Atomic Robo has been on the receiving end of a lot of bad things. Now, it time for Tesladyne to take the fight to the enemy… if they can only find out who they are.

Writer: Brian Clevinger
Artist: Scott Wegener
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Jeff Powell
Editor: Lee Black
Publisher: Red 5 Comics
Cover Price: $3.50

Previously in Atomic Robo: Having received a frantic call from NASA to save astronauts, Robo flies into space, only to have a satellite dropped on his head. Re-entry doesn’t go so well, causing Robo to go through a complete system overhaul (and redesign). When all is said and done, the Action Scientists discover it is all a plot to kill Robo, which means only one thing… it’s time to take the action to the bad guys. Also, a building in England was stolen…


It only takes a few panels for everyone at Tesladyne to discover that MJ-12 (aka Majestic Twelve, aka Majestic Trust, aka MJ XII, aka Mars-Jupiter 12… well, you get the idea) is behind the mystery phone calls Atomic Robo has been receiving. And of course we all know where MJ-12 has their headquarters – Omaha.  The team suits up and prepares for battle, including Bernard who has seen things…

If you don’t think your comic book has enough action and giant Michael Bay type explosions in it, then you need to pick up this issue. Once Robo and company show up at the secret headquarters, and MJ-12 forces show up, it is one big fight scene as explosions and action get wilder and more intense as the team attempts to escape.  
Meanwhile, the mystery of the missing warehouse eases to a solution as everyone’s favorite bumbling Action Scientists attempt to figure out how one makes a building vanish overnight.

Clevinger once again does what Clevinger does best with this series – writes clever stories wrapped in modern myth, real and pseudo-science, lots of action, funny dialogue, and characters that are easy to identify with.


While Scott Wegener has been stretching his artistic legs these past issues as he adjusts his style and brings more detail to the background, this issue shows how he is not afraid to draw a lot of characters. From a room full of Action Scientists to the interview sequence featuring all manor of dock workers, this issue is full of characters that require an artist to take the time to make each unique.

This had to be a fun issue for Wegener to work on, because he gets page after page of action, with little dialogue, and lots of explosions and guns. The big fight sequence is so well done, it’s amazing the guy doesn’t get daily requests to storyboard high action movies.


In the hilarious solicitation for this issue, Clevinger states this is a great jumping on point, and I’m going to have to agree with that statement. While having a bit more information on what is going on would be good for the n00b, there’s enough information and fun in this issue to justify picking up the series in the middle of the story. Once again, great writing and great art earn Atomic Robo: The Ghost of Station X #3 5 out of 5 Stars.

Rating: ★★★★★

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. November 18, 2011 at 2:29 am — Reply

    I love that he brought up number stations. Creepy as hell

    And in the words of the great Martin Lawrence: “The S*** Just got real.”
    While Stephan’s Evangelising of Atomic Robo is Shameless… It’s kind of all true as well.

    • November 18, 2011 at 7:06 am — Reply

      I only evangelize when it is warranted, and in the case of Atomic Robo, it is a requirement.

  2. November 18, 2011 at 3:04 am — Reply

    What Robo-book (that is affordable) should you pick up as your first?

    • November 18, 2011 at 7:05 am — Reply

      They’re all affordable! The first one is really good, and if you like Lovecraftian Horror, you might get a kick out of Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time.

    • Jeff
      November 18, 2011 at 7:14 am — Reply

      Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time is my favorite story arc. Any of the arcs can be read independent of each other, as the story isn’t really linear between them and jumps around to different points in his ‘life’.

      Although I keep struggling with wanting to buy the individual issues, I find that the cheapest way to read Atomic Robo is by buying the trades, which are extremely nice and include a bunch of extra content, like the Free Comic Book Day comics. It’s also nice that each trade contains the complete story arc.

  3. Justin Wawrzonek
    November 18, 2011 at 9:01 am — Reply

    If I had to get rid of all of my subscriptions but 1, this would be the one I keep. Atomic Robo has never disappointed me. Scott and Brian are an incredible team.

    • J_Michael_T
      November 18, 2011 at 10:19 am — Reply

      Agree completely. It’s also the one book I can share with my comics without a second thought regarding the content. They really are doing something special with this character. Cannot wait for their new project!!

      • J_Michael_T
        November 18, 2011 at 10:20 am — Reply


  4. Brandon Blizzard
    November 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    I just got Volume 3 and if you know nothing about Atomic Robo it is a FANTASTIC place to start. It is the best in Atomic Robo (that I have seen) and proves that Atomic Robo is a series that you should be reading. Right now. Stop being on the internet and read!

  5. November 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    The worst thing about Atomic Robo? Waiting a month for the next one!

  6. Mijder
    November 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm — Reply

    When have we seen Majestic before?

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