Writer: Vita Ayala
Artists: Bernard Chang & Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Children of the Atom is the latest series in the Reign of X line. The new series written by Vita Ayala debuted last month and showed tons of promise. Ayala introduced a group of fascinating new mutants with tons of potential and melodrama. With all of the exciting energy put into the universe, it’s only natural to expect great things from Children of the Atom #2.
Cherub gets the spotlight in this issue that’s full of the young mutant’s monologues. Ayala does a fantastic job of developing the character significantly in just this one issue. Readers get to learn a lot about Cherub’s past and current situation, making the character instantly easy to sympathize with. The best part of X-Men comics has always been the characters and their stories, and Ayala nails this.
The rest of the issue feels familiar, with more of the same as far as action and even dialogue goes. This is an entertaining issue but it doesn’t do much to push the narrative forward. While Children of the Atom #2 is full of content, by the end it feels like nothing has truly happened. There is a minor scuffle with the Avengers, an entertaining fight, and some character moments. The end result is a fun but unfulfilling issue due to the wait in between installments.
Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo keep bringing fantastic visuals to Children of the Atom. The new characters still look great with fun designs that match their personalities while also paying homage to a variety of mutants. These characters look even better in motion, with an exciting action scene that makes everyone look their best throughout. This issue is easy to follow with clean sequentials that leave just enough to the imagination. Travis Lanham’s letters complete the visual package with great lettering that adds a voice to every moment.
While it is a bit disappointing, this is still an enjoyable issue. It’s full of great moments, especially for Cherub. So far it seems worthy of your pull list, but the series needs to push the narrative forward soon if it wants to make a mark in this line.
Children of the Atom #2
While it is a bit disappointing, this is still an enjoyable issue. It's full of great moments, especially for Cherub. So far it seems worthy of your pull list, but the series needs to push the narrative forward soon if it wants to make a mark in this line.