Steve Orlando and Ivan reis wind up the Microverse storyline in Justice League of America 17. The pacing for this issue is a bit weird, the climactic fight happens right at the top of the story, and most of the issue is actually the aftermath and epilogue.
Although I was not expecting such an abrupt resolution, I didn’t mind it. The story had gone on more than long enough, and the conversation between Ray Palmer and Ryan Choi that comes afterwards does a great job of highlighting the differences in the characters. It’s not that one has shrinking-related abilities that the other lacks, it’s that the way they handle the problems that they face with the League is entirely different.
Ryan ends off the issue with a new Atom costume, a much better one.
There are a few teasers in the resolution, a mention of Angor, where the Extremists come from, and a very familiar looking starry hand.
I know a number of people really didn’t care for this storyline. I can understand that, it did drag at times, but now that the overall purpose behind it is clear, I feel it was time well spent. Ryan Choi proved worthy of adopting the role of the Atom, and considering that Ray Palmer is not returning in any active capacity, the length of this tale gave the readers time to see what his life has become.