Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Amber Atoms #1

Kelly Yates
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Amber Atoms is a new Image comic that debuted a few weeks ago, but proved a little hard to track down. It looks like my local comic shop ordered a few more issues in though, so I got my hands on a copy after all. The book follows a bright young girl from a hard-working family that owns a junkyard. Amber herself loves to tinker in the workshop and we get to see her fight off an assassin droid before her father scolds her for it. When she's sent to shut down the workshop for the day, she returns to find three mysterious armed men in her house, one that gives chase to Amber as she flees, knocking her out just before she reaches the safety of the workshop again. Meanwhile, King Yamoon of the Dan-Tongo race is attempting to establish himself as a good, honest ruler to the other planets in the universe, since in the past, his world chose to enslave the other "young" worlds of the galaxy. His approval ratings are up, but it seems he's not as genuine as he comes across.
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I did enjoy this debut issue of Amber Atoms. I like the protagonist. She's feisty and instantly likable, with a great simple design. Her father's a little over-the-top and two-dimensional, but serves to make readers more sympathetic to Amber's situation, so I can overlook his spontaneous attacks on Amber and crushing comments. The political situation is interesting, though pretty simple at this point, but I'm looking forward to see how it all plays out, especially after the heated interview King Yamoon just underwent and his mysterious comments. This was a rather brisk read, but it established the title well enough with some really nice art and enough intrigue and action to make me want to come back for more.

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