The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS #12 from Image Comics. Jamie S. Rich writes and Mike Norton, Natalie Nourigat and Chynna Clugston Flores draw.

This is a between-arcs issue, and they’ve broken it up into three segments (hence the three artists). Story one gives us a taste of Skunk’s attempts to atone for his past crimes. Story two has Team K taking care of a slippery villain in quite professional form. And story three has It Girl and Slug dealing with an Egyptian-themed villain complete with mummy minions and a staff of power. All in a day’s work and a happy ending for the Atomics!

Being between arcs gives this issue a fun and relaxed feel to it – not that It Girl isn’t pretty relaxed to begin with, but there’s an obvious “cleaning up” vibe to this. We get a casual look at the Atomics extended family, and some minor story points can get wrapped up in a leisurely style with the usual verbal hijinks that this title is well known for. All three artists bring their own touches to the team, different enough to be interesting while still maintaining the dynamic that we’re used to.

I like the sense of relative calm that this issue brings; it has action, but it doesn’t feel like the world is hanging on every panel. Sometimes that’s refreshing, and it’s nice to let some new folks in on the fun as well.

IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS #12 is available now at your LCS or online at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )