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Battle of the Atom Chapter 3 – X-Men #5 Review

12 Sep
Runaways

Runaways

Battle of the Atom is now well under way and sides are beginning to form. Whilst young Jean Grey and Scott Summers try to outrun their future, some interesting divides are popping up within each camp.

Since the relaunch of X-Men Brian Wood has done a great job with his mainly female X-Force. Several issues have carried over from his run so far, the most important being leadership. With Storm being the Headmistress of the Jean Grey school some of her peers are feeling as though she is on an ego trip. The X-Men have never really had a military style leader, instead containing many members with strong leadership qualities. While the issue does follow Jean and Scott, it feels more focused on the characters within its own title, to much success.

Future Xavier - Minority Report

There are a few nice additions to the X-Universe here, foremost being the new Cerebro Spike pill which enhances the users psychic range in a very Minority Report-esque style. Also of note is the interplay between the three Henry McCoy’s.  Out of everyone with doubles or triples the Beasts seem to be extremely sympatico. Young Hank and present Hank finish each others sentences, and old Hank boosts all their egos by reminding them of a new vehicle the young and present Hanks made together. If anyone gets to stay in the present, I would hope these three get a little more time together.

But this volume of X-Men is really about all about one person, Shogo Lee. Jubilee may not be everyones cup of tea, but since her return her relationship with her new son Shogo is heart-warming and fun. For better or worse, Shogo now has a huge family of mutants, in particular two time travelling uncles to play with.

Buh!

Buh!

 

Verdict: X-Men #5 has kept the heart of it’s series intact whilst managing to forward the overall crossover event. Though the plot stalls in this chapter the character work done here will definitely be worth the wait as Battle of the Atom storms on.

 

8.5/10

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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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