X-Men #5

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September 11, 2013
X-Men fans are probably already eating this up with a spoon, but the soup is pretty tasty for the rest of us as well. And if the plot can get more interesting, matching up better with the fine execution, Marvel might actually pull off two good crossovers at the same time! That would be something to see.
4 out of 5 stars
This book fits in well with the action from the first two issues and does so without sacrificing the characters for the action. Wood has one more issue to pen in the crossover event, and I hope that it turns out just as well as this one.
Grade: C+
There are some nice moments and the art is generally good, yet the pacing and the main identity of the book ends up clashing a bit with the whole crossover. A nice read, but not one that is absolutely great by any means.
7.8 out of 10
MOST of the writing in this issue is actually quite good, the typical “X-Men” cast have some really funny moments and Lopez has some really solid art that sells some of that humor. “X-Men” #5 is a fun book, it just suffers from some Event Craziness.
8.5 out of 10 (Great)
This week marks the first installment of Battle of the Atom not written by Brian Michael Bendis, allowing readers a better sense of how well this crossover will function as a cohesive story. So far, there seems no cause for concern. Brian Wood is able to keep the story moving along without any abrupt change in voice or tone.
4 out of 5 stars
Man, this tie-in really disrupts the flow of this book. This doesn't really feel like an issue of X-MEN. It feels like a large helping of Battle of the Atom with a small side of Brian Wood's X-Men.
8.5 out of 10
It’s refreshing to have a comic book event that is able to execute the idea of an end of the world scenario without having to rely on giant explosions or dark settings. Brian Wood does a great job carrying over the tone established in the opening chapters to Battle for the Atom and makes the story his own with X-Men #5. Wood seamlessly integrates sub-plots from his recent story arc to enhance the X-Men’s current predicament. The dynamic shared between all the X-Men, especially Past-Cyclops/Past-Jean Grey and Rachel/Present-Kitty, helps add to the unpredictability of this story. Wood does such a good job with the pacing of the story that he is able to naturally transition the story into the Uncanny X-Men series. Hopefully Brian Bendis can continue this great momentum as he gets the reins of the story back with the next chapter of Battle of the Atom.