Justice League of America – The Atom- Rebirth – Review


Written by Steve Orlando

Art by Andy McDonald

Colourist : John Rauch

Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Did you know that Particle Kinematics is the study of the trajectory of a particle? I didn’t until I read this book…so there’s that . This issue was a stand alone one shot , that is part of a 4 issue series that are going to be released featuring new members of the new JLA rebirth book due out in February.

I simply found too much was covered in too short of a time in this book. Perhaps the story was told elsewhere and this was just an abbreviated version? Basically it features the introduction and relationship forming bond between the Atom Ray Palmer and his apprentice Ryan(Yun) Choi. It covers almost two years of time span and the fastest super hero identity reveal I think I have ever seen.

If it was meant to serve as a VERY simple introduction to Ryan Choi then it served its purpose but it really left a lot of empty blanks as far as why the atom chose to trust him with the secret that he did.

The art by Andy McDonald actually grew on me as the comic went on but story began to fall apart. At one point the Dean of the university Ray teaches at asks Ryan Choi why he’s “standing there staring at me through those coke bottles muttering nonsense” while  the jock who is Ryan’s roommate treats him with the utmost respect through out the comic and they become buds. That’s not how the real world works folks…..

Perhaps this should have been a two issue series for the scope of the story they wanted to tell but here we are. Hopefully with the JLA Steve Orlando slows the story down a bit.

Glad this was a one shot, because I probably would not have bought issue #2




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