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Atom (DC)(04 - Ryan Choi)
Real Name: Ryan Choi
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Born in Hong Kong, Ryan was a longtime protege of Ray Palmer who had been corresponding with him through letters. After Palmer's disappearance, Ryan moved to Ivy Town in America to assume his mentor's place on the staff of Ivy University. Following clues left by Palmer, Ryan discovered a "bio-belt," allegedly the size and density-manipulating device used by his predecessor, and became the new Atom with Palmer's apparent blessing. Though taken with the superhero lifestyle, Ryan is a scientist first and foremost and approaches many of his adventures from the perspective of scientific discovery and investigation.

Since taking his mentor's place, Ryan has found himself at the center of a conflict between the forces of science and magic. It has been claimed that the impossible feats performed by Ray Palmer during his superheroic career caused the very fabric of reality to warp in Ivy Town's vicinity, making it a nexus of paranormal activity. Many parties, including the ancient "Cancer God" M'Nagalah and the microscopic aliens known as "The Waiting," consider Ryan a key player in the war and have made attempts to recruit, capture, or kill him.

As The Atom, Ryan has faced numerous challenges, including the shrinking serial killer Dwarfstar, his strict and disapproving father, and being seduced, kidnapped, and even swallowed alive by the size-changing villainess, Giganta. Through it all, his ingenuity and keen deductive mind have served him in good stead.

Ryan Choi, as described by DC solitations, is "a young hotshot professor who's filling the extra spot on Ivy University's teaching staff. .. and who inadvertently ends up filling the old Atom's super-heroic shoes". This new Atom is based on a redesign by Grant Morrison. He debuted in the Brave New World one-shot, a preview of upcoming projects, and now appears in the ongoing series, The All-New Atom, written by Gail Simone.

First Appearance: DCU: Brave New World (2006) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Booster Gold (2007)
Convergence Atom (2015)
Countdown (2007)
DCU: Brave New World (2006)
Final Crisis (2008)
Justice League Wedding Special (2007)
Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
Superman (1939)
The All New Atom (2006)
The Brave and the Bold (2007)
Titans: Villains for Hire Special (2010)
Trinity (2008)
Wonder Woman (2006)

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Lighter Than Air Society

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