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The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #5 (July 2017)

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“Quantum Mechanic”

  • Writers: Cary Bates, Greg Weisman
  • Pencils & Inks: Will Conrad
  • Colors: Ivan Nunes
  • Letters: Saida Temofonte
  • Editors: Jim Chadwick, Kristy Quinn
  • Cover Artist: Steve Rude

From Silver and Gold Podcast episode 29:

It’s back to classic Booster Gold with “Fresh Start” by Dan Jurgens, Bob Lewis, Albert DeGuzman, and Barbara Randall from Booster Gold (vol 1) #16. Booster moves into his new mansion/headquarters and ticks off no less than three people.

Then we cover “Quantum Mechanic” by Cary Bates, Greg Weisman, Will Conrad, Ivan Nunes, Saida Temofonte, Kristy Quinn, Jim Chadwick, and Steve Rude from the penultimate issue of The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom. Nate finally meets his son, confronts Ultramax, and we learn a little more about the bastard that is General Eiling.

Guest Stars: Clark Kent, Hawk, Cheshire, Maxwell Lord, Ultramax

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Heart of Gold – The Roy Clark Method
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Fresh Start Fever – You Me at Six

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The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #4 (June 2017)

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“Shock and Awe”

  • Writers: Cary Bates, Greg Weisman
  • Pencils & Inks: Will Conrad
  • Colors: Ivan Nunes
  • Letters: Saida Temofonte
  • Editors: Jim Chadwick, Kristy Quinn
  • Cover Artist: Carlos D’Anda

From Silver and Gold Podcast episode 27:

Sorry for the delay, folks. Life gets in the way of podcasting sometimes. With that said, OMG April was a great month for both our heroes!

First we had “Booster Trouble” by Mark Russell, Rick Leonardi, Scott Hanna, Steve Buccellato, Dave Sharpe, Marie Javins, Brittany Holzherr, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, and Hi-Fi Design from Booster Gold/The Flinstones Special #1. Yep, a new Booster Gold comic!

Then there was “Shock and Awe” by Cary Bates, Greg Weisman, Will Conrad, Ivan Nunes, Saida Temofonte, Jim Chadwick, Kristy Quinn, Bobbie Chase, and Carlos D’Anda from The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #4. Yep, a new Captain Atom comic!

Our excitement will not be contained. Listen now!

Guest Stars: Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Skeets, Wilma Flintstone, Max Thrane, Dr. Megala, General Eiling, “Captain Atom Jr.”

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Heart of Gold – The Roy Clark Method
Meet the Flintstones – The Skip Jacks
My Heart Has a Mind of It’s Own – Connie Frances
I Swear – All 4 One
I Wanna be a Flintstone – Screaming Blue Messiahs
Don’t Wanna Know – Maroon 5
(Meet) The Flintstones – The B-52’s

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The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #3 (May 2017)

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“Back to the Future”

  • Writers: Cary Bates, Greg Weisman
  • Pencils and Inks: Will Conrad
  • Colors: Ivan Nunes
  • Letters: Saida Temofonte
  • Editors: Jim Chadwick, Kristy Quinn
  • Cover Artist: Marguerite Sauvage

It’s Silver and Gold Podcast episode 26! Listen to Roy and Jay via the world’s most sensitive microphone as they discuss “Runback” from Booster Gold (vol 1) #15 by Dan Jurgens, Bob Lewis, Bruce D. Patterson, Gene D’Angelo, Augustin Mas, and Barbara Randall. Jay fights a cold as the two then discuss “Back to the Future” from The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom (vol 1) #3 by Cary Bates, Greg Weisman, Will Conrad,  Marguerite Sauvage, Ivan Nunes, Saida Temofonte, Jim Chadwick, and Kristy Quinn.

Guest Stars: Rip Hunter, Dr. Soo, Animal, Michelle Carter, Broderick, Goldstar, Dr. Megala, General Eiling, “Captain Atom Jr.”

