Friday, January 13, 2017

Mini-Comic-Review - The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 (of 6)

Name - The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 (of 6)
Published by - DC Comics
Written by - Cary Bates, Greg Weisman

Art by - Will Conrad

Coloring by - Ivan Nunes
Letters by - Saida Temofonte

Release Date: January 4, 2017
So, it's still Rebirth ongoing, and DC has decided to bring back one of their lesser known superheroes Captain Atom. This title explores what really happened to Captain Atom and why we haven't heard from him in a while. Veteran Atom writer Cary Bates joins forces with Greg Weisman to tell the story of hero so powerful that he makes the humanity look fragile and what happens when such a hero gets ill leading him to face his imminent demise.

The story opens with our hero alone and confused in a room alone trying to find out while his latest outburst caused too much damage or killed anyone. Then we go back in time while finding out what really happened reaching up to this point. We get some cameos from some Justice Leaguers who try to prevent our hero's outburst, get a sense of his desperation to stay together and finally ending with a bizarre plot twist/last page that will keep us guessing what really happened for the next one month for sure.

I am not really acquainted with Captain Atom intimately, so I found some bits of the story unfamiliar, which might have been well received by fans of the character. The comparison with Firestorm do come into mind but I know that point has been already discussed a lot on the internet, and probably the similarities are only superficial.

The art by Will Conrad is really powerful and does make the comic excel in its visual aspect a lot. The attention to detail is definitely the real strength of the artist, while the colorist Ivan Nunes uses a slightly unstable formula to farther establish the peculiar plight of Captain Atom.

Overall, this was a fun read which I might have enjoyed a bit more if I took my time to get introduced with the lore of the main character. But, I do have my faith in the creative duo and hopefully they will make me interested more in this re-imagining of Captain Atom through the future issues of this miniseries.

I'll give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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