Bates and Wiseman bring the Captain Atom miniseries to a very satisfying conclusion. Sure, there is the big battle between the hero and Ultramax, taking place during an exchange of General Eiling for Captain Atom’s son. That provides all the action and great visuals that are requisite for this kind of tale.
But the issue is also extremely fulfilling when it comes to the massive amounts of lying and manipulation that are the hallmark of Bates’ Captain Atom. It’s so much fun to see how he and Wiseman re-create so much of what made the series from the 80s so special, while taking a very different path to get there.
And though it does feel like I brushed over it, Will Conrad’s art has a lot to do with how well this works. The big battle scene looks excellent, but so do all the other, quieter, more realistic moments. Superb detail and evocative expressions on the characters ground the story, and make the quantum energy fight scenes all the more effective.
While the main plot line does get resolved, the subplots remain up in the air. Captain Atom has not revealed who he really is to his son, and it looks like his lies are going to get compounded now that the Justice League appears to be taking an interest in him as a potential member.
I really hope this series does well enough to warrant an ongoing book. The political climate seems so well suited to a comic book about fake news, lies, backstabbing, and questionable military actions.