Reviews: Atomic Robo: The Spectre Of Tomorrow, Half Past Danger II: Dead To Reichs & Back To The Future: Time Train

Atomic Robo: The Spectre Of Tomorrow #4, Half Past Danger II: Dead To Reichs #5 & Back To The Future: Time Train #2

Some thoughts on three digital comics out from IDW Publishing this week!

Atomic Robo: Spectre Of Tomorrow #4

That secret cyborg plot to take over the world? Not so secret anymore! But, hey, Atomic Robo is hot on the case. He’s tracked the origin back to a familiar foe but it looks like someone else got there first…

Brian Clevinger – Writer
Scott Wegener – Artist, Cover Artist
Kei Zama – Variant Cover Artist

We get a good number of answers here as Robo really gets on the case. There is a fair amount of action as Robo, and the familiar foe are forced to join forces to find who is stockpiling the nuclear weapons and why. It all makes some sense and it builds up really nicely, with fighting, logistics and a planning committee being called!
I liked the art and the action scenes in this issue and things did feel like they were moving at a faster pace than the previous issues.
We are getting close to the conclusion – will Robo survive? Will the earth? Will his team? Will the evil Richard Branson be defeated an a toilet built?

Half Past Danger II: Dead To Reichs #5

It all hits the fan! Irish versus Moss. John and Ishi versus the armored T-Rex. The Nazis versus the free folk of the Western World.

Stephen Mooney – Writer, Artist, Cover Artist
Will Sliney – Variant Cover Artist

This issue concludes the arc – but not the series! I don’t know how long I’m going to be able to wait until the next arc, but wow, this issue had some amazing parts. John does his super soldier part with some excellent scenes, Ishi goes full-on rage mode and Irish is noble and does what he thinks is right. As for Moss, she is incredible too! We get some great action throughout in this issue – mostly featuring a mech’ed up T-Rex! In close quarters too – it makes for some tight action!
Each character gets a good amount of time to shine and there are some casualties too!
The build up to it all is well scripted and well laid out, I love the action and the adventure in this series!

Back To The Future: Time Train #2

Doc Brown has fulfilled his promise to Clara by completing his most ambitious project: the Time Train! Now, he has taken the whole family on a vacation to 1939 to the New York World’s Fair. Unbeknownst to them, however, there are some other visitors to the fair who have more nefarious plans-plans that will directly impact the Browns.

John Barber – Writer
Bob Gale – Writer
Megan Levens – Artist, Cover Artist


After a brief look into the far-future, Doc Brown takes his family on a trip to his past (but his families future) to 1939. this is not without its perils though as some Nazi spies have mistaken Doc and his family for the Einsteins! The build up is well done, with the children suspecting something is wrong, while Doc tries to explain this future, while they try to keep up – also having visited the far-future!
Doc’s reasoning is well done, as he tries to explain what is to come – hot dogs, trains and the splitting of the atom….

It’s this mention of the atom which makes the spies make their move, with Doc and Clara look to be in trouble…

Speaking of trouble, Einstein (the dog) looks to be getting in some trouble of his own, mistaken for another ‘royal’ dog!

This is shaping up to be a nice mini-series, with some good points in it!

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