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Captain Atom 1 (November 2011)

I hate to say it, but I like Captain Atom. Notice I’m not saying Captain Atom is good, though J.T. Krul’s writing on this title is about the best I’ve ever read from him. He basically just gives Captain Atom the same internal monologue Firestorm had back in the eighties. It works.

And for the plotting—besides having a Stephen Hawkings knockoff, which might be in bad taste—Krul is basically cribbing plots from the Superman movies. Solid things to rip-off, in terms of action sequences. Oh, and Volcano with Tommy Lee Jones. Krul likes his movies apparently.

But the reason I like Atom is because Freddie Williams II is a terrible choice for the series. It looks like he’s drawing Atom is colored pencil and doing the rest somewhat regular. It’s not great art, but it’s distinctive and distinctive counts these days in mainstream comics.

It’s peculiarly engaging.


Evolution of the Species; writer, J.T. Krul; artist, Freddie Williams II; colorist, Jose Villarrubia; letterer, Rob Leigh; editors, Rickey Purdin and Rachel Gluckstern; publisher, DC Comics.

One response to “Captain Atom 1 (November 2011)”

  1. Freddie Williams is REALLY into the tech end of producing comics art. A couple of years back, I met his wife at an artist’s alley table during Wizard World here in Chicago, and I was pleased not only with her familiarity with it, but could also explain Freedie’s aesthetic choices when producing it. Now I’ll have to read it, and darn you for finding yet another accessible comic from the new 52. Aargh!

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