I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve ready for this series of Atomic Robo to end. Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #5 isn’t a bad issue by any means, but the two ongoing stories involving The Sparrow and Bruce Lee feel played out at this point and what we get in issue #5 is really nothing more than setting the table for next month’s conclusion of each tale.
The other short stories include a republishing “An Appointment in Madrid,” in “Bloop” Robo searches the ocean for a supposedly giant creature that made the unusual sound, and in “Once Upon a Time in China” (the best entry this month) the Robot is shot down by Japanese during WWII, stays with a family few days, and is surprised when a member of the family shows up to a book signing 50 years later.
Is it still enjoyable? Will I still pick up the final issue of the series? Of course, but with the new series The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific already underway, I’m ready to delve into an ongoing arc with the more consistent art of Scott Wegener and (hopefully) a bigger payoff than what I’ve seen here. For fans.
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