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The X-Men’s past, present and future collide in this 50th-anniversary event! Something horrible happens to the past versions of the X-Men that shakes spacetime to its core — and more X-Men arrive from the future with a message: The original five must return home! But when young Cyclops and Marvel Girl run away to stay in the present, the hunt is on! And where does the mode The X-Men’s past, present and future collide in this 50th-anniversary event! Something horrible happens to the past versions of the X-Men that shakes spacetime to its core — and more X-Men arrive from the future with a message: The original five must return home! But when young Cyclops and Marvel Girl run away to stay in the present, the hunt is on! And where does the modern-day Cyclops’ revolutionary faction fit in? Things get even more complicated when mysterious foes attack the Jean Grey School, and the healing-impaired Wolverine takes a mortal hit! With spacetime up for grabs, the surprise ending will change everything as the X-Men’s footing in the world is drastically altered! Collecting: X-Men: Battle of the Atom 1-2, All-New X-Men 16-17, X-Men 5-6, Uncanny X-Men 12-13, & Wolverine & the X-Men 36-37


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The X-Men’s past, present and future collide in this 50th-anniversary event! Something horrible happens to the past versions of the X-Men that shakes spacetime to its core — and more X-Men arrive from the future with a message: The original five must return home! But when young Cyclops and Marvel Girl run away to stay in the present, the hunt is on! And where does the mode The X-Men’s past, present and future collide in this 50th-anniversary event! Something horrible happens to the past versions of the X-Men that shakes spacetime to its core — and more X-Men arrive from the future with a message: The original five must return home! But when young Cyclops and Marvel Girl run away to stay in the present, the hunt is on! And where does the modern-day Cyclops’ revolutionary faction fit in? Things get even more complicated when mysterious foes attack the Jean Grey School, and the healing-impaired Wolverine takes a mortal hit! With spacetime up for grabs, the surprise ending will change everything as the X-Men’s footing in the world is drastically altered! Collecting: X-Men: Battle of the Atom 1-2, All-New X-Men 16-17, X-Men 5-6, Uncanny X-Men 12-13, & Wolverine & the X-Men 36-37

30 review for X-Men: Battle of the Atom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    “God, when did Wolverine become the reasonable one? These X-Men get crazier every year.” Yes, they certainly do, and this 10-part crossover that was part of the 50th anniversary of the original title proves Maria Hill’s point. Since the X-Men and time traveling go together like the Doctor and Clara, then I guess it’s only natural that this would lean heavily on that concept, especially since the All New X-Men are actually the original team brought forward in time due to a very curious decision by “God, when did Wolverine become the reasonable one? These X-Men get crazier every year.” Yes, they certainly do, and this 10-part crossover that was part of the 50th anniversary of the original title proves Maria Hill’s point. Since the X-Men and time traveling go together like the Doctor and Clara, then I guess it’s only natural that this would lean heavily on that concept, especially since the All New X-Men are actually the original team brought forward in time due to a very curious decision by the present day version of Hank McCoy. Even though almost everyone agrees that having them remain is a spectacularly bad idea, they just keep hanging around until a future version of the X-Men show up demanding that they be returned immediately to prevent some horrible outcome. This is a fairly entertaining story, and it does at least try to address the elephant in the room regarding the original X-Men: if everyone except young Jean Grey thinks that having them stay actually endangers the entire space-time continuum as they know it, then why haven’t they been sent back? The problems start popping up because of the whole superhero vs. superhero thing which is an angle that Marvel has leaned on far too heavily since the Civil War storyline. So all the battles here take place between past X-Men, present day X-Men, future X-Men, ex-X-Men, and future ex-X-Men. Oh, and SHIELD, too, because you might as well have the worldwide peacekeeping force and the good guys at each other’s throats while you’re at it. *sigh* Remember the days when superheroes fought supervillains in comic books? This causes several problems with characters and story because to generate conflict some of the present day X-Men have to decide that letting the past X-Men stay in place is a good idea even when they barely avoid a very scary incident at the beginning of the story that shows them how the timeline can be disrupted just by their presence. (view spoiler)[I just don’t buy that Kitty Pryde and Rachel Grey would think that they should let the younger X-Men stay with so much at stake, and I certainly don’t believe that Kitty would jump ship to crazy Scott Summer’s renegade band of mutants over it. (hide spoiler)] This puts the reader in the position of having to root that the people endangering all of time and space to win when there’s no good reason presented why they should. (view spoiler)[ I guess you could argue that since the future Brotherhood is posing as the future X-Men want to send them back that it shows that Kitty, Rachel and the younger X-Men are right, but we’re never told why. (hide spoiler)] A lot of this could be avoided if it had been written that a villain had brought the original X-Men forward in time for some nefarious scheme, and that they were stranded in the present . Then we could still have the good story of the originals dealing with the present day stuff, but it wouldn’t feel like they were recklessly endangering all of existence in doing so. Even worse is that despite all of this timey-wimey stuff none of this really gets resolved which is typical for one of these big crossover events, but it makes reading a big 10 part story arc seem kinda pointless despite a generally compelling story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    50th Anniversary Event! For the most part, I liked Battle of the Atom. Lots of time-travely stuff, so you get the feeling this is almost a What If story. What if Jean Grey was crazy and evil? What if Beast totally lost it, and turned to the Dark Side? What if Mystique and Wolverine had a son? Of course, once the past and present X-Men meet their future selves, the time stream is in flux, so everything changes...or at least can change. Which means...the story is basically worthless. Still, it was fun. 50th Anniversary Event! For the most part, I liked Battle of the Atom. Lots of time-travely stuff, so you get the feeling this is almost a What If story. What if Jean Grey was crazy and evil? What if Beast totally lost it, and turned to the Dark Side? What if Mystique and Wolverine had a son? Of course, once the past and present X-Men meet their future selves, the time stream is in flux, so everything changes...or at least can change. Which means...the story is basically worthless. Still, it was fun. The main reason I didn't rate it any higher was that I thought the reasoning behind these future X-Men coming back was lame. (view spoiler)[A mutant finally gets elected president, and someone assassinates her. Ok. Yeah, that's awful, but for her to be elected in the first place, the sentiment towards mutants must have changed. Right? I can't see why they would want to go back in time and change everything. Why not just..I don't know...go back in time and stop the assassination?! It didn't make sense. (hide spoiler)] Otherwise, this was a pretty cool event that flowed between titles really well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I've actually been enjoying All-New X-Men, despite not being thrilled with the original concept. This cross X-books event exists to address the elephant in the room: shouldn't the original X-Men be heading back to their own time? Isn't it dangerous to keep them around? The answer, of course, is yes. But what if they don't want to go? This needed to be addressed, and quickly, if All New X-Men was going to stick around for more than a few books. And it certainly looks as if it will. As a crossover, I've actually been enjoying All-New X-Men, despite not being thrilled with the original concept. This cross X-books event exists to address the elephant in the room: shouldn't the original X-Men be heading back to their own time? Isn't it dangerous to keep them around? The answer, of course, is yes. But what if they don't want to go? This needed to be addressed, and quickly, if All New X-Men was going to stick around for more than a few books. And it certainly looks as if it will. As a crossover, Battle of the Atom's greatest strength is in its cohesiveness. Reading it, you'd never know that it's actually spread across three ongoing series written by three different writers. It feels like one continuous story, which suggests that it was extensively plotted out in advance. I'm impressed, because I really don't expect to see that in an event like this. But the whole thing quickly devolves into a lot of mutants standing around bickering with each other. Page after page after page. And granted, basically 75% of anything X-Men related can be summed up as mutants standing around bickering. But it's the same argument over and over, across way too many issues. This just needed to be shorter. Maybe even half the length. The future X-Men were never really convincing to me. And I didn't really understand their motivations. Maybe if more of the holes in their stories had been filled in, but we're not supposed to know too much about the future. That's the excuse, at least. As a group, they're such an obvious plot device that I was just bored by them. I know, symmetry of past, present, and future, but maybe the book would have been better off without them. But this story had to happen, and no later than it actually did happen. That the past X-Men needed to return to their own time was something that needed to be addressed. And there was definite effort to make this hold together as a coherent whole. I appreciate that, but it still needed a little help.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Frankh

