Comic Review: Atomic Robo: The Spectre of Tomorrow #1 (IDW)

New from IDW comes issue 1 of Atomic Robo: Spectre of Tomorrow. The story (writer: Brian Clevinger, artist: Scott Wegener, colorist: Anthony Clark) takes place in present-day New Mexico, at […]

New from IDW comes issue 1 of Atomic Robo: Spectre of Tomorrow.

The story (writer: Brian Clevinger, artist: Scott Wegener, colorist: Anthony Clark) takes place in present-day New Mexico, at the Tesladyne Institute. Or the proposed site of Tesladyne, actually. It seems the site is under development, but things are being halted, as the “neighbors”, Richard Branson (yes, him) and Elon Musk have huge research facilities next door. And the neighbors forcing a halt to future development of Tesladyne, by pursuing noise ordinance bylaws.

All this to set the background tone for Foley, the young female go-fer around Tesladyne. She’s just returned from her very first project. However, the scientists at the office are too busy and preoccupied to pay her any mind.

Meanwhile, In Hungary, a lecturer is trying to recruit another scientist to work for Tesladyne. But something prevents him from going further. Something dangerous!

Is Atomic Robo a good comic? To be truthful, there is a lot of “getting to know everyone” going on in the first issue, but not enough drama to justify the page count in doing so. To its credit, the comic has some amusing moments, some good dialogue, and a good premise.

And, there is a cliffhanger at the end of the issue that adds promise for issue 2, so let’s just check back later!

IDW Atomic Robo: Spectre of Tomorrow #1 25 pages of content for $3.99

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