Huh. It’s hard to say what Parker’s doing or why.
He basically drags a quarter of an issue’s worth of story out to an entire issue—the bad guys infiltrate the Atlas headquarters, nothing else important happens. He ends it on a hard cliffhanger with Venus shot and Namora possessed. There’s some investigation into 3-D Man’s story (I’m still not sold on how good an addition he is for the series) but it’s drawn out.
It does give Hardman a wide variety of things to draw… but that opportunity shouldn’t dictate the narrative.
Parker’s still got the enthusiasm for the characters (3-D Man’s presence aside), but I can’t say the same thing for his plotting. It’s like the Atlas backups in Hercules changed up his pacing style.
Atlas feels off.
The Rosanas illustrated backup about M-11, however, is a lovely little recap of M-11’s origin.
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