    I recall reading this entire collection during one supposedly uneventful night, and it featured the big-event crossover orgy that span across four ongoing X-titles. I was but blissfully unaware of the troubling clusterfuckeries ahead while I contentedly sipped my hot ginger tea as I read. I happened to only peruse through the first two issues in the first hour or so, taking my time, which was still a long way to go before I was struck by the epiphany that this was going to get even crazier than I recall reading this entire collection during one supposedly uneventful night, and it featured the big-event crossover orgy that span across four ongoing X-titles. I was but blissfully unaware of the troubling clusterfuckeries ahead while I contentedly sipped my hot ginger tea as I read. I happened to only peruse through the first two issues in the first hour or so, taking my time, which was still a long way to go before I was struck by the epiphany that this was going to get even crazier than I could ever imagine an X-title could go. That's how little I knew that I was in for a catastrophic experience where everything I know about X-Men will be questioned--and this is coming from somebody who experienced Fabian Nicieza's most insane pieces and Claremont's most sadistic emotionally draining ones. Please take note that I am writing this review after distancing myself from this story for three weeks. I initially always review an issue as soon as I'm done reading it so I can get right into it, especially if either the issue in particular is (a) awesome as fuck; or (b) boring as shit. The latter part of Brian Michael Bendis' roster for All-New X-Men (from issue #26 to #39) had fallen in the b-category so I was more than eager to put that series behind me for good once September wraps up, and I intend to finish it with my overdue review of Battle of the Atom which for me will forever be known as the Last Great X-Men Story from Bendis' ANXM. This tantalizing ten-issued arc will be followed later on by entertaining issues (#18-21) concerning the Purifiers before it will get eventually pointless by the time The Trial of Jean Grey hits (#22-24), saved only by the nice break with the 50th anniversary issue of X-Men Gold where I Cherik-ed and issue #25, before completely falling in its ass with the most regrettable issues ever conceived (#26-29) about a rehash of the villains from Battle of the Atom, and the passable storyline about the Ultimate universe in issues #30-36. Because second time is the worse nightmare and to demonstrate that he learned nothing after The Trial fiasco, Bendis writes another Guardians of the Galaxy crossover with The Black Vortex (#38-39) which I didn't even bother talking about because it was incomplete. My mindset while writing this review was one of mental anguish and exhaustion borne out of the consistent tedious blandness of the stories that followed since Bendis produced the masterstroke that was Battle of the Atom. Well, maybe deeming it as a 'masterstroke' is an unfair hyperbole; clearly, BotA is not a perfect piece. It was beguiling though--fast-paced, quirky and shocking during its ten issue-spread of intersecting narratives. I was speechless about it for a time because I don't know how I felt about it as a whole which was why I delayed coming up with a cohesive review that outlines my complete thoughts about its content. There are parts I immensely enjoyed and parts that baffled me to no end, which was why I was rendered in a fit of hysterics that were only succinctly captured by the following GIFs belows as I updated my reading progress in Goodreads. Comprised of the titles All-New X-Men, X-Men vol. 4, The Uncanny X-Men, and Wolverine and the X-Men, Battle of the Atom was a batshit crazy and take-no-prisoners crossover event that delivered genuine thrills and shocking twists for a lot of the players involved. With an ensemble cast made in both heaven and hell, BotA was stylish, over-the-top, engrossing and unapologetic in its camp and gore moments in between. I loved it because it kept me on the edge of my bed and made me screech and bite into my pillow because of the dizzying cocktail of emotions it brought out, both positive and negative. Much like Nicieza's unforgivably hurtful Fatal Attractions that somehow also combined the kooky premise and storytelling style of Claremont in X-Men Forever, Battle of the Atom was a brave endeavor, daring into places that you thought they won't ever cross but they did and it got super weird and totes uncomfortable midway, but it remained just as addictive to the very end. Allow me to take you to my journey of psychosis as I read Battle of the Atom. This is all subjective and you may not share my unraveling and descent to madness in the same level of intensity as I did but that's probably because you didn't have the same emotional stakes or baggage as I did when I went into this story. It's hard to believe it was only the beginning of September when I was still able to feel something for Bendis' All-New X-Men--when I was still capable of love and remorse, of loss and triumph. Food still has flavors; the world looks like a promising and pleasurable place to mingle and explore. Now I'm relieved to end my reviews for ANXM because it has gotten so disappointing and shitty that I'm excited to start with a new series, this time going a few years back with Joss Whedon's The Astonishing X-Men. FIRST STAGE: Four issues in The time-dispelled Original Core Five (OCF) try to make the best of an uncomfortable situation as they are propelled into a timeline where nobody wants them around, including the current X-Men themselves. Young Scott discovered that his future self becomes a mutant terrorist, Jean found out about the many ways she dies in the future and is currently adjusting to her newfound telepathy while Warren (Angel) leaves to join the cool clique (present-day Cyclops and his Dream Team). Meanwhile, both elder and young Hank are in agreement that they have to see through the gruesome process of culture shock for the sake of science, and Bobby is a walking comedic punchline whose only main contribution is when he came out of the closet by issue #40. In Battle of the Atom, a group who claims to be the future X-Men came to the current timeline to warn the OCF that they are the product of their choice to stay in a timeline that is not theirs. The shocking revelation comes when one of the members wearing the Xorn helmet is revealed to be the future Jean Grey, all grown-up and facing the consequences of the choice of time-dispelled self who totes ran away with young Scott when she got suspicious of these so-called future X-Men. Everyone scrambled to find the two almost-lovers, but Kitty Pryde was not happy with the way they were hunted down like animals and tried to defend them from everyone who by now are making decisions for the OCF without the teens' consent; mostly about them going home. The OCF won't just pack their stuff and leave compliantly, however, which was why a big fight ensues. The fight scenes were the best part of the entire BoTa especially the telepathic battle among Emma Frost and the two Jeans. SECOND STAGE: Eight issues in Of course the battle scenes are the selling point of this crossover event. It's Battle of the Atom after all! The epic showdown among the telepaths were greatly handled and as insane and sadomasochistic as we're gonna get. Xorn-Jean of the Future taunts Emma and