Battle of the Atom Chapter 2 – All-New X-Men #16 Review

5 Sep
All-New Future X-Men

All-New Future X-Men

All-New X-Men #16 wastes little time getting straight into the main conflict of this event. The future X-Men team confront the present and past teams informing them of an oncoming series of disastrous events caused by the original X-Men lingering about too long. Nothing specific is mentioned but there are definite hints at more going on than meets the eye.

Wolverine takes control of the proceedings by quite literally sniffing out this strange new team. Among them are an “old-as-dirt” Beast, a now hooded but maskless Deadpool, former Runaway Molly Hayes. Both Icemen are utterly mortified to see the Hulk like ‘Ice Thing’ staring them in the face.

Sniffing out the competition

Sniffing out the competition

There are plenty of emotions flying around this issue including a very touching moment between Logan and an older Kitty Pryde. This may just be the future Shadowcat showing her happiness at seeing an old friend but combined with a seemingly joking Deadpools comment  and the fact that the Wolverine has recently lost his healing ability, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was some early seeding by Bendis at a possible death for everyone’s favourite canuck.

Discussing the other two team members from the future would be heading into spoiler territory but needless to say they will play an important part as the crossover continues. One of those mysterious figures deeply unsettles young Jean Grey causing her to flee with Cyclops due to her deep distrust of them. It seems a little odd she wouldn’t voice these concerns when she has been so vocal about what she has or hasn’t overhead from others minds in the past.

Despite only having two pages in this chapter, all new mutant Christopher Muse’s conversation with his new mentor Cyclops is very poignant.

“You X-Men are so used to the space and time and life and death craziness in your lives that you don’t even notice how crazy it is anymore.”

With Jean Grey and Cyclops on the run to parts unknown the past, present and future X-Men will be looking for them before they cause irreparable damage to the timeline, but will Cyclops find them first? And if so, which side of the line will he stand when the battle commences?

Score: 9.0 / 10

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2 Responses to “Battle of the Atom Chapter 2 – All-New X-Men #16 Review”

  1. Gehirn September 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Hahahah I really enjoyed the wolverinexDeadpool moment in this number

  2. Joan September 14, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    In my opinion, the reason why Jean didn’t raise her voice was because she felt “overwhelmed” by the mysterious figures’ shadow. Before Jean decided to leave, she stared at them for seconds. At that moment, she knew something was wrong and there was nothing she can do about it. If Jean hadn’t left at that time, I’m sure the present and future x-men would have effortlessly sent her back to the past.

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