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Agents of Atlas (2006 Series) #5

December 3, 2006

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: The People’s Leader
Rating: T+

A traitor revealed

Writer: Jeff Parker
Pencils: Leonard Kirk
Inks: Kris Justice
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Cover Art: Tomm Coker
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Agent Khanata now believes one of his team to be a double agent. As they find themselves facing off against SHIELD, Namora makes a sudden connection about one of her teammates that reveals a long-hidden, horrible truth. In the end, a traitor stands revealed, and the Agents of Atlas find themselves gripped in a truly horrifying battle.

I haven’t been reading this miniseries up until now, but this issue really makes me wish I had been. This is a wonderful blend of old-fashioned superheroics and modern espionage, with enough of a 1950s flavor to make it true to its roots. The characters all read very true to themselves (at least from the few stories of theirs I’ve read in the past), and Jeff Parker has done a good job of taking obscure, forgotten characters and making them relatable today. He gives us people to root for and people to disdain, and that’s quite a feat with characters like these.

I’ve always been a fan of Leonard Kirk’s artwork, and this issue is certainly no exception. He takes the retro 50s style, but blends it with modern sensibilities to create something of a timeless look. This book would fit in perfectly with comics of any age, and like the writing, that’s no mean feat.

It’s probably too late for me to hunt down the first four issues of this miniseries, but I’m definitely going to seek out the trade paperback. This issue was a lot of fun.

Rating: 8/10

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