Reviews for Red 5 Titles

It has been a while since we last rounded up reviews for our Red 5 titles, so here’s where we play catch-up! Bask in the praise for Robo and friends!

First up are a batch of reviews for Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time issues 1 through 3:

Comic Book Resources

It’s as funny, cool, and exciting as every other issue of Atomic Robo, which just goes to show that this is probably the most consistently enjoyable comic on the stands. And you should buy it.

Also, Scott Wegener’s art is as lovely and fluid as your favorite lager. The overlooked team of Pattison and Powell does an excellent job, too; every aspect of this comic is just damn pretty. Now buy the damned thing or I’m going to come to your house, use your bathroom, and leave the toilet seat up.

Ain’t It Cool News (The Kid)

ATOMIC ROBO is a very cool comic book about a robot that was built by a scientist and works for the good guys. In the last story about Robo he was in the war fighting with the soldiers against the bad soldiers who built some robots of their own. Robo is a funny character and there is a lot of action with all of the war stuff.

Comic Book Resources

A comic with a good grasp on funny dialogue

IGN Comics

If it’s the goal of any and all comic book scribes to improve with every volume, then Brian Clevinger should have three shiny red check marks tattooed across his forehead. As the world of Atomic Robo continues to grow, not only is this series becoming progressively funnier, but it is also beginning to transcend humor with a well-plotted backbone in everyway commensurate to some of the best science fiction in the industry.

There are only so many different ways to tout this book, so I’ll leave you guys with this: you’d be hard-pressed to find a single read more rewarding than what Clevinger and Wegener continue to lay out every month with Atomic Robo. This book is the perfect change of pace for an at times stuffy industry—a hilarious reminder of what makes reading comic books so much fun in the first place.

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So many hilarious lines, typically beautiful art, and a world where Thomas Edison has invented a “necrophone” is one I want to live in.

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Some folks think this series owes a lot to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, and frankly, I can’t argue with them. From the Hellboy I’ve read and seen, however, I think Atomic Robo comes off as a far more wide-eyed, amusing, and just plain damn fun series. Yes, I used the dreaded f-word– oh noes. This issue’s a nice pint of set-up, as 1926 Robo is interrupted in his studies by a man named Charles Fort and his worried, raving friend, H. P. Lovecraft. Naturally, Cthulhu ensues, and its tied to Tunguska, and a team of adventurer hobbyists that include Nikola Tesla and Howard Houdini. If that sounds like a good time to you, pick the book up. Here is why I enjoy Atomic Robo so much: Clevinger’s snappy patter. Wegener’s crisp cartooning. The zany spins on genre material they cobble together. It’s 22 pages of cool story and a nifty 5-page backup tale for $3.50. Give it a go. Also, pick up Killer of Demons, also drawn by Scott Wegener, because it’s equally awesome.

Comic Book Resources

Still ridiculously entertaining, surprisingly touching, and Wegener, not surprisingly, draws the crap out of it. I hope you’re getting the trade if you’re not getting the single issues.

Comics Bulletin

Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener have set up an excellent story generator in this series, with opportunities to spin tales of action, adventure, humor, and horror spanning most of the 20th century and continuing on into the present. And it’s a blast getting to read these stories, because they have a way with fast-paced action and deadpan, funny dialogue.

Comics Bulletin

Clevinger’s writing, hella-strong to begin with, is getting more muscular and confident with each Atomic Robo story. It takes some guts to bounce the narrative off track like that and crazy talent to make the gamble work. The opening scene, heavy on exposition, flows along with grace and wit and still has room to be cautionary and prescient.

Clevinger’s not alone in all this–Scott Wegener’s art, another very cool thing about Atomic Robo, is a sheer joy to look at. I’ve always thought that all comic book artists want to tackle Cthulhu sometime in their career (well, Cthulhu and Batman). His work brings joy and excitement to Clevinger’s brilliant scripts. Finally, I know it’s been said in just about every review of Atomic Robo, but he does get a lot of expression out of a blank face and two glowing eyes.

For god sakes, Atomic Robo is too smart and fun for you NOT to add to your pull list. Start now and don’t miss out on such a cool thing!

