Thank You Magic Hand

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #14
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Pat Olliffe

The Magic Hand (Booster’s hand) taking away Mr. Freeze’s freeze gun was hilarious, I am not going to even try to explain it here because I won’t do it justice. This was a good issue. While still filler as we are waiting for Jurgerns to take (and I really miss his art on this book) it was a lot of fun. Starro is stopped of course but apparently at a price. I am glad that Remender did not have Booster find out that Rip is his son as that should be left for Jurgens to do. What happened to Booster’s sister, Goldstar? Wasn’t she in the last issue? Did I forget something? Great use of the DCU in this issue though.

The Time-Traveling Starfish

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #13
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Pat Olliffe

Rick Remender begins his fill-in run here and I liked it. I mean we don’t really need anymore Starro takes over the world stories but at least it is a little fresh because of it involving Booster Gold and time travel. I also liked how Remender used elements from All-New Atom and his run in that series such as Lady Chronos. It seems that Booster may find out Rip is his son next issue. I really hope this isn’t the case as I think that should have been kept a secret a bit longer then a few issues. The art was decent. And it was fun to see Booster and Goldstar arrive during the time Superman was fighting Zod. Nice use of continuity there.

Atom 15 – 25

All-New Atom #15
Written by Gail Simone

Art By Mike Norton

OMG! I forgot how much fun this series was! This is a countdown tie-in that ties in for about five seconds and then Simone takes it in a hilarious direction where we end up seeing the mating of two Japanese movie monsters…..crazy but hilarious stuff. It’s sad that this series got canceled.

All-New Atom #16
Written by Roger Stern
Art By Mike Norton

Roger Stern guest writes this issue which sees Ivy Town turned into sixties flower children community. It is a lot of fun, and actually include robots who mimic popular singing groups of choice!

All-New Atom #17
Written by Gail Simone

Art By Mik
e Norton

Another fun issue where The Atom and Giganta go out on a date – she is a real psychopath. I question why Wonder Woman would reveal her identity to Ryan so quickly but – er – well it’s not like she’s Batman.

All-New Atom #18
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Mike Norton
and Andy Smith

Haha I love the dialogue between Wonder Woman and the Atom in this issue….and I especially love the idea that the DCU has its own Ted Grant version of the George Foreman grill. But I get the feeling Ryan will not accept the Justice League invitation.

All-New Atom #19
Written by Keith Champaigne
A
rt by Jerry Ordway

This fill-in issue didn’t seem like filler at all and was really well-done. It was like The Atom meets the Descent meets Seven Soldiers. How many underground villages are there in the DCU?

All-New Atom #20
Written By Gail Simone
Art By Mike Norton

Simone’s final issue on this series wraps up a lot of plot elements from the last 20 issues including the discovery that Chronos being behind why Ivy Town is so weird. Simone did great work on this series, if only more people read it. I look forward to seeing what the new creative team is like.

All-New Atom #21
Written by Ric
k Remender

Art by Pat Olliffe

Remender begins his run with this issue, and so far, so good. At first I was kinda bored with just the Atom solo act but it got better in the second half when Panda and Head came in. This made me happy cause I hate when new writers just throw away the old supporting cast.

All-New Atom #22
Written by Rick Remender

Art by Pat Olliffe

This was an action-packed creepy but awesome issue with The Atom fighting the monster that he found in his bloodstream. I find it hard to believe that Panda is actually dead (apparently I missed that last issue) but if he is, I am not too upset. It is sad though. At least we still have Head.

All-New Atom #23
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Pat Olliffe

I was right and Panda is still alive! Despite this fluke, the series is still completely unpredictable and awesome. I love the idea that they are now inside the monster where there is a whole another world where time moves faster. I wonder if Panda will somehow go back to looking like he used to though.

All-New Atom #24
Written by Rick Remen
der

Art by Pat Olliffe

Shit is hitting the Fan and Ray Palmer is back. I like the idea that the relationship between Ryan Choi and Ray Palmer was all a set up by Chronos, but do you think that was the original intent of Simone and Morrison? I doubt it but I like it a lot.

All-New Atom #25
Written by Rick Remender

Art by Pat Olliffe

Well, Panda sadly dies after all. At least he died a hero. I really liked that Ryan is going to continue on as the Atom and I look forward to seeing him around the DCU. This was a great series and I really encourage people to check out the back issues and trades.

Shovels To The Head

All-New Atom #11
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Eddy Barrows and Trevor Scott

This marks the exciting conclusion to the Atom’s return home to China. The art is kinda weird and this issue was pretty gorey but I liked it. I loved how Simone plays with the reader’s view of Jia. For a second there, I actually thought she might actually really love Ryan. But obviously not. She really is a gray-area character and some might even call her a villain. She’s well…a bitch. The funny thing is that throughout this issue I think that I am starting to like Alvin. I mean he is a sadistic bastard but something about him makes me want to see him come back as a villain in the future. Oh and the Atom hitting him with the shovel was just gross but awesome! I wonder how accurate this story’s version of Hong Kong and Chinese mythology is. Probably pretty accurate considering that I can’t see Simone not doing her research. I can not wait for the Hunt for Ray Palmer next month!

More Of The Atom’s Trip Home

All-New Atom #10
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Eddy Barrows and Trevor Scott

The Atom continues his fight with his dead bully this issue. I must say what is with the Atom covers. They are just gross and this issue’s cover is no exception. Anyways, inside the comic is a really good read. The mystery isn’t really solved yet, did Jia really kill her husband? If so, why didn’t she tell Ryan that he was dead? Why doesn’t Alvin want to kill the Atom and instead wants the Atom to kill Jia? These questions will hopefully be answered next issue. This issue was more fighting with dead guys and reflection on Ryan’s past, which definitely isn’t a bad thing because I enjoyed this issue a lot. The art is pretty good as well. They draw the dead guys really grossly. I am getting the feeling though, that the dead guys aren’t the real villains. Maybe Jia is the real villain. I mean why would the girl marry Alvin after what he did to Ryan? Something is up with her.

Atom 8 and 9

All-New Atom #8
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Mike Norton and Andy Owens

This crazy series where ANYTHING can happen continues with this issue in which The Atom travels to a possible future where everything relates to Superheroes and Atom and the cut-in-half man, Dr. Hyatt, are being pursued by a pissed off a time cop. Wow, that is one crazy and fun issue.

All-New Atom #9
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Eddy Barrows and Trevor Scott

And the weirdness continues this issue even outside of Ivy Town. The Atom returns to Hong Kong to help out an old high school crush and he ends up in a fight with her dead husband, who she apparently murdered. The plots of this series are so cooooll and fun. I really think more people should be reading this book. If you want something completely unpredictable than All-New Atom is definitely for you. There is no way you can ever guess what is coming next. I liked the guest artists this issue, they were really good and I enjoyed learning a little bit more about Ryan’s past. The villain Alvin is a total bastard but you wonder if Jia isn’t all sweet and nice as she acts. This was a great issue.