Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Atomic Robo: Shadow From Beyond Time #3 Review

ATOMIC ROBO: SHADOW FROM BEYOND TIME #3
Written by Brian Clevinger
Art by Scott Wegener

Atomic Robo is a comic you should be reading. If you are not, you should at least be buying it in trades. I could spend the next several paragraphs explaining why this is, but that time could be better spent buying this comic or planning to acquire at some point in the future. What's that? You still want to know what I thought of this issue? Well, since you asked nicely...

Shadow From Beyond Time is Clevinger's and Wegener's nod to Lovecraftian horror stories. This series has dealt with the threat of one of these Cthulhu-like monsters trying to destroy the world from beyond space and time and even features cameos by the fathers of the genre, HP Lovecraft and Charles Fort.

The second volume, Dogs of War, was good, but lacked the same wit and charm the first one had, opting for a more straight forward war story (or at least as straigth forward as a talking robot war story could be), Shadows From Beyond Time rectifies that with a return to form. This issue, in particular, is littered with Clevinger's trademark witty one liners that will have you laughing out loud every other page.

However, where the first volume seemed more focused on showing off the dialogue and the second was more about a straight up action war story, this third volume seems to have hit a happy medium where there's the perfect blend of action, plot and comedy to drive the plot forward.

Verdict - Must Read. While this is only the halfway point of the story, I think its safe to say that this is easily one of the best issues of Atomic Robo yet.


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