Review: Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War

Published on August 30th, 2011

Greetings friends and Comic Impact followers! It’s Tuesday, so once again we’re gonna have us a little sit down and discuss another wonderful trade for Trade Tuesday! This week we’re going to be looking at Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War from the creative team of Brian Clevenger and Scott Wegener. A few months ago I did a feature of the first volume, so I thought, why not get into the second volume of this amazing series?

robotdogbookThis second volume follows Atomic Robo’s exploits during the Second World War as he fights all sorts of crazy Nazi monsters. The question is: how can one robot created by Nikola Tesla fight off a dozen walking tanks and a small army of Nazi zombie monsters? Well for starters, he’s Atomic Robo, which means he’s super strong and bullet proof. He’s also got the allied forces to back him up, including a female British spy known as The Sparrow.

People love reading about World War II. Whether it’s based fact or fiction, there is always a demand for stories that take place during that time period, and comic books are no exception to this. Maybe it represents a time when every American was able to come together in an effort to stop the “bad guys.” The era has almost become romanticized at this point. That alone is a great selling point for this trade, but it’s not just a great setting that makes this book a great read. This comic is a great example of taking multiple genres to create an amazing story. I was so into this book that I read through the whole thing in about a half hour. Then I read it again.

The first Trade was a great introduction to the character, but I felt it kind of jumped around a lot. With this collection, we get one continuous story, with a few bonus stories at the end. I think that after introducing us to who Atomic Robo is in the first volume, it’s only logical to do a story that takes place during WWII. Not only does it give us more of his back-story, but it also introduces us to some new characters. I really got a kick out of The Sparrow; I thought the way they contrasted her with Robo was really funny and worked out great. And I love how Clevenger is able to mix action and comedy so well in the series. I couldn’t stop laughing when Atomic Robo was captured by the Nazi scientists and then had to escape after they removed his legs.

As far as I’m concerned, this is as good as a comic book can get. It’s great storytelling with amazing artwork. I can’t think of any reason to not love this book and this trade is really worth the money. Not only does it have the five issues that made up the miniseries, but it also has several bonus stories from guest artists, some introductory notes from the creators, and a forward from the great Matt Fraction.

Ken Zeider