x men: battle of the atom

Future Brotherhood Polaris X-Men: Battle of the Atom (Game,2014)

The daughter of Magneto, Lorna Dane is a mutant with the ability to manipulate magnetic fields, similar to her father. As a superhero with a very complicated history, she has long felt torn between her own principles and those of her father.

STATUS: Polaris’ alignment finally tipped when Magneto died in the future fighting anti-mutant forces. Despite their conflicted relationship, she’d always admired and respected him – and so when he died, she carried his torch, joining the Brotherhood and wearing his original costume as homage.

Things to come for the future issues of Cullen Bunn’s X-Men Blue…

- Another version of Wolverine? Yawn….

- Generation X (with Jubilee, Chamber, Synch, Skin and Mondo)? Hooray! Nice to see those guys from the mid-90s! 

 - Those Future Brotherhood of Mutants from Battle of the Atom crossover event? I don’t care….

- Professor Charles Xavier? WTF?!

Wolverine and the X-Men

Okay but, have you ever actually stopped and thought about how awesome the 5 original main X-Kids in Wolverine and the X-Men are and how much potential they have?

You have a powerful telepathic genius who is near universally disliked, who has to redeem himself from his past mischief (or not. It’s up to him.) He stands up for what he believes in, even if it means standing utterly alone, and he is not afraid to get shit done. And on many occasions, he has done just that–get shit done. Because in the end, he may not be likable, but he sure as hell is reliable. 

A girl who can control the elements who was not revered like a goddess like Storm, but was treated like a monster, and believes herself to be one, yet doesn’t go around being a monster; she is steadfast in her morals and religion, but does what is necessary, even if it is damnable.

A brood. A fucking brood. A species that is bloodthirsty by nature, yet he is the opposite. He suppresses his instinct in order to be who he wants to be, be who he is.  An intelligent, kind, bug-lookin’ little dude. He doesn’t do what the rest of his kind does. He is arguably the most anti-conformist of the entire group.

A clone of the X-Men’s most dangerous and deadliest foe who was raised in a virtual reality to become morally upright and heroic. He is compassionate and selfless country boy who battles with the fact that he shares the same genetic makeup as a deadly psychopath. Yet he overcomes this, not because he has anything to prove, but because that’s who he is.

The son of one of the strongest men in the galaxy. Not only that, but a Gladiator. The leader of the Shi'ar Empire. Talk about high expectations. He destroyed half of the royal city and was put on a time-out on a different planet, into a different culture. Now, he’s stuck between homeland pride and their expectations, and the chill nature of the Jean Grey School and all of the rowdy, life-endangering fun he has there.

And let’s not forget their beloved headmaster– small, smelly, claw-popping Canadian who is battling against his savage, animalistic urges to try to set these potential atom bombs on the right path. Not because he has to prove to anyone that he is a man, not an animal–he could care less what they think–but because it’s the right thing to do

And their enemies? A bunch of 5th grade sociopaths

Say what you will about them, or the writing, or the stories, but Wolverine and the X-Men had a fuck ton of potential. It could have been handled so much better than it has been. This combination of characters is genius. Diverse backgrounds, all different personalities, incredible potential for interaction–This is the team of X-Men I wanna hear more about. 

We were recently asked by shinyalice if we could put together a list of all the shippy appearances of Kitty and Illyana, and after a few days of sorting through comic books older than we are, we bring you this reading list. Not all of it is romantic, and some of the encounters on the list occur between different versions of Kitty and Illyana, but we believe all the interactions in the issues listed below are very important to their relationship, as friends or more. Some of the issues we’ve included have only a panel of two, where one is thinking about the other,but others are more consequential. We’ve also tried to list everything in chronological order and included brief descriptions of what is happening to each of them at this time, so those who read only these issues won’t feel lost. If anyone sees any discrepancies in this or thinks we’ve missed something, please do let us know.


Prior to this, Illyana was a six-year-old very occasionally seen 
with Kitty, where Shadowcat read to her before she went to 
sleep. No really shippy things occur, given the age difference 
and the briefness of the appearances. 

Uncanny X-Men v1 160 (Kitty follows Illyana into Limbo. The two are rescued by the X-Men, but Illyana is recaptured by Belasco, and returns to the X-Men a second later, seven years older)

Magik: Storm and Illyana  001-004 (set during Illyana’s seven years in Limbo. Illyana meets an Alternate Universe version of Kitty Pryde, called Cat)

Illyana is back in Earth-616, and is roughly the same age as 
Kitty.

