X-Men #5

X-Men #5

Event\Storyline: Battle Of The Atom Writer: Brian Wood Artist: David Lopez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 8
7.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The X-Men and Future X-Men pursue young Scott and Jean.Not all the X-Men agree that the All-New X-Men should be sent back.The cracks in the new all-female X-Men cast start to show.

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Sep 14, 2013

    Great issue for the crossover but not for those only following this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Sep 12, 2013

    There is a lot of different elements going into the contents of this books as it relates to “Battle Of The Atom”. While there is a lack of focus on the team itself and the art team has made things a bit more indistinguishable to the other titles, this is a great installment in this series and in the brand new X-event. This entertaining new event should make X-fans very happy, even though it's hard to tell who is really who at times, with so many different versions hanging around. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 14, 2013

    The first issue not written by Bendis, and our chance to see how this crossover event unfold in other writer's hand. It turns out other writers, such as Brian Wood, can handle what's already set really well without abrupting the story at all. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Sep 12, 2013

    Another great issue and this crossover event shows to have that pacing required to make readers want to pick up the varying books despite it being something many speak out for disliking the need to. Everything is coming full circle throughout the X-Men titles and no stone is left unturned as their progress holds some meaning to the effectiveness of this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Sep 13, 2013

    Its refreshing to have a comic book event that is able to execute the idea of an end of the world scenario without having to rely on giant explosions or dark settings. Brian Wood does a great job carrying over the tone established in the opening chapters to Battle for the Atom and makes the story his own with X-Men #5. Wood seamlessly integrates sub-plots from his recent story arc to enhance the X-Mens current predicament. The dynamic shared between all the X-Men, especially Past-Cyclops/Past-Jean Grey and Rachel/Present-Kitty, helps add to the unpredictability of this story. Wood does such a good job with the pacing of the story that he is able to naturally transition the story into the Uncanny X-Men series. Hopefully Brian Bendis can continue this great momentum as he gets the reins of the story back with the next chapter of Battle of the Atom. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 11, 2013

    David Lopez remains on board the series after his stellar work on issue #4 last month. Much like Wood's writing, Lopez offers a more laid back approach to the X-Men in contrast to Frank Cho and Stuart Immonen's flashy pencils. His work sparkles where it matters most -- emotion and character interaction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 11, 2013

    X-MEN #5 is a great Chapter 3 for Battle of the Atom, but a not-so-great issue of X-Men. Jean and Scott are on the run, and their closeness is leading to a slowly growing relationship. While the issue was a lot of fun, it really doesn't feel like an X-Men book. This really interrupts the main X-MEN story. There's a lot of good here, including the art from David Lopez (with Cam Smith on inks and Laura Martin on colors). This all being said, a good issue is still a good issue. So overall, you should pick this one up. Battle of the Atom is turning out to be a pretty fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Connor Relyea Sep 13, 2013

    This book fits in well with the action from the first two issues and does so without sacrificing the characters for the action. Wood has one more issue to pen in the crossover event, and I hope that it turns out just as well as this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Sep 16, 2013

    While most books run the risk of losing their original voice when they're involved in a crossover event, Wood and Lopez's "X-Men" #5 maintains its distinct quality and more. Wood flexes his storytelling strength by creating an excellent sense of balance between his characters and the crossover's plot while Lopez carries the issue to new heights with his superb artwork. If "X-Men" #5 is a harbinger for things to come in "Battle of the Atom," count me in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Sep 23, 2013

    Every great superhero was an awkward teenager at some point. But even for those who weren't born with superpowers, these awkward years were very influential. The Original Five X-men began their path as teenagers. Between near-extinction and spats with other superheroes, it's easy to forget that the X-men went through these formative phases. And after 50 years, they still make for a compelling narrative and despite their awkwardness throughout X-men #5, Cyclops and Jean Grey are still the best embodiments of that narrative. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 15, 2013

    This was an amazing issue, and although technically the worst in the crossover so far, still very entertaining, showing just how good the story's been so far. It has some fun, and excitement, as well as interesting encounters, setting up the next part of the story perfectly. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue, and the story so far, and can't wait to read the next part. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Sep 13, 2013

    "X-Men" #5 is a fun book, it just suffers from some Event Craziness. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Sep 12, 2013

    7.5Solid installment in the crossover that keeps the story progressingSome great moments and dialogueChock full of plot conveniencesNot enough of the cover team Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Sep 13, 2013

    A fun diversion, but it will be good to get back to Wood's main story in issue #7. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Sep 12, 2013

    With chapter three finished, the ball is back on homecourt for Brian Michael Bendis' Uncanny X-Men story. Overall, Battle of the Atom has proved to be an interesting and compelling crossover that's connecting the various issues of the X-Books. When all is said and done, readers will judge the whole, and credit the X-Men creative team for a solid issue that's not without its flaws. And however small or great those flaws, they don't do much of a dent to the overall plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Sep 14, 2013

    So far Battle of the Atom isn't entirely disappointing. (My bias is tired of Jean Grey, but it's not an X-Men event without being about Jean so who am I to say.) There are a lot of interesting characters that show up and everyone seems to be hiding more than they let on, and it's certainly building up to something. Anyone who's been a fan of any of the X-Men titles involved up to this point, will probably enjoy it so far, the build into each of the next issues will at definitely hold a reader and bring excitement into the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 14, 2013

    Wood does a great job carrying the story through the next chapter. But something is definitely missing. Some sense of fun or wit that almost exclusively belongs to Bendis. But that aside, this was a fine issue of Battle of the Atom. The story continues to move along nicely, and the various X-Men are up in arms for personal and moral reasons, rather than some outside villain or plot. This story is based on the characters, and to me, that makes it better than most others. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Sep 12, 2013

    As far as tie-ins go, this is going a must-read for anybody keeping up with Battle of the Atom. For everybody else, however, this issue is a pass. If youre not keeping up with the event, come back at issue #7 once this time-traveling business wraps up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Sep 16, 2013

    There are some nice moments and the art is generally good, yet the pacing and the main identity of the book ends up clashing a bit with the whole crossover. A nice read, but not one that is absolutely great by any means. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 12, 2013

    Like I have said, I REALLY want to like this event, as it's wrapping up the story with the Original X-Men. However, this issue is a filler in whatever Bendis is trying to do with the story. The last page is really all you need to see unless you enjoy soap opera like dialogue and character interactions. 2/5 Nuggets. Read Full Review

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