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Atom Eve
Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
First appearanceInvincible #1 (one panel, background cameo Jan 2003) Invincible #2 full Feb 2003)
Created byRobert Kirkman
Cory Walker
Voiced byWendy Allyn
(motion comic)
Gillian Jacobs
(web series)
In-story information
Alter egoSamantha Eve Wilkins
Team affiliationsTeen Team
Abilities
  • Control over sub-atomic particles
    • Flight
    • Energy Projection
    • Force Field Projection
    • Matter Manipulation
    • Regenerative Healing Factor
    • De-aging
    • Immortality

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Atom Eve (Samantha Eve Wilkins) is a fictional superhero in the Image Universe who appears primarily in the comic book Invincible. Her first appearance was in Invincible #1 (January 2003) and was created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Atom Eve was created by the government to be a weapon. At birth, she was switched with a stillborn,[clarification needed] and sent home with its birth-parents so as to avoid the government's seizing of her. She was a prodigy in science and received a scholarship to a prestigious school. Her scientific ability turned out to be an early manifestation of her powers. A man approached her one day, warning Eve that her powers may be her downfall and encouraged her to never to use them again.[1]

Prior to the first issue of Invincible, Atom Eve joins the Teen Team as an after-school superhero. She soon starts a friendship with Invincible after the two meet saving a shipment of video game consoles from a Mauler twin.[2] Eve and Mark are thought by many to be in a romantic relationship, despite their protests that they are "just friends".[3] After discovering that Rex Splode, her boyfriend, is cheating on her with Dupli-Kate, she resigns from the Teen Team.[4][5]

Although she does not join the new Guardians of the Globe along with her former Teen Team teammates, she continues as an active superhero for some time. She eventually decides that her talents are being wasted on superheroics and that she could do more good elsewhere. Subsequently she quits superhero work and moves to Africa to engage in aid work.[6][7] She has come out of "retirement" in response to large threats, like the cosmic villain Omnipotus and a Martian invasion.[8][9][10]

In Invincible #34, Invincible meets a version of Atom Eve from 15 years in the future who confesses her undying love for him. She instructs him to either tell her that he loves her or that he hates or doesn't want anything to do with her romantically, so that she could get on with her life.[11] While Invincible is recovering from the incident with the Reanimen, he flies to meet Eve, whom he had not talked to since the fight with Angstrom Levy. After sharing a friendly hug and an awkward pause afterwards, they share a passionate kiss. Immediately afterward, however, Mark apologizes and voices his guilt at going behind his girlfriend's back, and is relieved to be called to fight off an alien invasion.[12]

After hearing that Invincible broke up with his girlfriend, Eve shows up at his dorm asking, "So -- are we dating or what?",[13] but leaves without a word when he tells Eve about his encounter with her future self.

In issue 50, the situation is resolved after Invincible returns from his encounter with Cecil Stedman. He and Eve reconcile and kiss, suggesting that they are now a couple.

By issue 58, Eve and Invincible are in a serious relationship, having consummated their love for each other after a date that literally spanned the globe. Eve has since moved back in with her parents so she would be closer to Invincible but their strictness as well as Mark's wanting to spend more time away from his home has caused them to want to live together in their own home. Their goal, however, is somewhat strained by their lack of money.

Eve takes it upon herself to find a solution to both their money problems. Fashioning a business suit for herself, Eve visits and leaves Stronghold Penitentiary secretly. When Invincible approaches her after hearing about her visit, Eve tells him her plan, which she was saving as a surprise: Eve had been visiting Stronghold and other such scenes where other super-villain battles have taken place (not shown but rather alluded to in her dialogue) in the hopes of creating a super-protection service wherein Invincible would be paid to be on-call to protect certain locations from threats, ultimately being paid to do what he would normally be doing for free. With Eve in charge of the business end of the venture, she calculates that they would earn enough money in four months to afford their own place. Although the business has yet to be established officially, Invincible is quite surprised by her resourcefulness and agrees.

Following the events of the disastrous Invincible War, Eve is in a coma and remains that way for most of the aftermath. Once she awakens, she learns of Mark's battle with the Viltrumite named Conquest and insists on joining the fight. Cecil agrees, mostly because he is short on allies. Eve dons her costume and flies to the scene where she tries to contain Conquest with her force fields. This proves ineffective when Conquest gravely injures her by punching a hole in her stomach.

Eve appears to die, but suddenly recovers as Invincible continues to battle with Conquest. Releasing a bolt of energy, she significantly injures Conquest, and Invincible is able to finish the battle and put a stop to the Viltrumite's takeover of Earth.

Her recovery is explained as a result of massive trauma temporarily disabling the blocks that prevent her from altering organic matter, as seen in Invincible Presents: Atom Eve #2. Atom Eve made unconscious "slight improvements" during her recovery, resulting in a larger bust.[14] That same evening, Eve and Mark make love.

As Mark continues to assist in the cleanup, Eve suggests that they expand their ranks for their job program, believing Oliver would be suitable candidate to join their group. Later that night, Eve takes a pregnancy test that reads positive upon completion. Since that time, several months have passed while Mark was in space during the Viltrumite War story arc.

