The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

Writer: Cary Bates, Greg Weisman Artist: Will Conrad Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 4, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 15
7.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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"Blowback" part one! Captain Atom hasn't been seen or heard from in years-and even if you think you know what happened to're  wrong! But you're not alone. To this day, no one on Earth-not even the other superheroes-has an inkling of the missing Captain Atom's true fate. At last, the truth is about to be revealed in a saga that transcends not only the meaning of life and death, but the limits of time and space. RATED T

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Jan 4, 2017

    If you don't know much about Captain Atom. I have read allot of comic books over the past year. I loved much of what DC has done with Rebirth. But this might have me as excited as the return of OG Supes. This series might have me more excited than anything else DC, or any publisher for that matter, has on the table.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 4, 2017

    I dont know Will Conrad but I like his clean classic DC Comics look! He has a great handle on anatomy and his Justice League characters look good. Of note are his special effects and water illustrations. They are great. Youll notice that DC Comics seem to model Captain Atom closely after The Watchmens Dr. Manhattan. He is clearly blue instead of silver. Interesting decision! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jan 4, 2017

    Overall, The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 is a pleasant surprise. Like so many of the more enjoyable Rebirth stories, this is a throwback to what made the character great: mysterious adventure tinged with uncertain comic book science and pending doom. Oh, and great character beats to succinctly define the players in the adventure without Bates and Weisman having to build soliloquies or villainous monologs into the plot. Im not going to declare this entire run a complete victory yet, but this sure is a bombastic, fun start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jason Segarra Jan 4, 2017

    All in all, this is a strong opening shot for this book, providing readers with great art, a compelling story and a mystery creating final scene that will bring readers back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 5, 2017

    More than anything, I appreciate how Bates and Weisman are willing to propel their story along at a rapid clip. They open their tale in the heart of the conflict and ensure that the issue ends with a major status quo upheaval. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 5, 2017

    Admittedly, the story is what got me here – even if Bates is a bit overly wordy in explanations with the science of it all as it kind of slows things down a bit – but Will Conrad utterly nails the artwork here while Nunes brings it beautifully to life with the color work that pops wonderfully digitally. There's so much detail and some really solid layouts that it's just a pleasure to read and I kind of want an unlettered/unobscured version as well to soak up. Having long been a fan of this character I'm just thrilled to see Bates working on him again and looking to reinvigorate the character to a proper place in the present day continuity. There's a whole lot to like here for older fans of Captain Atom and with the potential of how involved he may be in the grander Rebirth scheme of things it's most definitely one to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 6, 2017

    I was a tremendous fan of the 1980s Captain Atom and this book captured a lot of that flavor, but most of this is setting up the issues that follow it. I am a huge fan of the writers and the artists, so I'll continue with this series to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jan 10, 2017

    If this series is doing what it appears to be doing, it's going to be a cornerstone of DC's current plans. Or maybe not. Time will tell. But if you know your comic book history, are aware of what's been happening in the DCU lately, and have a grasp of the characters, this might just pique your curiosity. Until then, if this really isn't a part of the big picture, then at least this series will help to build Captain Atom's legacy and give him some much-deserved time to shine. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Jan 6, 2017

    A good start to an often-underused hero, providing good character moments and excellent artwork. Great for fans of the character and those looking to start reading his adventures. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 4, 2017

    While there are some continuity problems going into this issue....... or at least the possibility of problems what with this being a story that takes place years ago, it's nothing that takes away from this story as it's trying to do it's own thing, while also doing its best to keep continuity freaks like me at least somewhat happy.  What we get here though is a decent read with some excellent art that gets me excited for where this mini will go and the ramifications it will have with the mysteries surrounding Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Spfcderon Jan 4, 2017

    The Rise and Fall of Captain Atom #1 is a well plotted and engaging first issue. The creative team knows this character inside and out and it will be interesting to see what twists this story takes in the next few issues. The artwork conveys power and pain in its depiction of Captain Atom. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 4, 2017

    Narrative issues aside, the art by Will Conrad is a huge selling point. Conrad's realistic style particularly the lifelike characters might be enough of a reason to stick with the mini-series until Bates can made Captain Atom a redeemable hero once again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 9, 2017