Comixtreme

Plus, as always, the artwork is beyond reproach. It’s amazing how much emotion Wegener manages to convey in Robo’s face when all he really has to work with is a pair of eyelids. As always, the book is exciting, entertaining, and a heck of a lot of fun. And best of all, it stands on its own pretty well, even if you’ve never read either of the previous Atomic Robo miniseries. There’s also a short back-up with art by Lauren Pettapiece, an amusing piece that follows a pair of spin-off characters and provides some chuckles. Another fantastic issue. This book has become one of my favorites.
Rating: 5/5

Wit War

Clevinger continues to impress me with his ability to make Robo sound so naturally human, and Wegener’s eldritch horrors are instantly recognizable while still exhibiting a unique aesthetic charm. If you can find this, don’t hesitate to pick it up (and if you can’t find it, tell your local comic shop to yell at Diamond until they get it!)

Clever Name Comics & Pop Culture Blog

Great stuff, and if you enjoy humor and history twisted around a little bit, check out this incredible book from Red 5.

Geekanerd

This writer got too deep into the world of supernatural aliens, and had to destroy all his work for the good of humanity. This grey little panel really captures something about the crushing weight of responsibility. I love that this is the very moment he lets go of the match, the exact moment that the decision is made, and can’t be taken back. Comics are full of visual representations that are at once figurative AND literal, and this is a great example of how effective they can be.

Daily Scans

When I got to the last page, I was literally weeping in laughter. This was easily the best thing put out by anyone on FCBD. I really urge anyone who hasn’t yet picked up issues of Atomic Robo to give it a try. It tends to sell out quickly, though, so get hopping to your LCS on Wednesdays!

Hero Sandwich

Thumbs up. First, anything that teams a snarky robot with Charles Fort and H.P. Lovecraft is guaranteed to appeal to me. And though this issue is extremely talky, it’s also a great deal of fun. The first few pages, with Lovecraft gibbering along with his over-the-top pseudo-racism about Robo’s pygmy ancestry, is extraordinarily funny. If the rest of the story is as good as the first issue, I’ll be glad to come along for the ride.

Major Spoilers

On the art side, Scott Wegener delivers fine art, served up in the storyboard landscape view that he has been experimenting with for the last year or so. IT works very nicely here as it compliments the island setting the fight takes place on.

Credit really needs to go to the two, who have crafted a unique original story that they gave away for free. Many comic book publishers use Free Comic Book Day as a way of repackaging old stories or issues to draw readers in, but Clevinger and Wegener took the time to whip up something totally new.

And it rocks.

Major Spoilers

Atomic Robo #3.2 does an excellent job of advancing the story, showcasing the humor in a terrifying situation, and setting up the next chapter in this adventure. Atomic Robo: The Doom that Came to Robo earns 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Major Spoilers

Clevinger and Wegener are easily 15 issue in to writing Atomic Robo and his adventures, and it seems the third time is the charm when it comes to nailing everything into a story that really clicks. The first volume allowed the creators to test story and pacing, while volume two was a great experiment into art and layout. The two combine here, into a series that simply flows. in fact, it flows so well, readers will be surprised how quickly the issue ends.

In this day and age where the big two are trying to justify their price points and page count, the $3.50 cover price for Atomic Robo seems under-priced. If Red 5 really wanted to thumb its nose at everyone, they’d bring back the backup stories that give readers even more Robo. And believe me, more Robo in your life can only be a good thing.

Dvandom

Atomic Robo, where we shoot six impossible things before breakfast, and certain universal truths apply no matter what universe you happen to be from. Boom. Also, a text piece that’s an excerpt from an in-setting interview with Robo, establishing among other things that 9/11 went down in the Roboverse too (and, to some extent, it almost makes sense there…all the paranormal vigilance was focused on Tesladyne, not the south end of the island, it’s not like Manhattan was swarming with other superhumans as in Marvel or DC). Recommended.

Talkin Bout Comics

This issue is a completely different sort of ride from the first issue. This time around, our heroes and the giant tentacled creature from beyond our universe take it outside for a car chase and a good bit of action comedy. The banter and comedic timing are still perfect. I could gush all day about this comic and it’s creative team, but I will spare you for right now.

