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X-Men: Battle of the Atom Paperback – 13 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Panini UK LTD / Marvel (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846535727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846535727
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.4 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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.
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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).
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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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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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