Marvel Comics is planning to launch another "Heroic Age" series using their retro-1950's super team, the Agents of Atlas. Jeff Parker will return as series writer, and that's a good thing in my estimation, but comic books are a visual medium and the decision to have Gabriel Hardman also return as lead artist disturbs me.
Newsarama ran a promotional article on the new title (now to be called simply "Atlas") a few days ago and within the body of that article it's mentioned that despite the first ongoing AoA series being cancelled last year after a mere eleven issues, the characters remain popular. So it begs the question: If the previous series failed during its freshman year, and if the characters actually resonate with the fans, then why - oh why - bring back an artist whose work didn't really grab readers in the first place?
I do have to say that bringing any version of 3-D Man back into the team is the right thing to do. The characters who comprise the Atlas team originally debuted as a non-canonical group of Avengers in What If #9 (June 1978), they were reintroduced in modern continuity (minus #-D Man) in a 2006 mini-series drawn by Leonard Kirk and written by Parker.
I would love to support this title, but after the artwork on their previous series failed to grab me, and despite having 3-D Man back in the mix, with Hardman on board - I won't be. I do believe that the Agents of Atlas are popular with fans, hey even I like them, but you still have to have an artist that fans respond to. Hardman has proven otherwise, and somebody at Marvel knows this. Why else have that spiffy Terry & Rachel Dodson gracing the new 1st issue cover?