Uncanny X-Men v1 168 (Kitty and Illyana go dancing together)

Uncanny X-Men v1 171 (a couple of cute moments between Kitty and Illyana; they fight when Belasco turns up in the Danger Room programming)

New Mutants v1 014 (Illyana contemplates her relationship with Kitty)

New Mutants v1 015 (Illyana comes to Kitty’s rescue after she is kidnapped by Emma Frost)

Uncanny X-Men v1 183 (Kitty finds out that Piotr has been with someone else, and Illyana comforts her)

New Mutants v1 021 (Illyana wonders if she’s Kitty’s best friend)

Uncanny X-Men v1 203 (Illyana disappears from existence and her Soulsword goes to Kitty)

New Mutants v1 030 (Illyana manifests Darkchylde for the first time while battling with the Beyonder, and Kitty is with her; continuation from previous UNXM issue)

New Mutants v1 036 (Kitty takes back her dark half to save Kitty)

Uncanny X-Men v1 210 (Kitty, Illyana and Piotr find and rescue Kurt)

New Mutants v1 045 (Kitty and Illyana get jealous of other people being with them)

New Mutants v1 046 (Kitty is stuck intangible after an fight with the Marauders and Illyana thinks she may have to watch her die)

New Mutants v1 063 (more cute scenes between Kitty and Illyana)

New Mutants v1 065 (Illyana goes to Kitty to ask for her help avenging Piotr’s death)

God Loves, Man Kills (this 65-page event contains a lot of cute scenes between Illyana and Kitty; mostly out of continuity, but best placed here)

Kitty has left the Xavier Institute and now lives in London and 
trains and fights with Excalibur, while Illyana remains with the 
New Mutants under Magneto’s tutelage, until she is de-aged 
following the events of Inferno.

Excalibur v1 008 (Kitty mourns the loss of Illyana in the aftermath of Inferno, and has a brief encounter with de-aged Illyana)

Excalibur v1 010 (Kitty and Rachel return to Excalibur’s lighthouse and find Illyana’s Soulsword embedded in a rock, only able to be removed by Kitty)

Illyana, still a child, contracts the Legacy Virus.

Excalibur v1 068 (Kitty contemplates Illyana’s inevitable death from the Legacy Virus)

Illyana dies to the Legacy Virus

Excalibur v1 074 (Kitty mourns Illyana’s death from the Legacy Virus)

X-Men Unlimited v1 037 (Kitty mourns Illyana’s death from the Legacy Virus, and encounters an Illyana from an Alternate Universe)

A lot of time passes between these two issues, and a lot of 
thing happen to both Kitty and Illyana, with them barely having 
contact with each other. Illyana is brought back to life by 
Belasco in Limbo, without her soul. Kitty leaves Excalibur and 
goes to college in Chicago, before she is invited back to the 
X-Men. Kitty becomes trapped in a bullet that was meant to 
destroy Earth. Illyana is imprisoned on Utopia for killing the 
Elder Gods and endangering her teammates. Kitty is brought back 
to Utopia, and has limited contact with Illyana. When she does, 
she is fairly  rude to her, and arguably out of character, so we 
have not included it here. Our list instead picks up again 
following Schism,  and at the conclusion  of Battle of the Atom, 
where Kitty and Illyana reunite with Scott at the New Xavier 
School.

Battle of the Atom 002 (Kitty leaves the Jean Grey School with the help of Illyana)

Uncanny X-Men v3 018 (Kitty checks out the New Xavier School with Illyana’s help)

All New X-Men v1 018 (Kitty trains the Original 5 with Illyana’s help, and they cuddle in the snow)

Uncanny X-Men v3 015 (Girls Night Out, ft. Kitty and Illyana) [yes, this chronologically occurs after UNXM v3 018, which is mainly a flashback to a time during Battle of the Atom, but which makes more sense read following the conclusion of BotA]  

All-New X-Men 025 (technically out of continuity, contains a noteworthy two-page spread of Kitty and Illyana in a possible future AU, but nothing else of relevance)

Hulk v3 009 (Kitty and Illyana help the Hulk remove a tumour from his brain)

**Also look out for Uncanny X-Men v3 033 (according to the cover and issue descriptions, Illyana and Kitty will be fighting demons together)