February 2010

Atomic Robo and The Revenge of the Vampire Dimension

by Alan Rapp on February 20, 2010

in Comics

  • Title: Atomic Robo Vol. 4 #1 (of 4)
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  • Writer: Brian Clevinger
  • Artist: Scott Wegener

atomic-robo-v4-1-coverImagine this: You go into a prestigious job interview for a position you’re not even sure you want only to find the entire building attacked by vampires from another dimension. That would suck, right? Bet your ass!

Well that’s what happens to poor boring paleontologist Bernard Fischer when he shows up at Tesladyne (a thinktank dedicated to exploring the fringes of scientific inquiry)for his interview with Atomic Robo. When his competition is killed by the invading vampires Bernard is immediately hired. That’s the good news. Now all he has to do is stay alive from the invading horde of vampires who want to kill every living soul in the building. Yeah…that’s the bad news.

The team of writer Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener return to their characters in the first issue of this new Atomic Robo mini-series, and, if this first issue is any indication, it should be a fun ride.

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  • Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • IMDB: link

Not every book deserves to be made into a multi-million dollar movie. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief attempts to mix Greek mythology with the modern day problems of teens into an epic adventure. The results are mixed.

Shortly after learning his son had be diagnosed with both Dyslexia and ADHD, Rick Riordan created a series of bedtime stories which would eventually become the Percy Jackson & the Olympians young adult novel series.

At times the story is all adventure, at others however it devolves into a pseudo-pop-psychology self-help manual with all the subtlety of a sledge hammer. Our hero, young Percy Jackson (played here by Logan Lerman) suffers from the same ailments as Riordan’s son, as well as some serious daddy abandonment issues, but turns each of these into a strength over the course of the film.

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