X-Men vs. Agents of Atlas 1 (December 2009)

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Ok, so I’m not sure it’s really a “versus” book. I mean, sure, it’s got the Atlas guys fighting the X-Men, but it’s really just an Agents of Atlas issue with an X-Men crossover (much like the New Avengers crossover early in the Atlas series).

Parker does an unsurprisingly fantastic job, though I wish there’d been a little more recap–I can’t remember if Venus got snatched in the Atlas finale, though I know for sure Parker did start laying the groundwork. He mixes the unfunny X-Men brilliantly with the humorous, but serious, Atlas team.

Pagulayan’s artwork is excellent as always, a slick modern Marvel style without sacrificing expressiveness. The backup, which is just a fun insert instead of dramatically important, has lovely art from Samnee. Along with the other Atlas backups, it does more to establish the series’s perceived playfulness than anything in the modern stories.

CREDITS

The X-Heist; writer, Jeff Parker; penciller, Carlo Pagulayan; inker, Jason Paz; colorist, Will Quintana. Atomic Age Heroes; writer, Parker; artist, Chris Samnee; colorist, Veronica Gandini. Letterer, Joe Caramagna; editors, Nathan Cosby and Mark Paniccia; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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