Stranded in the past without a way home, Atomic Robo‘s western adventures continue as Robo comes to the aid of Doc Holiday and the other townspeople knowing he has to be very cognizant of his actions and their potential impact on history.
Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #2 features a good ol’ fashioned gunfight in the middle of main street, explosions, plans for a mysterious futuristic cannon which in the wrong hands could be quite dangerous, and revelations to the reader as to face of the true enemy Robo must soon deal with (if he can get a handle on those pesky Butcher Boys first).
Assuming the role of Ironside (who he’s mistaken for by both friend and foe), Robo is forced to take part in events leading to the kind of zany fun regular readers of his adventures have come to expect. The reveal of a nefarious plot involving Helsingard certainly raises the stakes (or at least it will once Robo catches sight of his old, but here younger, enemy). Worth a look.
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The latest Free Comic Book Day issue of Atomic Robo pits our intrepid science adventurer against the Yonkers Devil in the “smoldering wasteland” of what was once Centralia when Atomic Robo and his team come across both the creature and a college student on spring break who has unknowingly stolen the Devil’s eggs. Offering the share of crazy action and humor the comic is known for, the story should please fans.
Red 5′s Free Comic Book Day issue also includes back-up story featuring Bodie Troll stealing pumpkin’s in No Man’s Patch for Miz Bijou (while also checking out the rumored roots and trash of the forbidden garden of far more interest to the troll). Finally, the issue includes a short tease for Red 5′s new series Haunted featuring Sarah McCallister traversing a world where the walls between Earth and the spiritual world have been torn down. Not surprisingly, the Atomic Robo story is the stand-out although there’s some fun to be had with Bodie’s adventure. Worth a look.
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You know what’s awesome? Atomic Robo! You know what’s really awesome? Atomic Robo vs. Dr. Dinosaur!! You know what’s really, really, really awesome? An entire trade paperback of Atomic Robo vs. Dr. Dinosaur!!! Collecting the entire run of Atomic Robo and The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur the latest trade paperback from writer Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener pits the atomic-powered science-adventurer against his most insane enemy. Did I mention it’s awesome?!
While avoiding the fallout of someone branding him as a nuclear terrorist, Atomic Robo sets out on a simple mission in the jungles Venezuela near a secret Nazi base which becomes much more complicated when he discovers an underground civilization of rock monsters with laser faces along with Dr. Dinosuar and his plan to detonate a ridiculous Time Bomb to bring back the age of the dinosaurs.
If you buy only one Atomic Robo trade (and, trust me, you should buy far more than one) buy this one. Did I mention it’s awesome?! Must-Read.
[Red 5, $18.95]
If you’re an atomic-powered robotic scientific-adventurer lost 140 some years in the past in the middle of the Old West the smart thing to do would be to lay low. Following the events of Atomic Robo and The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur that’s just what our hero has been doing for more than a decade, but when an outlaw gang shoots an old-timer within earshot of Atomic Robo, propriety be damned.
Writer Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener’s latest adventure for our scientific adventurer is certainly a doozy. Whether you want to call him the robot with no name or Ironhide, the first issue of the latest five-issue mini-series sets up two enemies for Atomic Robo to face: the Butcher Boys and history itself to which our hero must try not make any big changes. Throw in a wild card like Doc Holiday and there’s no telling what might happen next.
It didn’t take long to sell me on the new series, and even after receiving a free digital review copy of the comic I gladly spent the money to grab a print copy. Giddyap Robo, I’m ready to ride! Worth a look.
[Red 5, $3.50]
Dr. Dinosaur was right! Okay, he wasn’t actually right. He is an insane dinosaur scientist after all. The final issue of Atomic Robo and The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #5 will end Atomic Robo‘s battle with his arch-nemesis in the underground caves where Dr. Dinosaur has enslaved a rock-creature army and created a nuclear-powered time bomb to destroy all trace of humanity. And, here’s the thing, it goes off!
Filled with more war of words between the action scientist and the deranged reptile, the final issue of the series ends on a suprising note. Unable to prevent Dr. Dinosaur from exploding his absurd creation, Atomic Robo gets his colleagues to safety but is unable to remove himself from the center of the blast. Although it doesn’t destroy all history of mankind, Dr. Dinosaur’s time bomb does actually shoot Atomic Robo into the past. So he was right! Not really! But sort of!
