Part 10 and the conclusion is here in X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2, and it is a doozy! Everything leads to this, and it is a battle for the ages. Past, present and future X-men battle the future brotherhood with a dash of S.H.I.E.L.D. who have some nifty new Sentinels. From the opening page this is non-stop action, and when the Sentinels arrive the affects will be catastrophic and deadly to some. This final chapter pulls no punches, literally, and with the mass of X-Men on the battle field, you might want to do a second pass to make sure you don’t miss anything.
This is the issue I was waiting for, and Brian Michael Bendis pays off in a big way. There is still plenty of witty banter and one-liners abound but make no mistake this is all action, and the aftermath will be felt for some time to come. When a battle rages like this one there is bound to be some who lose control. It begins with Majik as her anger leads her to a moment as Darkchilde, but the true loss of control will be most devastating from future Jean Grey now known as Xorn. Everyone steps up in a big way in this battle, but they are simultaneously equally vulnerable.
Bendis wraps up this issue nicely with not one but four epilogues which were each written and drawn by various Marvel talent. It works so well because it is a chance for all the X-Men to find their place in this new world, and some choices will shock you. Wolverine makes a strong declaration for his school; Jubilee gets time with her son from the future and gets some much needed closure and reassurance. Others make choices, which will continue the ripple effects the Battle of the Atom begun. It is by far one of the better Marvel events of the year with a satisfying payoff and actual repercussions throughout the X-Men story lines. All in all it was worth the investment and sets up what’s to come in 2014 quite nicely! Easily one of the better X events of recent memory.