POINT OF ENTRY: Battle of the Atom


I just finished reading the first three installments of Battle of the Atom (“X-Men Battle of The Atom #1,” “All New X-Men #16,” and “X-Men Vol 4 #5”). It was a beautiful comic that was mostly okay to read if you have little to no X-Men experience, like me.

The first issue was probably the roughest. I don’t really know who the X-men are outside of Storm, Wolverine, and Jubilee. I’ve heard of some of the other main characters like Rouge and Kitty, but I forget who they are. That kind of makes a comics series where there are people traveling from the future and past to our present kind of difficult to follow. I need a large diagram of who’s who and what their relationship to everyone else is.

After I got sort of acquainted with these characters the story progressed much easier for me. And truthfully, even though I didn’t really understand everything I understood enough that I could just enjoy the story without Googling a bunch of stuff (like with Infinity).

I’m happy that I was assigned these comics for Point of Entry, because I probably wouldn’t have picked them up, and I would have missed out. I do want to delve more into the X-Men and honestly, the Marvel Universe so that I have less questions and can just enjoy a lot more story like I do with DC without trying to dig up a bunch of info first.

In the real world Tattoogirl is known as Mai Byers and is a store manager at a video game store. She loves all things nerdy but has only recently gotten interested in the American comic book scene. She writes the column Point of Entry and reviews books and comics incessantly. It’s not just a clever name, she has 30 tattoos. Contact her at maibyers@gmail.com