How To Make Captain Atom Cool/Popular?

#1 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio

It seems that with a failed attempt at an ongoing that Cap doesn't have a large enough fan base and that he may be in a pre-flashpoint Aquaman category of characters that nobody cares about. So what do you think DC can do with this character to make him matter? Should they try again with an ongoing but with a different creative team? Or maybe a have him on a team himself? Or do you think that he's another character that will just languish in obscurity?     

#2 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio

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#3 Posted by Night Thrasher (3689 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain Atom can never truly be completely cool/popular as you put it. He can become more relevant if he's written correctly. I think he needs a team book in which he plays more of a Reed Richards/Tony Stark role. Someone needs to play up his scientific background and have him explore more of the "microverse" as such. Maybe playing with different subatomic particles with his powers like tachyons or quarks to really flesh out how capable he is.

#4 Posted by Joygirl (19959 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually think the key is a cooler outfit. Captain Atom looks really, really stupid.

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#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio
@Night Thrasher: Captain Atom not The Atom 
 
@Joygirl: DO you not like the current one? I really liked the Armageddon version 
#6 Posted by Mr_Ingenuity (7519 posts) - - Show Bio

I like the New 52 Captain Atom but maybe he should be like Surfer & stay away from earth and flex his powers. IMO

#7 Posted by Joygirl (19959 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't read him. I just can't bother myself to spend money on someone who looks that silly.

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#8 Posted by Night Thrasher (3689 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: Oh...I got confused...CA is kinda a different story but not totally. He'll never be a Superman/Batman tier character and is a little too much like a poor man's Silver Surfer. What he really needs is a clear lane that he fills that no one else in DC can fill. Right now he's the guy between Superman and Green Lantern. Maybe he can go back to the government's weapon against intergalactic threats and lead a team of government sponsored heroes like a Secret Six that doesn't have pardons or explosive implants looming over them, but rather volunteer out of patriotism. The definitive right wing conservative team.

#9 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio
@Night Thrasher: I like the idea of bringing back the Charlton super team Sentinels of Justice, Captain Atom, The Question, Blue Beetle ect
 
 
@Joygirl: really? You don't think this is cool?
#10 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: He needs to step away from the doctor manhattan look(The irony doesn't escape me) and he needs to get off Earth. With so many powerhouses there, it's hard to flex your muscle.

#11 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio
@TheCrowbar: Yea but the look is only superficial, that can't arm his character also Since Doc is based off of Cap I think it's apt and having him go cosmic is a surefire way to send him to limbo because readers will think he's to detached form the main DCU just like Demon Knights and All Star Western 
#12 Posted by Joygirl (19959 posts) - - Show Bio

He looks sort of cool there, but. I dunno. Just not my style.

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#13 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: Manhattan is more well known now, so that's why it hurts him.

Also him going cosmic and focusing on "earth's interests" instead of whatever the Green Lantern corp deems good could be an interesting story.

#14 Posted by Maikky (22 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain Atom to me doesn't sound like a name that would stick .

#15 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio
@TheCrowbar: I don't think it hurts him and if it does that's  reeeeeeeeealy stupid . 
 
Na I think going cosmic would kill the character, no cosmic book can actually last, even Green Lantern has to be more earth based to work and him being in space would draw more of the poorman's Silver Surfer 
#16 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: You asked my opinion and I gave, I'm not going to outline a full story arc for you.

What Captain Atom needs is a writer not afraid to cut through the bad continuity and give him the treatment good characters deserve.

#17 Posted by Project_Worm (3405 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Joygirl: really? You don't think this is cool?

Personally I don't like the "wispy" hair.

And to answer you question, It is simple he must KILL Superman.

Kidding... I have no clue...Kidding... I have no clue...

#18 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio
@Project_Worm said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Joygirl: really? You don't think this is cool?

Personally I don't like the "wispy" hair.

And to answer you question, It is simple he must KILL Superman.

Kidding... I have no clue...Kidding... I have no clue...

I think it's better than metallic hair
#19 Posted by Project_Worm (3405 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Project_Worm said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Joygirl: really? You don't think this is cool?

Personally I don't like the "wispy" hair.

And to answer you question, It is simple he must KILL Superman.

Kidding... I have no clue...Kidding... I have no clue...

I think it's better than metallic hair

Only if that's the hair-do. This isn't bad.

#20 Posted by TimeLordScience (950 posts) - - Show Bio

I think a good start would be to make the book good. Now I can't really judge the New 52 Captain Atom book that got canceled too harshly as I didn't read it but I can't imagine it being spectacular as I heard nothing about it and no one seemed upset when it got canceled. I heard more grievances when Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. got canceled, which is saying a lot. If you make something good, there are going to be comic fans out there that will get the book based on word of mouth, regardless of what the character is. Kind of like what's happening with Aquaman right now.

#21 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio
@Project_Worm said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Project_Worm said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Joygirl: really? You don't think this is cool?

Personally I don't like the "wispy" hair.

And to answer you question, It is simple he must KILL Superman.

Kidding... I have no clue...Kidding... I have no clue...

I think it's better than metallic hair

Only if that's the hair-do. This isn't bad.

I really like his Wildstorm look, it paid homage to his original Charlton look
#22 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio
@TimeLordScience: Yea but that's the thing the book was pretty good, not amazing but pretty good yet nobody gave it a chance 
#23 Posted by Project_Worm (3405 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: Oh yeah, definitely his Armageddon look was easily superior.

#24 Posted by TimeLordScience (950 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: Maybe I'll get the trade one day so I can get as upset as you xD. But I think his character may have potential. I'm just not sure how to market him. It's hard to elevate C and D listers to popularity without throwing Johns, Snyder, or Lemire's names on the cover.

#25 Posted by Night Thrasher (3689 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Project_Worm said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Joygirl: really? You don't think this is cool?

Personally I don't like the "wispy" hair.

And to answer you question, It is simple he must KILL Superman.

Kidding... I have no clue...Kidding... I have no clue...

I think it's better than metallic hair

I like that look! Maybe a writer like Jeph Loeb who doesn't care about continuity (because most of CA's continuity is irrelevant anyway) and only cares how many cool things he can make the character do would work! Jeph Loeb isn't available but I'm sure DC could find a suitable hack lying around munching on cheetos somewhere.

#26 Edited by The_Tree (7464 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Put him on a team book where he gets some spotlight.
  • Put him on a book with an A-list creative team.
  • Quit writing him like a Doctor Manhattan-esque sad sack.
  • Find a look and stick with it.
  • Put an emphasis on time travel.

Just a few things I think would help him out.

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#27 Posted by TDK_1997 (14895 posts) - - Show Bio

I think if gets his own book again and with that time the story developes as how he gets on some team(maybe the JLA) and starts showing more often,people will actually see him and will care more about him.

#28 Posted by sunhawk (550 posts) - - Show Bio

Make sure he is different from Superman. Keep him fighting with his energy projection powers and has different morals.

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