Review – Atomic Robo: Ghost of Station X #1

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Atomic Robo Ghost of Station X #1 CoverI’ve read some Atomic Robo comics here and there, but those were mostly Free Comic Book Day ones or if the character had some pages in an anthology.  So, Atomic Robo: Ghost of Station X #1 is the first time I’ve really begun to read a series with the character from the beginning and I must say, I’ve been missing a great character and comic.

I’d describe this as pulp entertainment for kids.  It reminds me a lot of earlier comics where the good guy takes part in an over the top adventure with crazy creatures or strange worlds.  It’s fun that’s to be enjoyed and not really thought through.

There are two kinds of people. Those who love Atomic Robo and those who haven’t read it yet. What’s that? You don’t want to start on the sixth volume? Well, GOOD NEWS! Every volume is stand alone. BOOM. You can start with this one and know what’s going on from page one. KA-BOOM. Then go back and read the other volumes in any order. THWACKA-BOOM. Oh, a plot? Okay, fine. Astronauts are stranded in a deteriorating orbit, and it’s up to Atomic Robo to save them in a race against the laws of physics!

Robo has to head to space and save astronauts and most of the issue is focused on getting him there.  We don’t know what the cause of the issue is, or what the “bad guy” will be, but there’s a problem and the issue is the thought process of a team thinking about how to solve the issue of getting Robo to space.  There’s a mix of action and humor about it and the pacing kept me engaged.

The comic was a lot of fun to read and the solution they come up with is over the top and just fits the campy pulp feel of a comic.  This first issue is easily a comic that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids, and it feels great to say that.  I can’t wait for next month and some more Robo action and definitely need to go back and see what I’ve been missing.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Story: Brian Clevinger Art: Scott Wegener Colors: Ronda Pattison Letters: Jeff Powell

Publisher: Red 5 Comics Cost: $3.50 Release Date: September 7

Red 5 Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.