[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The New Agents of Atlas are on the north shore of the Island of Madripoor attempting to track down the last of the Muspelheim Dragons. Things are sidetracked when someone calling themselves the Protector of Pan arrives to fight the dragon. The mission is salvaged, and the Agents of Atlas disperse to handle their own business, with Amadeus Cho, aka Brawn left to run things from the base. However, light flashes into the sky from various parts of the world, and a new threat arrives for the Agents of Atlas.
In a backup story, the old Agents of Atlas are running a different mission for Jimmy Woo, this time on the Yai River. They’re saving a young girl from a warlord, but that warlord is merely a puppet for an ancient and powerful dragon.
Agents of Atlas #1 brings back teams both old and new to continue the story started with War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas. Amadeus Cho is still in charge of a new Agents of Atlas team, with Jimmy Woo coordinating the entire Atlas organization from the background.
It’s a fun read, and the team chemistry is the same bit of fun we experienced in the War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas story, undoubtedly due by the fact that the talented Greg Pak is writing this one too. Brawn, Woo, Silk, and Luna Snow get much of the attention in this issue, with the rest falling more to the background.
The backup story with the old Agents of Atlas team is a welcome reunion. Jeff Parker still has a talent for writing these characters, and it’s nice seeing the likes of Namora and 3-D Man again.
Nico Leon renders the new team in the first story, and he does a great job with it. The characters are expressive, the costumes look very good, and the action is solidly-constructed. Federico Blee brings a vibrant and somewhat pale color palette that looks good too. Carlo Pagulayan is the artist on the back-up story, and his work looks downright brilliant. Jason Paz supports him with good inkwork, and Dono Sanchez-Almara brings popping color art to the table.
Agents of Atlas #1 is a solid read that is somewhat obstructed by the two stories that occupy this first issue. While the second feels complete, the first feels constrained by the setup of this book. That said, there is still a lot to like about this comic, from the fun cast to the great artwork. As such, it still earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Agents of Atlas #1 comes to us from writers Greg Pak and Jeff Parker, artists Nico Leon and Carlo Pagulayan, inkers Nico Leon and Jason Paz, color artists Federico Blee and Dono Sanchez-Almara, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Junggeun Yoon, and variant cover artists Carloy Pagulyan with Jason Paz and Federico Blee; Leinil Francis Yu with Sunny Gho and Mico Suayan with Rain Beredo.
Final Score: 7/10