"Rattling the Cages": Jean Loring complains to Norm that she hardly sees Paul now that he and Ray Palmer are best friends, and out male-bonding.

Quote1 I've killed better men than you just because they threatened me once! And I'm ten times madder at you than I was at them!" Quote2
The Atom

Power of the Atom #13 is an issue of the series Power of the Atom (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1989.

Appearing in "Rattling the Cages"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Joker (Mentioned only)
  • Laethwen (Mentioned only)
  • Kay (Single appearance)
  • Ivy Town General Hospital Doctor (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Marcos's Girlfriend (Unnamed) (in a coma)
  • Tooty Golightly (Single appearance)




  • 1987 Chevrolet Camaro RS

Synopsis for "Rattling the Cages"

Jean Loring complains to Norm that she hardly sees Paul now that he and Ray Palmer are best friends, and out male-bonding.

The two men are fencing; and Paul thinks that it's great, but Ray only misses real battle; kill-or-be-killed. Paul tries to engage the killer within Ray, and comes within an inch of his life at the broken, jagged point of Ray's foil. Paul longs for Ray's adventurous life -- he's tired of pushing paper around as a lawyer, and a little tired of Jean.

On the way to Norman's literary party, the pair of fast-friends divert to the hospital, when the attending surgeon for Marco's girlfriend[1] calls The Atom. He needs to travel into the girl's bloodstream and sew shut an inoperable tear. The Atom shrinks, and rides a red blood cell to the site of the tear; where he repairs it.

When Ray finally exits the girl's system, Strobe is waiting for him. The Atom grows to full size and faces Strobe. With no weapon system or armor, Strobe is a coward and faints when Ray tells him the ways that he would kill him.

Ray and Jean catch up at the party, where a riot breaks out between authors. Ray changes into the Atom, but Jean reminds him that it was The Atom that cost them their marriage. Ray does away with the costume and sits back down with Jean.


  • Special thanks to Bill Waldroop and Nadine Messner-Loebs.
  • There is another member in the Health Club dressing room that looks remarkably like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Before entering the patient's body, The Atom does not go through any disinfecting protocols, which may indicate that the White Dwarf Star Matter mitigates infection in the way that Nth Metal does.


  • This is the final issue with a cover featuring The Atom at his standard size next to the logo; in subsequent issues, artist Graham Nolan has him shrink until disappearing entirely in Power of the Atom #18.[2]

See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

  1. She was struck by Strobe when he stole Marco's EDG armor in Power of the Atom #12
  2. The Atom Handled Cancellation in the Coolest Way Imaginable
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