Atomic Robo #4 Comic Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Story 8.5
Art 7.5
Value 7.5
Total 8.0
Publisher: Red 5
Release Date: 30/06/2010
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

8.0


Atomic Robo #4

Atomic Robo is the Eisner nominated series from Red 5 comics. The project is up to its 4th volume and 4th issue of that volume and you can really see why it’s been nominated for such an award.

A slight warning though, if you haven't already read the previous issues you may find Atomic Robo a little hard to follow as it jumps straight into the latest paranormal story without any care for the readers prior knowledge.

With that out the way the series is kind of reminiscent of Hellboy the way it deals with the paranormal as part of a specialist organisation and the main character is not necessarily paranormal like Hellboy is but he certainly isn’t normal, he’s a wise cracking talking robot created by Nikola Telsa. While the two share a similar basic premise, when you boil it down, Hellboy is quite a dark story while Atomic Robo is a very lighthearted affair. In this issue the story focuses on the sighting of a ghost at Tesladyne Industries. While the crew don’t exactly want to throw the ‘G’ word around they are curious as to what exactly it is and why it continues to show up at Tesla every 16 hours. To the people over at Tesla a ghost seems a little bit mundane compared to the usual crazy stuff they deal with and writer Brian Clevinger makes sure to throw in a few surprises along the way for readers while gearing the story up for the next Robo series. The dialogue is the standout of the issue as its filled with jokes, wise cracks and funny little situation remarks like “You don’t have to whisper” “You are” “Well, it couldn’t hurt” that fit into the conversation naturally and don’t feel forced.

I did find some of the dialogue hard to follow but that has more to do with the concepts they were discussing than anything else. Its very science based and from what I can gather it’s all very high theory or concept based experimental science and sometimes you'd re-read certain parts and still not quite get what they are saying. That being said this almost made the ‘experiments’ to see whether there was actually a ghost or not even more funny. The experiments themselves are very basic and quite funny (throwing a paper ball at it) yet they somehow managed to yield quite intricate and scientific results. 

As the issue dealt with what was at first believed to be a ghost I'm pretty sure I detected a bit of a Ghostbusters influence in the design. The characters wore brown jumpsuits at one stage and they used equipment reminiscent of the tech the Ghostbusters used. It's not a bad thing that the issue takes inspiration from Ghostbusters as the issue did have a very Ghostbusters feel overall with the mix of science, humor and ghosts. The issue also features; quite possibly, the sharpest dressed undead/ghost ever although I won’t quite spoil who it is for you although he certainly looks very dapper in his suit…and yes that sentence would only ever make sense when you’re talking about Atomic Robo.

 

Atomic Robo is a very fun comic. There’s some great humor and a crazy story that’s just par for the course for Robo and the people over at Tesladyne Industries. While it’s a very fun and crazy story it’s also a very smart story with smart characters and while some of the concepts may go over your head the mix of serious and fun in Robo makes it a really enjoyable read. Certainly worth your money if you’re a fan.

 

 






 
 



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