Anyway we’re still looking at X-Men: Battle of the Atom and thankfully this is the issue where shit starts getting interesting. It only took four issues…well, four and two thirds because things still take a while to get to the point. Really the ball drops in the next issue, which I would totally like to get to in less than a week and a half if that is at all possible.
For the record we’re reviewing Wolverine and the X-Men #36, which was written by Jason Aaron with art from Giuseppe Camuncoli on pencils and Matt Milla with Edgar Delgado on colors. The previous reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Review of part five after the jump.
|Shit just got real!|
I have to say that this issue, no matter what grade I give it, is an unhappy read because it boils down to superheroes fighting superheroes with no villain in sight. I am so sick of this scenario; I was sick of it with Avengers vs. X-Men and I was sick of it with X-Men: Schism. It’s like Marvel did the Civil War comic some years back and decided that it was the greatest work of art they’d ever done [Writer’s Note: It wasn’t] and have been trying to recreate it ever since.
Anyway that aside this is probably the first issue that I actually really enjoyed as we got some answers and we got some cool action. The psychic duel between Marvel Girl and Xorn was pretty cool; seeing one psychic after the other dropping like flies due to the strain until it ended with the two of them was pretty cool. The other fight stuff was…fine. Except for the fact that they were fighting each other at all.
|Ah, more time travel; that's clearly what we need right now|
By the way, now that we know (or a least are relatively certain) that Xorn is grown-up Marvel Girl as opposed to the Jean Grey we used to know can we agree that’s she’s a pretty big asshole? I don’t just mean how she acts in these issues but rather the idea that she’s wearing that helmet, which seems to be in pretty bad taste. If it were the Jean Grey who had been murdered by Xorn Pretending to be Magneto Pretending to be Xorn then at least there could be some dark symmetrical logic as to why she’s taken that identity. However since it’s Marvel Girl, someone who probably never even met that dude, it’s almost kind of like she’s mocking the fact that she was supposed to be killed by the dude and managed to avoid it. I don’t know, it’s just kind of weird and if I were Wolverine, Cyclops or Rachel Summers I’d beat her up for it.
At the end of the day, no matter what else I can say about it, this book is the first time in the miniseries that I feel like I care what’s going to happen next. My interest was piqued and I was dying to know what was going to happen next. That’s a good thing and exactly what you want from a series like this. It has taken a while but Battle of the Atom has finally gotten interesting.
|Wolverine fighting Cyclops? What a refreshing change of pace|
-Pretty cool action
-We start getting some answers
-The best part of this book doesn’t happen until the very last page
-How many times am I going to have to see heroes fighting heroes?