Thwip!’s Retro Tuesday – Atomic Robo

Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about Atomic Robo.

Atomic Robo is one of the most accessible comics ever written.

It also has some of the best stories, art, and hooks in comicdom.

Basically, what I am saying is that Atomic Robo is a severely underrated series that no one talks about enough.

The series is about the titular Atomic Robo, an invention by the mad genius Nikola Tesla (if you don’t know who that is…seriously?), and his adventures as a scientist/war hero. Actually, I should say his immortal adventures.

Since Robo is essentially an immortal (he is 80+ years in current continuity), quite a few stories are about him thinking, “oh, he is dead,” about some friend or the other. Or mentioning his involvement in a historic event (like the moon landing).

Thinking about all your dead friends over the years can be quite morose, but Clevinger’s story and writing is so clever and funny that you never fall into despair. Instead you wonder what is Dr. Dinosaur up to or how is Stephen Hawking going to punk Robo (yeah Hawking is kind of a jerk in the series).

Then there is Scot Wegener’s art, which is this fun, energetic style that sells the comedy (which has a lot of physical aspects to it). Wegener’s art is an underrated gem and he really needs to be praised a lot more.

Read Atomic Robo, it will be the best use of your time, believe me.

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