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This is an epic cross-title adventure involving the original (All-New) X-Men, the current X-Men (both factions) and a team of X-Men from the future (or, I would have thought. ‘a’ future, considering how many futures we have seen), that runs through ‘X-Men: Battle of the Atom’ issues #1 & #2, All-New X-Men #16 & #17, Uncanny X-Men #12 & #13, Wolverine & the X-Men #36 & #37, and X-Men #5 & #6, all of which are collected as X-Men: Battle of the Atom.

Considering how many X-teams are involved, this is actually a very good story, that manages to keep a consistent storyline flowing between the titles, develop the ongoing plot-threads in some of the titles, and actually make some changes to the status quo, as well as kill-off a couple of future characters (but, as I said above how many futures have we seen...?), as well as the original Scott Summers. That does get people thinking that it really is time to send the Original X-Men home, especially when the future Jean Grey and her X-Men come back to join in the chorus, as they want their future changed, and therefore young Jean must go home… Young Jean doesn’t trust the future X-Men, or many of the current ones come to that, and as she doesn’t want to go home and die, she goes on the run with Young Scott (who’s not dead now – keep up). As the various X-Men start to hunt them down, so the divisions between the factions begin to show again, and then another set of X-Men from the (same) future show up to say that they like their future just the way it is… Eventually, a fleet of SHIELD helicarriers turn up – they have noticed all the time-displacement activity, which is a bit of a sore point at the moment due to the Age of Ultron business:
Maria Hill: “Does SHIELD have its own time machine?”
Agent: “Yes, I believe we have some in storage.”
Maria Hill: “I want you to send someone back in time to murder whoever invented the time machine.”

Anyway, voices are raised, buttons are pressed, and even Maria Hill is surprised when she finds out that those big giant Sentinels belong to her…

This really is an epic story, and what’s more, one that actually works. And, what is more, one that changes things and moves the X-Men storylines forward.
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VINE VOICEon 9 February 2014
Firstly if you've not been following the X-men since Schism and AvX, then it might be as well as to give this a miss, as this is a tie-in and cross-over from the All-New X-Men, (New) Uncanny X-men and X-Men Volume 1: Primer (Marvel Now) (X-Men (Marvel Numbered)) story arcs (and let's throw Wolverine and the X-Men in for good measure too!).

If however you have been following these and enjoying them then you might be faced with a bit of a dilemma here, because this one does not quite measure up to the individual arcs and the continuity seems to favour the All New X-Men story line at the cost of some of the other story lines- the events in Uncanny X-Men Vol.2: Broken seemed to be put on hold, so that Scott and Co can, as they often do turn up at the Jean Grey School to poach students. Anyhow to details, while trying to avoid spoilers and surprises (although I suspect veteran X-men readers will turn a page and say in a sardonic tone- `Gosh! I did not see that coming')

Ok, we are still in that impasse of trying to round up all of the original X-men and pack them back to the past, which since they are not co-operating is still a quandary. If this was not bad enough suddenly up pops an X-men team from the future which is a motley looking mob, but insist `The Youngsters' must go back at all costs. Naturally, this being the X-Men causes all sorts of ructions, because Scott and his crew also get involved in the mix; understandably Jean Grey and Scott (The Younger) go on the run.
(Are you with me so far?)

Now at this stage we have one of those quite familiar mixes of Time-Lines and internal squabbles. Some of the Jean Grey Staff think the Younger X-Men should be allowed to make up their own minds. Some of Scott's crew change their minds throughout the story. And what's the deal with the Future X-Men? I will say no more on that score and try and concentrate on the quality.

Well, we have been down these roads of X-men arguing with and/or punching other X-Men and Other Time-Lines, many times (Just an aside Kang The Conqueror must be getting really fed-up with these X-men messing up his hard work with odd time-lines of their own). This version is conducted with verve, zest and enthusiasm; the dialogue is peppered with sardonic asides, although the future X-men do suffer from a case of collective bombast and cliché; the art work does the job and if you are new to the world of the X-men from the time of Schism AvX then you will find this a splendid bit of reading.

