It Girl and The Atomics #1
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It Girl and The Atomics #1

Writer: Jamie S. Rich Artist: Mike Norton Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 8, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15
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Fresh from the pages of Mike Allred's MADMAN: Snap City's favorite heroine is ready for her own crimefighting adventures! With the Atomics boys in outer space, it's up to It Girl to keep the streets safe. Easier said than done: The Skunk, the man who murdered her sister, is out of jail and back to old tricks. Meanwhile, Dr. Flem has a brand new space-time experiment and wants It Girl to be his guinea pig!

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 10, 2012

    Of to a great start, It Girl and The Atomics looks like another hit for Image Comics. Honestly, anything linked to or spun out of Mike Allred's Madman universe is sure to be worth checking out. Rich and Norton make it worth It Girl and The Atomics not just worth checking, they make it worth picking up again next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 12, 2012

    An incredibly satisfying start to what we hope is a long series full of cheeky humour, retro fun and groovy wibbly-wobbly timey wimey bits. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 8, 2012

    "It Girl & the Atomics" welcomed me into the "Madman" world without hesitation. I grew up as a mainstream superhero comic reader. While my tastes have evolved and my willingness to sample other types of stories has grown, superheroes are my happy spot. This issue brings me to that happy spot with a wonderful amount of quirkiness and humor, not unlike an issue of the early Giffen-DeMatteis-Maguire "Justice League" or an episode of "Freakazoid." This is good stuff and I'm looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 8, 2012

    After three years we can finally catch up with It Girl and the Atomics. There was concern over the absence of Mike and Laura Allred but Jamie S. Rich, Mike Norton and Allen Passalaqua do a great job handling the characters and moving their stories forward. I didn't realize quite how much I missed the characters until seeing them again. I realize that under the right circumstances with the right creative team, we can still get the stories we and the characters deserve. Allred has simply created too many great characters to be forced to sit around in comic book limbo as he works on other projects. This series is off to a great start and sets everything up for later issues. We will definitely be seeing some crazy action next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 11, 2012

    The story isn't as weird as some of the Madman arcs get. In fact, at least for the first issue it's pretty straightforward, although what the exactly the fallout from Flem's experiment is may well determine where the comic goes from here. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 8, 2012

    The Mad Man universe is a quirky place that has a great mix of seriousness and comedy. For the most part it’s just crazy adventures and good times which is where It Girl finds itself, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the book gets deep later on once the seeds planted in this issue grow. This is a really fun book that is easy for long time readers and new readers a like to pick up and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Brett Monro Aug 9, 2012

    It Girl is a fun read that takes me back to the super-hero comics I enjoyed as a kid, only with a more dynamic main character. I have no trouble recommending this story, and definitely want to continue on the journey with It Girl. Hopefully in later issues we will have the opportunity to explore more of the rich cluster of supporting characters. It Girl and the Atomics may appear to be a throwback, but it is totally 21st century. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 10, 2012

    As a fan of Mike Allred, I have long been enamored of It! Girl in her role as supporting hero in Madman's adventures, and have found her to be one of the most well-rounded of the Atomics. Jamie Rich does lovely work here, without undermining any of Allred's characterization, showing It! Girl's view of characters we already know. Doctors Flem and Gale are perfect in character, but through It! Girl's eyes, they seem more manic and ominous than Madman's perception of them. While I didn't necessarily care for the bits with The Skunk, I do appreciate the deepening of the Snap City landscape, and a bit appearance by Mott (an alien from the planet Hoople) got a smile out of me. It! Girl And The Atomics #1 is a fine start for the book that the creator refers to as Madman's B.P.R.D., and even the parts that were troublesome weren't overwhelming, earning the issue a diverting and fun 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 21, 2012

    I think the most interesting plotline in the series is the Skunk's arc. His effort to go straight and his former partners' determination to drag him back onto an old path is a nice redemption story. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Aug 9, 2012

    The hardest thing about playing in the same world as Mike Allred would have to be nailing the art. On that end of things, “It Girl and the Atomics” should satisfy the expectations of the reader. The plot was in a really interesting place by the end of the issue, but what led up to it seemed too inconsequential in comparison. The script was too little, too late in living up to the verve of the originals. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Garry Robertson Aug 13, 2012

    A good first issue used, really, as an introduction to It Girl herself and other members of The Atomics. The story hasn't really taken off yet, so I can only give it 6/10 at the moment, with the hope of something better to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Hanover Aug 15, 2012

    Madman is more or less already proven as a franchise, so the stakes aren't as high for It Girl and the Atomics as they could be, and the environment of Image by its nature grants the series more room for finding itself. But with the dearth of Madman content available in the past few years, a smart, engaging series set in this world would be a godsend. Rich and Norton still have some development to get through before they're entirely filling that void but flaws aside, their passion is clear in every panel and more than anything else, that's what will allow them to reach that goal.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 8, 2012

    It Girl and the Atomics is by no means a bad comic. It's just one that takes a bit too long to get going. It treads water because of a lack of humor and originality until the final scene. But the art is beautiful. Norton knows his way around Snap City and Rich is lucky to have such a talented collaborator. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 10, 2013

    I have high hopes for future issues of It Girl and The Atomics. Its kinda cheesy, retro; the style reminded me of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grays excellent take on Power Girl. With a little work on flow and characterization, I think the series could bring something more lighthearted and fresh to Images current stock of comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Aug 10, 2012

    Again, Great Lakes Avengers is a good comparison: Paul Pelletier's classically-styled superhero art worked because of Slott's sly, subversive scripting; here, Norton is doing a perfectly straight job of illustrating a slightly-too-straight story. Madman fans and Norton completists will want to check it out; otherwise, I suggest waiting for Allred's upcoming collaboration with Matt Fraction on FF. Read Full Review

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