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Book Review: Atomic Robo: The Dogs of War

Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War (Atomic Robo, #2)Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War by Brian Clevinger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Atomic Robo: The Dogs of War is a great book that plays with the concept of Robo as this long lived robot created by Tesla and tossing him into World War II. The book is the same sort of adventure we'd expect from Robo after reading Volume 1. He's battling Nazis and trying to thwart them from developing super weapons. For two stories he joined by a reluctant female partner.

What makes the book work is that the writer and the artist both have a love for the era that comes from their grandfathers and it really flows onto the page. Added with strong basic talent, this makes for a strong book.

In addition to the main comic story, we're treated i95 short "B" stories which run the gamut. One is a nice follow up to the World War II tales, another an expansion of a story from the previous book, one with a member of Robo's team forced to take a vacation, and one leading to Robo swearing off on fighting in the Cold War, leading into a story in which Robo fought in the Cold War.

The latter special is a treat from Free Comic Book Day 2008. It mixes action, technology, and a nice morality play. Too many companies do something cheap on FCBD but kudos to Atomic Robo for doing something really nice instead.

Overall, a superb action-packed book.

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Published on November 09, 2015 23:30 Tags: atomic-robo, world-war-ii

Book Review: Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time

Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time (Atomic Robo, #3)Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time by Brian Clevinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Atomic Robo is a robot who has been around since the 1920 when he was created by Nikola Tesla and starting in 1929 one shadow has chased him throughout his life, a lovecraftian creature who exists outside linear time--and (as we learn early in this book) actually sprang out of H.P. Lovecraft.

This story is a high concept thrill ride that takes advantage of Robo's long life to tell a tale that involves Robo and friends throughout his life. There's 1920s Robo teaming up with Charles Fort, cold war Robo, 1970s Robo getting help from Carl Sagan, and of course the modern robo an the scientists of Tesladyne, and the ultimate team up in the final issue.

The art is fun and imaginative. The story is engaging. Writer Brian Clevinger does a good job having Robo "age" as each version of Robo has slight differences in personality as he's learned more over time. He still remains wise cracking and charming at any age.

The back up stories are not nearly as fun. At best, they're amusing, with the funniest piece being a text interview with Robo. Not bad, but certainly not as good as the main story.

Still, this is a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

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Published on February 13, 2017 18:55 Tags: atomic-robo

Book Review: Atomic Robo: The Crystals are Integral Collection

Atomic Robo: The Crystals Are Integral CollectionAtomic Robo: The Crystals Are Integral Collection by Brian Clevinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection contains stories collected in three Atomic Robo collections: Other Strangeness, The Deadly Art of Science, and the Ghost of Station X.

Other Strangeness contains four stories. Unlike in previous volumes, there's no link at all between them, other than they all happened in 1999.

The first has Robo battling vampiric creatures from another dimension, the second has Robo in Japan teaming up with a group of sorta Power Rangerish kids to battle monsters. The third story is the best with Robo battling Doctor Dinosaur, by far my favorite villain. A super genius dinosaur full of implausibility. It's absolutely awesome. This story is probably my favorite Atomic robo chapter.

The final of the four stories has Robo facing a ghost from the past, an archenemy he defeated long ago.

The second book, The Deadly Art of Science is set during the 1930s and finds Robo joining forces with a reluctant mystery man (ala the Green Hornet) and his daughter in his vigilante search. However, Tesla doesn't approve but young Robo is ready to assert himself...and falling in love. I liked this story. There's plenty of humor. I also think it takes a better take than some other Robo books which have portrayed him as having almost the same personality and view of the world regardless of how old he is. Here, Clevinger gives a young robo a slightly mature more impetuous take on the world with love for pulp fiction.

The final book, The Ghost of Station has modern day Robo going into space to save astronauts only to get blown him. He's set on the course of a mystery and an international conspiracy. This one isn't bad and has some good action, but I think it's off tonally a bit. The story seems to be too serious and to take itself too seriously and when your story's about an 80 year old robot whose CEO of his own company that's not a great idea. Still, it's not bad, but it could have been better with more humor.

