X-Men vs. Agents of Atlas 2 (January 2010)

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Wait, what?

Okay, I get it. Agents of Atlas can’t make the grade sales-wise so there need to be team-ups–Parker’s the best writer Marvel has working on their mainstream stuff right now (sorry, Ed, but I can’t forgive some of the Daredevil and X-Men lows)–someone realizes it and doesn’t want him to jump ship to DC, who wouldn’t appreciate him, but he more jibes with their stuff anyway.

This issue reveals the whole series just to be an Atlas comic. It’s got nothing to do with X-Men other than as a McGuffin. I mean, whatever, I get it… but still, it’s shameful Atlas can’t get a solid reading audience.

What am I saying? I should be grateful for any good comic books at all, given the depths of idiocy pop culture has descended to in the last fifteen years.

Oh, yeah. Great comic book.

CREDITS

The X-Heist, Part 2; writer, Jeff Parker; pencillers, Carlo Pagulayan, Gabriel Hardman, Chris Samnee and Carlos Rodriguez; inkers, Jason Paz, Hardman, Samnee and Terry Pallot; colorists, Will Quintana and Veronica Gandini. Godmarked; writer, Parker; artist, Hardman; colorist, Quintana. Letterer, Joe Caramagna; editors, Michael Horwitz, Nathan Cosby and Mark Paniccia; publisher, Marvel Comics.

X-Men vs. Agents of Atlas 1 (December 2009)

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Ok, so I’m not sure it’s really a “versus” book. I mean, sure, it’s got the Atlas guys fighting the X-Men, but it’s really just an Agents of Atlas issue with an X-Men crossover (much like the New Avengers crossover early in the Atlas series).

Parker does an unsurprisingly fantastic job, though I wish there’d been a little more recap–I can’t remember if Venus got snatched in the Atlas finale, though I know for sure Parker did start laying the groundwork. He mixes the unfunny X-Men brilliantly with the humorous, but serious, Atlas team.

Pagulayan’s artwork is excellent as always, a slick modern Marvel style without sacrificing expressiveness. The backup, which is just a fun insert instead of dramatically important, has lovely art from Samnee. Along with the other Atlas backups, it does more to establish the series’s perceived playfulness than anything in the modern stories.

CREDITS

The X-Heist; writer, Jeff Parker; penciller, Carlo Pagulayan; inker, Jason Paz; colorist, Will Quintana. Atomic Age Heroes; writer, Parker; artist, Chris Samnee; colorist, Veronica Gandini. Letterer, Joe Caramagna; editors, Nathan Cosby and Mark Paniccia; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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