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. JaeKay says:

    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. flapjaxx flapjaxx says:

    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. DoctorDP DoctorDP says:

    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. ilovecomics says:

    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. player1 player1 says:

    I could enjoy this.

  7. Grandturk says:

    “Blue Wolverine?”