Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #5 ****SPOILER REVIEW

Writer: Cary Bates
Artists: Will Conrad
Colors: Ivan Nunes

To the Max

The supervillainous metahuman, that Captain Atom accidentally made, Max Thrane, is powered up and looking for revenge. Someone had ratted Max out, sealing his fate for the chair. Now the self proclaimed, UltraMax, is on a client list killing spree. Meanwhile, Captain Atom is trying to bond with the son he never knew he had, who the timeline readjustment ripped him away from. Only catch is, the kid doesn’t know who he is, and kind of hates him. Nathaniel’s life just keeps getting more tragic.

Pleasantly Surprised

The last couple issues didn’t really do much for me, but this time I really enjoyed reading it. Seeing Captain Atom have this complicated inner dialogue as he dealt with being with a son, who couldn’t know who he was, felt really endearing. It also gave Nathaniel a humanistic quality, that some times the text heavy issues lacked. There was also this great moment of “oh wow,” when you realize that General Eiling was on Max’s Client list, and is now in serious danger.

Maxed Out

Max’s story line, had this old gangster vibe to it. With the whole hitman taking down his past clients, because one of them sent him to jail. Except it was vamped up with him having super powers. There were some really great and movie-like moments of Max taking out his targets. The new-age, classic comic book art draws the attention of the reader to the well-thought out scenes, and distinctive characters.

A Thumbs Up

This is just a good quality book. The plot is engaging and full of unexpected twist and turns. The characters are likable and dynamic. The art is appealing and does really well with pushing the story forward. Overall, this is probably one of the most well-written books in Rebirth right now. It stands apart from an everyday comic hero story, standing in both the world of fiction, but with a sense of having grounded characteristics. A+ in my book.

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Ariel DuPey | NCR

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