Battle of the Atom Chapter 10

Or X-Men Battle of the Atom #2

SHIELD “has unleashed” a hail storm of bombs at ALL the past present and future X-Men (and Future Brotherhood) ensuring that here at Cape Citadel, where the X-Men were born, that some of them will die. 

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SHIELD tries to regain control of their firing systems as the first flurry of bombs drop. Xorn/Jean and Xavier are behind this, of course, Quentin Quire, AKA Kid Omega AKA the Phoenix knows what’s up and confronts the telekinetics from the Future Brotherhood. Future Beast is still trying to convince everyone that the attacks from SHIELD are genuine but no one seems to care. 

But one missile holds Sentinels. So now SHIELD’s “anti-mutant ordinance” is exposed. When they realize what this means, convictions waiver. Future Beast is the first casualty.

Quentin accuses future Jean of blaming the Phoenix for going all “dark and psycho.” She’s all “you don’t deserve that power, it’s calling my name.”

Future Jubilee (who has lazer Wolverine claws) goes after Raze. She gets cheap shotted by the Sentinel. Shogo rushes in to destroy the robot. Colossus gets destroyed from the inside out by Xavier. Illyana goes all Darkchilde after seeing what has happened to her brother and her friends try to tell her to reign it in. Future Iceman is horrified by the X-Men on X-Men violence. Wolverine and Cyclops are attempting to take out Future Jean/Xorn and they are still squabbling over Who’s girl Jean is before the two men face off against her. She’s furious and barely holding herself together, becoming overwhelmed by her powers. 

To save Wolverine and Cyclops the original X-Men intervene. Young Jean reminds her future self that they TRIED to go home. She doesn’t need to do this. As future Jean self destructs, Xavier calls the Brotherhood to him. She explodes taking the Sentinels with her. 

Maria Hill reaches the ground but there is no living- or dead to be found.

Epilogue 1- Magik got them out, she kept from losing herself. Wolverine is still hardlining sending the original X-Men home (They tried to go home! did you all forget that?!). Of course the 5 X-Men from the past aren’t the only of the time displaced. There are still the bunch that Illyana transported from the future, though, they are down a few. Cyclops reminds everyone that SHIELD “tried to kill them” (which they should have thought the Brotherhood was behind, but the real issue) that they had Sentinels. 

Epilogue 2- Kymera (Storm’s daughter from the future) wants to stay in the present time to fight the Brotherhood. Shogo from the future and present day Jubes have a heart to heart (his mom, her future self is dead, remember?) She asks questions that she probably shouldn’t about how she deals with vampirism, but is mainly just happy that it all works out. That she adopted a son and raised him as an X-Men and it all worked out (after the very strange beginning, what with him being inhabited by an alien virus that could control technology and was bent on controlling the earth).

Epilogue 3- The X-Men from the future -sans Kymera- depart.

Epilogue 4- Kitty Pryde quits the Jean Grey School. She tells off Ororo, lashes out at Iceman and stuns Rachel, Wolverine and the rest. She and the original X-Men defect to Cyclops and the Charles Xavier School.  

After seeing Kitty Pryde relegated to the back burner by Storm in Brian Wood’s X-Men series, I was glad to see her take a hardline, I’m interested to see how this will impact the team dynamics in that series going forward. I’m sad about future Jubilee. Wolverine and Cyclops facing off on issues from the self-righteous to the teenage are very real. The art in this particular issue was not my favorite (what was up with Emma Frost? and some characters faded into the background while they were still fighting leaving it difficult to decipher what was happening). But as a whole this crossover event was monumentally entertaining, funny, epic and bad ass. I enjoyed that Illyana was the one to save the day. There wasn’t a huge resolution, the young original X-Men are still displaced and now they have to deal with the fall out of the 5 plus Kitty Pryde defecting.

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