Over the last year or so, the X-Men universe has gone through many changes, almost all of them good. With the advent of new mutants popping up around the globe, things are good in 616 continuity, and with Brian Michael Bendis taking the helm on All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, we as fans are getting some of the best new stories we've seen in years.
In this first part of the 10 part Battle of the Atom crossover, Bendis drops the bombshell we have all been waiting for. We knew that with the original, time-displaced X-Men here in the present, the danger of altering everything in the time stream is a constant, and finally, after almost a year waiting with baited breath, it happened.
As Kitty Pryde and the original X-Men journey to Los Angeles to combat a new mutant wreaking havoc on the city, they are overwhelmed and surrounded by Sentinels. But the cavalry comes in the form of Scott Summers and his Uncanny X-Men. During the battle, the original Scott is hit by a blast from a Sentinel, and dies...or something like dying at least, and as a result, the modern day Scott vanishes, as if he never existed. What delivery of something we've all been expecting!
This prompts the team to go back to the Jean Grey school and decide that they must send the original five back to their time, so that they don't continue to risk altering the future. As this decision is being made, the X-Men from some point in the future show up at the school.
I've read the second part to Battle of the Atom already as well, and it just gets better from here!
The best part of this issue, hands down, without a doubt, was when the Sentinels show up, and Kitty says, "To me, my X-Men". It was so emotional and nostalgic that the hair on my arms stood up...what an incredible moment, probably my favorite delivered by Bendis since "No more mutants" many years ago.
Just a wonderful start to this crossover.
It's good to be an X-Men fan, real good.