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X-Men: Battle of the Atom

(All-New X-Men (2012) (Collected Editions) #3.5)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,228 ratings  ·  243 reviews
The X-Men’s past, present and future collide in this 50th-anniversary event! Something horrible happens to the past versions of the X-Men that shakes spacetime to its core — and more X-Men arrive from the future with a message: The original five must return home! But when young Cyclops and Marvel Girl run away to stay in the present, the hunt is on! And where does the ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Marvel Comics
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Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
“God, when did Wolverine become the reasonable one? These X-Men get crazier every year.”

Yes, they certainly do, and this 10-part crossover that was part of the 50th anniversary of the original title proves Maria Hill’s point.

Since the X-Men and time traveling go together like the Doctor and Clara, then I guess it’s only natural that this would lean heavily on that concept, especially since the All New X-Men are actually the original team brought forward in time due to a very curious decision by
50th Anniversary Event!

For the most part, I liked Battle of the Atom.
Lots of time-travely stuff, so you get the feeling this is almost a What If story.
What if Jean Grey was crazy and evil? What if Beast totally lost it, and turned to the Dark Side? What if Mystique and Wolverine had a son?
Of course, once the past and present X-Men meet their future selves, the time stream is in flux, so everything changes...or at least can change.
Which means...the story is basically worthless.
Still, it was fun.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I've actually been enjoying All-New X-Men, despite not being thrilled with the original concept. This cross X-books event exists to address the elephant in the room: shouldn't the original X-Men be heading back to their own time? Isn't it dangerous to keep them around? The answer, of course, is yes. But what if they don't want to go? This needed to be addressed, and quickly, if All New X-Men was going to stick around for more than a few books. And it certainly looks as if it will.

As a crossover,
Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ ✦
I recall reading this entire collection during one supposedly uneventful night, and itfeatured the big-event crossover orgy that span across four ongoing X-titles. I was but blissfully unaware of the troubling clusterfuckeries ahead while I contentedly sipped my hot ginger tea as I read. I happened to only peruse through the first two issues in the first hour or so, taking my time, which was still a long way to go before I was struck by the epiphany that this was going to get even crazier than I ...more
Sam Quixote
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
2013 is the X-Men’s 50th Anniversary with Marvel celebrating one of their flagship titles with a massive 10-issue Event comic called Battle of the Atom. Taking in all aspects of the X-Men, riffing on popular characters, stories, themes, places, ideas, as well as art, dialogue, and all kinds of easter eggs only the truly hardcore X-Men fans will get (not me), Battle of the Atom is, to say the least, a very X-Men book. And like every classic X-Men book, this one is a bit of a clusterfuck, making ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
The original five X-Men traveled through time thanks to present day Beast. Everyone is concerned with the time space continuum yet still they remain in the present. A future group of mutants come insisting the original X-Men must go home and drama ensues.

So for anyone who hasn't read my views on the majority of time travel stories I'll sum it up, just no...please don't do it. This is the X-Men we're talking about here, Bishop and Cable are always showing up from the future.

kristen ♡
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
tie ins.... ugh
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
So, the best summary of this book can be found < href=" here (with some moderately adult content).

There were a number of things I didn't like about this book, but mostly I feel that the psychic battle was the biggest disappointment of 2013. And not just in comics. I mean generally, it was the thing that lived up to the excitement it created the least. I LOVE psychic battles, so I was willing to give this one lots of leeway. I thought "I can overlook
Apr 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a pretty miserable excuse for a crossover. By the end, I found myself so bored with its entire premise that I just rushed through the last few issues, trying to hurry everything along as quickly as possible. Even that didn't speed up this slow dud.

For starters, layering another time travel X-Men story on top of the already time-travel-heavy Bendis series just seems like an insane idea. I guess on some level it could be kind of meta or post-modern, or even comedic, but it isn't presented
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Why do these "event" comics always feel like they're pulling out forbidden moves that will be put back in the box the moment we reach the end of the collection? Why aren't we allowed to do these kinds of things in normal stories (like Remender did with X-Force) - or why are we *ever* allowed to screw with the Big Continuity and the rules-about-who-has-how-many-alpha-level-powers?

It's fun to see this stuff happen - to have the board change and new unbalancing characters show up - but it feels
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
OK All-New X-Men makes a LOT more sense now.

I read all of that and all of Wolverine & the X-Men before this.

Now that I've read it, it makes a bit more sense.

But still, as a whole, meh plus?


Yes that's me straining to enjoy a bowel movement, much like RDJ.

There's stuff to like here, as many friends have already mentioned:

It flows very well, you hardly know when you've changed books, because it flows man. Like the river. Whoa.

Aaron and Bendis are what's missing from Wood's HUMOUR.
James DeSantis
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I dunno why I skipped this on my All New X-Men/Uncanny X-Men reading run but now that I read it, do we get something worth reading in this mini-event? Well...

The future X-men come back to the modern day X-Men to warn them the past X-men will cause huge issues being in the modern day time period. Confused yet? YOU SHOULD BE. So now the Past X-men are running away from both the Future X-Men and Modern Day X-men but not all the modern day X-men are agreeing with the rest of the modern day X-men
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
nice art, fun comic, but god, once, just once, i would like an xmen comic that didn't leave me with more questions than answers. but then issues all tied together well for something with different authors.
... also time travel is stupid and im sick of comics using it as a plot device! learn from your mistakes! also emma frosts outfit was awful!
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
REREAD: This was worse than I remember, but I remember liking it more than I apparently did, according to my prior review. So it'll stay 3 stars.

