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Review: Atomic Robo The Ghost of Station X

Review: Atomic Robo The Ghost of Station X

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on December 20, 2012

Cover In England a building vanishes. In space some astronauts need to be rescued and Robo is the man/robot for the job. Alan Turing does something and a 18 Wheeler will save the day. Atomic Robo and his fellow co-workers at Tesladyne are going to be faced with some hard to solve mysteries, will be hunted, persecuted and will have to fend off against a kindred spirit. Beside the full story arc of The Ghost of Station X this volume collects the last Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Atomic Robo issue. How is it? Special Delivery A building goes missing in good old England. Oddly there seems to no record of the building ever existed. If not for the exposed foundations and the memory of the some historians there would be no evidence of the building's existence. The current day Sparrow asks Robo for Help, but he is tied up so he sends my favorite Tesladyne team to help out. Will they help or destroy the world? At the same time, but across the ocean, Tesladyne receives an urgent call from NASA requesting Robo's help to rescue some astronauts stuck in space. Of course Robo rushes to space any way he can to save the day. Needless to say nothing goes according to plan and ends in a blazing horror. In other words, just another day at the office for Atomic Robo. Atomic Robo The Ghost of Station X is and action, mystery and humorous book. Both this plots are unveiled in the first 3 chapters of the book. At first is a bit confusing, but like any good mystery story, it all comes together very nicely near the end. The ending is very rewarding. Like in most Atomic Robo stories, here Brian Clevinger enriches the relationship between the book and the reader with references to real life aspects. Lovecraft, Tesla, Addison, Einstein have been present in previous volumes in one way or another. This time is Alan Turing's turn to make a contribution. Whack-a-Chicken The FCBD issue is all about jungle giant pre-historic chickens that were thought to be extinct. Its pure entertaining. It won't add anything to the Atomic Robo Universe but its a very funny short story very much worth the read. Brian Clevinger has a knack to villainize classic personalities, theories and achievements in the various fields of science. As a result Robo is that much interesting to read, especially if you're a sci-fi buff. Art wise Scott Wegener does a great job as is expected. The art style of Atomic Robo is just the right amount of goofy, vibrant and dynamic. Scott manages to give lots of expression impact to Robo with just the eyes to work. Its a delight to see. Geronimo Verdict? This is classic Atomic Robo. If you never read a Atomic Robo story don't worry, that is not a problem. While there is a certain continuity in Robo's Universe its not very strong and not at all intrusive. There is one joke and one minor reference in this book that you won't understand if this is your first Robo book. Brian and Scott makes sure each arc is more or less self-explanatory. The Ghost of Station X is a fun and funny book, packed with action and weird science and glorious sci-fi from start to finish. Its a great daily commute read. I've loved all Atomic Robo books thus far and this 6th volume is continuing that trend. Highly recommended. Publisher: Red 5 Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 152 Authors: Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener ISBN: 0986898503 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-atomic-robo-ghost-of-station-x.html

New Young Justice Promo

New Young Justice Promo

By Zechs in News with Benefits on December 20, 2012

In an effort to remind folks that actual new episodes will be airing soon, Cartoon Network has released a new trailer for Young Justice.

Chloe Bennet Joins S.H.I.E.L.D.

Chloe Bennet Joins S.H.I.E.L.D.

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on December 20, 2012

Bennet is the final regular castmember for Marvel's upcoming television show.

Why I Love Comics #115 with Alex Grecian and Jeremy Haun!

Why I Love Comics #115 with Alex Grecian and Jeremy Haun!

By Eric Ratcliffe in Podcasts on December 19, 2012

On this episode of the podcast Eric is joined by Alex Grecian and Jeremy Haun to talk all things Bad Kharma!

Catwoman #15 Preview

Catwoman #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 19, 2012

Who hired Catwoman to steal Eclipso’s Black Diamond from The Black Room ?

So Does DC Hold the Rights to the Spirit Archives or Not?

So Does DC Hold the Rights to the Spirit Archives or Not?

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

Following the confirmation that DC no longer has the rights to publish new Spirit stories, the status of Eisner reprints has become even more confusing...

New Green Lantern: The Animated Series Promo

New Green Lantern: The Animated Series Promo

By Zechs in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

Given it's been awhile, a new trailer for what to expect on Green Lantern: The Animated Series has shown up.

Keith Giffen Talks

Keith Giffen Talks "Threshold" and Captain K'Rot

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

Giffen pays tongue-in-cheek homage to Captain Carrot

Superior Spider-Man Terrorizes Barack Obama

Superior Spider-Man Terrorizes Barack Obama

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

A new image depicts the new Marvel character attacking the president.

