- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (May 9, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785127127
- ISBN-13: 978-0785127123
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Agents of Atlas (Marvel Comics, New Avengers) Hardcover – May 9, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
In the late 70s - Marvel did a one-shot comic featuring these forgotten characters plus a faux 50's type hero (3D Man) as well as 2 characters from Horror/Monster stories, Gorilla Man and M-11, the human robot (I can't make this stuff up!). The team was presented as sorta of a secret Avengers-type team that was soon forgotten.
Forgotten by most, but not writer Jeff Parker. Parker somehow convinced Marvel to allow him to do a six issue mini-series more or less flowing out of the events depicted in this esoteric comic. The series was very aptly named Agents Of Atlas.
Typically, second-banana or obscure characters from the pre-modern era are revived for a modern audience by discarding much of the silly and off-beat aspects of their earlier incarnation. Parker, however, embraces their past and makes it work in a contemporary setting, without abandoning the simpler almost nonsensical 50s style. It's a smash up of genres, pulp action hero mixed with spies and intrigues, camp monsters and a liberal dose of cheesy science fiction. Unbelievably, it works. Its not a deep, angst-filled exploration of anything, but a decent fun story that entertains and entertains without insult.
Leonard Kirk's artwork is not ground-breaking, but is more than adequate to match the needs of Parker's story-telling.Read more ›
Other reviewers here have adequately summarized the plot. I'll just join in by saying it was a wholly entertaining read. This is the first work by Jeff Parker that I've read, and I can say that I'm willing to try more. Thankfully, the story doesn't overdo the "we're so cool" factor of many team books. This is a true group of outcasts, and they act like it. Sure, I may be biased by my prior exposure to these characters, but this is an excellent follow-up to their original appearance, and Parker made it easy for me to love this story. Leonard Kirk's artwork is exceptional - seriously, he's THE perfect choice for this title. It's very realistic work with excellent layouts, and his character designs are superb. So like I said: 30 years, and the wait was definitely worth it.
Most of all, I have to give Marvel a thumbs-up for including not only What If? #9, but solo appearances from various Golden Age comics. All this extra material tops the book out at a thick 256 pages, and when you consider the price, that's a steal of a deal. I have relentlessly bashed Marvel in the past for their outrageous trade paperback prices, but this gives me hope that they will even things out with their hardcovers.
This is a handsome, extras filled package by marvel in both Hardcover or Soft cover.
The story centers on an odd group of superheroes from Marvel Comics "Atlas" years, the late 40s and 50s. The story is about Jimmy Woo, 50s spy and now aging Shield agent who is involved in a mysterious operation that goes awry and leaves him for dead. But unknown to everyone else including Shield, Jimmy was once the leader of an unlikely team of heroes that answered directly to Eisenhower. The team included Marvel Boy, Venus the Goddess of love, M-11 the Human Robot, and Ken Hale the Gorilla Man. In trying to uncover what happened to Jimmy Woo and his ill fated mission, the team is once again revived. Also revived is their old enemy The Yellow Claw. Over the course of the story all the individual characters origins are revisited in entertaining detail. Some characters are the same; some discover revelations about themselves that they had not counted on nor the reader for that matter.
Writer Jeff Parker weaves a wonderful yarn and has really done his homework on these great obscure characters. The story he tells spans from the post war days of Namor and cousin Namora in 1947 through the 50s, and up to present day. Leonard Kirks art is enjoyable and easy on the eyes.
The trade paperback reprints Agents of Atlas issues 1-6 and has some nice extras. Plenty of text that goes in depth about the stories origins, how the project was developed and profiles on the individual characters in the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great blend of modern comic story telling with some great silver and golden age fun. A bit like Morrison's "Seven Soldiers of Victory" in that it brings back some... Read morePublished 23 months ago by E. J. Ford
Agents of Atlas represents everything that comics are about, and it is absolutely, definitely one of the best (and I'd have to research this before I completely agree to it, but... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by mckennal1851
I had next to no knowledge of these characters going into this book and came away pleasantly surprised. The plot was intriguing and the dialogue was very good. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by S. Penrose
Almost a classic on its own merit. I got the vibe of something like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen from it. Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by squidracerX
I picked up Agents of Atlas after seeing an ad for the series in an issue of Spider-Man.
The story is probably one of the best I have read in years. Read more
Agents of Atlas is a good read, if your sick of what Marvel Comics is producing then you be surpised by Agents. It has a beginning a middle and an end. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by Bruce Bezold
Agents of Atlas was almost good. The concept is excellent...but that's as far as it goes.
The very basics of a good comic are missing: story and art. Read more
This book may have been more interesting if not wrapped so tightly in the Marvel Universe; most of these characters predated Marvel Comics, after all. Read morePublished on October 4, 2007 by N. Absentia