Written by Brian Clevinger
Art by Scott Wegener
Published by IDW
Brian Clevinger has been a longtime friend of Ultimate Comics, making frequent appearances on our convention panels and Free Comic Book Day booths, and the staff here has always recommended his Atomic Robo series. Atomic Robo is a self-aware robot built by Tesla. He has a series of science adventures ranging in time from the Wild West to the Indiana Jones pulp era to the modern day, using knowledge of physics to punch such wonderfully daffy villains as Doctor Dinosaur and his time-displaced Futuresaurus Rex. This week starts the new miniseries, The Temple Of Od, and it’s a great place to jump in to the Atomic Robo lunacy.
This adventure has Robo in 1938 Japan-occupied China looking for a missing scientist and his potential doomsday weapon. The callbacks to Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom are adorable, including a shoe-shine boy dressed as Short Round and a glittery nightclub called Anything Goes. The pulp tone makes the associated gunfighting motorcycle chase that much more fun, and the historical elements ground the story in a part of World War II American media doesn’t usually mention.
Come in to either Ultimate Comics locations and pick up a copy, and make sure you bring it to the next con for a signature with the sweet, witty author we all love. And seriously, ask the staff to show you the collected editions that have Doctor Dinosaur. He is one of my favorite characters in all of comics and may be my next tattoo. You’re going to love him, maybe even more than you’ll love his creator.
-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics