BATTLE OF THE ATOM: Future X-MEN Cross Over Into the Present
First announced during Marvel's X-Men panel Sunday at C2E2 in Chicago, "Battle of the Atom" is a 10-part crossover running through the X-books written by Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron and Brian Wood in September and October. The story starts with X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 by Bendis and Frank Cho, and then runs through issues #12 and #13 of Uncanny, All-New #16 and #17, Wolverine and the X-Men #36 and #37, issues #5 and #6 of the soon-to-debut new volume of the Wood-written X-Men, and final installment X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2.
Those future X-Men were designed by legendary illustrator Arthur Adams, and based on sketches released by Marvel, include a Wolverine offspring with (potentially) blue skin and red hair, a female Xorn, an Ice Hulk and/or Thing, Deadpool in some shape or form, someone resembling Professor X, Old Beast and an adult version of Molly Hayes from Runaways.
Aaron said to Newsarama that the future X-Men will be led by the older Kitty Pryde from the classic "Days of Future Past" storyline — which, of course, serves as major inspiration for Bryan Singer's 2014 film of the same name. "Battle of the Atom" is also intended as a celebration of the X-Men's 50th anniversary; Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's X-Men #1 debuted in September 1963.
"This story will have a lot of touchstones that X-fans will recognize — little moments, little references, locations, characters in here that hearken back to a lot of different eras of X-Men history," said Aaron, who Bendis credits for originally conceiving of the story. 'This is a celebration of 50 years’ worth of X-Men stories. We’re just trying to cram in as much as we can."
"This will be the first time we’ve seen Wolverine’s side and Cyclops’ side thrown together in one big story in such a huge way since Schism," Aaron said. "There’s a lot going on here. Three X-Men writers. For me, I’m just thrilled to be a part of this. It’s a big honor to be in the X-Men universe on this anniversary."
Marvel senior editor Nick Lowe says that the crossover format is emblematic of what makes the X-Men popular.
Beyond the artistic contributions from Cho and Adams (who drew the Battle of the Atom #1 cover), Stuart Immonen and Chris Bachalo are on their respect regular books for the crossover, All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men; with Giuseppe Camuncoli illustrating Wolverine and the X-Men, and David Lopez on X-Men. The last chapter will be drawn by an as-yet unrevealed artist, with Lowe saying, "it’s too big of news not to hold onto for the fun of later."
In the past, when they would do crossovers like this, there’s always that one book where you go, 'Oh… I wasn’t buying that,'" Bendis related. "But these books are really wonderful, and it’s kind of an honor to cross over with them… Every chapter is a major chapter."More from Newsarama:
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