Tuesday, January 16, 2007


You Need This - Agents of Atlas HC

I've told you before that you need Agents of Atlas, right? The Marvel miniseries good enough to make me break my No-Marvel-Miniseries rule? The one with the dream lineup of heroes: "The spy. The spaceman. The goddess. The robot. The gorilla." Well, if you haven't already picked up the individual issues, don't!

I'd already decided that, if in the inevitable trade had even halfway-decent extra materials I'd probably be picking it up, just to be able to reread the story from beginning to end without having to scrounge around in my office for the back issues. Well, Marvel has released the solicitation for the hardcover, and there isn't any "probably" about it.
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by LEONARD KIRK
The spy. The spaceman. The goddess. The robot. The gorilla. During the late 1950s, the U.S. government allowed FBI Special Agent Jimmy Woo to forge a team of unlikely heroes. Together, they stormed the fortress of a criminal mastermind to rescue President Eisenhower – but the group disbanded soon after. Now, almost 50 years later, an unauthorized S.H.I.E.L.D. mission goes down in flames – and from the ashes arise forces from the Golden Age of Marvel! Collecting AGENTS OF ATLAS #1-6 – plus the Agents’ first appearances in stories from YELLOW CLAW #1 (Jimmy Woo; October 1956), MENACE #11 (Human Robot; May 1954), VENUS #1 (August 1948), MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #82 (Namora; May 1947), MARVEL BOY #1 (December 1950), MEN'S ADVENTURES #26 (Gorilla Man; March 1954) and WHAT IF? #9 (1950s Avengers; June 1978). Also featuring blogs, creator interviews, character designs and other extras!
256 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2712-7"
Yikes! The six issues of the series, with all of the text features, plus the online blogs, and the expected character designs and such, and the original comics from the 50s that introduced the characters, as well? That's a lot of material for twenty-five bucks. Start saving your pennies now, folks, because this one is worth picking up.

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