Hugh Jackman to Reprise Wolverine Role in X-Men: First Class: Days of Future Past

Hugh Jackman to Reprise Wolverine Role in X-Men: First Class: Days of Future Past

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

The movie will be turned into a musical to incorporate Jackman's singing and dancing skills.

Shelly Bond Named Executive Editor of Vertigo

Shelly Bond Named Executive Editor of Vertigo

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

Bond will be replacing the departing Karen Berger.

All New Firefly Returns to TV in January!

All New Firefly Returns to TV in January!

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

The moment Firefly fans have been waiting ages for has finally arrived! We've got the trailer!!!

In Response to Amazing Spider-Man #700 Spoilers, Eagle Steals Human Baby

In Response to Amazing Spider-Man #700 Spoilers, Eagle Steals Human Baby

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

The diabolical bird is rumored to have not cared for One More Day or Sins Past either.

Review: Harbinger #7

Review: Harbinger #7

By Royal Nonesuch in Reviews on December 19, 2012

Harbinger continues to be about action and consequences. The Renegades are the closest thing Valiant has to a superteam.

And So It Begins... Game of Thrones to Get Longer Episodes in Season 3

And So It Begins... Game of Thrones to Get Longer Episodes in Season 3

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

The popular HBO fantasy and incest drama will feature multiple extended episodes in the upcoming season.

Gaiking Gets New Allies

Gaiking Gets New Allies

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

It looks like the Gaiking project is still alive, Pacific Rim may not be the only source of mecha action.

Will CM Punk Write Punisher for Marvel?!

Will CM Punk Write Punisher for Marvel?!

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 19, 2012

CM Punk is pitching story ideas to write a comic book, possibly starring The Punisher.

JSA: Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #1

JSA: Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #1

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 19, 2012

From the world of the JSA: THE LIBERTY FILES, witness the birth of a new hero for the ages!

Legion Of Super Heroes #15 Preview

Legion Of Super Heroes #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 19, 2012

Welcome to Barcelona! So what’s this 21st century city doing in the 31st century?

