June marks the release of Red 5 Comics’ first trade paperback graphic novel — Atomic Robo Volume 1. Look for it on shelves at comic shops and book stores everywhere starting June 18. You can also find it online at your favorite online book-seller like Amazon, B&N, Chapters / Indigo or Heavy Ink.
A week later, the gritty sci-fi dinosaur fantasy returns on July 25 with Neozoic #5.
Atomic Robo Volume 1 Trade Paperback
Atomic Robo is not Hellboy. Let’s get that out of the way right at the start. It’s an easy comparison to make, but I honestly don’t think there’s much to it. Yes, both series concern an indestructible non-human protagonist who fights strange and unnatural beings on behalf of the government, but that’s about it.
The main difference, and it’s key, I think, is that Hellboy, as good as it is, is just a tiny bit emo. Atomic Robo, by contrast, is far more celebratory in its tone and approach, a deliberately self-conscious example of just how awesome comics can be.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a comic more entertaining than Atomic Robo. And without question, this volume should come as a veritable treat for those of you unfortunate enough to have missed its original run (or who are too poor to shell out cash for the increasingly valuable back issues).
This was my favorite issue so far. The raid on the city was somewhat overwhelming but with the dust settling and the pace slowing down I had more time to enjoy reading this issue. Lilli’s team is dispersed throughout the city helping protect the people and trying to figure out the enemy. Lilli herself is outside the city walls and had the mysterious little girl in tow. I love this story, both for the story and the art.