A cool robot, perfectly executed action. Worth your time?
Writer: Brian Clevinger
Artist: Scott Wegener
Colourist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Jeff Powell
Cover price: $3.50
Published by Red 5 Comics
Minor Spoilers of the last issue ahead (which is a cracking read and you should already know this) Robo’s hurtling through the Earth’s atmosphere and no parachute is going to help him out. That was how the previous issue ended and what a cliffhanger it was. It is only made great by how the story sticks the landing (pun intended) the resolution of how Robo is saved may stretch the laws of physics and plausibility but thanks to some exhilarating action the reader should be more than happy with how it was achieved. After that opening issue 2 then goes about setting up the overall arc of the story. My first impression of this series after issue 1 was that it was just a fun action adventure romp. I was quite mistaken after seeing how the writer and artist ever so skilfully push the narrative forward while adding a lot of depth to the characters is most impressive.
There’s a really cool scene where Robo is trying to get his favourite side-arm repaired and when he’s told that it’s beyond repair, you really get the sense of disappointment that Robo feels. This is a testament to Scott Wegener’s skills as an artist and from his colourist Ronda Pattison and letterer Jeff Powell. Writer Brian Clevinger show’s his chops by using this character moment to set-up something later on in the next issue.
Issue 3 ramps up the action but all the while the story is being furthered at a breakneck pace but never feeling forced or contrived. The world that Atomic Robo inhabits is a much larger one than I initially thought and there are more players in it also. This makes for a fun and engaging read and again I am at a loss as to how I’m only now aware of this book considering just how good it is. The quickest way to explaining what this book is like would be “imagine Hellboy as a Robot and instead of the occult, it’s more sci-fi.”
Atomic Robo has heaps of exciting action, a lot of heart and a rip-roaring story. I may just have a new favourite read.
Issue 2: 9/10
Issue 3: 9/10
My excitement for this series? 10/10
Highly recommended and worth a portion of your limited disposable income, that is how good I rate this series.