Gold Watch: The month Booster Gold #15 was published, Booster also appeared in The New Teen Titans #30 and The Outsiders #18.

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Heart of Gold – The Roy Clark Method
Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott
The Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Run Back – Carl Douglas

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The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #2 (April 2017)

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“Past Imperfect”

  • Writer: Cary Bates
  • Co-Plotter: Greg Weisman
  • Pencils & Inks: Will Conrad
  • Colors: Ivan Nunes
  • Letters: Saida Temofonte
  • Editor: Kristy Quinn
  • Group Editor: Jim Chadwick

Roy “Charlemagne” Cleary and FKAjason return to review “A Future Lost” from Booster Gold (vol 1) #14 by Dan Jurgens, Mike DeCarlo, John Costanza, Gene D’Angelo, and Barbara Randall. Booster’s in the future and on the run from the cops.

Then we review “Past Imperfect” from The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom (vol 1) #2 by Cary Bates, Greg Weisman, Will Conrad, Ivan Nunes, Saida Temofonte, Kristy Quinn, and Jim Chadwick. Lost in time, Captain Atom tries to make a new life for himself with disastrous results.

Guest Stars: Rip Hunter, Dr. Soo, Broderick, Goldstar

Gold Watch: The month Booster Gold #14 was published, Booster also appeared in The New Teen Titans #29.

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Heart of Gold – The Roy Clark Method
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Bad and Boujee ft Lil Uzi Vert – Migos
This Time Imperfect – AFI

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The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 (March 2017)

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“Blowback”

  • Writer: Cary Bates
  • Co-Plotter: Greg Weisman
  • Pencils/Inks: Will Conrad
  • Colors: Ivan Nunes
  • Letters: Saida Temofonte
  • Cover Artist: Jason Badower
  • Variant Cover Artists: Gabriel Hardman & Jordan Boyd
  • Editor: Kristy Quinn
  • Group Editor: Jim Chadwick

This issue opens at the Continuum, beneath Kansas City, on December 19, 2012 at 8:38 central time. The New 52 Captain Atom is seated on a chair inside a dome, demanding that Dr. Megala tell him how many people he killed today. Megala, speaking via intercom from a control room, tells Nathaniel that they don’t yet know how many casualties there were. The destructive power of Atom’s quantum flare-ups exceeded Megala’s projections. Even the intervention of the Justice League couldn’t control the damage. General Eiling, standing in the control room with Megala, says that he can spin the story so the Justice League takes part of the blame.

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Captain Atom is being held in what Eiling refers to as a subterranean suppression dome, which Megala says should be equipped to handle whatever comes next. Nate worries what will happen to the world around him when he can no longer control the power him. Eiling tells Cap to stow the stinkin-thinkin and pull himself together. Atom doesn’t pay Eiling any mind as he goes on to say that he knows he cannot hold on to his last shreds of humanity. He says his good-byes to Megala, saying he’ll miss the doctor. But Eiling? Not so much.

Captain Atom begins to surge with energy. He tells Megala he’ll see him on the other side, and he explodes with energy.

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Wow. Right out of the gate some powerful stuff. Something has obviously gone down and Nathaniel Adam has lost all hope. He has basically committed suicide in front of Megala and Eiling. And although this is clearly the New 52 Captain Atom, these aren’t the New 52 Megala and Eiling. Megala is in a wheelchair, but his body isn’t bent and he doesn’t have the Popeye look. It is unclear if this is supposed to be the Megala who went crazy and took over Firestorm’s body but he doesn’t look like him. Nor does he look like the post-Crisis Megala either. That Megala could not use his arms or legs and his chair served as a life-support system, kind of like Davros from Doctor Who.

This could possibly be the New 52 Eiling, though. He is an African-American again, but seems much younger. And slightly less douchey. The post-Crisis Eiling raised Nate’s kids as his own, but it seems as if this Cap has no kids. If he did, he probably wouldn’t have killed himself.