beats her younger self simultaneously. Young Jean, however, is not going to let her cuckoo adult self get the upper hand so she is just as relenting in her blows. Amidst this intimate battle are the scattered fight scenes among the X-Men and the future X-Men. Magik, however, had seen the future for herself and when she transported back to our timeline, she took young Bobby and Warren to show them what happened to the future where they discovered that the REAL X-Men are composed of old mama Jubilee and son, bearded Colossus, Storm's daughter...and basically not the ones who arrived earlier in the current timeline, forcing the OCF to get back home. Magik transports these real X-Men who revealed that the impostors are no other than the FUTURE BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS. At this point, Xorn-Jean and the Impostors are in the process of trying to send back the OCF, only to utterly fail. The woman posing as the old Kitty Pryde turned out to be Mystique's bastard son with Wolverine named Raze. Deadpool is a Brotherhood recruit and betrays people, which surprises no one. Xavier also had a doppleganger son who is the bastard child he had with fucking Mystique. Yeah, Raven sure got busy and produced villainous offspring from two upstanding men. There's a twist that really pinches you in the balls. Also, it was later revealed that the future that was created because of the OCF being there meant humans are more hellbent in destroying mutantkind...or something to that effect. Honestly, I am baffled with a lot of the supposedly logical explanations for some of the issues. All I trusted on was my interest and excitement in how this story is going to end, especially regarding the intense confrontation between the two Jeans. If people suddenly asked me what is going on that got me so riled up and rattled while reading this story, I'll just start weeping in a corner because all that has happened was full-on sensory overload! THIRD AND FINAL STAGE: Finished Whatever I just managed to go through and accomplish reading was too much for me that I could simply hyperventilate just thinking about it. Like a trauma victim, I refused to talk about it online. I just turned off my laptop and crawled back into bed. With my eyes closed, I had vague images in my head about the events that I witnessed in the story I just read--and I had to curl up into a ball and chant repeatedly to myself "just go to sleep, go to sleep..." The next day, feeling refreshed, I still wasn't feeling that eloquent enough to type out my thoughts. So I delayed posting a sensible review. And even when I finally opened up about this, what you got here is nothing more than a series of ramblings written by a lunatic who still can't figure out how she really feels about everything she read in Battle of the Atom.  I don't even know how to end this review properly. So I'm just going to end things abruptly and recommend you to read BotA yourself, imparting nothing more than an evasive dark promise of what you can expect when you pick it up. I'm probably exaggerating its aftershocks. It's probably just my frail, feminine constitution. In any case, don't believe everything I stated here. I'm possibly still recovering and probably doing a bad job with that too. RECOMMENDED: 8/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    2013 is the X-Men’s 50th Anniversary with Marvel celebrating one of their flagship titles with a massive 10-issue Event comic called Battle of the Atom. Taking in all aspects of the X-Men, riffing on popular characters, stories, themes, places, ideas, as well as art, dialogue, and all kinds of easter eggs only the truly hardcore X-Men fans will get (not me), Battle of the Atom is, to say the least, a very X-Men book. And like every classic X-Men book, this one is a bit of a clusterfuck, making t 2013 is the X-Men’s 50th Anniversary with Marvel celebrating one of their flagship titles with a massive 10-issue Event comic called Battle of the Atom. Taking in all aspects of the X-Men, riffing on popular characters, stories, themes, places, ideas, as well as art, dialogue, and all kinds of easter eggs only the truly hardcore X-Men fans will get (not me), Battle of the Atom is, to say the least, a very X-Men book. And like every classic X-Men book, this one is a bit of a clusterfuck, making this a true tribute to the X-Men! The premise is that the original X-Men - who’ve been brought forward to our present day for a really flimsy reason - need to go back because their presence is disrupting time. Except original Jean Grey doesn’t want to go back and she and original Scott run off when a group of future X-Men show up. Yes, as if the cast wasn’t big enough already, Bendis lobs in a new group of characters from the future so we have past, present, and future X-Men, the entire set! But these future X-Men are a mysterious bunch and when Magik time travels forwards she discovers the future world they come from is a pretty surprising place… I won’t go into the hows and whys of the plot - if you want to see a more detailed breakdown I’ve included links at the bottom where I take a look at certain issues - but suffice it to say that if the setup is complicated, the story winds up being even more schizo. It didn’t need to be 10 issues long - some issues, nothing happens or a scene is stretched out to fill an entire comic - especially given the numerous (pointless) fight scenes thrown in because, y’know, gotta fill up the pages somehow, right? In the end nothing really changes and it stops being entertaining and inventive by the start of the third act. There were too many characters, too incoherent a plot, and way too many obvious critiques of the series to call it a success. I wasn’t into it but maybe bigger X-Men fans than me will get more out of it. Bendis and Marvel Events are a lacklustre combination, to say the least. * I didn’t review every issue of the series but I did read them all. Here are links to the ones I reviewed: Battle of the Atom Chapter 1 Battle of the Atom Chapter 4 Battle of the Atom Chapter 5 Battle of the Atom Chapter 8 Battle of the Atom Chapter 10 (Finale)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    The original five X-Men traveled through time thanks to present day Beast. Everyone is concerned with the time space continuum yet still they remain in the present. A future group of mutants come insisting the original X-Men must go home and drama ensues. So for anyone who hasn't read my views on the majority of time travel stories I'll sum it up quickly....no, just no...please don't do it. This is the X-Men we're talking about here, Bishop and Cable are always showing up from the future. Battle o The original five X-Men traveled through time thanks to present day Beast. Everyone is concerned with the time space continuum yet still they remain in the present. A future group of mutants come insisting the original X-Men must go home and drama ensues. So for anyone who hasn't read my views on the majority of time travel stories I'll sum it up quickly....no, just no...please don't do it. This is the X-Men we're talking about here, Bishop and Cable are always showing up from the future. Battle of the Atom isn't a good time travel story, it's just a mild mystery with a dash of deceit and time travel involved. I do admit it has been a very long time since I've enjoyed a time travel tale, so if anyone loves time travel don't let my review scare you away.

