Wednesday, 24 December 2014

So I Read Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils Of The Pacific

A 250 word (or less) review of Atomic Robo Vol. 7
by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, Red 5 Comics

Geek media and fandom have a problem with how they treat women. Simply put, geek culture is pretty awful to women a lot of the time. Taking steps to rectify this and make geek culture more inclusive for non-dudes is important and morally good. But as a straight-white-dude myself, I'm often left unsure how I can contribute to the discourse. (I usually air on the side of listening and coaching my own behaviour.) It seems that Clevinger and Wegener are also motivated to make comics less toxic to female readers and have responded by making a comic about totally rad jetpack wearing lady sky pirates. Which I think is a thing we can all get behind. Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils Of The Pacifc is set just after World War 2 and tells the story of Atomic Robo being rescued and taken in by the Flying She-Devils, a group of renegade women aviators who have become jetpack pirates in the wake of the war. The She-Devils and Robo run afoul of a lurking post-war Japanese threat and Sky Action occurs. Atomic Robo Vol. 7 is an exciting story of war in the skies full of humour, courage, camaraderie, sacrifice, and explosions. And also a group of well defined, cool female characters. She-Devils of The Pacific basically proves that you can make a fantastic, rad comic featuring mostly female characters that pretty much everyone can enjoy. I mean, this should be obvious, but if you need proof, here it is.

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