Posted on October 10, 2013 AT 08:32pm
Part seven of Battle of the Atom is here, and with it comes some resolution, finally! Over the past six issues of this huge crossover event, things have built and built upon each other, leading to what could only be described as very hard to follow, despite being a lot of fun. In this issue, things are finally beginning to get resolved, which brings the fun level to this crossover way up, once more.
The future X-Men (Future team A, as it will be regarded as from now on) has created a lot of suspicion as to their true intentions, especially to the present team, who are down one Beast, a Magik and an Iceman as they were off in the future dealing with the true future X-Men (Future team 1, or the Fighting Mongooses). This leads to a major confrontation between Future Team A and the present X-Men, all complicated by the presence of Shogo, Jubilee’s young adopted son, who is in the fray with a very special and very adorable defense mechanism.Without spoiling it, this really resolves some of the lingering issues that the series has had in the last few issues, and is finally bringing everyone into the same place and time. This will make for a huge cast, but will finally get things settled once and for all.
Brian Wood seemed to not completely grasp the X-universe when this book first started, but he’s really hitting a stride with Battle of the Atom. This series is quick, fun and well developed, hitting a combination that is not only entertaining, but really progresses the story well. With so many characters to find the voices for, Wood nails it, hitting the personalities of several notable X-Men (Deadpool from Future Team A, the present Psylocke) and a few that haven’t been properly introduced yet.
The art team of David Lopez, Cam Smith, Terry Pallot, Laura Martin and Matt Milla did a spectacular job of making this book look good, especially on what is seemingly a tight schedule, given how quickly these books are coming out. The coloring is a combination of the shine on All-New X-Men and the lighter style of Wolverine and the X-Men. This makes for a great look, with the issue getting a nice sheen over bright and full colors, something that is distinctly different from the style used by Olivier Copiel and company on the first few issues, but one that will hopefully remain past this event.
Summary: While the crossover isn’t finished yet, it’s done for this book, and that marks a surprising and quick reversion back to normal for this all female X-Men team. Bringing in the rest of the team added a lot of vigor to this book, and hopefully this series and the creative team will ride out the energy from this incredible event into their next story arc.
Pros: Great artwork, engaging story, finally closing plot elements.
Cons: Still a huge cast to keep track of, making it a bit confusing.
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