  7. 4 out of 5

    kristen ♡

    tie ins.... ugh

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Why do these "event" comics always feel like they're pulling out forbidden moves that will be put back in the box the moment we reach the end of the collection? Why aren't we allowed to do these kinds of things in normal stories (like Remender did with X-Force) - or why are we *ever* allowed to screw with the Big Continuity and the rules-about-who-has-how-many-alpha-level-powers? It's fun to see this stuff happen - to have the board change and new unbalancing characters show up - but it feels lik Why do these "event" comics always feel like they're pulling out forbidden moves that will be put back in the box the moment we reach the end of the collection? Why aren't we allowed to do these kinds of things in normal stories (like Remender did with X-Force) - or why are we *ever* allowed to screw with the Big Continuity and the rules-about-who-has-how-many-alpha-level-powers? It's fun to see this stuff happen - to have the board change and new unbalancing characters show up - but it feels like an artificially constrained story - like we know it'll wrap up and get put back in the box. That was *not* how it felt when the original X-Men showed up at the beginning of Bendis' run on All-New X-Men - there, the change felt open-ended with no specific countdown until we revert to status quo. Maybe it's just the nature of events - they're announced, they have a finite run, and we've been trained to expect them to roll back. Boring in a way - even if the stories themselves are a great romp, something about the inelastic nature of Continuity makes me tired of the Big Two not taking greater chances to pull more of the tired old characters off the board and make room for new ones. One thing's for sure: side by side, I like Aaron's humour at least as much as Bendis' - maybe more. And I'll say this much for BotA: This story - across multiple books and creative teams - feels like something planned and scripted as a whole from beginning to end. The transition from book to book is seamless, like I don't even really notice what's usually a jarring effect. And while many people complain about the squishiness of storytelling when time travel is a major plot device, for me this lets us see characters in different stages of life and states of mind. More, we get to see how the same character under different circumstances turns out wildly different, and even how those two versions respond to one another. I find that really fascinating and compelling in a story like this. The only place this tale falls down for me is in the final battle and aftermath. For one, the battle was peppered with those old "I'll speak 15 seconds of dialogue in the time I'm swinging a punch at you" panels, that squander so much momentum and imply a writer who didn't do enough dialogue polish (or just couldn't bear to cut so many precious soliloquies). The battle also makes it hard to believe in all the run-up, which implied so many secrets about to be revealed - and instead weren't just left hidden (because not everything is as neat and tidy as dramatic writing makes us want to believe) but even get left on the floor forgotten among all the loose ends. As for the aftermath, it tries to set the stage for some new books/storylines/dramatic tensions, but somehow just doesn't sell me that everyone is feeling the full effects of such structural stresses on the characters and their relationships. I suspect in a few months I'll overlook those finer details and just go with the new status quo - and thankfully at least there's little attempt at this point to restore the X-verse to its old pre-BotA world view. I *am* enjoying how Bendis & Aaron are taking the time to explore some consequential changes over a period of years, rather than just revert back to "big happy X-family where everyone's alive". I'm nagged by a wonder of whether at the end of Bendis' run he'll pull that whole "Dr. Strange is redeemed and regains his place as Sorcerer Supreme" like he did after the Avengers run which was started with Strange *losing* the one thing he's always been identified with (and without which he immediately became a more interesting and nuanced character). So were the forbidden moves put back in the box? Not yet - and that's potentially exciting, and frankly pretty surprising given Marvel's track record of less-consequential tectonic shifts after many of the recent Events. I'm still a little wary, but I'm happy to have experienced an Event that felt more or less contiguous and crafted rather than poorly plotted or slapped together.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This is a pretty miserable excuse for a crossover. By the end, I found myself so bored with its entire premise that I just rushed through the last few issues, trying to hurry everything along as quickly as possible. Even that didn't speed up this slow dud. For starters, layering another time travel X-Men story on top of the already time-travel-heavy Bendis series just seems like an insane idea. I guess on some level it could be kind of meta or post-modern, or even comedic, but it isn't presented This is a pretty miserable excuse for a crossover. By the end, I found myself so bored with its entire premise that I just rushed through the last few issues, trying to hurry everything along as quickly as possible. Even that didn't speed up this slow dud. For starters, layering another time travel X-Men story on top of the already time-travel-heavy Bendis series just seems like an insane idea. I guess on some level it could be kind of meta or post-modern, or even comedic, but it isn't presented that way. Instead, we get a bunch of random X-Men from the future dropping in on the X-Men from the present, who are also still joined from the X-Men from the past as established in All-New X-Men. It's a real jumbled mess, and forces us to watch about 10,000 characters wax philosophical about time travel while we try desperately to remember who everyone is. To me, though, the biggest, most unforgivable problem in this book is its refusal to explain why the X-Men from the future are even here. They repeat several times that "telling the present X-Men why they've arrived will do too much damage to the space-time continuum," but they TIME TRAVELED. Who cares about space-time at this point?? Tell us WHY we are watching this hodge podge of mutants do random stuff for 10 issues. By totally avoiding the characters' reasons for being here, we have absolutely no idea what to root for. This glaring storytelling error made for one of the most underwhelming, frustrating X-Men reads I've ever endured. Genuinely, by the end of this book, you will not know what happened. It is a complete stall; a total waste of pages that just seems like Marvel was just killing time so each writer could get caught up on other stories or something. The action isn't even that thrilling, nor are the new takes on the future X-Men. I hate giving one star reviews, and I also hate only saying bad things about a given book, but I found basically nothing to like in this whole series. I wish a future me would come back in time and tell me not to read this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    OK All-New X-Men makes a LOT more sense now. I read all of that and all of Wolverine & the X-Men before this. Now that I've read it, it makes a bit more sense. But still, as a whole, meh plus? Yes that's me straining to enjoy a bowel movement, much like RDJ. There's stuff to like here, as many friends have already mentioned: It flows very well, you hardly know when you've changed books, because it flows man. Like the river. Whoa. Aaron and Bendis are what's missing from Wood's X-Men...ie HUMOUR. Wood's OK All-New X-Men makes a LOT more sense now. I read all of that and all of Wolverine & the X-Men before this. Now that I've read it, it makes a bit more sense. But still, as a whole, meh plus? Yes that's me straining to enjoy a bowel movement, much like RDJ. There's stuff to like here, as many friends have already mentioned: It flows very well, you hardly know when you've changed books, because it flows man. Like the river. Whoa. Aaron and Bendis are what's missing from Wood's X-Men...ie HUMOUR. Wood's X-(wo)Men would be a perfect DCU book. Iceman is awesome. Seeing not 1, not, 2, not 3...oh ya. Also explains why Kitty leaves the Jean Grey School (and Iceman), and why the All New (PAST) X-Men end up where they are. Explains why Jean has some serious confusion about things. There's also a lot to not like: SOOO MUCH ANGER!!! INFIGHTING! GARRRGH! This is from a documentary of my high school...I actually saw some kid flip a whole cafeteria table over during a MAGIC card game...it was awesome. I was hoping to see some spellcasting or at least a magic wand shoved somewhere dark, but no such luck... If Hank McCoy is so smart, why has he continually fuct this up? Bringing people forward in time worked so well, why not bring more back in time? That oughta be cool right? We get 3 versions of Beast, 2 Cyclops, 2 Jean (I mean...no...maybe we don't? ummm...ya.) 4 Iceman...but only 1 Angel??? I mean seriously, he's the only one who says "DUDES, WE DON'T BELONG HERE! LET US GO HOME TO THE LAND OF TV DINNERS AND HOTPANTS!" Shockingly, there's only 1 Wolverine, and that's kinda telling, knowing what we know now. There's too many monologues and fighting, not enough questioning why, and then Kitty gets mad at the present X-Men (Wolverine's gang) for trying to get Cyclops and Jean back when they run away (the past ones) and don't want to go back...umm...isn't that what you all knew you had to do to start with??? I mean I know letting people decide things for themselves was a good idea, but you can't seriously think letting the teen X-Originals decide to run off and stay hiding in the present was a good idea?? Ugh. No. There's some cool characters we get to see: Future Icem(e)n; Future Colossus, Magik gets to really let loose, we see how some of the X-kids do in the future (Quentin Quire) and we see what shit goes down (to a certain degree). I love that Wolverine and Magneto come across as the voices of reason here...that's too funny. Iceman from the Future is great. Needs his own series, pronto. If it weren't for Bobby Drake, I don't think I'd have laughed once..."So If we're going to the future, shouldn't we pick up a sports almanac or something?" Yup. THAT is how you do time travel and funny. This book really hovers into nearly DCU levels of seriousness...not loving it. I can see how this isn't really meant to be funny, but see the Iceman? Make-a-the-funny words? MORE OF THIS! So, it's OK, there's a few nifty moments, but it also causes more problems than it solves. It is what it is, and if you're not an X-person, stay away. FAR AWAY! Get this review and more at:

