By Brian Michael Bendis, Frank Cho, & Wade Von Grawbadger
Marvel did something we rarely see in comics these days: they released the first two parts of a big X-Men crossover on the same day. If you are partaking in this crossover, this is great, you don’t have to wait until next week to get the next part. Kudos to Marvel.
A new mutant has popped up, and Kitty and the original 5 go to see who it is. It turns out to be a criminal who also just happened to have her powers manifest. The O5, not really ready for battle, do their best to save the day, and they are doing a fine job until sentinels enter the equation. They need help and who comes to their aid? The Uncanny X-Men. They work great as the two teams focus on the same objective. The battle ends, teams go their separate ways, but Wolverine’s school is visited by eerie visitors from the future.
Bendis has turned this franchise around. The first part of this crossover was downright entertaining. One of the things Bendis did well this issue is that he combined two books, both written by him mind you, and made them feel like one. The interaction between the two teams was great. Kitty and Scott seemed like there was no bad blood whatsoever, and that is a great sign for those fans who hope the teams merge. Bendis also answered the ever important question, if an X-Man from the past dies, what happens to their present day counterpart?
Frank Cho is on the art duty for this issue, and he does an excellent job. The many facial expressions seen on the X-Men are priceless, and he’s one of the only artists that draws Scott Summers “slim”. The arrival of the Uncanny team can be descried as nothing other than sweet. The panel where Cyclops has to make sure he is still there is also very classic, one of the best panels in the book.
For an opening to a crossover, X-Men: Battle of the Atom was surprisingly action packed and well done. Bendis has plenty on his plate right now, but still seems to be hitting his stride in the X-books. Frank Cho is very consistent and looks as good as he ever has. This is an important book for lovers of the X-Men.