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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!