Today at Marvel’s X-Men panel, a new crossover has been announced between Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men, Wolverine & the X-Men, and X-Men. Written between Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron and Brian Wood, this storyline will be called ‘Battle of the Atom’.
The story will see a team of X-Men from the future show up, whose goal is to send the original five X-Men back into the past, thus clearing all time travellers from the scene. So primarily this looks to be affecting All-New X-Men, whose premise has been centred around the original five for the last few months. The future X-Men are a bunch of the strangest choices, as you can see above — Molly Hayes, Deadpool and Xorn are all present, alongside versions of Wolverine, Beast and Iceman. The characters have all been designed by Art Adams, whose work on Molly Hayes is…. well.
The most notable of these ‘old X-Men’ is this one, who appears to be either Charles Xavier or Cassandra Nova:
As said before, this storyline will cross through the four main X-Men titles, bookended by a ‘Battle of the Atom’ one-shot on each side. Starting in September and ending in October, here’s the full reading order for the storyline:
X-Men Battle of the Atom #1
Uncanny X-Men #12-13
All-New X-Men #16-17
Wolverine & The X-Men #36-37
X-Men # 5-6
X-Men: Battle of The Atom #2
This is Marvel’s storyline celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men, and it looks to be wrapping up a lot of the current plotlines in All-New X-Men, as well as teasing out some new ideas for Wolverine & the X-Men. I’m not sure how X-Men itself will get involved in the storyline as of yet, but the writing team of Bendis, Aaron and Wood is a pretty exciting one in my book.