Written by J.T. Krul, Art by Freddie Williams II, Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Charged by nuclear energy, possessing vast molecular powers, Captain Atom has the potential to be a literal god among men – a hero without limits. But the question is: Will he lose himself in the process?
Bias: I’ve always liked the character of Captain Atom, and he was absolutely terrific in Justice League: Generation Lost (I’m a sucker for time travel anyway, so his jaunts into the future with an emphasis on preventing what he saw there were absolutely wonderful.) The only thing I’ve read by J.T. Krul was Green Arrow, and while I disliked it, I’ve never particularly cared for Green Arrow – so I’m hopeful that the writer’s treatment of Captain Atom will be more up my alley.
What I liked: I liked the artwork for the most part – it was definitely not your standard DC Universe art, and felt refreshing to see something different and vibrant.
What I disliked: It felt like this was originally a pitch for a Firestorm book that was rejected and turned into a Captain Atom story – and not one that fits Captain Atom particularly well, either. I also didn’t care for the energy that sent jagged streams out from Captain Atom’s chest symbol – the symbol is round and smooth, and the energy is jagged and wild, and just kind of attaches to the sides of the symbol. It’s rather jarring, and detracts from the look more than adds to it.
Verdict: I really wanted to like this title, but I just can’t get into it. I’m dropping it.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.