Is Being on Hiatus the Best Thing to Happen to Agents of Atlas?

Posted: October 24, 2009 in Comics Shipping, Marvel, Opinion
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AoA in Your Face

It appears that the answer is yes. The Agents of Atlas will be appearing in no less than four books this January. The best part? Each of those stories will be written by Jeff Parker. The worst part? Looks like I’ll be spending more money on comics in January.

Now, if these were AoA stories that were not written by Jeff Parker I would probably have to think twice about picking them up. Since that is not the case I will be supporting Jeff Parker and Agents of Atlas in any way I can to help insure that an AoA monthly returns. Though, if there just so happens to be any unwanted reprint bullshit in any of these books I will be the first one to bitch about it just to be fair. Here are the solicitations:

Written by JEFF PARKER
Spacetime is being selectively eroded by an unknown force. To stop the effect, the Agents of Atlas seek the help of the Avengers- and find a much earlier version of the team than they expected: Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, Giant-Man and Thor are together again, with the atomic wildcard THE HULK!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Of all the giants, gods and monsters Hercules and his team of New and Mighty Avengers have faced in their battle through New Olympus, none may be as formidable as HEPHAESTUS, creator of the immortals’ fearsome war engines! With what fearsome device will he try to ensnare and destroy the Hercules/Amadeus Cho team, which has reformed at last — only to meet their doom? Find out as the New York Times Best-Selling creative team lead Herc on his biggest adventure yet! Plus: as the Agents of Atlas push into the stronghold of the Olympus group, Aphrodite decides to take matters into her own hands in Godmarked Part 3!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by FELIX RUIZ
A young man has travelled billions of miles through space in a rocket to help our world. But is Earth of the 1950’s ready for a new super hero? Before he became the dark figure the Agents of Atlas call The Uranian, Bob Grayson raced through the skies as Marvel Boy! From the critically acclaimed writer of AGENTS OF ATLAS and FALL OF THE HULKS: ALPHA comes this all-new look back at one of Marvel’s first heroes!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Written by JEFF PARKER
Thunderbolts vs. Agents of Atlas—round 2! The hunt down in the swamp comes to a head when one of the T-Bolts ends up dead! There’s not going to be much time to cope either, because Norman Osborn needs his team of killers ready for a final mission—and this is what he’s been saving them for!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Ya, I know I have been highlighting a bunch of Marvel solicitations this week. I’ll try to find some DC and independents to help balance it all out. If you have never been to Jeff Parker‘s blog and would like to go check it out I’ll post a link below.


Parkerspace/Jeff Parker’s Blog


  1. phil says:

    Am I the only one that had to do a dbl take on the MarvelBoy pic, to make sure that wasn’t Sentry with a fish bowl on his head? Let the Uranus quips begin!


  2. comicbookdude89 says:

    I won’t be picking up all of these. I love AoA a lot, don’t get me wrong, but I need to take a break from buying a lot of comics. There’s too much stuff coming out January 😦

  3. djsweet says:

    So no complaints about Marvels glut when it’s about AoA?

    • Hmmmm…good point djsweet. Like I said in my post, I am looking forward to these because Jeff Parker is writing them. If he wasn’t and Marvel was just whoring AoA to any writer I would definitely be complaining. I guess we will have to wait and see how I’ll feel about these books once I have them and have read them.

      So I guess for the moment I am not complaining about the (quite small) Agents of Atlas glut. The overall Marvel glut is something entirely different in my eyes. I do like the fact that our readers pay attention enough to call me out as a hypocrite when I am being one. And that is not a knock on you at all. I am being totally serious…for once.

      I really do love the Agents of Atlas book. If I could only by one Marvel title a month it would be that one. Well, it would be if the fuckers didn’t cancel it.

      In my mind when I buy comics from Marvel it is because I am supporting those particular creator’s and not the company. It’s a double edged sword but I’ve come to terms with it.

      Having said that you’ve still actually made me feel bad about buying into Marvel’s over-saturation of product. I am now quite conflicted about this. Fuck.


      • kurumais says:

        i was going to point out the same thing J but you are right as well AoA is so damn good its worth the money also you have to give marvel credit here. they are really pushing the agents. they started with a dark reign tie in had big time guest stars when that didnt seem to catch the audience’s attention they are trying these crossovers and one shots, if AoA goes the way of the dinosaur ,and please let that not be the case, its certainly not from parker and marvels lack of trying to get an audience. with the sales on the book marvel could have to just cancelled it and not look back. so ill give them credit for that at least.

      • djsweet says:

        to be fair, I was playing devils advocate here.It is only two mini’s, a back up feature and a cameo. i do agree that I’m a bit amazed at the way Marvel is supporting AoA and Jeff Parker. And to further support this ‘glut” Marvel Boy is a very old character in the company and deserving of a mini. That mini would have been 3.99 anyhow, so that 40 pages is welcome even thou im sure that it is a reprint.

      • Deemar says:

        Drink a redbull it’ll make you feel better

  4. Matthew Guy says:

    I am almost to the burned out point w/ Marvel w/ the Cap 5 mini going to 7 issues,Fraction’s Uncanny sucking bad. In January, I will be buying Powers, Amazing Spidey, Hickman FF & THAT IS IT! No Cap 602 for me. I am giving a chunk of my comic money to DC primarily (22 titles & 1 DC trade that month) & Kirkman at Image w/ Walking Dead issue 69 & the 5th WD HC that month. No Hellboy that month so no money for Dark Horse.


  5. Ironmuskrat says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of love for AoA from Marvel. I’m liking that AoA/Avengers mini, that will be on my buy list for sure.

    I also have to give props to Marvel for keeping bubbleboy.. Opps! I mean The Uranian’s retro look. Marvel Boy, just take a hint from Mysterio, when it comes to wearing a big fishbowl on your head, the proper level of tint is the difference between mockery and coolness..


  6. Zcorp79 says:

    Been a fan of Thunderbolts since Diggle’s run and was really happy to hear that Parker was taking over after Diggle. Avengers vs. AoA will be a must have and I am still not sure if I want to pick up Incredible Hercule’s just for the AoA back-up.

  7. Deemar says:

    I’m buying Herc already so it’s a bonus

  8. i was glad to hear jeff parker was coming to thunderbolts, because i probably would’ve dropped it if someone unknown came on – i was THRILLED to hear atlas was coming with him. i’ll be picking up the x-men and avengers crossovers too, and maybe the uranian. dunno bout herc though, probably not.

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