Friday, November 1, 2013

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2

   What a mess.

   It's always disappointing when a series you're enjoying ends on a sour note, and that's what you get in X-Men: Battle of the Atom.

   Writer Jason Aaron gets to wrap up this 10-issue series, along with a small army of artists and four epilogues by different creative teams.

   The series features mobs of characters (including X-Men teams from the past, present and future, and a band of evil mutants from the future, too). They're all fighting for reasons that make little sense, the writers keep changing the rules of time travel on a whim, the story is loaded with lots of death and destruction (all for shock value alone), and the whole thing wraps up with nothing accomplished.

   Marvel has a real problem tagging a proper ending onto its event books. Perhaps it's the desire to keep a story going, or the fear that if they actually wrapped up a storyline the readers would take the opportunity to run screaming from all the X-books at once.

   It's a shame - I thought this series had a lot of potential. It had an imaginative concept and a fun group of characters. But the sight of one hero acting completely out of character won't help endear readers, and the ultimate fate of another character should cheese off each and every long-time X-Men fan.

   Surely that wasn't the goal here.

Grade: C+



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