Reviews: Spider King & Atomic Robo: The Spectre Of Tomorrow

Some thoughts on the conclusion of this Atomic Robo arc and new series Spider King

Spider King #1

When a fleet of spaceships crashes into northern Europe in 956 AD, a group of unlikely Viking heroes are the last line of defense against a brutal intergalactic warlord. Equal parts science fiction and fantasy, The Spider King follows the adventures of Viking warriors as they defend their world against alien invaders armed with futuristic technology and impossible weapons. ?Vikings vs. aliens! ?Issue #1 features 26 pages of story! ?Reprinting the critically acclaimed, award-nominated Kickstarter graphic novel! ?Perfect for fans of Vikings, Conan the Barbarian, or Hellboy!

Josh Vann – Writer
Simone D’Armini – Artist, Cover Artist
Skottie Young – Variant Cover Artist
Afu Chan – Variant Cover Artist


New series Spider King features what begins as an entertaining viking yearn, and ends with something more. There are warring factions, a princess who wants to do more for her kingdom and something from the stars!
The story is well crafted, and this is an excellent #1 – introducing many of the main characters, their motivations and their personality! I like the differing opinions and the way they all have a claim. Even the villain isn’t as mustache twirling as he could be, and you kind of like him.

The art is excellent, with some brilliant colouring, with the gore and battle scenes being especially good. The colours at the end are especially good, and really give a good mood of what is to come!


Atomic Robo: The Spectre Of Tomorrow

Saving the world makes for strange bedfellows. For instance: when you’re up against a worldwide network of cybernetic doppelgangers, sometimes you have to team up with your oldest nemesis to stop them from killing everyone. Luckily, you can always trust a nemesis, so everything will be okay!

Brian Clevinger – Writer
Scott Wegener – Artist, Cover Artist
Nick Roche – Variant Cover Artist


Concluding this arc, Robo has it all to go against, and it looks like he’s got a plan. In fact he’s got two, but the second one I totally missed! I like the way it all finished off, with some nice links to the future, and a change of sorts. Robo needs to be back as one of the gang, and hopefully this will happen soon.

The art was well done, with some nice colouring and styles in the comic. I especially like the Predator link!

Come back soon Robo!

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