X-Men – Battle of The Atom #2
Battle of The Atom #2 is everything you could have wanted from this crossover event in one single issue. Every bit of emotion, anger, frustration, truth poured into it and you felt that they were really fighting for their future. I’d hate to say that the event dragged on a bit to this point, but for everything that occurred, this was more than worth the wait.
From the very start this was an intense moment for them all. The Brotherhood brought out the best in everyone, including themselves. Trying so hard to save their future that they risk everyone’s lives who are fighting them. No punches were pulled by Jason Aaron and there was a clear sense of urgency seeing how no one was holding back. This going for Jean especially because there was so much emphasis on how wrong the future was and you see how this has affected her most. These were the actions of someone who had everything to lose, and would do anything to take back her life. No one was safe and those who bit the dust proved that considering how important they were to some of them.
Overall Jason Aaron was properly able to capture that conflict of interest between them. They all had a common enemy, but it didn’t mean they were fighting for the same reasons.
The combination of Esad Ribic, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Andrew Currie and Tom Palmer on art was simply amazing. Though there was some inconsistency throughout, that did not stop it all from looking so well drawn. Especially the very beginning considering all that is going on at the same time, along with all those involved in the same page. The colors, inking, detail put into everything really made the moments, you really wouldn’t notice the change unless you went back to read it again.
X-Men Battle of The Atom is the crossover event we have awaited. It was the event we deserved and as always it sets up for the many stories we can expect from the X-Men world. Sure it was obvious that the schism still remained even though Jean made it very clear it was them at each others throats that creates some of the future problems such as herself. Aside from this there’s so much that this story set up. Separating the original X-Men from the rest, setting up SHIELD for something they didn’t do though having Sentinel in their possession, and of course still having what’s left of the Brotherhood lurking.