It’s pretty clear that Steve Orlando loves the Atom. Ray Palmer and Ryan Choi have each had major roles in stories from Orlando’s run on Justice League of America, and both are featured in the latest tale.
Chronos is the villain, and a busy one at that, confronting Palmer in the Microverse, and Choi, and the other members of the Justice League, in the normal world.
I like the two Chronos costumes that appear in the issue. Hugo Petrus uses the classic costume in the Microverse, and designs a new one for when the villain faces the rest of the League.
And yet, I have to say this story didn’t really do anything for me. It’s not that it’s a bad story, I just didn’t find it a particularly engaging one. It all feels a bit too “by the numbers” for me.
I did like seeing Aztek in action, although she really doesn’t get to do very much. But those panels are certainly not enough to win me over.
With a new League in the offing, I suspect this book is moving towards a conclusion, and this is part of the big finale. That’s why we are back in the Microverse with Ray Palmer. But if this is the big finale, it’s falling flat.
I would have liked to have enjoyed this story, but it made so little impression on me, it’s not even worth disliking.