Agents Of Atlas #1
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Agents Of Atlas #1

Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Carlo Pagulayan Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 4, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
8.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The heroes of the 1950s are back with big plans for the 21st Century! When Federal enforcers under the hand of Norman Osborn burst into an armory under control of the Atlas Foundation, Jimmy Woo's Agents go head-to-head with the new powers that be. How it all goes down will make the playing field of the modern Marvel Universe more volatile than ever!

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 15, 2009

    This issue was delightful in tone and dialogue, with the Agents of Atlas achieving a wonderful character balance throughout. Venus is flirty and interesting, Gorilla-Man the sarcastic veteran, Namora serves as the taciturn enforcer, and Marvel Boy and Human Robot counter-balance one another as strangely alien presences, each revolving around secret agent Jimmy Woo, now the head of a universal secret agency. The whole team is entertaining, and Jeff Parker turns in a script that emphasizes the team's unique place in this new world order, even making Norman Osborn seem intimidating... Carlo Pagulyanchimes in with a pretty spectacular art job, and the overall effect of this issue is one of the few bright spots in the dark and gritty sameness of Chocolate Reign, and the whole package is wrapped up in a gorgeous Arthur Adams cover. The backup tale is one of the few times that I've been entertained by Wolverine in recent months (unless you count the story where he diced Jubilee Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Feb 4, 2009

    Readers drawn into this book because of the "Dark Reign" trade dress might be a bit surprised to find "Agents Of Atlas" blazing its own kind of path through the company wide "crossover". It's a remarkable accomplishment that Parker is able to introduce such a unique voice and tone in the midst of such an initiative and not have it sound off-key for even a moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 10, 2009

    "Atlas" made its rep by being fresh and different. Now's not the time to fall into the "Dark" rut along with the rest of Marvel's lineup. Surely we can get a break in there somewhere. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 23, 2009

    It's a shame that this title is set in the Marvel Universe as it's clearly at its best when it's unencumbered by the extraneous elements of the shared super-hero universe. Of course, like many DC and Marvel super-hero titles that don't spotlight a recognizable icon of the genre, Agents of Atlas hasn't boasted posted strongest sales numbers. That explains the previous "guest-stars" and the upcoming X-Men Vs. Agents of Atlas two-part limited series that will replace this title for the next two months. The Catch-22 is that Marvel's promotional efforts weaken the storytelling, hiding the strengths the publisher is trying to tell its readers about in the first place. – Issues #9 & 10: Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady/Michael Colbert Feb 3, 2009

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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Feb 7, 2009

    The Agents of Atlas return to resist the Dark Reign of Norman Osborn in the alternate Marvel universe once ruled by the Iron Tyrant. With their return, Parker reminds readers that once there were heroes. They rise again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Feb 7, 2009

    There's no reason a comic like this should work, but it does and I'm grateful to have something new and different to read! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 4, 2009

    The backup story, set in the original era of the team and guest-starring Wolverine, is more along the lines of what I want from this book. It's humorous and filled with plenty of sci-fi B-movie cheesiness. It even manages to use its Wolverine appearance to great effect, which is not a particularly common occurrence in these types of stories/ Even the retro-flavored art style seems more suited to the tone of the series. To be fair, I think Carlo Pagulayan turned in some great work with this issue. Particularly thanks to the coloring of Jana Schirmer, his pencils pop in a vibrant way they haven't in some of his recent work. I just find Benton Jew's style to be more along the lines of what this book can and should be. Agents of Atlas shows great promise in its first issue. I'm really just hoping that the book can move from underneath Dark Reign's shadow as Captain Britain did and establish itself as something truly unique in Marvel's catalog. Read Full Review

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