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Atomic Robo: Ghost of Station X #3

Posted by Luke Brown On November - 16 - 2011

Mysteries abound in this latest issue of the Atomic Robo saga “Ghost of Station X.” Will Tesladyne find out who’s trying to kill Robo? Will Lewis and Martin find the invisible house? Can someone find Robo pants that fit? Find answers to those questions and more (maybe) in our review of Atomic Robo: Ghost of Station X #3.

Atomic Robo: Ghost of Station X #3
Written by Brian Clevinger
Art by Scott Wegener

We’re now halfway through the sixth volume of Red 5′s Atomic Robo, and like every volume that’s come before it, “Ghost of Station X” raises the bar a little bit higher. I really loved “The Deadly Art of Science,” which was the last arc of Robo tales, and didn’t think creators Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener would be able to top it so quickly. The duo quickly upped the ante in the first issue, when Robo was sent into space to try and save astronauts on a space station falling out of orbit. Only there is no space station or astronauts to be saved. Instead, there’s a satellite careening towards Robo. His ship blows up, sending him free-falling back to Earth. As we learn in the second issue, Robo was sent up there to die by a mysterious organization he believes is Majestic 12. Now it’s up to Tesladyne to go on the offensive.

You might think I’m forgetting about the subplot about the supercomputer smart enough to make the house its stored in vanish, but I’m not. The focus this issue just happens to be on Tesladyne taking the fight back to the people they think are responsible for the attack on Atomic Robo. While Martin and Lewis are teamed with Sparrow to hunt down the invisible house of Station X across the pond, Robo and his team investigate the source of the original phone call he received about the space station. Clevinger does a nice job bouncing back and forth between the two plots, weaving the important threads in where necessary. Though the way the two events are connected don’t seem that obvious to Robo, we have the benefit of seeing how this supercomputer might have a bit more to do with these attacks than anyone thinks. We’re only at the midpoint of this story, and the way events unfold at the end of this issue, it’s clear that Robo hasn’t even scratched the surface of this mystery.

I’d be remiss in not pointing out how much I love Scott Wegener’s art. If there was any person born to draw this character, it’s him. There are quite a few action sequences in this storyline, and he’s proven page after page that he’s more than up to the task. And as good as his pacing in those scenes is, Wegener is just as good at the more quiet moments. His characters all have life to them, and they never feel flat on the page. Even Robo, whose only real expressive feature is his eyelids (eye shutters?), carries weight and personality panel to panel. It’s amazing how much Wegener is able to convey with just body language. It’s not a skill that comes easily to a lot of artists, and only makes Wegener’s work stand out that much more.

There are still three issues left in the “Ghost of Station X” story, but Clevinger and Wegener have set an incredible pace for the final three issues. If anything, the duo have again proven that the best comic stories are being told outside of the big two. Atomic Robo: Ghost of Station X #3 only serves to show how much more fun and creativity can be had when creators get to play with their own toys in their own sandbox. The series as a whole continues to be great, and if things play out the way I think they will in this arc, I can’t wait to see Robo punch a supercomputer in the face.

Edit: As pointed out by Brian Clevinger on Twitter, the series will only actually be 5 issues.

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