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Ray Palmer is the Atom, a superhero with the powers of shrinking and growing to different sizes.

Early Career

As one of the world's most renowned physicists, he was formerly an advisor of S.H.A.D.E.'s science division.

Becoming the Atom

Ray Palmer becomes the Atom and helps Superman

Superman later contacted Dr. Palmer, saying that he needed his help, Ray arrived with him at the Fortress of Solitude two hours later and was informed of the situation. Batman was unresponsive since he returned from repairing the chinese space station and his vital signs were weakening. Realizing that an entire microscopic city was built up in a blood vessel in Batman's brain and his work centers around matter reduction, Ray agrees to help Superman. Ray uses his special containment suits equipped with personal reduction matrices - or shrink belts to shrink himself and Superman so they can get into Batman's brain. After fighting some hostile aliens, Ray uses his P.R.I.M.P - a portable reduction inducing matrix pod to shrink down the city and its inhabitants within an empty Ant Farm. They later get out of Batman's brain and Ray comes up with his own code name, the Atom.[2]

Trapped in the Microverse

Ray later became a professor at Ivy University and was assisted by one of his students, Ryan Choi, while he continued to operate as the Atom, as Ryan slowly became his confidant, Ray revealed to him his identity as the Atom.[3] He then he discovered a disruption deep within the temporal nanostructure of the timeline, seeing that the disturbance was something much bigger he shrunk beyond the atomic and became trapped in a place he called the Microverse. He left a message for Ryan, asking him to don the Bio-Belt and search for him.[4]

Teaming up with Hawkman

Quantum Disturbance

Sometime after the attack by Chronos, Ray built a base of operations in the middle of the Microverse he called the Nucleus. One day Ray's scanners picked up a disturbance in the Quantum Barrier of the Microverse, when he travelled to the location of the disturbance he discovered his longtime ally and friend Carter Hall A.K.A. Hawkman. Hawkman was once prince Khufu of ancient Egypt, however when he and his beloved were effected by a strange metal known as Nth Metal they gained the ability to reincarnate across history with all their previous memories in tact. Hawkman had found an artefact on one of his expeditions that had transported him to the Microverse. Recently Hawkman had been experiencing visions of a race of benevolent destroyers known as the Deathbringers who Carter was destined to defeat.[5]

Atom brought Hawkman to the Nucleus as he deemed it unsafe to talk out in the open. Hawkman explained that he had recently discovered that he had not only reincarnated through time, but through space as well. He had been a Thanagarian, a Kryptonian and many other exotic races. Hawkman had been forgetting his previous lives due to the restrictions of the mortal brain, therefore he had been leaving himself clues about his past lives before he forgot about them. With this knowledge Atom was able to discern that Hawkman had once been reincarnated in the Microverse, as the artifact he carried was of Microverse design and had been outlawed decades ago. The patterns on the device looked like the atomic symbol of Nth Metal, leading Carter and Ray to believe that Hawkman must have left a supply of Nth Metal in the Microverse to defeat the Deathbringers. Atom quickly scanned the Microverse for Nth Metal and learnt that Hawkman had hidden the Nth Metal on Moz-Ga the Thinking Planet.[5]

Obtaining the Ship

Since there last meeting Moz-Ga had become so fed up with the requests of pilgrims that he had made his surface barren and had began destroying anyone who trespassed on him. Moz-Ga immediately attacked the pair upon their arrival, using golems made out of stone and wood.[5] Atom grew himself to tower over the golems while Hawkman went for the Nth Metal within Moz-Ga.

Hawkman and Atom battle the golems of Moz-Ga

Eventually Moz-Ga was able to overwhelm Atom, however Hawkman was able to find the Nth Metal. As it turned out the Nth Metal was a ship Hawkman had built in his previous lives. Hawkman was soon able to activate the ship and get it airborne, where Atom shifted through the molecules of the ship to get inside. However Moz-Ga increased his gravitational pull, stopping the ship from escaping. Carter soon discovered that the ship had a Zeta-Beam projector, this would allow them to teleport the ship wherever they wanted instantly. With this knowledge Carter teleported the ship back to the Nucleus, away from the clutches of Moz-Ga.[6]

Atom then did some research into the Microverse incarnation of Hawkman from the analogues of Microverse history. He discovered that centuries ago there was a hero called Avion who used gravity boots instead of wings. The name Avion stemmed from the Latin word "avis", meaning bird. This told Carter and Ray that Avion had knowledge of Latin, meaning he couldn't be older then the roman empire. With this knowledge Hawkman bid farewell to his old friend and continued on his quest of self-discovery, using his new ship as a base of operations.[6]

Doomsday Clock

 Main article: Doomsday Clock Vol 1

After Superman is framed and rendered comatose, Ray Palmer joined the group of heroes heading towards Mars to confront their mysterious enemy. The heroes meet and engage Doctor Manhattan, but they are easily defeated.[7]



  • Bio-Belt
    • Size Alteration: The Atom is able to shrink down to varying degrees. He is able to go microscopic and even subatomic. When in the Microverse he more often grows instead of shrinks, as he is already at subatomic size.[5]
    • Mass Alteration: The Atom can changed his molecular density to whatever degree he wants. He can also assume any mass at any height.
      • Phasing: By shifting his density, Ray is able to make himself nigh-intangible. While in this state he can pass through solid object like they aren't even there.[6]
    • Superhuman Strength: Atom can punch with incredible force by shifting all of his density to his hands.
    • Superhuman Durability
    • Flight: Atom is able to glide on air currents.[citation needed]



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