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    So, the best summary of this book can be found < href="http://waitingforthet.tumblr.com/post... here (with some moderately adult content). There were a number of things I didn't like about this book, but mostly I feel that the psychic battle was the biggest disappointment of 2013. And not just in comics. I mean generally, it was the thing that lived up to the excitement it created the least. I LOVE psychic battles, so I was willing to give this one lots of leeway. I thought "I can overlook Emma' So, the best summary of this book can be found < href="http://waitingforthet.tumblr.com/post... here (with some moderately adult content). There were a number of things I didn't like about this book, but mostly I feel that the psychic battle was the biggest disappointment of 2013. And not just in comics. I mean generally, it was the thing that lived up to the excitement it created the least. I LOVE psychic battles, so I was willing to give this one lots of leeway. I thought "I can overlook Emma's broken vocabulary, if he just writes the action well in this." But alas. We all know Bendis just doesn't like Emma, but if four Frosts and a baby Jean can't take on Jean-from-the-future, how does baby Jean do it by herself? Emma has the training, and I'm pretty sure she was as powerful as Jean (sans Phoenix,) and even though she doesn't have her own power any more, there are three Emma clones right there, so I'm thinking the Frost clan alone has her licked. Plus I'm still not really clear on what baby Jean saw that made her change her mind. Wasn't the point of the plot twist that the future was actually pretty rosy and the people were actually the bad guys. Overall the whole plot was an exercise in futility, as it changed nothing. The future people came back to do something that (it turns out) can't physically be done. Well shoot. And there's lots of whining about who likes who (teenagers, man!), and more finger pointing (blah, blah, blah, Scott's a murderer, we get it). I do kind of like that Kitty is on Scott's side, because it seems like SOMEONE is finally acting like themselves. Although it kind of makes me sad, because since Bendis doesn't like Emma/cannot write Emma there will be no wonderful Kitty/Emma Frienemy moments. I miss those. Well, I miss Emma just generally, but you know. (ALSO, I know this is from the issue after BotA ends, but DIGS ABOUT WARSONG/ENDSONG ARE NOT OKAY! THEY'RE NOT FUNNY, THEY'RE NOT GOOD BURNS, AND THEY'RE NOT OKAY! YOU CAN'T JUST DISREGARD IMPORTANT MOMENTS FROM THAT BOOK AND THEN HAUL BITS IN TO INSULT CHARACTERS YOU DON'T LIKE! )

  12. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I dunno why I skipped this on my All New X-Men/Uncanny X-Men reading run but now that I read it, do we get something worth reading in this mini-event? Well... The future X-men come back to the modern day X-Men to warn them the past X-men will cause huge issues being in the modern day time period. Confused yet? YOU SHOULD BE. So now the Past X-men are running away from both the Future X-Men and Modern Day X-men but not all the modern day X-men are agreeing with the rest of the modern day X-men an I dunno why I skipped this on my All New X-Men/Uncanny X-Men reading run but now that I read it, do we get something worth reading in this mini-event? Well... The future X-men come back to the modern day X-Men to warn them the past X-men will cause huge issues being in the modern day time period. Confused yet? YOU SHOULD BE. So now the Past X-men are running away from both the Future X-Men and Modern Day X-men but not all the modern day X-men are agreeing with the rest of the modern day X-men and friendships and trust will be tested here! Good: I really enjoy some moments with our favorite x-men and different time period. I liked Ice Man's parts a lot with his different selves. The art work ranged from good to great so not complaints there. A huge storyline but easy enough to follow. Bad: The dialogue sometimes could be pretty bad. Especially with a lot of characters acting, well, out of character. I didn't understand the motive of the future selves much. Overall a decent mini-event. I've read way worse so this is good enough I enjoyed my time reading it. A 3 out of 5.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ellis