Comixtreme

The monster that was H.P. Lovecraft begins to tear apart New York, leaving Charles Fort and Atomic Robo to try to take it down. With the monster’s existence outside of linear time as a factor, Robo quickly comes up with a plan — one that will mean a whole lot of trouble. The reason I love this series is because of how much fun it is, and this issue may be the most fun I’ve had with Robo yet. The chase scene, the battle with the monster, the frantic phone call to Tesla — Clevinger and Wegener perfectly balance the action with the comedy this issue. I laughed, I cheered, and I was shocked at the ending (even though it’s kind of obvious how this cliffhanger is going to end). Wegener’s art tells the story flawlessly, with plenty of energy and life. Really, the whole team went above and beyond this month. Instead of the usual back-up story, this month we get a text piece featuring a modern-day interview with Robo about the current state of Tesladyne. It’s a pretty cool look at how the character exists in this day and age, since most of what we’ve seen of him has been in the past. It makes me wonder if the next miniseries may not bring Robo into the present day. Overall, a heck of a strong issue that everyone who loves fun in their comic books should have picked up.

Comixtreme

If you’re looking for comics that still know how to have fun, you can’t do much better than Atomic Robo.

Living Between Wednesdays

Man, every time this comic comes out I’m just going to gush all over the place. I know that I have a lot of love for a lot of comics but I think that if I were able to compel everyone who reads this to pick up just one book then it would be this one. And this issue is self-contained enough to read by itself! Buy it… buuuuuuuy iiiiiiit…

Geeks of Doom

If there’s one indie series you should be reading, it’s this one. You won’t find a more enjoyable book on the stands and its well worth your time and money. I’ve heard this book be compared to Hellboy before, and I guess I can see the comparison, but I think this more than stands on its own two feet. If you haven’t read the series before, be sure to check out the first two volumes, or just jump in and pick this issue up. Any issue is a great starting point, so give this one a shot.

Wit War

I APPROVE AND HERE I TELL YOU WHY: The action kicks into gear with this issue, as Robo takes on the eldritch horror that has possessed H.P. Lovecraft. The entire page where Robo is explaining how to use the lightning guns is pure Clevinger excellence, and should sound right at home to any fans of 8-Bit Theater. Wegener’s art is top-notch as usual, and his Lovecraftian monster is creepy without being disgusting, which is quite an achievement.

Cathode Tan

It’s an interesting blend of old school comic plot structure with a great deal of humor and the occasional dose of humanity, played up well since the lead character is well, made of metal. First title to hook me into reading comics on the phone and well worth the read.

Warren Peace

Hey, it’s more of the wacky adventures of everybody’s favorite robot scientist! I’ve pretty much loved every issue of this series that I’ve read, and the first two parts of this current miniseries were no exception, with a bunch of action involving a Lovecraftian monster rampaging through New York after having possessed the body of the actual H.P. Lovecraft. Good times, I say read it.

Weekly Crisis

It’s Atomic Robo. Hellboy with robots and SCIENCE instead of freaks and magic. This one features the Cthulhu monster trying to devour the world. Buy it. You’ll thank me later.

Weekly Crisis

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.

Examiner.Com

Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener’s Atomic Robo series has been, on several occasions, referred to as a more comedic, more sci-fi spin on Hellboy, and that description isn’t too far off. WIth its third miniseries, Robo encroaches even further on Hellboy’s territory by working some Lovecraft into the mix. Don’t misunderstand this as saying that Atomic Robo is too derivative, or some kind of knockoff; far from it. Atomic Robo is, in fact, comedic, pulpy, action-adventure at its absolute best.

The Quarter Bin

It’s Atomic Robo. You have to read it. Why? Well, it’s a kick-ass sci-fi comedy action book with strong art from Scott Wegener, and hilarious plots and one-liners from Brian Clevinger. He’s an intelligent robot with a penchant for sarcasm created by Nicola Tesla for crying out loud, what more could you want?

Multiversity Comics

I can’t recommend Atomic Robo enough. We at Multiversity (or more specifically, I) have been known to over enthusiastically praise certain works without question, forcing my endorsement down the reader’s throat like some sort of brilliant Tapioca pudding. Atomic Robo is definitely a book that I would gladly force anyone to read because I know that, by the time they finish reading, not only will they thank me but they’ll be better off in the end for it.

