Children Of The Atom #6 by Vita Ayala

Children Of The Atom #6 (Children Of The Atom (2021-))Children Of The Atom #6 (Children Of The Atom by Vita Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s a question about whether or not this was intended to be a limited series or if it just got cancelled after the first story arc. It’s certainly strange to spend six issues introducing us to these characters and then not do anything with them. But this series was a victim of covid from the start, suffering huge delays to its release due to the pandemic. It got off to a rather shaky start, with some fairly rough writing, but showed a lot of promise, and that promise is realised here.

Ayala’s writing over in New Mutants has been superb, so I suspected it was just a matter of time before this book found its feet. I was right, but the downside to that is that a lot of people were put off by the first issue, and at some point, I guess, the decision was made that this would be a limited series.

Which is a shame, because it explores some interesting and important ideas in regards to identity and allyship. It also explores prejudice and how are words can lead those close to us to think we won’t accept them for who they are, even if that’s not the case.

I really hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of these characters. I can see Carmen showing up in Ayala’s New Mutants, and where Carmen goes Buddy is likely to follow. But the whole team needs to find a future in the Marvel Universe. It’ll be a real shame if they just fade into obscurity.

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