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X-Men #5 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on September 12, 2013 AT 08:04pm

Part Three of “Battle Of The Atom” is here, and with it comes another installment of this major crossover event. As the X-Men of the future (Iceman, Beast, Jean Grey, Deadpool, Kitty Pryde, Molly Hayes and the grandson of Charles Xavier) come to the present to deal with the mistakes made by the X-Men of the past (complex, but accurate). This is causing all sorts of complications, including members of the past fleeing, members of the future looking much different, and the present members trying to work everything out. This is causing even more issues between the current all-female X-Men team, who seem to be divided down the middle about the fate of the past team, who the future team is demanding be sent back to their own time.

This is a complex but very entertaining story thus far, that like the last major X-Men event, will change the direction of the X-Men franchise forever. With the newest events of this issue making things even more complicated, the newest X-team is splitting down the middle, causing an even bigger rift in an already contentious group.

The creative team of Brian Wood, David Lopez, Laura Martin and Cam Smith have made a beautiful looking book that is putting a major spin on an already huge story. The combined effort of the entire crew, including the teams that are working on the other titles in this event (with a major shout out to Jason Aaron, and Brian Bendis for crafting the major parts of the story). This was an incredibly well written installment by Wood, who worked with Lopez and the team to bring in a ton of great character development to a group of beloved characters.

Lopez and the team have done an incredible job working with Wood to develop one of the most beautiful looking books so far in the series (aside from one shot at the end of the book of Emma Frost, which looked like a bit much). There is a lot of crossover in this book, which really takes away from the smaller team dynamic of the all-female team. With so many major team members from other books going back and forth, it’s hard to keep track of whose book it really is, especially since the art team is looking more similar to the way the other books have looked, instead of the much different look of series artist Olivier Copiel.

Summary: There is a lot of different elements going into the contents of this books as it relates to “Battle Of The Atom”. While there is a lack of focus on the team itself and the art team has made things a bit more indistinguishable to the other titles, this is a great installment in this series and in the brand new X-event. This entertaining new event should make X-fans very happy, even though it’s hard to tell who is really who at times, with so many different versions hanging around.

Pros: Great artwork, entertaining story.

Cons: Odd Panel of Emma Frost, Lack of separation between this and the other “BotA” books.

Grade: A-

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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