Written By: Vita Ayala
Art By: Paco Medina, Walden Wong
Colors By: David Curiel
Letters By: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Art By: R.B. Silva, Erick Arciniega
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 11, 2021
CHILDREN OF THE ATOM #6 concludes the run with Carmen aka Gimmick coming out to her friends and family about her sexuality and her genetics. While the former was apparently obvious to everyone, the latter comes as a shock, but thankfully, her friends and family appear to be the most understanding collection of people on the planet. When the time comes, Carmen has to decide what world she wants to live in, the human world or Krakoa.
Was It Good?
Look, I’ve been hard on this series because it’s so poorly written. Everything from the weird copy/paste plot structure making issue #1 and #2 nearly identical, to the snippet of an alien spacecraft crash with absolutely no setup or explanation (spoiler: the series has ended without filling in that blank), to the weird mystery of “are they or aren’t they mutants” that turned out be a lot of nothing and then only vaguely addressed with a PowerPoint slide. In short, this series has been a mess.
However, credit where credit is due. This final issue was very good in terms of creating some emotional depth and carrying the story through to a conclusion. In a strange sort of way, the effectiveness of this last issue almost turns into a down point because when your see what’s happening, you realize the entire series was unnecessary. Marvel could have saved a lot of time, and this reviewer’s mental anguish, by making a few tweaks to issue #6 and releasing it as an oversized one-shot.
That’s it. Issues #1-#5 are absolutely not needed. They added nothing to get to the conclusion, and the execution of the first five issues is so poor, they detract away from the story Ayala wanted to tell.
It’s just a simple coming out story. The story is well-paced. There are emotional highs and lows. And the ending is full of sweet, tender moments. And there’s the rub. After all the nonsense with cosplayers pretending to be mutants, and are-they-aren’t-they manufactured tension, it all winds up being superfluous to the conclusion.
You could argue, looking at who becomes the central focus of the story and how this last issue turns out, that perhaps… just maybe… this is a thinly veiled autobiography of the writer. If true, that may leave a sour taste for some readers if this entire series turns out to be a glorified vanity project. But if you ignore everything about the creative team, you should be able to enjoy this issue for what it is.
I like the art from Medina, Wong and the rest of the team. The colors are vivid. The emotional beats are reinforced with expressive faces, and it’s a good looking book overall.
So, where does that leave this series? In the scope of everything X, it’ll likely be forgotten as a pointless tangent, and that’s a shame because this last issue deserves more praise than it will earn.
CHILDREN OF THE ATOM #6 ends the series with a heartfelt and well-written coming out story. The art is great, and the conclusion hits an optimistic note for the future.