Twenty three minutes prior to Nate’s meltdown, Captain Atom is flying over the Pacific Ocean, heading back to the Continuum. He is speaking to Megala via an internal nano-com array that has been injected into Nate’s body. Megala tells him he’s detected a minor glitch in the last nano-diagnostic. The rate at which Cap’s atoms are splitting and reforming has elevated slightly. Megala tells him to hurry back so they can assess this new development, but Atom refuses. He’s spotted a cruise ship that’s about to be capsized by a mega wave. Megala sends for Eiling as Cap attempts to change the water around the ship into a jello-like mass. However, Captain Atom’s powers appear to be fizzling out. Cap compensates by pouring on more power.

His efforts pay off and as soon as the gelatinous mass steadies the ship Atom flies away quickly. As Eiling bitches about Nate’s inability to follow orders, there is a spike in Cap’s “quantum fever.” There is a flare-up, similar to the one he killed himself with a few pages back, and Eiling tells Nate to get back to the Continuum as quickly as possible. He wants Captain Atom contained in the suppression dome. Nate tries to make it back, but the increasing flare-ups slow him down.

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Just then, three Justice Leaguers show up on the scene, drawn to Cap’s flare-ups that they detected from their Watchtower. Cap explains to Superman, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, and Cyborg that he urgently needs to get to Kansas, but the Leaguers won’t let him fly over populated areas. Megala taps into Cyborg’s tech and transmits a hologram of himself explaining the situation.

Captain Atom tells Superman he can get him to the Continuum quickly and Green Lantern and Cyborg say they can help contain Cap in the meantime. Just as Nate begins to flare up again, Superman grabs him and heads for Kansas. Green Lantern encloses Atom in a protective bubble while Cyborg just says encouraging things like, “Your ring’s kicking quantum ass!”

Just as they are over Kansas, Hal apologizes as he loses control of his construct. Captain Atom flares again, and the Leaguers do what they can to protect the innocent lives down below. However, as we see the scale of the destruction, it seems unlikely that many lives were saved.

Captain Atom staggers into the dome, crawls to the chair, and demands that Megala tell him how many people he killed. This is where we came in.

Nate appears to be dead. His chair was melted and there is no sign of him. Megala says that even though he isn’t a religious man, he hopes Nathaniel Adam will find peace in the afterlife. Eiling can’t get past the loss of a military asset long enough to consider the passing of the human inside. But, as we see up on the surface in the ruins of Kansas City, our hero may not be dead after all.

A naked man lies in the rubble with no blue skin. A newspaper nearby indicates the current year is 1994. To be continued…

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This was awesome. Will Conrad’s art is beautiful. Of course I’m going to love Bates and Weisman, and I’m super excited about what comes next. If it goes the way I think it is going to go, I’m going to be a very happy Nathaniel Adam fan. This is the best Captain Atom I’ve seen in recent memory. A for story and A for art. I’m hoping this is the beginning of something big and long-lasting for Captain Atom.

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Justice League International #19 (November 1988)

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justice_league_international_vol_1_19“No More Mr. Nice Guy!”

Writers: Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis
Pencils: Kevin Maguire
Inks: Al Gordon
Colors: Gene D’Angelo
Letters: Bob Lappan
Editor: Andrew Helfer

This appearance of Captain Atom is just another cameo. It’s as if the creative team just didn’t know what to do with the character. I wonder why they even added him to the line-up. In this issue, Maxwell Lord and Cap have an off-panel discussion about Major Force.

If my memory serves me right, it wasn’t until the foundation of Justice League Europe that Captain Atom really contributed much to the team.

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Captain Atom #20 (October 1988)

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captain.atom.20.01“The Silver Lie”

  • Writers: Cary Bates & Greg Weisman
  • Pencils: Pablo Marcos
  • Inks: Frank McLaughlin
  • Colors: Shelley Eiber
  • Letters: Carrie Spiegle
  • Cover Artists: Pat Broderick & Bob Smith
  • Editor: Dennis O’Neil
  • Executive Editor: Dick Giordano

When is Nate going to learn to stop relying on “the lie” to get what he wants? It blows up in his face every time! Maybe not right away, but eventually the truth comes out for sad sack Nathaniel Adam. And the lie he spins in this issue marks a turning point in his history. Things are set into motion and his future with the Justice League is at risk.

