Wednesday, October 30, 2013

X-Men: Battle of the Atom Premiere HC [2013]

      

      

X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM PREMIERE HARDCOVER
The 10-part series begins with both the All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men teaming up to defeat the mutant-hunting Sentinels. The younger Cyclops is shot while the older Cyclops disappears. The younger Cyclops is revived and the older Cyclops reappears. The X-Men at the Jean Grey School decide its time to send the younger original X-Men back just as the X-Men from 50 years from now appears.

However Jean Grey cannot read their minds so she causes a distraction and runs with the Blackbird with Cyclops. The grandson of Xavier was blocking their thoughts and Xorn is revealed to be a future Jean Grey. Cyclops and Jean Grey run to the Uncanny X-Men for help.

Magik goes into the future as Wolverine and the X-Men arrive. A psychic battle between Xorn and Emma Frost with her students including the young Jean Grey occurs. Cyclops discovers Xorn is really the young Jean Grey who stayed in the present. Now Xorn wants to send her younger self back where she belongs. Magik returns from the future and takes the younger Hank McCoy and Iceman into the future.

The young Jean Grey defeats Xorn and sees her future and decides to go back. Magik, McCoy, and Iceman travel to a completely different future with a different set of X-Men. In the future Alison Blaire becomes the first mutant U.S. President who is later assassinated. Magik returns with the real X-Men from the future and questions linger on who are the other mutants claiming to be X-Men including: Xorn, Ice Hulk, an older Kitty Pryde, the grandson of Xavier, and Deadpool. 

      

The future “X-Men” attempt to retrieve both young Iceman and Beast however discover they already went to the future. The ruse is over and Wolverine is stabbed by his son from the future whose mother is Mystique. 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
- Sentinel-X reveals himself to be Shogo the “son” of Jubilee
- The future “X-Men” attempt to send the original X-Men back home
- The original X-Men cannot be sent back due to the Time Paradox
- The future “X-Men” are really the Brotherhood which attempt Plan B
- The Brotherhood lures the X-Men into a trap with SHIELD on the offensive



This hardcover collects
X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1-2
All-New X-Men #16-17
X-Men #5-6
Uncanny X-Men #12-13
Wolverine & the X-Men #36-37

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5