Parker does something very strange for the first issue of Atlas. He barely features them. There’s a backup with the team in the fifties, which helps, but the primary story belongs to 3-D Man, a character I’m unfamiliar with.
He’s got ties to the fifties too, so I guess he sort of works, but giving him the entire issue doesn’t.
Also, Parker has a very strange narration for it. He narrates with 3-D Man talking to, near as I can tell without going back and checking, a guy in a coma. Except, of course, he’s talking to the guy in his head, not in actuality.
Some of the writing is strong as usual, but it’s as though Parker willfully sucked all the charm out of an Agents of Atlas title. It’s a shocking choice.
As always, lovely art from Hardman… he just doesn’t have anything interesting to draw.
The Return of the Three Dimensional Man, Part One; artist, Gabriel Hardman; colorist, Elizabeth Breitweiser. Department Zero, Part One; artist and colorist, Ramon Rosanas. Writer, Jeff Parker; letterer, Ken Dukeshire; editors, Nathan Cosby and Mark Paniccia; publisher, Marvel Comics.