Atomic Robo: The Spectre of Tomorrow #1 Capsule Review

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Title:  Atomic Robo: The Spectre of Tomorrow #1

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Brian Clevinger

Artist:  Scott Wegener

Colorist: Anthony Clark

Lettering: Jeff Powell

Cover Artist: Scott Wegener

Review: ★★★☆☆

I have had the privilege of reading the Atomic Robo stories for the past several months. While most of the stories took place just after World War II, Spectre of Tomorrow jumps all the way to the present. The book reads like we should know the characters instantly so if you’re not familiar with them already it is  a bit jarring. Our story begins with a side character who has returned from a successful mission. Through Foley’s interactions with the other cast members we get some colorful characters that should become quite memorable over time. Atomic Robo is the main character that is caught between a rock and a hard place. Or should I say his base of operations on a space port is in-between Robert Branson and Elon Musk. The Spectre of Tomorrow isn’t high on action in this episode but I’m hoping that the writers have something in mind. I do like the addition of current public figures. The giant robotic cat-like looking Atomic Robo seems like a character we can enjoy. Scott Wegener’s artwork is excellent and some of the designs remind me of the animation from Lilo and Stitch.

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