Comic Review: Atomic Robo – The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #1 from @bclevinger @scott_wegna and @red5comics

Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific is the newest entry (Volume 7, to be precise) in the the Atomic Robo series from Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener published by Red 5 Comics. Issue 1 of the five-issue series was released today (June 27, 2012, in case you are reading this from the future like some sort of future person). If you are not familiar with Robo, the series follows the (generally double-fisted) exploits of the eponymous Atomic Robo, an advanced artificial intelligence revealed to the world by Nickola Tesla in 1923. Eschewing the continuity-heavy approach of many comic books, Robo takes a serialized approach, running in five-issue story arcs that are, more or less, self contained, so consider that your back story.

Once you get past that base understanding of what Atomic Robo is, there is not much prior knowledge expected from you to enjoy The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific. Atomic Robo starts off with a bang, with the art conveying action but never difficult to interpret (in fact, Wegener’s art as a whole is fantastic). After the initial action sequence, we get to what Atomic Robo: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #1 really is: A set-up issue. That’s not a complaint, mind you. There’s still a lot of fun to be had here as Clevinger sets up the dominoes, introducing us to the She-Devils, setting out the character dynamics that will play out later, and telling us who our villains are and what they are fighting for.

While the action is a large part of what Robo is known for, the dialogue is generally witty and fast-reading. I do not think it would be unfair to call it ‘banter-y’, which is I style I happen to like very much. The quick moving dialogue matches the series’ tone and always keeps things light and moving along at a brisk pace. As such, even though the issue is mainly dialogue, I never felt like it dragged. I’m looking forward to seeing the future clashes between the characters (both friendly and villainous) and finding out what direction the series takes over the next few issues. I fully expect that we’ll see a lot more exploding over the next few issues, but I’m especially interested to watch the relationship between Robo and the various She-Devils form over time.

The bottom line is that if you have already read an Atomic Robo series before, you know what you are getting here: A fun, fast-paced, sometimes comedic book about an atomic robot that goes on high adventures and takes down the bad guys. If you haven’t read Atomic Robo before, The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #1 is a great place to start. It doesn’t expect anything from you in terms of previous knowledge of the series (beyond the setup, at least) and this issue, in particular, is mostly an introduction to the characters we will follow throughout this series and is a light-hearted, entertaining read, so new readers should have no hesitance picking up the series because of concerns that they won’t know what is going on. Atomic Robo: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #1 is the first of five issues in the series. The issue is available now for $3.50 in physical, book-like form, and $1.99 digital. If you would like more information, check out the official Atomic Robo page.

Disclosure: A review copy of this comic was provided to Futile Position.

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Michael is an enthusiast about a lot of things, including indie games, roleplaying games, board games, and comic books that wanted to help create a place where he could bring things to the attention of those with similar interests. Futile Position is a true labor of labor, which he hopes continues to grow through the support of the great readers who have come upon this page.

27. June 2012 by Michael
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