Wednesday, 21 October 2015

So I Read Atomic Robo: The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur

A 250 word (or less) review of Atomic Robo: Vol. 8
by Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener, and Nick Filardi, and Jeff Powell, Red 5 Comics

Atomic Robo is a comic about the atomic powered robot created by Nikola Tesla who now conducts Action Science as the director of Tesladyne. In Atomic Robo The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur, Robo and his team head to South America to find the ruins of Science City, Marconi's secret Nazi space program base, but instead find themselves at the mercy of the nefarious (and fantastic) Dr. Dinosaur and his new subterranean Rock Men army. Meanwhile, Majestic 12, a shadowy Cold War organization devoted to weaponizing Tesla's inventions mount an assault on Tesladyne's headquarters. Atomic Robo Vol. 8 is another episode of wacky, sci-fi adventure hijinks in an excellent series of wacky, sci-fi hijinks. It definitely skews towards the sillier end of the Atomic Robo spectrum, but it's still great fun. I mean, anytime the primary protagonist of a comic is Dr. Dinosaur, a fictional time travelling dinosaur bent on erasing mammal kind using Science and Crystals, it is pretty much guaranteed to be terrific times. That said, while the main story in Atomic Robo Vol. 8 stands alone pretty well, the Majestic 12 B plot is building on elements introduced in a previous chapter and clearly setting up future stories so I wouldn't make Vol. 8 my first collection of Atomic Robo comics.

Word count: 214

Vol. 1: Atomic Robo and The Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne
Vol. 2: Atomic Robo and The Dogs of War
Vol. 3: Atomic Robo and The Shadow From Beyond Time

Vol. 4: Atomic Robo and Other Strangeness
Vol. 5: Atomic Robo and The Deadly Art of Science
Vol. 6: Atomic Robo and The Ghost of Station X
Vol. 7: Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific

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