What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Children of the Atom #1! Jeez, I don’t even know how long I have been waiting for this book to come out. Unlike some of the other X-Men titles, this one leaves you with the most questions as to what we should expect from it. Especially since this is a team of young mutants who wear the costumes of our favorite X-Men.
Now the big thing for me was seeing how much this really connects to the mutant world. We’ve never seen these characters before, and we only know who they are trying to be based on the costumes they are taking inspiration from. That said, it didn’t take long to understand why this team is the way that it is. I think we all wanted these characters to be a certain way, but some things were just too good to be true. I mean, mutants with that similar of powers to some of the original X-Men? There always had to be more to what we were seeing than what was on the surface.
If it wasn’t the things which didn’t click during their conversations with the actual X-Men, then it was certainly the way that these guys handled themselves in their first villain encounter. I was actually caught off guard that this was the first thing they would kick this off with too. It didn’t hurt to see what each of them could do, and just how green they were. You could tell that they were not yet truly accustomed to what they could do, or how dangerous villains can be who don’t care that they’re fighting kids. In fact, most of their dialogue and actions sounded like they were just superfans taking action.
Having said that, it was interesting to see exactly what the X-Men themselves would have to say about this. It was quite a bit of conversation between them about if it is right to allow a mutant team exist that young, and out there in the real world. While you could skip over most of the conversation and not miss much, the important takeaway from this scene was this creative team doing what they needed to in order to address any plotholes about these characters being able to operate separately.
Aside from this, the main thing I wanted to see from this first reason was a reason to overlook the vocal minority who shunned this book as it was first announced. In this day and age, it’s easy for the less open-minded reader to pass these books off as being too woke, without ever picking up the first issue. The great thing about this book was that it is woke, but it is woke about the views towards mutantkind. That being a mutant is no different from just being different and feeling like you don’t fit in. There are many of us who have felt this way before, and that makes this story relatable.
One of the best things this book has going for it is the interior work from this art team. One thing which really matters for a book like this is having quality visuals to match the atmosphere of the story. The penciler did great work with these characters, the settings, and creating the overall sense that this is a youthful experience. And the same could be said for the colors used which made the art pop. Bold and lush colors are exactly what you need to see for a story involving young heroes who are all about having fun with the excitement of doing what they do.
Children of the Atom #1 as a start was solid. I think that this creative team will have their work cut out for them if them want to make this book worth the investment compared to the other books with established mutants.