|Doc Holliday (top left panel) also appear in Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #1.|
|Atomic Robo strikes an iconic|
Western pose... with poncho!
Atomic Robo and The Knights of the Atomic Circle #1 begins with our hero trapped back in 1884 Colorado, with a quickly expiring supply of nuclear fuel. When gunshots lead Atomic Robo to intervene on behalf of an elderly man, he finds himself setting off a turf war between notorious outlaws and a quiet Western town. Much like the Man With No Name (which the protagonist's outfit is clearly meant to reflect), Atomic Robo becomes the de facto leader of the town as he tries to protect them while escaping the wrath of the bad guys. There are broader plot points that contribute to Atomic Robo's larger story (apparently he or someone like him bearing the moniker Ironhide, has been "then" before), but past understanding of this greater story does not inhibit the enjoyment of the Western interlude.
As often happens in Western fiction, events transpire which place Atomic Robo in the path of far more familiar historical characters, in this case, go-to icon Doc Holliday. In addition to serving the purpose of recognizable historical figure for the reader, Holliday is also recognized by Atomic Robo, who is quick to recognize the necessity of adhering to the time honored time travel dictum of Star Trek, Sound of Thunder and Back to the Future: "Don't do anything. Preserve the timeline."
|More than the start of a new adventure, the larger plot (and mystery) thickens!|