The last time we saw Captain Atom in action was in Justice League International #17. This issue opens in the JLI’s New York Embassy, and right away things look… odd. Not bad at all. Just different. That’s because (for the first time) this issue was not penciled by Pat Broderick. Pablo Marcos did a lot of pencils and inks for both DC and Marvel throughout the 1970s to the 2000s.  He did ink Blue Beetle #13 a year prior to this comic’s publication.

Mister Miracle and Booster Gold enter the monitor room just as Cap and Blue Beetle are taking off on a mission. They are puzzled by BB and Cap’s new bromance.

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The mystery is solved when the pair come across a file entitled “Captain Atom Blue Beetle, The Covert Casebook.” I know, I know.  Comics.

According to the casebook, when Cap was operating in secret (which never happened), he occasionally teamed up with the previous Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett. According to the fake history, Dan tried to convince Captain Atom to go public with his super-heroing years before he actually did.

Nate flashes back to the beginning of this latest piece of The Lie. It began one day when he was stocking shelves at Mellow Yellows and Henry Yarrow came in. Yarrow was Nate’s defense attorney in 1968 when he was first put on trial. He’s been trying to find evidence to clear Nate’s name. He’s also gotten a face-lift, as he is on the run from some crime organization that wants him dead. Nate closes up the shop and takes a ride with Yarrow, knowing that doing so will anger Starshine.

Yarrow reveals that Lester Bryant, chairman of Zyco Industries, has been buying up small R and D companies. In the 60s, Bryant was one of the Generals who sat in on Nate’s court martial. According to a “deathbed confession” by a “bitter employee,” there is a codebook in a safe in Bryant’s office that incriminates him as a member of a Vietnam, drug ring. Zyco security are on to Yarrow, thinking he is a corporate spy. He can’t break into the office safe, so he gives Nate all the info he has and lets Nate decide how to proceed.

Nate decides the best way to proceed is to lie to one of his Justice League team-mates and use him to gain access to Zyco Industries.  He meets Blue Beetle in a secluded area where Beetle demands to know how Nate found out he was Ted Kord (Kord Industries was one of the companies purchased by Zyco). Beetle, who claims he and Atom never saw eye-to-eye since Cap joined the league, asks Nate why he thinks he’d help him. Nate hands him the secret casebook.

Blue Beetle reads about a time when Dr. Spectro attacked the first Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett. The Bronze Age Captain Atom came to Dan’s rescue. This story is told in flashback form throughout the book. It is enough to convince Ted, who agrees to visit Zyco.

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Ted calls on Lester Bryant, who is rather portly. He visits Zyco under the pretense that he is seeking a job with the company. Bryant is all too happy to oblige, and sends Ted off with the lovely Miss Devon to take a tour of the company. As Ted flirts with Devon, mini cameras in his cufflinks are snapping pics, which Beetle and Cap pull up on the JLI computer later on.

Captain Atom spots the safe behind Bryant’s desk. He opts to listen in on Bryant’s bugged phone while Blue Beetle goes on a date with Miss Devon. Cap feels like crap for lying to Ted – not only about the “secret casebook,” but also that the airman who’s name they are trying to clear is actually Nathaniel Adam.

Back at Zyco, Bryant places a call. He tells the person on the other end that he was aware of Ted’s wrist cameras, but clearly isn’t aware of the bugged phone. The individual on the other end shares Bryant’s concern about Ted Kord and Miss Devon going on a date, and orders Bryant to have them both killed.

Out on the town, Ted pushes Devon out of the path of a speeding taxi. Before the offending cab can speed away, Captain Atom shows up and grabs the driver. Miss Devon confesses to Ted she knows a lot more than she’s let on, and tearfully offers to tell him everything.

