The All New Atom #1

July 3, 2006 | Comics


The All New Atom #1
Gail Simone, John Byrne, Trevor Scott
DC Comics
$4/$2.99 US
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Speaking of Brave New World, here’s The All New Atom, and in a fine case of truth in advertising, it’s a new guy in the little, tiny suit.
Nuclear physics professor Ryan Choi, purportedly a longtime correspondent of the original Atom — Dr. Ray Palmer — arrives in Ivy Town to take over Palmer’s position at the university, his residence and, unbeknownst to him, his costume.
Not seen since his disappearance at the end of Identity Crisis, when it was revealed that his ex-wife Jean Loring was the murderer of several heroes’ loved ones, Palmer apparently intends for Choi to be his successor after leaving some well-placed clues and very special equipment in his former home.
Meanwhile, there seems to be a microscopic invasion afoot, and those first subjugated are man’s best friends.
While new series can often be a crapshoot, this one has two big things going for it: it is written by Gail Simone (Birds Of Prey) with art by industry legend John Byrne and inker Trevor Scott. With names like those on board, it would have to try really hard to suck.

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