While it’s slightly disappointing that Brian Wood’s all-female X-Men team won’t properly continue until November, at least he graces us by writing two chapters of the Battle of the Atom event. This is the first of those chapters, and part 3 of the event. It’s also a great comic.
Last week’s issues were full of action, plot twists and still had room for a bit of character development. This issue continues the story in full swing, while having a stronger character focus. Rachel Grey Summers has a lot of great moments in this issue, and has her first proper interaction with young Jean Grey. Kitty Pryde, Young Cyclops and Jean also have a fair share of moments.
The best part of this event so far is it could still go anywhere from here. There still hasn’t been much of a battle yet, which makes me wonder when that will begin. Is there still an attraction between teenaged Cyclops and Jean? The mystery clouding the future X-Men is growing more intriguing. There’s already evidence that both future telepaths are being deceitful; old Jean Grey is telepathically altering her appearance in front of the modern X-Men and Xavier jr. pops some sort of cerebro pill. And since Nightcrawler is supposed to reappear sometime during this event, what is his role in all this insanity?
edit: With the solicitations released today, apparently they’ll still be looking for Nightcrawler after Battle of the Atom.
While the art isn’t quite as good as Battle of the Atom 1 or All New X-Men 16, it’s still very good. Jean and Rachel have a sense of resemblance without appearing as the same person. The new X-Jet (the Dove) has a few subtle differences that make it look like a better jet than the blackbird while still retaining a similar design.
So far, this is shaping up to be the best X-Men event since Messiah Complex. It’s still too early to tell if it will remain this good, but hopefully it will. It’s an X-men crossover with the original five, the currently split X-Men and a decent lineup for a future team. It’s pretty crazy, but since when have the X-Men had normal lives? This is an easy recommendation to fans of the franchise.