The issue also sees Jenkins turn the tables on Majestic, but, just as Atomic Robo’s story ends on a cliffhanger, we’re left to wonder just what happened after the explosion at Tesladyne. Must-read.
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With Tesladyne under full-scale attack based on the convincing frame job by Majestic 12 to present Atomic Robo and the company as nuclear terrorists, Robo and his action scientists have their own hands full with Dr. Dinosuar, not one but two armies of magma creatures, and the deranged dinosaur’s rebuilt Time-Bomb which he believes will destroy the last 65 million years.
Although much of the issue deals with the scientists both joining an army in Hollow Earth and fighting for control of Tesladyne, Atomic Robo and The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #4 also brings our hero and villain back together for some insane, and truly wonderful, banter.
With only a single issue left, Jenkins captured and Tesladyne in the hands of their enemies, and Dr. Dinosaur detonating his absurd creation, there’s still quite a bit of ground to cover to find out just how Atomic Robo and his friends defeat his supremely-awesome arch-nemesis and get out of this one. Best of the week.
[Red 5, $3.50]
Here’s my look back at the ten best single comic issues from the past year. Including ongoing series, one-shots, and mini-series, the only limitations I put on this list was that the comic had to have been released in 2013 (no reprints) and I limited myself to only a single issue from any one title. Because I was focusing on standout issues rather than consistently strong comics every month several of my favorite series missed the cut, but, if time permits, I may work up my regular list of best comic series of the past year as well.
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Wrapping up the six-issue arc, Nikola Tesla leads Charles Fort, Winfield-Scott Lovecraft, Ehrie “Harry Houdini Weiss, Master Wong Ke-Ying, and Annie Oakley out of the tunnels beneath the city to stop the Triumvirate of Franklin Reade, Robert Trydan, and Jack Wright and their mad plan of mass destruction and revolution.
Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #12 presents plenty of action and quick thinking from the heroes of science as they manage to stop the villains from detonating their explosives all over the city and hold out long enough for help to arrive.
The issue includes two short back-up stories involving Atomic Robo taking down a pair of spies in Nevada (by jumping out of an airplane and landing on their car) and Dr. Dinosaur laying what he considers an ingenious trap for members of Tesladyne that doesn’t produce the results the insane dinosaur hoped for. Worth a look.
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As Tesladyne prepares to repel soldiers coming after both the company and Atomic Robo after Majestic 12 has done a solid job framing them as nuclear terrorists, the company’s leader has his own troubles in Venezuela trying to stay alive and stop the crazed Dr. Dinosaur from detonating his nuclear-powered time bomb.
Most of Atomic Robo’s story concerns the robot trying to keep himself, and his human companions, alive from the attacks of the odd creatures under the crazy dinosaur’s control while Dr. Dinosaur calls on the help of a few of his rock soldiers to put the bomb that Robo tricked him into disassembling back together. Because of this we don’t get any more great banter between the pair, but both provide their own fun separately deep under the jungles of Venezuela.
Next issue I’d expect to see more of Jenkins leading the group to repel the soldiers who have finally arrived and, hopefully, more back-and-forth between Atomic Robo and Dr. Dinosaur. Worth a look.
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Dangerous technology in the wrong hands is the common theme of all three stories in Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #11. In the main tale, Nikola Tesla and his team are attacked by the Black Coat Army agents of the Triumvirate. Scattered, and with their base destroyed, the various agents eventually find themselves taken captive in the secret underground tunnels of New York City where the scope of Franklin Reade, Robert Trydan, and Jack Wright‘s plans are finally revealed.
The same theme runs through the first back-up story which features an Oval Office conversation between President Harry Truman and James Forrestal concerning the creation of a secret government science program to weaponize stolen Tesla technology.
The second back-up story, years later, involves Atomic Robo answering a distress call from the military who have gotten into a spot of trouble into the Vampire Dimension while using that same lost technology (a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed by the incensed Robo). Worth a look.
[Red 5, $2.75]