The mutant heroes known as the X-Men celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2013, and Marvel Comics is promoting the anniversary with a 10-part weekly crossover called “X-Men: Battle of the Atom.”
The series kicks off on Sept. 4, and will feature the past, present and future of the X-Men characters.
The original X-Men have been trapped in our present — their future — in the pages of the comic “All-New X-Men.” But in “Battle of the Atom,” a different team of X-Men comes from the future to warn the All-New X-Men: They must return to the past.
“The story itself hinges on the All-New X-Men and whether or not they need to be sent back to their home time,” said X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe at Marvel.com. “This causes the X-Men of the past, present and future to pick sides.”
The creators of the crossover event include writers Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron and Brian Wood; artists include Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo, David Lopez and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
“This event really celebrates everything that we all love about the X-Men, to the extent that you get the X-Men of the past, present and future all coming together in one epic story that spans all the major locations of modern-day mutantdom,” Aaron said at marvel.com.