event have kind of dragged along.
The art team of Giuseppe Camuncoli, Andrew Currie, Matt Milla and Israel Silva have really produced a good looking issue, though. The lines are crisp and clean, the colors look great and it keeps the consistency of the styles in the other books to really keep it a coherent title. This mimicry is much harder than it seems, and all of the art teams lend themselves into this huge event.
Summary: With Battle of the Atom nearly over, the massive amount of X-Men are all coming together and melding into a mass of mutants that all want to beat the hell out of each other. There is a lot of terrific artwork and some of the best characters the X-universe has to offer, but it does feel a bit rushed given all the build-up between the last few issues. With the last issue coming in the titular series, this ends the crossovers for the main books. The repercussions, however, will be felt for much, much longer.
Pros: Great artwork, lots of action.
Cons: Rushed plot.
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