What I’m Reading: X-Men: Battle of the Atom
November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
X-Men: Battle of the Atom was the big crossover event to mark the 50th anniversary of the X-Men. The original X-Men team from the 1960s, the featured cast of the monthly All-New X-Men, have been in the present time since Marvel NOW! began. To be as spoiler-free as possible, Battle of the Atom begins with some of the present day X-Men trying to send the originals back to their own time, though they don’t all want to go. Then some X-Men from the future arrive, and then some other X-Men from the future arrive. Then everybody fights.
If that sounds confusing, you’re not a regular reader of the X-Men comic book line, where time travel has become a really annoying staple of the series. And if you are a regular X-Men reader, you were probably disappointed with Battle of the Atom. The fact is, other than the addition of a few more characters to the Marvel Universe, nothing really major happens in this crossover. The few glimpses of the future that the crossover provides clearly illustrates that the X-Men of the future are still doing what the X-Men do best: fighting each other.
By the end of the crossover, I had missed a few characters’ deaths, and I couldn’t keep track of who was good or bad. It wasn’t because the story was hard to follow, but because I didn’t care. Your superhero team doesn’t matter if it spend more time fighting itself than it does fighting the bad guys.