I think the thing that's the worst about this book, which I alluded to back in 2015, is that the writers obviously didn't understand what they were doing, as suggested by the fact that each one of them includes a scene in their respective chapters in which the characters talk about how they totally don't understand what's going on. And the story isn't
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics, 2016
4.5 stars

Okay... So you think that a majority of the X-Men would come to the conclusion that everyone needs to go back to their various time periods and just chill out with all this drama after the massive event that occurred here... But that doesn't seem to be the case. *sigh* Sometimes I think Wolverine is the only one with any sense in this series.

But I did enjoy this. Most of the issues inside have great artwork. Storyline was pretty solid.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those Who Seek to Be Mutant X-perts
Sometimes the total is less than the sum of its parts.

So. Many. Mutants.

I wanted to like this event crossover, I really did, but things just got waaay too timey wimey even for me.

Also, in light of subsequent events, all of Bobby Drake’s girl crazy behaviour just kept ringing false. I mean, there’s overcompensating and then there’s just naïve writing.

UPDATE: (view spoiler)
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Five different Ice Mans, fiendishly overrated gingers
More time-traveling X-Men craziness.

This volume, collecting issues from about half a dozen different X-titles in a big epic crossover storyline climaxing in the 50th anniversay of the X-Men, was full of epic battles and showdowns, and the writers obviously had a ball creating variant X-Men from different eras. We already had the original teenage X-Men from the past, and the divided X-Men teams of the present quarreling over whether the youngsters should be sent back for their (and the time/space
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This week's theme for the Shallow Comic Readers is, well, pot luck!


This isn't a bad story. Like many time-travel books, it can get a bit convoluted at times, but the overall premise is pretty good. The original X-Men, brought to the present day by Hank McCoy, must return to their own time before the time/space continuum thingy is messed up. There are disagreements about who should go, so the competing teams led by Wolverine and Cyclops get involved, and then there are X-Men galore from the
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
More side story, but it was sufficiently crazy enough to make me enjoy the hell out of it. Just watching five Ice-Men from different timelines work together (or against,) was pretty damn classy. I may or may not hunt down the other titles that led up to it, but I have a feeling that I'll get wrapped up in the story from many directions already.

I already got the trial of Jean Grey in Guardians of the Galaxy, so now it's just a matter of filling in the blanks. A lot of blanks. My god. Will this
Nicole Westen
Queue more time travel shenanigans.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital, x-men, marvel-now
Wow. This is a chore to read at times. I liked it, but I'm not sure if I would go any further than that. Theres a lot of characters, from 3 different eras, time travelling and melodrama turned up to 11. So pretty much your standard X-men story. There's even some Sentinels thrown in.

But sometimes, it feels like there's too many characters. Obviously this means that some characters won't get much panel time, and I get that. But it makes it hard to follow, and like I said at the beginning, a chore
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best X-Men story arcs yet. I absolutely loved this so much i read it straight through without stopping.
Zack! Empire
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
Really enjoyed this book when I read it a few days ago, but now that I sit down and think about it, I wonder, what really happen in the book? I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it seems like not much. The X-Men of the past are in the present, so the X-Men of the future show up and tell them, and the X-Men of the present, that the X-Men of the past need to go back to where they came from. And people talk. Like a lot. Seriously a lot. More then you are thinking. No, more. Yeah, still ...more
Stewart Tame
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm surprised by how much I liked this. It's a big crossover event involving characters whose adventures I haven't followed regularly in about twenty-five years. And it involves time travel. By all rights, I should either be confused by it or hate it or both.

Fortunately, I recognize enough characters that I was able to get my bearings pretty quickly. As I said, there's time-travelling involved. I'm not going to attempt to summarize the plot because it would make my head hurt. Suffice to say
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
As a new X-men reader, I was very excited to get into this as I am reading all series involved. I don't know that it was what I expected though. I obviously missed out on a lot of the references to previous material that other loyal fans would be really enjoying, but I still enjoyed all the characters that I was familiar with, coming together.
Without some of the background character knowledge that I obviously needed, the time travel plot of past/present/future really bent my mind at times and I
What a mess. I enjoyed the first three collections of the time-tossed Original X-Men that led up to this. Then Bendis and company dumped every bad idea they had into the bowl, mixing oatmeal with mud and tar.

Seriously? You really needed THREE different time-displaced X-Men teams and two current X-teams to tell this story? Got so muddled with extraneous and pointless characters that NO ONE got a chance to shine, and that includes those like Jean Grey who got a number of signature moments (or
M. Ashraf
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
So... He did it again -_- the ending was lower than my expectation :/ the whole event was going so well and the story was great and then the ending come like this :/ :/ :/ it will have many implications on the future series but I wanted it to be more than that :/ :/
(view spoiler)
Robert Kirwan
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Changed my rating for this!!

WHen I read this first I was loving it. The artwork, the time-hopping, the fights and the drama. But reading it a second time, I realise just how convoluted this crossover and storyline is. It really just lumps in X-Men from every era.

Its a fun read but more confusing than I initially gave it credit for. Very jarring when you're trying to remember who's who, what their goals are and what's currently going on. It seems the writers also just use teleportation to end at
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
Well, since I haven't read any other storylines and this is practically the first I invest my time on, I can honestly say that I enjoy it and this crossover was a really nice touch.

I loved how the story flowed easily and without any confusion (even the illustrations matched a little) and that made it more enjoyable to read.

I'm not reading in order to analyse timelines, because I don't know all that much about what happened in the part, so I am purely reading for entertainment and this volume
Jesse A
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This was just ok. I don't read a couple of the series involved so I was a bit behind at times.
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot

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All-New X-Men (2012) (Collected Editions) (9 books)
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  • All-New X-Men, Volume 2: Here to Stay
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