Children Of The Atom #5 by Vita Ayala

Children Of The Atom #5 (Children Of The Atom (2021-))Children Of The Atom #5 (Children Of The Atom by Vita Ayala
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After a shaky start this book has really found its feet now. The team were captured at the end of the last issue, leaving the focus to fall on Jay Jay aka Daycrawler aka Nighty Nightcrawler and half brother of Marvel Guy. As he heads off to call the X-Men to help rescue the team we learn of his deep insecurities regarding the nature of his relation to Marvel Guy. You see, Jay Jay’s mother already had him when she married Marvel Guy’s dad, who already had Marvel Guy and his other brother, and so his mother’s new husband subsequently adopted him. So, he doesn’t feel quite like a proper family member, or, rather, he worries that’s how his older brother sees him.

Meanwhil, the X-Men arrive and both teams battle the U-Men, at which point the U-Men use a device which negates mutant powers…which has no effect on the Children of the Atom. They’re secret is out, they’re not mutants at all. Or…are they? Well, it turs out that one of them is, but I won’t spoil that reveal. Although, if you’ve been paying attention it won’t be a surprise (also, if you’ve read X-Factor #10 you’ll know who it is already).

Given that we’re told at the start of the issue that Jay Jay is only twelve, there’s still time for him to manifest mutant powers, and I’ll be interested to see if they go in that direction. I wonder what effect it’ll have on the team if some of them are mutants and welcome on Krakoa and not others?

This book has come on leaps and bounds since #1. Ayala’s writing has clearly grown sine she wrote the first issue and I find myself hoping that we stick with these characters for a long time.

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