Weekly Crisis

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.

The Pulphaus Publitorium

This volume of Atomic Robo has been concerning itself with Robo’s battle against Cthulhu. So essentially, this is a robot invented by Nikola Tesla fighting the giant spaghetti god with science. You really shouldn’t need to know any more abouut this book.

What, you do need more? Well how about the line “I say we get to the car, grab the science guns, and shoot that thing into constituent particles!”

My work here, is done.

We Kill Monsters

About.Com

I got a chance to preview the upcoming We Kill Monsters from Red 5 Comics and overall I’d say it was pretty good. The comic is about two brothers who own an auto repair shop and find out that monsters are all to real and have been infiltrating their sleepy community. The cartoonish style fits with the action/comedy and the writing was solid.

Comic Pants

I like comic books that tell you exactly what they’re about, right in the title. A pair of auto mechanics find out monsters are real, get some beneficial mutations as a result of interacting with them, and decide to go out hunting and killing monsters. It’s like Monster Garage, if instead of building vehicles and marrying Sandra Bullock, they actually went out and killed monsters. So I guess it’s nothing like Monster Garage.

Steven Surman: Wordsmith

“We Kill Monsters” is another enjoyable comic released by Red 5, the same publisher responsible for “Neozoic,” a trade paperback I greatly enjoyed. This story is packed with exciting road rage, amusing gore, and classic monsters—but none of those elements are why I ultimately appreciated the comic. The characters are simply endearing, filled with simple but genuine charm. Because there are only three in this first issue, plenty of time was spent fully introducing the players involved, especially Jake and Drew. Not much has yet been revealed about their past, but it’s foreshadowed that something humanly sad occurred between the brothers that caused their bond. Also foreshadowed is a possible rift that exists, one that holds the other back. Events that transpire in the first issue show that this rift will probably escalate as time progresses, causing for a story wholly worth reading.

IGN Comics

It’s definitely worth a look to those who like their horror stories projected with a light-hearted, charm-driven approach.

Comic Book Resources

It’s a pretty good first issue, establishing the characters, giving them a reason to do the things they do, and setting up the rest of the series. Leone keeps the monsters’ origin a secret, of course, because Drew and Jake don’t have time to figure that out right now. Churilla has a good solid line, and his style helps create a “real”-looking world that helps us accept the presence of a big three-eyed monster or two. ….this is a solid debut

Neozoic

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Michael May: I’m re-reading Neozoic from Red 5. I liked it in individual issues, but the cast is so large and there’s so much going on that I had a hard time keeping everyone’s stories straight. I thought that wouldn’t be an issue when I read the collected edition, but it still sort of is. I’m doing better this time, but I’m tempted to go back for a third reading just to solidify everything. My seven-year-old saw it on my reading table and wants me to read it to him now, so it looks like I’ll have the opportunity.

Not that I’ll mind. The density of the story makes it a complicated read, but also gives you the feeling that you’re reading something epic and important. That’s also aided by the violence experienced by the characters and what’s at stake if they lose their war with the dinosaurs. Their lives really get turned upside down and (sometimes literally) ripped apart. And since they’re all well-written, mostly-likable characters, you care about that.

I should mention though that I’ll be reading it to my son with some care. I think he’ll be able to handle the book, but I’ll be watching him closely in case there are any parts we need to stop and talk over. Neozoic may be a dinosaur comic, but it’s not exactly intended for kids. In comparison though, it’s nowhere near as brutal as your average Geoff Johns superhero book.

Beautiful Creatures

From The Tomb Magazine Comic Book Reviews

A cool and fun idea that is brought to the pages of the comic in a very nice way. This is one fast paced, well written and visually stunning comic. The issue introduces the main characters well enough and also jumps right in to get the story rolling, which it needs to since it’s only a two parter. A definite purchase in my opinion.

Geek Syndicate

the art in this comic is glorious, really sketchy and beautifully realised. The scenes of the Eiffel Tower are exquisite. It is my favourite type of artwork and it lends itself to a fairy story beautifully well. The colouring is also beautifully done and the muted tones used are gorgeous and it matches the artwork really well. The story ploughs along very quickly and is very action packed and never boring.

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