The Battle Of The Atom, the current X-Men crossover celebrating fifty years of the comic, has run a number of homages to the history of the comic. At its heart is the most legendary of comics Days Of Future Past, both in its use of time travel and the actions of Mystique’s son similar to those of Mastermind in the original. And by having both X-Men from the past and the future, it’s given the impression that X-Men will continue at least for another fifty years.
And in the first of the book-end issues of Battle Of The Atom, we saw a literal homage to an earlier scene, here Scott and Jean reversed.
Well in the final bookend, we get a similar homage, right back to the cover of X-Men #1 in 1963,.
With the original X-Men not so much fighting Magneto, but one of their own from the future, dressed in the Xorn identity that Magneto himself once disguised himself as.
And Angel thinking to himself “why do I always being a pipe to a superhero fight?”
Oh look, even the Superior Spider-Man Team Up Special #1 joins in a bit…
Battle Of The Atom #2 and Superior Spider-Man Team Up Special #1 are out today. Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, currently running their Mark Buckingham Fables exhibition and next week host a conversation with Blue Is The Warmest Color’s Julia Maroh.