C2E2 2013: Bendis, Aaron and Wood Wage X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM [UPDATE]

Get ready for the Days of FuturePresentPast as Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron and Brian Wood risk temporal catastrophe in X-Men: Battle of the Atom, Marvel’s next major mutant event. Celebrating 50 years of merry mutant mayhem, Battle of the Atom sees the arrival of a group of tomorrow’s X-Men all bent on casting yesterday’s X-Men back to the 60s 80s early 90s the past from whence they came. That leaves today’s X-Men in the middle of a bitter conflict between…themselves and…themselves.


It all goes down in September and October in the pages of these fine books:

  • 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

We’ve also got a peek at some Arthur Adams character designs for the Future X-Men, including a gruesome vision of Beast’s mutations run amuck, Molly from the Runaways all growed-up and a Wolverine Jr. with stubby claws, blue skin and red hair. Plus, how about some lady Xorn?


Our man Jim Mroczkowski was on the scene at the X-Men panel and had this to report:

  • The Future X-Men from the crossover are: Kate Pryde, Elderly Beast, Ice Thing, Molly Hayes, Deadpool, and a Lady Xorn that may or may not be called Xornia (an argument about this went on for some time). There is one more character being left mysterious intentionally. [Editor’s note: it’s the Blue Wolverine character, the art for which, according to the panel, was accidentally sent out to the comics media.]



  1. With Spider-Man 2099 showing up in Superior it would’ve been a nice little touch to have the future X-Men be the X-Men 2099. Then again I’m the only X-Men 2099 fanboy out there so I might be a little biased. Buying all these titles so I’m looking forward to the crossover

  2. A bit underwhelming that this is the 50th anniversary event. Time-travel/alt-future X-Men stories are a dime a dozen.

    Still, I like the state of the X-verse right now, and I like these creators, so… I’m game.

    Even if it’s bad, it’s only going to last for two issues of the main series. That seems… merciful.

  3. Deadpool sort of looks like his Dead Man Wade version.

  4. So the red haired/blue skinned Wolverine Jr. makes me think that Wolverine and Mystique hooked up and this is their kid. Jesus, how many kids does wolverine have?

  5. Man… Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron and Brian Wood.. these 3 guys writing Xmen books at the same time!?!?.. We are lucky.. I dont think Xmen has ever seen so much talent in so little time.

  6. I could enjoy this.

  7. “Blue Wolverine?”