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Review: Atomic Robo Volume 7 The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific

Written by Rui Esteves on Saturday, April 27 2013 and posted in Reviews
Review: Atomic Robo Volume 7 The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific
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Atomic Robo is back in this seventh volume of his adventures. This time he has an adventure somewhere in the Pacific where he encounters a rogue group of female air pirates, roughly after the end of the second Word War.

The War might have ended but it didn't stop for everyone. In the Pacific former Allied forces still fight rogue Japanese special forces for the supremacy of the territory.

Robo and the Flying She-Devils will have to work together in order to stop the plan of the Chokaiten, the Japanese rogue forces, for the destruction of the United States of America.

How is it?

Atomic Robo, oblivious to what is happening in the Pacific, takes his shinny new unarmed jet plane prototype out for a test flight and gets attacked by a Japanese rogue group. Luckily for Robo the Flying She-Devils appear to save the day and drive the attackers away. Then they take Robo and whats left of his plain to their secret hideout to figure out what to do with him. There he meets all the She-Devils and gets cough up in the Japanese plot to destroy the United States of America.

Review: Atomic Robo Volume 7 The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific
Jetpack Dog Fight
If you're familiar with Brian Clevinger's and Scott Wegener's work on Atomic Robo you're expecting action, humor, weird science and a certain degree of randomness. While all these things are in there, this book has a different feel than the previous ones. For the first time Robo isn't the sole protagonist. This could very well be named The She-Devils of the Pacific Volume 1 Atomic Robo and it would be equally correct.

This seventh volume takes a darker tone to storytelling. The essence of Atomic Robo is there, but the story is more serious than what we're used to. There will be death, and while (if i'm not mistaken) this is not a new thing, it has an impact not yet seen in Robo's books. You're introduced to a bunch of new characters, but by the time the book hits the 3rd act, you've already made a connection to most of them. This makes the death all the more important.

I'm not saying its a perfect narration, far from it. It does suffer a bit from some cliches. The Japanese obsession with their mission, the Russian girl that drinks heavily, the greasemonkey that almost orgasms when she sees Robo's advance Jet motor or the captain of the sky pirates that wears an eyepatch are just a few examples. But this is just me being nitpicking,

Art wise its standard Atomic Robo. Cool and consistent art that does a great job conveying the dynamics of the air battles and make all the talking heads panels look interesting. One little detail I was not expecting is that all of the She-Devils character model's are based on real life persons. Brian and Scott were kind enough to explain that to detail in the extras.

Review: Atomic Robo Volume 7 The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific
She-Devils to the Rescue

Verdict?

This is one of my favorite Atomic Robo books thus far. Its a great addition to the already stellar pool of Atomic Robo adventures. If you've never read an Atomic Robo book before have no fear. Every arc can be read without any knowledge of what came before. Atomic Robo continues to be a series that every sci-fy comic book lover should be reading.

Don't forget to check out my review of Atomic Robo The Ghost of Station X, if you didn't already.

Publisher: Red 5 Comics
Year: 2013
Pages: 150
Authors: Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener
ISBN098689852X

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Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-atomic-robo-volume-7-flying-she.html


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