- Story: Tom Peyer
- Pencils: Steve Yeowell
- Inks: Andy Owens
- Colors: Hi-Fi
- Publisher: DC Comics
DC Comics’ latest foray into universe altering (or in this case ending) events is now underway and the first offering this week is The Atom #1. I will admit that I am not fully up to speed on all of the circumstances leading up to Convergence, but now that it has begun it is safe to say that the DC universe is a piping hot mess.
To go along with this is another piping hot mess, this one in the form of Ray Palmer aka The Atom. Trapped in Gotham under the dome, Ray is doing his best to be a street level hero, whether he’s wanted or not. His powers are less than predictable and the fact that he constantly hears a voice in his head is making him a bit unstable. But Ray and his giant fist of justice are doing their best to uphold justice in a city on the edge.
I can’t say that I thoroughly enjoyed this particular edition for a number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean that this book is completely without merit. The writing isn’t superb but it’s not horrible either. I found the story enjoyable in spite of the lackluster and often times confusing artwork. I say confusing because I was distracted by the lack of cohesion and sometimes sloppy nature.
There is some great character interaction between Ray and a lady in his neighborhood. It was very heartwarming and gave a nice opportunity to see Ray calm and not so crazy. Maria also gives a great and refreshing take on what it’s like to be an ordinary citizen in a Gotham turned upside down since being trapped in the dome.
The story is a little hard to push through in the beginning, but does finish strong and offers a startling revelation at the end. My love of Ray Palmer aside, I didn’t find this book particularly strong but again not completely without merit. After reading several other titles in the series, this clearly wasn’t my favorite but the story will have some significance later on. For those not wanting to buy every single issue of Convergence, you can probably skip this one even with the big reveal at the end. Do some Google searches and you should be fine.
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