Mark returns to Eve ten months later. During that time she gains weight, due to refraining from using her powers, which actually burn a lot of calories. Mark embraces her. Eve is asked by William if she told him yet and she says no. The next issue reveals that the truth is that she had an abortion.[15]

Eve was in the hospital worried for Mark after he ingested Scourge Virus (a virus that will kill any Viltrumite), and is relieved that he is alive. She rejects Zandale (a super powered hero who had a girlfriend) advances and is relieved that Mark Grayson is alive. They try to have sex again, but both have problems because Mark isn't used to having super powers and Eve is too fat. Eve is attacked by Angstrom Levy but she manages to calm him down and turn him good again. However, Angstorm Levy is attacked by Mark Grayson and an evil counterpart of his, and taken away. Mark Grayson wants to go to a different dimension with Robot to make sure Angstrom Levy is dead, but Eve argues that Mark shouldn't do it because he needs to support their baby, but Mark disagrees and insults her which causes Eve to slap him.

Mark Grayson is tricked by Robot (who was evil the whole time) and was stuck in the dimension for six months. During the six months, Eve was planning to have an abortion again but decides against it. After six months Mark successfully returns back, but Eve breaks up with him (she was not wearing her wedding ring) because of Mark's attitude and dark behavior. When Mark Grayson leaves, Robot arrives in her house to make Mark come back, and while incapitating Mark Robot cuts off Eve's leg. Mark takes Eve to the moon base to get help from Omni-Man (his father, Nolan Grayson).

Atom Eve is taken to surgery where she successfully gives birth to her daughter and has a prosthetic leg. She forgives Mark, and tries to have sex with him but he declines due to his rape caused by a Viltrumite name Anissa. They decide to leave Earth after Robot takes over it and go to a planet called Talescaria where she meets Mark's half-brother Oliver. Eve names their daughter Terra. Eve tries having sex but Mark refuses, revealing to her the truth about him and Anissa which causes both of them to cry. Eve and Mark take Terra to a doctor where Terra is healthy, and Eve convinces Mark that what happened to Anissa was not his fault and Eve apologizes to him. They decide to take things slow until Mark is ready again. Mark goes on a mission that lasts five years, and Eve briefly had a fling with an alien before calling it off just as Mark arrives and witnesses their grown daughter.

Mark gets over his trauma and they have sex again while Terra is sleeping. Mark and Eve go visit Earth and leave to go on a different planet. Suddenly, they're attacked by Thragg's children and Mark's brother Oliver is killed. Eve attacks Allen the Alien after realizing he was indirectly responsible for Oliver's death, but lets him go. Eve and Mark launch an attack on Thragg's home planet, and Eve tries saving Anissa but Anissa dies while revealing that Mark had a secret son with her name Marky.

Eve witnesses Mark's father being killed, and sees Mark kill Thragg and Robot. In the end, Eve convinces Mark Grayson to connect with his secret son, and watches Terra grow up. Eve learns that she is immortal, and she lived happily ever after with Mark.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Atom Eve has the power to manipulate and restructure matter at the sub-atomic level by sheer willpower. As long as she knows how something is made up she can change it into something else and since she was created with a great understanding of chemistry and the molecular structure of things as well as an innate knowledge of every law of science, her abilities are only limited by her imagination.

She can change organic (not animal life, however) and inorganic matter, make atoms obey her will, create new atoms and form complex forms of life out of non-living matter, fly by lowering the density of the air around her, create force-fields and shape energy to make any object she can visualize. Her costume is created by altering her clothes to fashion her Atom Eve suit. She can augment normally unhealthy food such as cakes and other sweets into nutritious foods as well as re-arrange the environment. [16]

A downside to Atom Eve's transmutation powers is that she absorbs any unused atoms into her body, which must later be eliminated from her system as waste. She claims that on days when she uses her powers a lot she can "go to the bathroom" six or seven times.[17]

In other media[edit]

Atom Eve is a supporting character in Amazon's Invincible web series, voiced by Gillian Jacobs.

Notes[edit]

  1. Origin story from the back of Invincible #25
  2. Kirkman, Robert (w), Walker, Cory (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Kirkman, Robert (let). Invincible 1 (January 2003), Skybound Entertainment
  3. Kirkman, Robert (w), Walker, Cory (p), Ottley, Ryan (i), Crabtree, Bill (col), Kirkman, Robert (let). Invincible 4 (May 2003), Skybound Entertainment
  4. Kirkman, Robert (w), Walker, Cory (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Kirkman, Robert (let). Invincible 6 (October 2003), Skybound Entertainment
  5. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Kirkman, Robert (let). Invincible 8 (January 2004), Skybound Entertainment
  6. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 19 (November 2004), Skybound Entertainment
  7. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 20 (January 2005), Skybound Entertainment
  8. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 39 (February 2007), Skybound Entertainment
  9. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 40 (April 2007), Skybound Entertainment
  10. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 41 (May 2007), Skybound Entertainment
  11. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (p), Rathburn, Cliff (i), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 37 (November 2006), Skybound Entertainment
  12. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (p), Rathburn, Cliff (i), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 38 (December 2006), Skybound Entertainment
  13. 'Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 43 (June 2007), Skybound Entertainment
  14. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (p), Rathburn, Cliff (i), Plascencia, FCO (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 65 (August 2009), Skybound Entertainment
  15. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (p), Rathburn, Cliff (i), Toris, Mike, Nikos Koutsis (col), Wooton, Rus (let), Grace, Sina (ed). Invincible 79 (April 2011), Skybound Entertainment
  16. Kirkman, Robert (w), Ottley, Ryan (a), Crabtree, Bill (col), Wooton, Rus (let). Invincible 25 (August 2005), Skybound Entertainment
  17. Vandal, Stuart (w), Andrews, Karre (a), McCaig, Dave (col), Wooton, Rus (let). The Official Handbook of the Invincible Universe 1: 6 (November 2006), Berkeley, CA: Skybound Entertainment


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