Penciler: Chris Bachalo
Inkers: Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba & Al Vey
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Release Date: September 18th, 2013
"Battle of the Atom: Chapter 4"
People can't argue that Bendis doesn't use a lot of dialogue. I feel as if a lot of these first four chapters of Battle of the Atom is just giving us a guide point as to where each member of each team stands on the placement of the original X-Men. This issue picks up with S.H.I.E.L.D. noticing another time anomaly and they instantly blame McCoy and by they I mean Hill. There is a short exchange between she and Dazzler before we jump back to Utopia where Jean and Scott (past) is talking to Scott (current) and his team. The young X-Men feel that his team was their last hope.
I have to admit it is really cool to see the Stepford Sisters banter with Emma and Jean and then the use of the Hive Mind to catch up everyone who didn't know about the future X-Men (man there is a lot of clarification between which person is from what team and blah blah). I am not certain why Magik responded the way that she did to the group, but I am sure it will be explained soon.
In all reality, the rest of the issue basically dealt with Scott battling over the fact of helping his past self or not and seeing a strange yet expected resistance of Scott's decision TO help them from Emma and Magneto. The issue ends with the Stepford Sisters and Emma standing off against the future Jean Grey simply because Emma doesn't like Jean, regardless on how she feels about the past X-Men being where they are.
So, as you can see not a whole lot happened. Bendis is really known for stretching out stories but I really want this thing to pick up pace soon. We have six more chapters left so considering that we are about halfway in and we still haven't really been told WHAT the Battle of the Atom is and what it is going to lead to I have a bit of a concern. If Bendis lets me down here...I just don't know.