Review: Giant-Size Atom #1 (DC)

Giant-Size Atom #1Writer: Jeff Lemire
Pencillers: Mahmud Asrar, Allan Goldman, Robson Rocha Inkers: John Dell, Andy Owens, Eber Ferreira, JP Mayer
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover: Gary Frank and Nathan Eyring
Assists: Sean Ryan, Darren Shan
Editor: Brian Cunningham
DC Comics – May 2011 – $4.99

This review contains spoilers, you are forewarned.

This issue concludes the storyline leading from Adventure Comics #521 entitled “Nucleus”. Ray Palmer is forced by The Colony to hand over the White Dwarf Matter meteorite that he keeps hidden or else they will kill his father. 

Hawkman guest stars in this issue. The bond between him and Ray Palmer are made clearer in a great sequence that takes place inside his body as The Atom is trying to save his life. Also making an appearance, albeit in a smaller role are Oracle, Dr. Midnite, and Asimov, Ray Palmer’s aptly named robot acquired from Doc Magnus, who keeps guard of the White Dwarf Matter meteorite. 

The Colony manages to find out The Atom’s secret identity is from his uncle Dave who works for them because he sloppily had his name in one of his secret files. In order to blackmail The Atom into handing over the White Dwarf Matter, so they can recreate a stable version of Palmer’s belt, they find his father who’s recently had a stroke, and threaten his death. 

Ray’s dad also finds out that his son is a Superhero and has to come to terms with that fact as they reconcile their differences.

Admittedly I haven’t read many atom comics lately and after reading the Adventure comics lead-in I jumped into the story. Jeff Lemire does a good job at pacing and making the story interesting; but the fact that there are 3 pencillers and 4 inkers, the look and layout of the story becomes a little disjointed. This issue also sports a great cover by Gary Frank and Nathan Eyring.

The main issue I had with the artwork was the fact that it made it seem like the book was broken down into several comics instead of a cohesive single book.  The writing was good, but the look of The Atom varied and because of this, he seemed to vary greatly in age from section to section.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked the artwork by all the creators involved, I just didn’t think it worked by having so many people working on one project.

I like Jeff Lemire and I’d really like to see where he goes from here with The Atom.

The Comic Book Critic

Comic Book Critic Rating: 6.0

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