Review: Atlas #1

Published on May 21st, 2010

The Spy.The Spaceman.The Goddess.The Robot.The Gorilla. Normally not a by line that would grab my attention but it did and boy am I glad I took the chance on Atlas #1 by Marvel Comics. I have to say right off the bat that I am not a big fan of anything with a talking ape.Having said that the way in which  Gorilla-Man’s origin is explained is acceptable to me. Now on to the book.

atlas_1

Here is a quick summary of what to expect from Atlas.

In the late 1950’s, The U.S. Government let FBI Special Agent Jimmy Woo forge a team of unlikely heroes: Together they stormed the fortress of a criminal mastermind to rescue President Eisenhower, and the group disbanded soon after. Now almost 50 years later, an unauthorized S.H.I.E.L.D. mission goes down in flames–and from the ashes arise forces from the GOLDEN AGE OF MARVEL!

As far as Marvel is concerned  The Agents of  Atlas have been around since the 50’s and even before Marvel Comics was Marvel Comics most of the characters were in place under the ATLAS Comics name brand. I am giving you this bit of back history to let you understand where these characters come from and why you might get a bit of the feel of  Buck Rogers or other early Sci-Fi initially from them.It seems that the current ongoing series are going more for a Secret Warriors / B.P.R.D. type of feel for this book and that is just fine by me!

This issue however focuses on 3-D man and as far as I can tell he is tracking the Agent’s of Atlas  as well as dealing with the newly labeled Heroic Age.It really doesn’t get to much into the actual Agent’s themselves and just shows them as shadowy figures who make there home on the West Coast of the U.S.It was nice to have a Marvel book set in a realistic Hollywood (as that is where I live) and what’s more the art work by both Gabriel Hardman and Chris Samnee is excellent!I kind of wish that the book was drawn by cover artist Terry Dodson but I guess you can’t have everything.I know the story will grow and the characters are an interesting mix of old and new. I am sure that writer Jeff Parker will come through as I can already tell some of the things he is setting up and I really love Gabriel Hardman’s art work! I am excited to read issue 2 and see where the story is going.Atlas is defiantly putting a bit of The Golden Age into this new Heroic Age and that is something we can all be thankful for!

Final Verdict : If you like books like S.H.I.E.L.D. or Secret Warriors or even B.P.R.D. there is a good chance that you will enjoy this book as I feel it will be dealing with the Sci-Fi tinged undercurrent of the bigger Marvel Universe. I think you can liken them to the Superhero FRINGE of the Marvel U!

Sheldon Lee

sheldon@comicimpact.com