Later, after he’s dropped Miss Devon off with the police, Blue Beetle meets up with Captain Atom at the JLI Embassy to compare notes. After dropping the would-be assassin off at a nearby police station, Cap went over the surveillance footage and discovered that Zyco’s “research submersibles” are being equipped with military-grade weapons. Miss Devon revealed to Ted that two of these prototypes were sold to major drug rings operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

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In flashback land, Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett) is strung upside down in Dr. Spectro’s lair. Spectro is torturing the Beetle, hoping to learn his and Captain Atom’s secrets. But before Dan can talk, Captain Atom bursts in to the rescue.

Back in the “real world,” Cap and Beetle come upon the bad guys testing out their new submersibles on an unsuspecting cruise ship. Beetle swings down to take on the baddies while Cap provides air support. Ted’s plan is to confiscate the subs for his repo business. He shatters one of the canopies but isn’t overly concerned as that is an easy fix. He seems mostly concerned with impressing his business partner Booster Gold. Cap accidentally sinks one on the subs and apologizes to Beetle as he rescues the pilot. The second sub is also destroyed by its’ pilot.

Cap thinks Ted will be angry and this actually relieves him. He feels bad for lying to Beetle. However, back on board the JLI shuttle (with the baddies stowed away), Ted tells him he isn’t sore. After all, they have a tradition to uphold. The non-existent tradition of a Blue Beetle/Captain Atom team.

Back at the JLI embassy, Ted and Nate listen in on Lester’s office. He’s on the phone with a very upset third party. They hear and eplosion and take off for Zyco to investigate (this is where we entered this story). They arrive only to find Lester has been killed.

The fake flashback story wraps up with old Cap and old Beetle leaving Spectro’s lair and promising to always have each others’ backs. The issue closes with current Cap and current Beetle (after discovering the safe they were looking for was destroyed along with its contents) making the same promise to each other. Cap flies away feeling like a total a-hole for using Ted that way. Which he is. Honestly, did he really think Ted wouldn’t help him without the lie? I mean, they’re Justice League team-mates. Those guys always look out for each other, don’t they?

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So I give Pablo and Frank and A for art. This was beautiful. I love their take on the Bronze Age Captain Atom and the Golden Age Blue Beetle. And I can’t complain about not having seen Pat Broderick’s take on Beetle, because he drew the cover. Cary and Greg get an A for story, too. I’ve always really liked this issue. It was super fun seeing Captain Atom and Blue Beetle teaming up and I will never not love these two Ditko creations.

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Silver & Gold Podcast has a new home!

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Splitting Atoms is a Captain Atom blog. At least that was my intention when I started it in January 2013. Since Roy and I started our Booster Gold/Captain Atom podcast Silver and Gold, this has also been the home of that podcast.  As of today, this website will revert back to being simply a Captain Atom blog and the podcast (along with its spin-off shows) will have a new home at www.sngpod.com!

Visit that site now and bookmark it. There you will find all of our episodes of Silver & Gold, DC v Marvel, and any other future podcast endeavors.

What this means for Splitting Atoms is that we’ll no longer be posting our podcast content here. This will just be here for Captain Atom blog posts. Like it was when it started. This was always our intention, it just took me a bit to get it all organized.

Again, Captain Atom fans, nothing changes for you. Silver & Gold Podcast fans, your new home is www.sngpod.com.

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DC v Marvel 07: Paul Vance

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Roy “Charlemagne” Cleary and his randomizer pit a randomly selected DC character against a randomly selected Marvel character and his and FKAjason’s long-time pal try to determine who would win if they fought. Almost doomed from the start, we overcome technical glitches to come up with a clear winner.

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Split – The Roy Clark Method
You’re the Best – Joe Esposito

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DC v Marvel 06: Paul Hix

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Roy “Charlemagne” Cleary and his randomizer pit a randomly selected DC character against a randomly selected Marvel character and Paul Hix (of the Waiting for Doom podcast) tries to determine who would win if they fought.

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Split – The Roy Clark Method
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

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