    nice art, fun comic, but god, once, just once, i would like an xmen comic that didn't leave me with more questions than answers. but then issues all tied together well for something with different authors. ... also time travel is stupid and im sick of comics using it as a plot device! learn from your mistakes! also emma frosts outfit was awful! nice art, fun comic, but god, once, just once, i would like an xmen comic that didn't leave me with more questions than answers. but then issues all tied together well for something with different authors. ... also time travel is stupid and im sick of comics using it as a plot device! learn from your mistakes! also emma frosts outfit was awful!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    REREAD: This was worse than I remember, but I remember liking it more than I apparently did, according to my prior review. So it'll stay 3 stars. I think the thing that's the worst about this book, which I alluded to back in 2015, is that the writers obviously didn't understand what they were doing, as suggested by the fact that each one of them includes a scene in their respective chapters in which the characters talk about how they totally don't understand what's going on. And the story isn't r REREAD: This was worse than I remember, but I remember liking it more than I apparently did, according to my prior review. So it'll stay 3 stars. I think the thing that's the worst about this book, which I alluded to back in 2015, is that the writers obviously didn't understand what they were doing, as suggested by the fact that each one of them includes a scene in their respective chapters in which the characters talk about how they totally don't understand what's going on. And the story isn't really THAT confusing -- it's really just a commentary on the evils of time travel, and teams of mutants come from the future to warn the X-Men from the past that they need to stop living in the present. There, see? Easy. It's just that it's dumb. And I mean, this is X-Men, I know it's dumb -- but oftentimes X-Men is just dumb because it's so over-the-top and operatic, like a telenovella with punching, and I can handle that because it might be the only way my sad old heart can feel feelings anymore. Battle of the Atom is over-the-top, but it's not really about anything besides time travel, which isn't really a metaphor for anything except time travel, which so what. I can't feel time travel with my sad old heart. In my prior review, I was right about a few things: the art is purdy, the new dinosaur-creating punk rock mutant named Animax is fucking awesome, and at the end of the book some people switch sides to make the crossover seem relevant. And that's it. It's not bad? But it's sort of kind of bad. Eh. 2/1/15: I'm gonna stand up tall and say this book ain't near as bad as the internet reviews it. The art is rad and we start with the COOLEST NEW VILLAIN EVER (basically she is punk and makes dinosaurs!) Now granted, a lot of this book is many many time-travelling X-Men teams standing in a circle saying WHOA THIS PLOTLINE IS CONFUSING for like 100 pages. This is a lot. It's kind of exhausting. And then at the end everyone is like CHANGE IS BAD and nothing changes. I think. I mean, half of everyone switches sides and is like Y'ALL's MORALS ARE QUESTIONABLE so probably if you go to read later volumes you'll be like wha happened? better go read the crossover and I guess, like, you might not need to, but maybe you want to? I dunno. It has X-Men in it. The art is purdy. I'm not sure why you can't just find joy in beauty.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    4.5 stars Okay... So you think that a majority of the X-Men would come to the conclusion that everyone needs to go back to their various time periods and just chill out with all this drama after the massive event that occurred here... But that doesn't seem to be the case. *sigh* Sometimes I think Wolverine is the only one with any sense in this series. But I did enjoy this. Most of the issues inside have great artwork. Storyline was pretty solid. 4.5 stars Okay... So you think that a majority of the X-Men would come to the conclusion that everyone needs to go back to their various time periods and just chill out with all this drama after the massive event that occurred here... But that doesn't seem to be the case. *sigh* Sometimes I think Wolverine is the only one with any sense in this series. But I did enjoy this. Most of the issues inside have great artwork. Storyline was pretty solid.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Richard Dominguez

    I am along time fan of the X-Men, as a matter of fact my 2 favorite graphic novels of all time are and . "Battle of the Atom" brings what amounts to a whole new curve to the X-Men saga. Hank (The Beast) desperate to save what is left of the X-Men after the death of Charles Xavier brings the original X-men into the present. Once the original X-Men find out what is in store for them in the past they refuse to return to that past endangering the future. Suddenly the X-Men from the future tr I am along time fan of the X-Men, as a matter of fact my 2 favorite graphic novels of all time are and . "Battle of the Atom" brings what amounts to a whole new curve to the X-Men saga. Hank (The Beast) desperate to save what is left of the X-Men after the death of Charles Xavier brings the original X-men into the present. Once the original X-Men find out what is in store for them in the past they refuse to return to that past endangering the future. Suddenly the X-Men from the future travel back to the present to stop the catastrophe in place caused by Hank's actions. Past, Present and Future X-Men battle each other to change the past, preserve the present and save the future. Exploring the age old question of "if we can does that mean we have to" "Battle of the Atom" ventures into the possible ramifications of such actions in the timeline. The story is marvelous and never ventures away from all the details that made the X-Men for me one of the most relevant of comic story lines. It was the X-Men that introduced (at the time) this young reader of the all too real facts of racism, bias, dogma and the basic right for all people to choose for themselves. The artwork is stark, harsh and explosive as everything is in the balance, the dialog is strong, cutting edge and gives the reader much to think about. Collecting in one volume "All-New X-Men #16-17", "Uncanny X-Men #12-13", Wolverine and the X-Men #36-37, "X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1-2" and "X-Men #5-6", this is one that belongs on the shelf of fans and new comers looking for an excellent story worthy of many re-reads.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Sometimes the total is less than the sum of its parts. So. Many. Mutants. I wanted to like this event crossover, I really did, but things just got waaay too timey wimey even for me. Also, in light of subsequent events, all of Bobby Drake’s girl crazy behaviour just kept ringing false. I mean, there’s overcompensating and then there’s just naïve writing. UPDATE: (view spoiler)[ Apparently Bendis drops the "Bobby is gay" bombshell in issue #40, so I'll give him benefit of the doubt he's already planni Sometimes the total is less than the sum of its parts. So. Many. Mutants. I wanted to like this event crossover, I really did, but things just got waaay too timey wimey even for me. Also, in light of subsequent events, all of Bobby Drake’s girl crazy behaviour just kept ringing false. I mean, there’s overcompensating and then there’s just naïve writing. UPDATE: (view spoiler)[ Apparently Bendis drops the "Bobby is gay" bombshell in issue #40, so I'll give him benefit of the doubt he's already planning on it here, but still... (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

