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Agents of Atlas (Agents of Atlas 0)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  730 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
During the 1950s, the U.S. government allowed FBI special agent Jimmy Woo to forge a team of unlikely heroes. Together they stormed the fortress of a criminal mastermind to rescue president Eisenhower - but the group disbanded soon after. Now, almost 50 years later, an unauthorised S.H.I.E.L.D. mission goes down in flames.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Marvel (first published May 9th 2007)
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Ed McKeogh
May 25, 2009 Ed McKeogh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Shelves: superheroes
"Agents of Atlas" is EXACTLY what a comic book should be like. Entertaining, colorful, optimistic and engaging! Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk hit this one out of the park.

And this reasonably priced hardback is everything a reprint edition should be like. Not only does it reprint the six-issue limited series, but it also includes the character background material originally presented online AND the first appearances of each of the respective characters on Jimmy Woo's team from their Atlas Comics d
Oct 26, 2010 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird - intentionally anachronistic and earnest, and god help me I'm not a fan of earnest writing. If you call it "pulp" does that immediately make the writing style and storyline more palatable? I guess I far prefer "sweeping" (Brubaker's Captain America) or "noir" (Allen's Scalped) to deliberately naive - which doesn't adequately capture what Parker accomplishes here, but is the impression I'm left with afterwards. I *want* to like his work more (he's a thoughtful, respected writer) but this j ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being convinced by the considerable oratory powers of a staffer at my favorite comics shop, I took a chance and checked out the collected edition of the AGENTS OF ATLAS mini-series and the first six issues of the ongoing monthly book, and I'm hooked. No mean feat, since I'd pretty much lost faith in Marvel Comics.

AGENTS OF ATLAS is capably scripted by Jeff Parker and dredges up characters from Marvel's Golden Age, forging them into a team quite different from the by now rote Marvel supergr
Book Info: This collection contains Agents of Atlas issues #1-6, and material from: Yellow Claw issue #1, Menace issue #11, Venus issue #1, Marvel Mystery Comics issue #82, Marvel Boy issue #1, Men's Adventures issue #26, and What If? issue #9.

(Note: I only read the main six issues of the miniseries by Jeff Parker, so my review will only cover that specific material.)

{3.5/5 stars}


In 1959, FBI agent Jimmy Woo and his eclectic team of "paranormals" launched an attack on the villain
Nov 09, 2015 Cristhian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Más que una mini, es una carta de amor al fin de la Golden Age y la transición a la Silver Age.
M-11 encapsula todo lo que representó el cambio de Atlas a Marvel Comics: puede parecer un robot que no expresa sentimientos y solo reacciona a la lógica (monetaria -hipérboleando, digamos- en cuanto a Marvel siendo adquirida por Disney) pero que en sus entrañas lleva a Atlas: la fantasía, el misterio y la aventura.

Jan 13, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
Loads of fun. Has the cheese of Golden Age but is told with great enough craft that you don't care and love it all the more for it. I can see why so many people speak highly of the book.
Nov 11, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know, if you as a writer were instructed to use these old characters and put them in the modern world -- you could do much worse than this!
Dec 13, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk revamp obscure Marvel characters from the 50s, inspired by an issue of What If from the 70s. This foundation risks wandering deep into a comic history circle jerk, but they pull it off, and end result is a fun caper, deeply informed--but never subordinate to--comic history.

These characters have been dormant for nearly sixty years, and Parker is not only reintroducing them, but presenting them with a very different status quo. As such, a lot of the book is taken up wi
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
It's been a long time since I enjoyed a comic book quite like this. A collection of odd characters from the pre-Marvel 1950s in an old-fashioned pulp-style spy adventure with a very modern comic book twist! Two things set this apart from any other Marvel team book. 1] Thanks to brilliant scripting, the reader doesn't have to be well informed on fifty or more years of comics continuity to know the characters or understand what's going on. 2] If the character interaction seems entirely different f ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
An Asian super spy, a talking, gun toting gorilla, a killer robot a guy raised by aliens, a princess from Atlantis and the greek goddess Venus team up to stop a world wide conspiracy and figure out it's connection to the asian criminal mastermind, the Yellow Claw.