Lot 13 # 1 - Steve Niles Glenn Fabry

Lot 13 # 1 - Steve Niles Glenn Fabry

By Arion in Reviews on December 19, 2012

Glenn Fabry In 1670 the inhabitants of Fairfax County were prejudiced, fearful of god and, above all, resentful. They defined life as a divine gift, and if someone committed the disgraceful act of suicide, his dead body would be submitted to trial. These trials would often end in the brutal dismemberment of the corpse in the hands of the enraged villagers.  This is the source of the horror in “Lot 13”, a very promising miniseries by writer Steve Niles and artist Glenn Fabry. Those first pages immediately captured my attention, and certainly made me wonder about the religious zealots we can still find today. Nevertheless, the story takes place in the present, centuries after the horrific events of Fairfax County. After years of saving money, a nice middle class family has bought a house and it’s preparing to move to the suburbs. The father and mother seem to be a loving couple, dealing with the rebelliousness and cynicism of their two teenaged daughters and their pubescent son.  Fairfax County: 1670 When they get to the new house they realize it’s still being fumigated, and it won’t be ready for at least a couple of days. After a long trip, they decide the best thing they can do is stay in an old building in which they can rent rooms for a very small fee. But what they don’t know is that the corrupted souls of Fairfax County are also tenants in this building. suicide must be punished / el suicidio debe ser castigado I have always admired Glenn Fabry’s art, but for some reason in recent years he had done mostly covers and little or no interior art at all. This time, luckily for us, he returns as a full time artist, and it’s a joy to look at his pages. Glenn has done a lot of historical research and that is evident when we look at his double page spread; the attitude of the villagers, their clothes (even their rotten teeth, quite common in that era) and their collective rage merge into a powerful and stunning image. In the subsequent page we can see the mindless frenzy of the villagers and the mutilated bodies of those deemed guilty of the ultimate sin: suicide. Glenn’s unique style acquires even greater coherence as he pencils and inks all of his work, but this time he’s not in charge of the coloring. Adam Brown is the colorist, and he does a very good job with the different ambiances, and even with the skin tones and the makeup of the teenage girl. ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ En 1670, los habitantes del condado de Fairfax eran prejuiciosos, temerosos de dios y, por encima de todo, resentidos. Definían la vida como un don divino, y si alguien cometía el vergonzoso acto del suicidio, su cadáver sería sometido a juicio. Estos juicios a menudo terminaban con el brutal desmembramiento del cuerpo en las manos de los furiosos pueblerinos. Moving time / hora de la mudanza Esta es la fuente del terror en “Lot 13”, una miniserie muy prometedora del escritor Steve Niles y el artista Glenn Fabry. Las primeras páginas capturaron mi atención de inmediato, y ciertamente me hicieron reflexionar sobre los fanáticos religiosos que todavía encontramos hoy en día. No obstante, la historia ocurre en el presente, siglos después de los horrendos eventos del condado Fairfax. Después de años de ahorrar dinero, una familia de clase media ha comprado una casa y se prepara para mudarse a los suburbios. El padre y la madre parecen ser una pareja amorosa, lidiando con la rebeldía y el cinismo de sus dos hijas adolescentes y su hijo en plena pubertad. Cuando llegan a la nueva casa se dan cuenta que está siendo fumigada, y no estará lista por un par de días. Después de un largo viaje, deciden que lo mejor que pueden hacer es quedarse en un viejo edificio en donde alquilan habitaciones por una tarifa muy reducida. Pero lo que ellos no saben es que las almas corruptas del condado Fairfax también son inquilinos en este edificio. inside the old building / dentro del viejo edificio Siempre he admirado el arte de Glenn Fabry, pero por alguna razón en años recientes había hecho sólo portadas y poco o nada de arte interior. Esta vez, por suerte para nosotros, regresa como artista completo, y es un verdadero disfrute mirar sus páginas. Glenn ha hecho una investigación histórica y eso es evidente cuando vemos su página doble; la actitud de los pueblerinos, sus ropas (incluso sus dientes podridos, bastante comunes en esa era) y su ira colectiva se funden en una poderosa y preciosa imagen. En la página subsiguiente podemos observar el estallido de locura de los pueblerinos y los cuerpos mutilados de aquellos considerados culpables del pecado definitivo: el suicidio. El estilo único de Glenn adquiere aún más coherencia cuando dibuja a lápiz y entinta todo su trabajo, pero esta vez no está a cargo del color. Adam Brown es el colorista y hace un muy buen trabajo con los diferentes ambientes, e incluso con el tono de la piel y el maquillaje de una de las chicas.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/12/lot-13-1-steve-niles-glenn-fabry.html

Most Maddening Moment of the Year – 2012

Most Maddening Moment of the Year – 2012

By Zechs in Features on December 18, 2012

2012 heralded a lot of rage for the comic book fan, but what moment amongst them is the most maddening? Well it's time for YOU to decide!

A Journey Through Skyrim #20

A Journey Through Skyrim #20

By xaraan in Webcomics on December 18, 2012

Issue twenty of our ongoing webcomic is out! Read it here.

DC Confirms Loss of Rights to The Spirit, Doc Savage, Other Heroes No One Wants to Read About

DC Confirms Loss of Rights to The Spirit, Doc Savage, Other Heroes No One Wants to Read About

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 18, 2012

It has been suspected since DC cancelled its First Wave line of comics a few years ago, but Dan Didio has confirmed that DC no longer holds the rights to these pulp heroes.

Gerard Way's Fabulous Killjoys Launches in June 2013 at Dark Horse

Gerard Way's Fabulous Killjoys Launches in June 2013 at Dark Horse

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 18, 2012

The Umbrella Academy creator's sci-fi epic will be published next year!

Supergirl #15 Preview

Supergirl #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 18, 2012

On the surface of the sun, Supergirl must make a choice: Earth or H’el?

Comic Industrialist of the Year Award Nominee: Wolverine

Comic Industrialist of the Year Award Nominee: Wolverine

By The Outhouse Newsroom in News with Benefits on December 18, 2012

Another nominee for the most prestigious award ever to be handed out on the Internet.

Supreme #67 Preview

Supreme #67 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 18, 2012

Preview courtesy of Image Comics

DC Caves to Nonexistent Pressure, Tones Down Violence in Comics

DC Caves to Nonexistent Pressure, Tones Down Violence in Comics

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 18, 2012

In response to a lack of complaints about the violence in their comic books, DC Comics is rumored to be vowing to clean up their act.

Wonder Woman #15 Preview

Wonder Woman #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 18, 2012

Massive changes are coming for Wonder Woman and the entire DC Universe!

Justice League #15 Preview

Justice League #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 17, 2012

The debut of new art team Ivan Reis and Joe Prado!

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