As for the rest of us...wwelllll? I personally have continuity issues, some of the themes running in the separate arcs do seemed to have smoothed over to suit this one, and personally I am wondering just what Professor Xavier back in the 1960s is up to (apparently according to this arc sitting in his garden reading). Yes there were a couple of neat surprises, but nothing earth-shattering and there were a few very weird pages involving a future Dazzler. Once more the steely Maria Hill of previous Iron Man arcs has been ditched for a slightly ditzy CEO of S.H.E.I.L.D. Though give Marvel their due they've kept that 'business' between Mercury and Bling simmering away without any clue what that's about

Having said that, I did enjoy this despite its shortcomings, if only because (1) It involves other arcs (2) Something much better may arise from this (3) I'm interested to see if this will impact on the separate arcs. But if only Marvel had dared to go one step further and draw in Cable and his X-Force; now he's the man to sort out time-lines!

Recommended if you are hooked on all things X-Men. (there's a clever little homage to the first X-Men cover by the way) If you are not then read every review you can get your hands on before making what is quite a pricey investment.
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on 27 April 2014
Let me start off by saying that I'm getting a bit long in the tooth and have been reading the X-Men on and off for over 45 years. During that period there have been several times when I fell out of love with the series (and the ever expanding and often contradictory Marvel universes) and moved on to more emotionally darker and graphically realistic (in terms of portraying the true effects of violence) comics or the less traditional series which offer quirky artwork and an innovative & humorous spin on serious global themes. However, The Ultimate's and Illuminati storylines, along with the re-launched Guardians of the Galaxy, got me reading Marvel again, and after reading the on-line reviews for 'Battle of the Atom' I thought here was a great opportunity to try and get me more fully up to speed on what's been happening with the X-Men canon... but man, do I wish I hadn't bothered. All I can say is that the vast majority of the volume was a complete and utter disappointment.

One of the major problems is that some of the artwork on show is simply nowhere close to being of the highest quality, but if that wasn't enough, the story-line is also hopelessly fragmented and to be blunt, it is clearly pre-occupied with appealing to a less mature audience, as the comic veers away from numerous opportunities to properly explore and represent the emotions, thoughts and actions of significant individuals in key situations into a more emotionally.

All I can say is that if you're over 30 years of age and can remember the X-Men's golden age, don't bother buying this collection and just wait for the new 'Days of Future Past' movie to hit our local cinema screens next month!
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on 1 October 2014
Received this to find out that my new softcover volume was bent and creased on the back, and the corners of pages were folded slightly, as this is meant to be a gift for someone I am NOT happy
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on 8 September 2014
Not overly impressed.

How do you deal with time travelling X-Men?
Bring in more time travelling X-Men.

And when that doesn't work?
Throw in even more ........
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on 4 May 2014
Loved reading this series its really done well. I have been reading x-men for 15 years and think this is one of the best !
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VINE VOICEon 27 February 2014
This graphic novel collects the issues which individually formed the story Battle Of the Atom. The story basically tells of the events which follow after the five original members are brought to the present by Hank McCoy, the present Beast. He wanted to show the original X-Men what their future held and this was explained in a previous set of graphic novels. Battle Of The Atom concerns itself with a future group of X-Men who are intent of ensuring that the original five return back to their correct time and the fast-pacing story uncovers a series of events which have twists and turns and ultimately makes the graphic novel an enjoyable read.
Personally, I would suggest anyone buying this volume to have already purchased the previous graphics in this series - all available on Amazon - and then there is an all-new graphic novel ready to be released later this year which follows future events involving the original five X-Men.
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on 31 October 2014
I couldn't put this book down. Each paged just made me turn over to the next.
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on 23 August 2014
Perfect, was just what I wanted, came quickly and a great story arch.
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on 14 September 2014
Excellent story, and art work. Great delivery time from seller.
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