So here’s a new little use for this blog: A new, short digital comic review every so often. I like comics, and love the Comixology app, so hopefully this will be something I can keep up with. And of course, spoilers to follow.

I’ve never really hidden my love for Brian Clevenger and Scott Wegener’s Atomic Robo comics, and I’m enjoying their latest effort: Atomic Robo and the Flying She-Devils of the Pacific # 4.

Brian and Scott have been deconstructing the issues on Nerdy Show, so go have a listen if you want to hear them discuss it in their own words.

Being the penultimate issue for the series, and man, has that word been coming up a lot around here lately, this is the big reveal of our bad guys, Chokaiten. The reader has been getting hints of their story as Japanese WWII survivors, but now we get their whole master plan. They are a weird science division of the Imperial Japanese army that, rather than surrender, went dark and is now staging a revenge attack which might destroy the western United States, unless of course Robo and the Flying She-Devils, a crew of all-female air pirates with jet packs, can stop them.

I have really been enjoying this volume of Atomic Robo just as a pulpy adventure tale. I love the aesthetics of the She-devils, all of whom are based on real indie comics creators. Their base and tech really had the feel of being held together by twine and hope, but also had the feeling of that technical leap that WWII enabled.

The Japanese villains, however, go a bit to far and becomes a bit silly. For story purposes, I can accept the idea that their country surrendered but they didn’t. But, the idea that the Japanese government forgot where all their best scientists and pilots were hidden doesn’t make much sense. The very existence of this kind of secret project being conducted by the notoriously cash-strapped Japanese forces without getting cannibalized strikes me as unrealistic, and that’s all before the UFO fighters and their earthquake bomb.

“Flying She-Devils” is a lot of fun, but it isn’t as smart as the other Action Science adventures. I recommend a read, but don’t look too deeply. This one’s just for fun.

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