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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


 Just received Atomic Robo and the Shadow From Beyond Time, the 3rd volume in the Atomic Robo series. Verdict: Robo-tastic. Not as good as Vol. 1, which was Robo-riffic; but better than Vol. 2, which was merely Robo-licious.

  For the uninitiated, Atomic Robo is a comic written by Brian Clevinger and drawn by Scott Wegener. And it's fun and awesome. Try it, kids. It's the story of Atomic Robo--get it?--a sapient robot built by Nikola Tesla in the '20s who punches dinosaurs, feuds with Stephen Hawking, and blows up Nazis.

 Vol. 3 follows Robo in the 20's, 50's, 70's and 00's as he fights a nonlinear, non euclidean extradimensional cosmic horror that wants to eat the earth. Along the way, he gets help from Charles Fort, Carl Sagan and Robo's own Action Scientists. And, boy howdy, is it fun. Wegener's art makes a mouthless robot expressive using nothing but body language and eye-covers. Clevinger's writing is top notch, with a nice mix of slapstick, pulpy action, and dry wit. Highly recommended.

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