ATARI FORCE #1
(Cover by José Luis García-López)
Published and © by DC, Jan. 1984
Synopsis: Across the universe, events start to bring future members of a next-generation Atari Force to New Earth.
Writer: Gerry Conway
Penciler: José Luis García-López
Inker: Ricardo Villagrán
Review: Eventually, Atari Force would join other licensed-property titles like Rom (see reviews) and Micronauts as comic-book series that were far better than they had any right to be. Atari Force starts a little slow, though, with an hodgepodge of sci-fi-plot staples and a cast of fairly cardboard characters. This debut issue gets a big boost from the art of José Luis García-López, showcasing the artist’s grasp of dynamic anatomy and always-sharp storytelling. It would take a few issues for Atari Force to find its story sea legs, but it was a fine-looking book from day one.
Second opinions: “Hey, 1984-Kevin thought it was awesome. And it probably was.” — Kevin Melrose, Robot 6. … Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Cool factor: For a comic based on a video-game company, this one’s pretty good.
Notable: The future letters page includes an essay recapping the earlier Atari Force promotional giveaway series, which was set 25 years before this issue.
Character quotable: “Trust me.” — Dart (are those ever good words?)