The kind of story that reminds you comics can ( and should) be big, fun adventures, over flowing with goofy ideas.
This could have easily been played for laughs or done as a dark, modern tale, but Jeff Parker just dropped them into the m
Holden Attradies
Feb 29, 2016 Holden Attradies rated it really liked it
Amazing, pulp flavored fun! The art works was perfect for the comic, the writer pretty solid, and the story fun and engaging! And it was cool seeing these super old Marvel characters used, updated, yet still honoring their original feel.
Feb 14, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I got the chance to read this. It shouldn't work -- a book full of random Golden Age characters who might as well be original, for all intents and purposes? But Parker endows his characters with such sparkling characterization that I never felt lost or bored, and the plot was tight and fun, with just the right amount of twists and turns. I was also very, very impressed with the handling of Jimmy Woo. I can't imagine it was easy to make a Chinese-American character from the 1950s whos ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!
I had next to no knowledge of these characters going into this book and came away pleasantly surprised. The plot was intriguing and the dialogue was very good. Jeff Parker really did a good job here. The art by Leonard Kirk was very good. All these characters were easily identifiable. My only real problem with the book was the pretty convoluted villain with a history that was pretty dense. I think these characters could grow to be popular I just don't know if they'll ever get the chance. But, if ...more
Feb 04, 2013 Brent rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: for superhero and Marvel fans
Recommended to Brent by: Dugan Trogdlen
Shelves: comics, fiction, superhero
Big fun if, like me, you like a new twist on old characters.
Kudos for pulling off this revival in midst of ongoing "big event" driven superhero books.

Case in point, Namora returns in this fine series from the 1950s, unseen since a fine Bill Everett run on his creation, the Sub-Mariner in 1973. This just as her daughter Namorita (from that great last hurrah of Bill Everett Sub-Mariner stories) turns up as a casualty in the first chapter of Marvel's Civil War by Mark Millar and Ste
Bill Williams
Nov 01, 2009 Bill Williams rated it really liked it
Jeff Parker has built the Agents of Atlas into a successful brand at Marvel by delivering an entertaining story as he fleshes out the background of some of the colorful figures from Marvel's dustbin. Jimmy Woo, Marvel Boy, Venus and even the Yellow Claw get a little life breathed into them. Leonard Kirk's art perfectly matches the tone of the text. Thanks to a slow start, this is a good book and not a great book. Agents of Atlas is a series worth reading because Parker does an excellent job at s ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
2.5 Stars.
Emmanuel Nevers
Sep 14, 2015 Emmanuel Nevers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Well put together story based on obscure Marvel characters, nice nostalgic references.
Noah Soudrette
Jan 28, 2016 Noah Soudrette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This may be one of my favorite Marvel Minis of all time. Jeff Parker successfully resurrects a 50's era supergroup (retroactively inserted into continuity) using characters form the old Atlas imprint and it is fucking awesome! If you like talking gorillas, spacemen, merpeople and goddesses as well as kick ass Asian super spies, you'll love this book! I did!

P.S. - This also includes a ton of making of material and the first appearances of all the main characters.
Aug 16, 2012 Leif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story, mostly because each of the characters that they bring together really add something to both the team and the tale. Usually in this sort of comic, I latch on to one character that I like and I get frustrated with any time they are not featured, but no one is useless here, and everyone gets a chance to lend their unique skills to the group. ...more
Nov 23, 2007 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun, which is no surprise coming from Jeff Parker. Would have given it five stars except for a loss of focus near the middle of the book, and a personal irriation for how he transformed Venus, one of my favorite "golden age" super heroes. I know Parker will be doing more with these characters, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Khairul H.
Oct 28, 2007 Khairul H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Jeff Parker brought back obscure Marvel characters from the '50s and put them in a fun, new adventure for today's generation of comic book readers.

Also, GORILLA MAN! Gorillas are always fun in comics.
Shannon Appelcline
Jun 12, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
A good story combining mystery and revelation alike. It nicely retcons and deepens a lot of characters for the 1950s. The backup material isn't up to modern standards, but its inclusion is well appreciated.
Jan 25, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atlas
This is one of my favorite series ever. Parker does a great job of making these oddball characters and concepts all stick together, and he does it with an immense sense of humor, as well. Just excellent.
Seizure Romero
This was way more fun than I was expecting it to be, and the tip of the hat to Art Bell's "Coast to Coast AM" was a special kind of awesome.
Dec 15, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A fun pulpy read. Worth it just for the bonus materials of the Agents' first appearances from the 40s and 50s.
Oct 29, 2010 Nfpendleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of reboots from the Golden Age pantheon, and this book delivers.

A nice ode to the 1950's pulp comics.
Goofy fun, but nothing to write home about.
Mar 01, 2012 Simon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Incoherent mess. Bleh.
Apr 09, 2010 Kurt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeff Parker? Pretty good.
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