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Real Identity: Dr. Raymond "Ray" Palmer
Affiliation(s): Ivy University and Justice League
Appearances: Usual Suspects, Auld Acquaintance, Happy New Year, Darkest, True Colors, Intervention, Endgame, Nevermore, Teg Ydaer!
Appearances (Comics): Players Chapter Three, Players Chapter Four, Players Chapter Five, Players Chapter Six, Foreign Affairs, and Yesterday's Children: Memory Six
Powers/Skills: Size Manipulation, Unarmed Combat, and Above Average Intelligence
Voiced By: Jason Marsden
Dr. Ray Palmer, a leading physicist in the field of molecular physics, collected a fragment of white dwarf star matter and incorporated it into his work at Ivy University. In 2003, with the ability to shrink to atomic size while retaining his full mass and density, Palmer became the Atom. On November 25th, Team Year Zero, Atom was nominated for membership into the Justice League by Batman. On December 30th, he was inducted as the League's 18th member but fell under the mind control of the Light's Starro-tech. On December 31st, the Atom was in the middle of slicing the Starro specimen when Miss Martian distracted him long enough to apply Curotech. Years later, the Atom took on Bumblebee as his protege. Off duty, Dr. Palmer hired Karen Beecher as his lab assistant.
On December 1st, Team Year Five, the Atom was unable to pass through the spherical field that surrounded Metropolis because the energy lattices were solid down to the subatomic level. He concluded the probe that landed in the city had to be shut down to drop the shield. He, Martian Manhunter, and Flash entered the ship above Metropolis. Brainiac detected the Atom's presence and neutralized him. On March 23rd, Team Year Six, Palmer and Beecher tested something against the White Dwarf Star fragment in his lab. On April 7th, the Atom and Bumblebee attempted to remove the Scarab from Jaime Reyes. They shrank down and were inserted into Reyes' body. At 23:24 EDT, they reached the site of incursion. Atom blasted through the first layer of the Scarab with a 600 Nanometer Emitter then increased power by 40 Watts. The Scarab emitted several antibodies in response. Atom aborted the operation and called Dr. Cross to perform a micro-extraction. Atom reported the Scarab's integration with Reyes was near complete and wasn't coming off.
Once the Reach's additive was procured by the Team, the Flash and Atom ran an analysis and discovered a dopamine polymerase and an adrenaline inhibitor. On May 30th, after 10:36 UTC, Atom guarded the Crystal Key Chamber with Flash and Aquaman. On June 20th, 07:16 EDT, the Atom was on the Watchtower atop Captain Atom when Lex Luthor presented his solution to saving the world. He was assigned to Omicron Squad with Tye Longshadow. Hours later, the Atom confirmed Luthor's plan to negate the chrysalis energy released by the last Magnetic Field Disrupter was legitimate but warned the Flash and Impulse to keep running until the energy was completely neutralized. He attended Wally West's funeral. On January 21st Team Year Nine, Karen Beecher gave birth to her daughter but she had a hole in her heart. To make matters more dire, the heart surgeon was stuck in traffic due to the snow. Ryan brought over a "gift" from Dr. Palmer's lab: the Bumblebee suit.
On February 24th, 19:00 EST, Team Year Nine, Atom was present at the meeting at the Watchtower involving the Justice League, the Team, the Outsiders, Nightwing's covert squad, and Batman's covert squad. Atom took part in the unanimous vote to elect Black Lightning as the next leader of the League. On November 11th, 15:39 EST, Team Year Ten, Ray Palmer and Karen Beecher informed Oracle the thing Queen Perdita Vladek was carrying when she was kidnapped was Kryptonite. Oracle asked them if they were sure. Beecher stated they ran the test three times then advised her to warn Superboy as soon as possible.