X-Men: Battle of the Atom by Brian Michael Bendis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
OK All-New X-Men makes a LOT more sense now.
I read all of that and all of Wolverine & the X-Men before this.
Now that I’ve read it, it makes a bit more sense.
But still, as a whole, meh plus?
Yes that’s me straining to enjoy a bowel movement, much like RDJ.
There’s stuff to like here, as many friends have already mentioned:
It flows very well, you hardly know when you’ve changed books, because it flows man. Like the river. Whoa.
Aaron and Bendis are what’s missing from Wood’s X-Men…ie HUMOUR. Wood’s X-(wo)Men would be a perfect DCU book.
Iceman is awesome. Seeing not 1, not, 2, not 3…oh ya.
Also explains why Kitty leaves the Jean Grey School (and Iceman), and why the All New (PAST) X-Men end up where they are.
Explains why Jean has some serious confusion about things.
There’s also a lot to not like:
SOOO MUCH ANGER!!! INFIGHTING! GARRRGH!
This is from a documentary of my high school…I actually saw some kid flip a whole cafeteria table over during a MAGIC card game…it was awesome. I was hoping to see some spellcasting or at least a magic wand shoved somewhere dark, but no such luck…
If Hank McCoy is so smart, why has he continually fuct this up? Bringing people forward in time worked so well, why not bring more back in time? That oughta be cool right?
We get 3 versions of Beast, 2 Cyclops, 2 Jean (I mean…no…maybe we don’t? ummm…ya.) 4 Iceman…but only 1 Angel??? I mean seriously, he’s the only one who says “DUDES, WE DON’T BELONG HERE! LET US GO HOME TO THE LAND OF TV DINNERS AND HOTPANTS!”
Shockingly, there’s only 1 Wolverine, and that’s kinda telling, knowing what we know now.
There’s too many monologues and fighting, not enough questioning why, and then Kitty gets mad at the present X-Men (Wolverine’s gang) for trying to get Cyclops and Jean back when they run away (the past ones) and don’t want to go back…umm…isn’t that what you all knew you had to do to start with??? I mean I know letting people decide things for themselves was a good idea, but you can’t seriously think letting the teen X-Originals decide to run off and stay hiding in the present was a good idea?? Ugh. No.
There’s some cool characters we get to see:
Future Icem(e)n; Future Colossus, Magik gets to really let loose, we see how some of the X-kids do in the future (Quentin Quire) and we see what shit goes down (to a certain degree).
I love that Wolverine and Magneto come across as the voices of reason here…that’s too funny.
Iceman from the Future is great. Needs his own series, pronto. If it weren’t for Bobby Drake, I don’t think I’d have laughed once…”So If we’re going to the future, shouldn’t we pick up a sports almanac or something?”
Yup. THAT is how you do time travel and funny.
This book really hovers into nearly DCU levels of seriousness…not loving it.
I can see how this isn’t really meant to be funny, but see the Iceman? Make-a-the-funny words? MORE OF THIS!
So, it’s OK, there’s a few nifty moments, but it also causes more problems than it solves.
It is what it is, and if you’re not an X-person, stay away. FAR AWAY!
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