DC’s Tales from Earth-6: A Celebration of Stan Lee #1 sees the Justice Leaguer essentially become Doctor Manhattan from the Just Imagine universe….
The following contains spoilers for Tales from Earth-6: Stan Lee Celebration #1, on sale now from DC Comics.
While he may not be equipped with the same superpowers, DC Tales from Earth-6: Stan Lee Celebration #1 sees Atom essentially becoming Doctor Manhattan of the Just imagine… universe.
Tales from Earth-6: Stan Lee Celebration #1 is a new anthology that takes readers back in time Just imagining… Lee’s universe co-created for DC Comics. One of the entries in this issue, “Justice League: Trust”, is by writer and artist Jerry Ordway, colorist Glenn Whitmore, and letter writer Pat Brosseau. The story features Earth-6’s Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Shazam and Flash arguing with Lois Lane over the image of the Justice League and whether or not the heroes should care about the team’s brand.
While Green Lantern is adamant about how the heroes just saved the city of Los Angeles and don’t need to worry about their public image, Batman points out that the creature they just fought is invisible to the city’s cameras. “I agree, it’s a shame that the world only saw the Atom rise above the wreckage in Burbank…not that he closed their portal after we gathered the invaders near the breach site.” Earth-6’s Atom/Raymond Palmer — who was Robin but became Hawkman before being changed to Atom by Yggdrasil in 2002 Just imagine: Crisis #1 (by Lee, John Cassady, Alex Sinclair, and Bill Oakley) — is shown standing above a crowd of onlookers who can’t help but stare and take photos.
Atom and Doctor Manhattan Both Take Refuge on Mars
As arguments continue to break out between Green Lantern and Superman, Batman interrupts to further remind the team of Atom’s recent out-of-this-world trip. “Not Lois’ fault Sandman jumped back into his Dreamland when spit hit the fan! He also had nothing to do with Atom flying to Mars to intercede instead of supporting his teammates in the face of this media backlash!”
In DC Guard by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins, Doctor Manhattan took similar actions when he was accused of giving cancer to friends and colleagues on live television. Instead of facing media scrutiny, Doctor Manhattan is exiled on Mars. He remains there for most of the rest of the story, until Laurie Juspeczyk convinces him to take an interest in humanity’s cause again.
Tales from Earth-6: Stan Lee Celebration #1 features cover art by Jim Cheung and Jay David Ramos and variant cover art by Ariel Colón, Steve Beach, Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, Christian Ward, Jason Howard, Kyle Hotz, Dan Brown, Jorge Corona, Sarah Stern, Dan Panosian, Kelley Jones, Laura Martin, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia and Cully Hamner. The thing is on sale now from DC.