Atomic Robo is a
serious that, strangely, I only read every now and then missing
quite a few issues. I say strangely because the series is just so
good I should really read it more. Even though I havenít read
Atomic Robo for a while was it an enjoyable read?
The answer is hell freaking yes. Atomic Robo
is a series thatís just so much fun and has such great characters
and writing that regardless of whether you follow it issue to issue
or are picking it up for the first time youíll love it, no doubt.
In this issue Robo is taking some time out from
his study with Mr Tesla and is attempting to moonlight as a
vigilante with the local crime fighter, Jack Tarot. While Robo may
grate on his nerves the conclusion to this issue hints that having
Robo along may have been a very wise move.
A lot of what makes Robo so fun is his almost
childlike innocence. It was quite funny seeing Robo run off question
after question about who Tarotís nemesis was because heíd read it in
a comic book and what all the stuff in his secret hid out was. In
this series Robo is quite new to adventuring and he really just
wants to get some excitement in his life. His amazement provides a
lot of the comedy when heís with Tarot but then Clevinger does a
good job of showing two sides to Robo. When heís back with his
creator Tesla he seems bored and distracted, like a bored teenager
just looking to rebel, and his dismissive attitude towards Teslaís
science and the apparent adventures it brings is also quite funny
and gives depth to the character.
It always amazes me that Scott Wegner is able to
get so much expression and emotion into the faces of his characters
especially when one of them is a robot. Robo doesnít even have a
mouth but the way Wegner draws the eyes tells me everything I need
to know and Wegnerís art really helps to sell the many quick witted
jokes in Clevingerís script. I did find Tarotís daughterís face a
little bit odd and abstract compared to everyone else in one or two
panels, the eyes seemed off, and Tarot himself seemed to have the
same expression, like he doesnít have any lips, for most of the
issue. Still itís a very bright and cleanly drawn issue that works
well for the series and I was really digging the 1930ís setting.
I would really like to pick up the next issue of
Atomic Robo but I know that even if I donít the next time I
come back to the series the same good natured fun and humor that
peppers this issue and past issues is sure to greet me.