Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Reviews
Atomic Robo Volume 4. #3 of 4
Red 5 Comics
Clevinger, Wegener, Pattison & Powell
Atomic Robo faces off with his old nemesis, Doctor Dinosaur, in the latest issue. The return of Doctor Dinosaur doesn’t disappoint in any way, shape or form. The issue is loaded with outstanding banter between the two characters as Robo finds ways to poke holes in almost everything Doc has planned while Doc manages to annoy Robo with his constant stream of genius hidden in stupidity. This was simply a brilliant issue and may be my favorite of the entire Atomic Robo catalog.
Robo heads to an uninhabited Island in the Pacific. He immediately crashes and is taken captive by Doctor Dinosaur and the fun begins from there.
Robo wakes up in a blue beam, suspended in mid-air a foot or so above the ground. The initial dialogue between the two characters is focused on the blue beam. Doctor Dinosaur reveals that the light is simply for ambience and has no involvement in the device keeping Robo captive, hanging him in the air. Doctor Dinosaur switches the light off for a second just to prove this to Robo giving his best ‘ta-da’ face. It’s simply one of the best interactions I’ve seen in years. I was laughing hysterically and this was only on the third page.
The issue is loaded with this level of humor as Robo consistently gets under Doctor Dinosaur’s scales by questioning his species claim, his ‘plan’, his ebb and flow device and so much more. The interactions are only made great because Doctor Dinosaur plays his part as the unknowing punch line to the jokes by making statements that Robo disproves or even just the embarrassment of showing off a diagram of his ‘plan’. The characters go at it for the bulk of the comic and it doesn’t get old and it never feels hokey or forced.
The artwork in the comic is equally as brilliant. The dialogue only works because of the reactions that Doctor Dinosaur gives off to Robo as he shows off his ambience light, hears his new name or shows off his science. The art sells the humorous parts to perfection.
Atomic Robo probably isn’t the comic book for everyone. It’s silly, but in a smart and sarcastic way. It’s got elements of science fiction and the supernatural, but in a tongue in cheek kind of way. However, I challenge someone to pick this issue up and not find it to be entertaining, amusing and a fun read. You won’t find an easier comic book to read with no prior knowledge of the characters that will give you this much bang for your buck. I can’t recommend a comic book more than this one.
5 out of 5 Geek Goggles