    Packed with interesting Easter eggs but hampered by a worn structure and flat dialogue, The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 is a interesting, if a bit limited, debut issue. Cary Bates and Greg Weisman clearly have plans for their former charge and that plan may put him into the forefront of whatever the future or past of the DC universe looks like now. Along with a grounded and novel approach to the visuals from Will Conrad and Ivan Nunes, The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 might be flawed, but offers a potential too weird and precise to outright ignore. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jan 4, 2017

    I wouldnt say Im excited for the next issue of TFARoCA (theres that acronym again!), but Ill definitely be reading. Hell, even if I dont get a review copy, I may just go buy it out of curiosity. I may regret that decision, but I really want to see if the creative team follows through on a couple plot threads that could make me into a Captain Atom fan. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jan 9, 2017

    And gosh, does Will Conrad bring his A-game. For a book starring a character that many considered a minor DCU player, this book certainly looks as artistically awesome as a major summer event comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    411Mania - RobF Jan 12, 2017

    In the end this mini-series is not covering any new ground. CA's powers go out of control; heroes need to intervene to save him. Been there, done that. It will be interesting to see if Bates and Co. can bring anything new to the table. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Jan 11, 2017

    For a first issue it had no impact whatsoever, there was some ham-fisted characterization smeared with stereotyping and all of it was trod into old ground. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Supes' soups Jan 4, 2017

    Picked this up out of curiosity and this first issue wasn't that bad. This definitely took place during the New 52 era given Superman's turtleneck costume but I suspect Captain Atom will enter the Rebirth universe is some way, shape or form. I'll admit I don't know much about Captain Atom and did not read the short-lived New 52 run. From my understanding Captain Atom is potentially the strongest in terms of destructive power in the entire DC universe so his role could be interesting. From what I read on forums, Captain Atom could eliminate Doctor Manhattan by absorbing the Quantum field so with the Watchmen looming on the horizon, I can see Captain Atom making things interesting for DC.

  • 8.5
    Holyjiebus Jan 9, 2017

    Comic Book Review (8.5/10) "Great!" Writer:Cary Bates/ Greg Weisman Penciller: Will Conrad Plot: Captain Atom aka Captain Nathaniel Adam is losing control of his own powers and periodically letting out deadly nuclear energy. Superman, Cyborg, and Green Lantern are here to help, but will their efforts be enough, or are they just delaying the inevitable...? This comic is a pretty quick read, as the whole story seems to take place in under an hour. After the initial scene, the story takes you back 23 minutes earlier, so the story may not even last more than 30 minutes inside the comic book world. Still Captain Nathaniel seemed like a fully realized character and this book actually gives him a voice that stands apart from the rest of the heroes due to his anguish of being a being made of pure energy. He wants to use his powers for good, but his powers may also hurt people. You felt this anguish when he asked his doctor, how many people were hurt during the initial blast. Conrad does a good job of visually telling this story and his version of Superman is probably one of the more unique versions I have ever seen. In fact, at times his Superman doesn't even look like Superman, and though his artwork may not be the best it services the story as well as it should.

  • 8.5
    Kitaru Jan 21, 2017

    I have just recently become a fan of Captain Atom and read his New 52 series in preparation for this miniseries. The one thing I have to say about this series is that it is and isn't connected to the previous series. They make references to the past, but at the same time change the history of certain characters, and the order that certain events took place. I enjoy this issue, but I would prefer that the writers just agree on a certain backstory for a character.

  • 7.5
    READ RUMBLE Jan 9, 2017

    Good set up issue. Has me intrigued as to where this is going to go. It's great to have Captain Atom back again!

  • 10
    Super17 Jan 5, 2017

  • 10
    Navy Blue Robin Jan 7, 2017

  • 10
    jjoao.vvic Mar 1, 2017

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Jan 6, 2017

  • 9.0
    ActionCity Jan 15, 2017

  • 8.5
    EvilPenguin543 Jan 4, 2017

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Jan 4, 2017

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Jan 7, 2017

  • 8.0
    Nuckster77 Jan 10, 2017

  • 8.0
    JAC8285 Jan 22, 2017

  • 5.0
    Nobodyisemo Mar 25, 2017

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