The first part of “The Coming of Atlas” opens with a look into the thought process of Krypto. Yes, Superman’s dog, Krypto. James Robinson joins the Superteam Family (wink and a nod to those who got that) and brings a Superman that most readers can immediately relate to. He’s happy with his life, enjoying some downtime hanging out with his friend, Hal Jordan, and playing fetch with his dog, Krypto. Superman reflects on such, by indicating that with Lois at his side and Krypto as his pet, he has a happy, complete life. Ominous foreshadowing if ever Robinson has written any.
As Robinson is wont to do, and in apparent conjunction with Geoff Johns over on “Action Comics”, Superman’s supporting cast is given some limelight to help the star of the book shine that much brighter. While we are not thoroughly reintroduced to Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant, Perry White and company, we do meet a new entry in the life of the Man of Steel. Through the inner monologue of Travis DuBarry, acting leader of the Science Police â€” Metropolis Division, we get to see what an everyman might think of his lot in Metropolis.
Robinson also brings a new foe to challenge Superman. It’s another strongman set upon the streets of Metropolis calling for a battle against a foe he only feels is vaguely worthy of his attention â€” Atlas. His own boasting indicates that, perhaps, this Atlas has some ties to the Atlas of myth, but no thorough details are offered up in this issue.
Guedes turns in pages worthy of revisiting again just to analyze the detail added into the adventure. His Superman is powerful and confident, while Atlas carries an Earth-shaking arrogance. The cityscapes that fill the backgrounds are grand and glorious, befitting of the city of Tomorrow.
The story in this issue provides another solid piece of evidence that DC is committed to making this summer one to remember and enjoy for readers of Superman’s titles. Sure, much of this initial story is somewhat generic in its composition, but Robinson has proven before that he can take something seemingly mundane and apparently predictable and pull additional threads and bylines from it to populate a sub-universe rife with the unexpected.
This first issue, like the most recent issue of “Action Comics” is seemingly tailored for the newer reader. A perfect jumping-on spot, readers will undoubtedly find this a Superman story worthy of the label, especially as this is the introductory chapter in the greater tapestry for the Man of Tomorrow.