The book also includes two Free Comic Book Day giveaways. The 2009 FCBD story is about Robo and team hunting for a nearly extinct bird in the rain forest. This story's okay, but not specacular.

The 2010 FCBD book finds Robo judging a Science fair when an old enemy emerges. This one is a lot of fun and manages to feature a "girls in science" message without being obnoxious. The story is hilarious, particularly the enemy. Overall, it's just a really fun ride, and one of the better FCBD stories I've ever read.

Overall, this is an enjoyable collection with the World's greatest atomic robot. Definitely worth reading.

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Published on November 11, 2017 05:43 Tags: atomic-robo

Book Review: Atomic Robo: The Hell and Lightning Collection

Atomic Robo: The Hell and Lightning CollectionAtomic Robo: The Hell and Lightning Collection by Brian Clevinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everyone's favorite robot tech. tycoon and adventurer extraordinaire is back in three Atomic Robo stories in this collection. My thoughts on each of the three stories:

The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific: While flying an experimental plane in the early 1950s Atomic Robo encounters women who've continued to live and fight in the Pacific and live on their own island. They'll need to team up to fight a die-hard mad scientist determined to restore the glory of Japan. This story is fine. It works on its awesome high concept ideas, but it's probably the least funny of any Robo story and the characters outside of Robo are very generic. The "Strong Independent Woman" archetype has rarely been used so often. Still, the coolness of the plots makes it a decent read even if it's the weakest in the volume.

The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur: Doctor Dinosaur is back and he has a plan to use his army of rockmen and atom bombs to restore dinosaurs to ruling the Earth. To be honest, I was nervous about this one because Dr. Dinosaur is a great villain, but it could be really hard for him to carry a whole story. No worries. He doesn't have to. We have a seperate plot of a government siege of Tesladyne while Robo's away. While this is more often than not, just an "okay" B-plot, it does avoid Doctor Dinosaur overload. This story has some great humor with Doctor Dinosaur stealing every scene he's and superb action.

The Knights of the Golden Circle: Picking up where the last book ended (believe it or not), this story finds Robo in the Old West as he fights an outlaw badman whose actually working for a nobleman bent on world domination. To stop them, Robo teams up with Doc Holiday and the awesome Bass Reeves (who is not enough fiction.) There's some great Steampunk elements in this, but more than anything I appreciated how Clevinger managed to capture the spirit of the Old Westerns in Robo who is facing the end of his life. A very fun read.

The book also includes the three Free Comic Book day offerings for 2013-2015. The 2013 is pretty good and has a nice twist that does set the stage for later events. 2014's is okay. 2015 features Doctor Dinosaur and while not as good as the previous Doctor Dinosaur FCBD offering, this is still pretty fun.

Overall, a solid enjoyable collection of Atomic Robo stories.

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Published on August 23, 2018 17:32 Tags: atomic-robo, idw, robot-adventures

Book Review: Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire

Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Ring of FireAtomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire by Brian Clevinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The former scientists of Tesladyne are on the run in Mexico, while Project Ultra is using all the super science resources they can they lay their hands on to fight the Biomega, deadly kaiju. At Earth's darkest hour, the Tesladyne scientists discover was thrown back in time and has been lying dormant for more than a century. They come to find Robo, re-assemble him, and hopefully, they save the world.

This is a blockbuster of a book that let's rip and offers bigger, more ridiculous, and more over the top science concepts. It's an Atomic robot vs. kaiju. It moves at a breakneck pace and is amazing fun. It ends with a nice reset to set the stage for this new era of Webcomic rRbo published by IDW.

If I had any complaint, it was that there were too many of these Tesladyne scientist characters running about and most are interchangeable. However, as this becomes a big running about doing science adventure, I can definitely overlook it.

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Published on February 25, 2019 18:21 Tags: atomic-robo

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