    More time-traveling X-Men craziness. This volume, collecting issues from about half a dozen different X-titles in a big epic crossover storyline climaxing in the 50th anniversay of the X-Men, was full of epic battles and showdowns, and the writers obviously had a ball creating variant X-Men from different eras. We already had the original teenage X-Men from the past, and the divided X-Men teams of the present quarreling over whether the youngsters should be sent back for their (and the time/space More time-traveling X-Men craziness. This volume, collecting issues from about half a dozen different X-titles in a big epic crossover storyline climaxing in the 50th anniversay of the X-Men, was full of epic battles and showdowns, and the writers obviously had a ball creating variant X-Men from different eras. We already had the original teenage X-Men from the past, and the divided X-Men teams of the present quarreling over whether the youngsters should be sent back for their (and the time/space continuum's) own good, or allowed to stay. But then another X-Men team from the far future arrives, with dire warnings about... you guessed it... danger to the time/space continuum. So seeing who gets old, who gets crazy, who turns evil, who has a kid with whom, who gets elected President (really!) is wild and crazy fun, but with this many characters, and given that it's really a compilation of several different series, each of which focuses on its own main characters, the plot becomes nuts. By the end, it's kind of hard to remember who's on whose side and who the friends, enemies, and frenemies are. If you want tons and tons of X-Men, with just about every team member of the past fifty years making at least a cameo at one point or another, then this is truly an epic saga, but do not start with this volume. You really need to read some previous volumes to catch up. The artwork is mostly excellent. Also the psychic battle between future-Jean Grey and Emma Frost. "I will gouge out your eyeballs with diamond fingers, you fiendishly overrated ginger!" At the end of this volume, all of the X-Men are shaken up with new rosters, new schisms, and new teams going their separate ways. And really, that is one of the weaknesses of this volume. As much fun as it was to see five different versions of Iceman, three Beasts, a geriatric Deadpool, a middle-aged Colossus with a Stalin mustache, the bastard lovechild of Wolverine and Mystique (literally), a Sorcerer Supreme who looks like Cloak, Storm's daughter, and Jubilee's son, the entire damn book was pretty much a non-stop gripe-fest of X-Men bickering, quarreling, fighting, and changing sides. Periodically someone would shout "This is not Charles Xavier's dream!" and the fighting would lapse for a moment, and then some new revelation would drop and they're back to beating on each other. Also, I found the precipitating incident that causes the big rift in the future timeline to be... quite hard to believe on a number of levels. Still, five Icemans! And Colossus with a Stalin mustache! And Kitty Pryde calling her future self a "Yenta"! And Milo Manara's variant cover featuring Emma Frost. (Yes, her costume is still stupid. But who cares?)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    This week's theme for the Shallow Comic Readers is, well, pot luck! This isn't a bad story. Like many time-travel books, it can get a bit convoluted at times, but the overall premise is pretty good. The original X-Men, brought to the present day by Hank McCoy, must return to their own time before the time/space continuum thingy is messed up. There are disagreements about who should go, so the competing teams led by Wolverine and Cyclops get involved, and then there are X-Men galore from the futur This week's theme for the Shallow Comic Readers is, well, pot luck! This isn't a bad story. Like many time-travel books, it can get a bit convoluted at times, but the overall premise is pretty good. The original X-Men, brought to the present day by Hank McCoy, must return to their own time before the time/space continuum thingy is messed up. There are disagreements about who should go, so the competing teams led by Wolverine and Cyclops get involved, and then there are X-Men galore from the future who show up. Interesting stuff. It falls apart, though, with the excessive dialog throughout the books that make up this collection. It's so freaking emo I just want to slap these guys. It makes the book drag and drag and drag. Lots of standing around an posturing and making speeches. One of the things I don't get about this is that everyone remembers everything at the end of this story. Who lives, who dies, what happens to them in the future, etc. Is this not problematic for anyone but me? We spend ten issues or whatever with all these concerns about disruptions to the time/space continuum thingy, but no one does anything at the end of the book to prevent the X-Men who know what their future holds to change their actions so those things don't happen. Characters see their future selves die, for pete's sake. I always liked how Superboy, when he traveled to the future to pal around with the Legion, was always given a suggestive-hypnotic block or whatever, so he would forget the things he learns about his future self (like how his parents died). This knowledge seems at least as problematic as the younger X-Men hanging around today. And whatever happened to the idea that one person could not be in two places at the same time, or ever three, in this book? Is that no longer a thing? If you're reading through the Marvel NOW stuff, I guess you have to read this, but it could have been a lot better. I'm bumping it up to 3 stars based on the art and some really nice characterizations, but it really is a drag to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Wow. This is a chore to read at times. I liked it, but I'm not sure if I would go any further than that. Theres a lot of characters, from 3 different eras, time travelling and melodrama turned up to 11. So pretty much your standard X-men story. There's even some Sentinels thrown in. But sometimes, it feels like there's too many characters. Obviously this means that some characters won't get much panel time, and I get that. But it makes it hard to follow, and like I said at the beginning, a chore Wow. This is a chore to read at times. I liked it, but I'm not sure if I would go any further than that. Theres a lot of characters, from 3 different eras, time travelling and melodrama turned up to 11. So pretty much your standard X-men story. There's even some Sentinels thrown in. But sometimes, it feels like there's too many characters. Obviously this means that some characters won't get much panel time, and I get that. But it makes it hard to follow, and like I said at the beginning, a chore to read. There's some good stuff here though. The never ending struggle mutants have, Wolverine and Cyclops still hating each other, Ice-Man and Deadpool getting all the best lines. It'll probably read better in trade. Just make sure your head is screwed on before you start it. *2019 review update I was right, it does read better collected. And feels like less of a chore. Though I don't like how the plot is: make a big deal about sending the original 5 back just because to be followed by oh we can't actually send them back just because. Doesn't make much sense.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    More side story, but it was sufficiently crazy enough to make me enjoy the hell out of it. Just watching five Ice-Men from different timelines work together (or against,) was pretty damn classy. I may or may not hunt down the other titles that led up to it, but I have a feeling that I'll get wrapped up in the story from many directions already. I already got the trial of Jean Grey in Guardians of the Galaxy, so now it's just a matter of filling in the blanks. A lot of blanks. My god. Will this ev More side story, but it was sufficiently crazy enough to make me enjoy the hell out of it. Just watching five Ice-Men from different timelines work together (or against,) was pretty damn classy. I may or may not hunt down the other titles that led up to it, but I have a feeling that I'll get wrapped up in the story from many directions already. I already got the trial of Jean Grey in Guardians of the Galaxy, so now it's just a matter of filling in the blanks. A lot of blanks. My god. Will this ever end?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Westen

    Queue more time travel shenanigans.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Okay, this is by no means a 5-star comic. But I want to give it 5 stars because it was nice and fun and enjoyable, AND I JUST HAD A REALLY LONG AND REALLY STRESSFUL WEEK AND THIS SIMPLE STORY MADE ME EXCITED AND GAVE ME SOME GOOD MOMENTS, SO I'M GIVING IT 5 STARS, OKAY? Okay. So, I have read that story before. I read it years ago, when it was coming out. I remember it was a really bad and unnecessary story that didn't have anything good to offer. But I recently collected Bendis' whole run, so I Okay, this is by no means a 5-star comic. But I want to give it 5 stars because it was nice and fun and enjoyable, AND I JUST HAD A REALLY LONG AND REALLY STRESSFUL WEEK AND THIS SIMPLE STORY MADE ME EXCITED AND GAVE ME SOME GOOD MOMENTS, SO I'M GIVING IT 5 STARS, OKAY? Okay. So, I have read that story before. I read it years ago, when it was coming out. I remember it was a really bad and unnecessary story that didn't have anything good to offer. But I recently collected Bendis' whole run, so I started reading it in the right order and I came to this book. And it was fucking great! The beginning is slow and kinda boring, but the books get better soon enough. The sixth (of ten) issue was amazing, such a great futuristic story, I absolutely loved it. I liked all the characters and liked how they acted. And the art was mostly great! So, that's it. I think this cross-over is just really better if you are reading all the individual titles as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    So much better on second reading! You have the original X-Men displaced in time, so just to make things uber confusing another X-Men team comes from the future saying the displaced originals have to return to their time... after which typical X-men chaos spreads across 4 of the 5 X-Men team books. Overall there's too many characters, some bad continuity and weak art in places - but the originals are characterised well, as are Beast and Jubilee,m and some of the art is superb, as out the fantasti So much better on second reading! You have the original X-Men displaced in time, so just to make things uber confusing another X-Men team comes from the future saying the displaced originals have to return to their time... after which typical X-men chaos spreads across 4 of the 5 X-Men team books. Overall there's too many characters, some bad continuity and weak art in places - but the originals are characterised well, as are Beast and Jubilee,m and some of the art is superb, as out the fantastic concepts of the future and the future mutants (all-new, nothing from previous future timelines)...but the whole Schism ting is overplayed and almost theatrical... any road, still an X-event must-read with some pertinent outcomes at the end, and a few nice surprises along the way. A week 8 out of 12.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    This was just ok. I don't read a couple of the series involved so I was a bit behind at times. This was just ok. I don't read a couple of the series involved so I was a bit behind at times.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ripley

