X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1



Release date

September 4, 2013
Not being a regular X-Reader, it takes a lot to impress and spark interest in me. X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM did in that it feels tightly plotted and may really cause some cool shake ups in the X-status quo. If it can retain that focus and not fart out in the end like a lot of Bendis-helmed events, this could be the series that gets me back to giving a fig about the X-Universe.
X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 does an admirable job of being accessible. There's a lot going on in the X-books these days. Keeping up with the massive amount of characters and overlapping story arcs would be difficult for anyone. And yet, there's an effort made by Bendis to give readers a taste of what's been happening since last year's Marvel NOW relaunch and the conclusion of Avengers vs. X-Men. The All New X-Men are out training when Sentinels show up to wreak havoc once again, like the ex-girlfriend that won't leave you alone. Except in this scenario the ex-girlfriend gives trades in guilt and pity sex for lasers and missiles.
8.5 out of 10
Where the hell was Gold Balls?! It’s not the Uncanny X-Men without GOLD BALLS!
4 out of 5 stars
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.
9 out of 10
The only problem with the book is pacing. The first chapter is great, presenting a dramatic problem along with some extensive character work.
8 out of 10
X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 is a great continuation of everything that has been going on with all the X-Men books post-Avengers vs. X-Men. Brian Bendis is able to properly lay out a strong foundation that gives this latest X-Men crossover a big event feel to it. Bendis is also able to separate this event from other going on concurrently by exploring the specific consequences of the original five X-Men’s presence in the present Marvel Universe. Add in the great artwork from the team of Frank Cho and Stuart Immonen and you have a great start to a comic book crossover for current X-Men readers.
Anyways, this sort of sets the stage for the event, Sentinels attack, almost kill young Cyclops, which almost wipes regular Cyclops from existence… yeah, time travel stuff, the more you think about it, the more your head hurts.
9 out of 10
Marvel Readers might be suffering from crossover overload right now, but I promise you, Battle of the Atom is the one to check out as it’s shaping up to be an instant classic.
5 out of 5 stars
"X-Men: Battle of the Atom" #1 is exactly the type of offering Marvel needs to provide to ride the Marvel NOW! wave. The characters are wonderful and human, emotional and adventurous, dedicated and scared, just as the X-Men were in the Art Adams-drawn Annuals of yesteryear. I was willing to let this event pass me by, but following the back-of-the-neck grab that opens the issue underneath Adams' retro-glorious cover, I'm all-in for the "Battle of the Atom." Well played, Bendis and crew, well played indeed.
Grade: B-
X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 is a fine way to start off an event. Though the issue falls victim to crossover pacing convention, Bendis provides a satisfying comic book experience throughout and the book never feels like it’s treading water.
X-Men: Battle of the Atom has some serious work to do to pick up its entertainment value, but with a little character development with the new X-team, throw in artist Frazer Irving (his work on Uncanny X-Men is ridiculously good), and we just might have a decent crossover.
6.1 out of 10
“Battle of the Atom” may not be the strongest start to a cross-over with its relatively weak ending, but a good chunk of the book is still great. Sentinels? Stellar. Scott Summers? Superb. Kitty Pryde? Show-stealer. “Battle of the Atom” is, as far as we can tell, going to end up being a very fun storyline for the X-Men.
The big X event has arrived, and while expectations are high, this could get very complicated and blow up rather quickly if not handled well. There are a lot of moving parts in this series, and while the creative team should be able to handle it, there is a high risk/high reward situation going on with this event. The books have been great so far though, and it will hopefully stay that way with this bit of storyline interruption.
9 out of 10
Solid start and all things are looking up. Hopefully the other writers can handle their parts with aplomb like Bendis and Cho did with this issue.
X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 is just the beginning of what promises to be a dramatic and exciting crossover. By issue’s end, the stakes are established and the scope of the conflict transcends time and space. Multiple teams, multiple characters, multiple timelines, all juggled expertly by Brian Bendis and an incredible team of artists.
Grade: A-
The 10-issue story will wind through several X-books along the way, and is promising - so far.
5 out of 5 stars
Brian Michael Bendis has been setting up this story since taking over two X-Men titles. We are treated to some great art and action is cranked up to get us hooked from the beginning.
I will say this, though… This is one hell of an issue. Bendis (as I've said) is in top form. The art team of Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, and Wade Von Grawbadger are some of the best in the business, and they're working in perfect sync here. Marte Gracia's coloring makes the book come alive – the two-page spread right at the top of the issue stopped me dead in my tracks, mostly due to the spectacular color work. So far as superhero comics go, this is about as good as it gets.
9 out of 10
What's great about X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 is that it's an excellent entree to the world of Marvel's mighty mutants. While most crossovers these days start with the world-shaking inciting event and leave characterization as secondary, Brian Michael Bendis really focuses on the time-lost original X-Men, as well as their ideological tug-of-war between Wolverine and Cyclops. The result is a breezy, action-packed introduction that makes you root for the title characters as well as marvel at the larger-than-life stakes involved.