Captain Atom 3 (January 2012)

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Here’s what I love about Krul’s Captain Atom. It’s not just Captain Atom, but his Flash too. He makes them sound like grown-ups. They don’t feel like younger versions or hip and modern versions. They sound real.

Krul had some problems last issue, but they’re gone here. Until the last page, the issue is absolutely fantastic. Williams has a great double page spread, Krul continues his gentle rip-off of Watchmen. It’s a friendly Dr. Manhattan, one who innocently helps the world.

Not much happens, even though there’s a lot of action. Most of the issue is the Flash and Captain Atom walking around talking. Sure they’re doing it at super-speed so no one can see them, but they’re just talking.

The question of Captain Atom’s naivetΓ© is very muted (another success from Krul).

Not even Williams can sell the issue’s obvious and predictable cliffhanger. It’s too bad.

CREDITS

Divine Intervention; writers, J.T. Krul and Freddie Williams II; artist, Williams; colorist, Jose Villarrubia; letterer, Rob Leigh; editors, Rickey Purdin and Rachel Gluckstern.; publisher, DC Comics.

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