    One of the best X-Men story arcs yet. I absolutely loved this so much i read it straight through without stopping.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zack! Empire

    Really enjoyed this book when I read it a few days ago, but now that I sit down and think about it, I wonder, what really happen in the book? I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it seems like not much. The X-Men of the past are in the present, so the X-Men of the future show up and tell them, and the X-Men of the present, that the X-Men of the past need to go back to where they came from. And people talk. Like a lot. Seriously a lot. More then you are thinking. No, more. Yeah, still more Really enjoyed this book when I read it a few days ago, but now that I sit down and think about it, I wonder, what really happen in the book? I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it seems like not much. The X-Men of the past are in the present, so the X-Men of the future show up and tell them, and the X-Men of the present, that the X-Men of the past need to go back to where they came from. And people talk. Like a lot. Seriously a lot. More then you are thinking. No, more. Yeah, still more. O.K. That much. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a lot of speech balloons in comics, in fact I think most comics have way too little, but there is a difference between having a conversation, and standing around talking. This was mostly standing around talking. The biggest problem I have with this book is that a future version of anything in the Marvel Universe, especially the X-Universe, doesn't really mean shit. Yeah, quite a few of the X-Men characters are from different futures but you know what happen to the future's they came from? Most of them don't exist. Or they still happen, but not to the main marvel universe. So when I see a character from the "Future" get killed, or when they show how a certain character is "Destined" to end up, it doesn't do anything for me because I know it really means jack shit. Didn't they just show a future of the X-Universe where Wolverine was old and ran the Jean Grey School and all the character's had grown up to be pretty happy? (For the X-Men at least) Well, the future shown in this book is super different. That one was kind of shiny and the one shown here is super dark and crappy. I just have a hard time enjoying a book when I know that what's at stake, the future of the X-Men, will mean nothing as soon as the story is over. I might be proven wrong about that later, but for now, it's a problem. However, there are some really great moments in the book. I loved how the idea of if the original X-Men should go back or not get's represented on all sides. The original five, mostly, don't want to go back. Many of the current X-Men think they should. There's really great arguments for both sides. The idea of the original five knowing their fates, hating them, and not wanting to be sent back to live those out, and the present X-Men basically saying "too bad, so sad" is really well represented in the book. I'm also impressed with how the writers have made me start to care about X-Men I'm never given a fuck about. Like Cyclops. He has always been one of the most cookie-cutter boring characters in comics. Even Superman would tell this guy to take a chill pill. But now he is way more interesting. He's out there fighting for his species, consequences be damned! He doesn't need the approval of anyone. He is going to do what he thinks is right. Or, how about Jubilee? I've always thought she was a dumb character. She seemed to me to be a character completely stuck in the time she was created. Forever a mallrat in a trench coat. Thorough out this book though, I really enjoyed her. I actually want to see how things go with this baby. I'm really middle of the road with this book. I enjoyed it quite a bit while reading it, but flipping through it again, I don't think I'll be reading it again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    I'm surprised by how much I liked this. It's a big crossover event involving characters whose adventures I haven't followed regularly in about twenty-five years. And it involves time travel. By all rights, I should either be confused by it or hate it or both. Fortunately, I recognize enough characters that I was able to get my bearings pretty quickly. As I said, there's time-travelling involved. I'm not going to attempt to summarize the plot because it would make my head hurt. Suffice to say tha I'm surprised by how much I liked this. It's a big crossover event involving characters whose adventures I haven't followed regularly in about twenty-five years. And it involves time travel. By all rights, I should either be confused by it or hate it or both. Fortunately, I recognize enough characters that I was able to get my bearings pretty quickly. As I said, there's time-travelling involved. I'm not going to attempt to summarize the plot because it would make my head hurt. Suffice to say that the X-Men of the past have travelled to the present. Then the X-Men of the future travel to the present to convince the X-Men of the present to send the X-Men of the past back to the past to avoid screwing up the continuity, which makes sense to me, but of course we wouldn't have much of a story if everyone just went along with this, so we get angst and fight scenes and all the other things that the X-Men do so well. It's fun. The story hangs together fairly well. There are some fun moments, particularly in the scenes involving Maria Hill of SHIELD. As a good crossover event GN should do, this assembles the various chapters from the myriad series involved and presents them in the proper order. It's so much more convenient than juggling longboxes and mylar snugs and backing boards and risking tape snags and all. There are aspects of the ending that were probably lost on me, but regular X-Men readers will probably gasp or squee or both at some of the final scenes. As crossover events go, this is one of the better ones that I've read. Recommended!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    As a new X-men reader, I was very excited to get into this as I am reading all series involved. I don't know that it was what I expected though. I obviously missed out on a lot of the references to previous material that other loyal fans would be really enjoying, but I still enjoyed all the characters that I was familiar with, coming together. Without some of the background character knowledge that I obviously needed, the time travel plot of past/present/future really bent my mind at times and I As a new X-men reader, I was very excited to get into this as I am reading all series involved. I don't know that it was what I expected though. I obviously missed out on a lot of the references to previous material that other loyal fans would be really enjoying, but I still enjoyed all the characters that I was familiar with, coming together. Without some of the background character knowledge that I obviously needed, the time travel plot of past/present/future really bent my mind at times and I was working harder than I wanted to keep the story straight. There was even a point where I thought "Ughh just get this over already" and I certainly did not want to feel that way. I wasn't totally satisfied with the ending either. I wanted a bigger cliffhanger. And I am left with so many questions...but I am supposed to be, right? Because I still need to have something to look forward to in the series that I love - I need to keep coming back for more. And for you Storm, Kitty, Jubilee, Magik, Psylocke and all the other bad-ass ladies that I love - I will.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    What a mess. I enjoyed the first three collections of the time-tossed Original X-Men that led up to this. Then Bendis and company dumped every bad idea they had into the bowl, mixing oatmeal with mud and tar. Seriously? You really needed THREE different time-displaced X-Men teams and two current X-teams to tell this story? Got so muddled with extraneous and pointless characters that NO ONE got a chance to shine, and that includes those like Jean Grey who got a number of signature moments (or the What a mess. I enjoyed the first three collections of the time-tossed Original X-Men that led up to this. Then Bendis and company dumped every bad idea they had into the bowl, mixing oatmeal with mud and tar. Seriously? You really needed THREE different time-displaced X-Men teams and two current X-teams to tell this story? Got so muddled with extraneous and pointless characters that NO ONE got a chance to shine, and that includes those like Jean Grey who got a number of signature moments (or they would have been under better creatives). There were enough good character bits (Iceman, Kitty Pryde) to save this from a 1-star review, but I'd never recommend this book to anyone. Maybe it'd be easier to read if I'd not stopped reading X-books regularly around 2004, but every time I picked up a book, I'd get offended by how out-of-kilter the characters and their motivations were from my 30-plus years of reading the same characters before now.

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