The Mind That Was Literally Somewhere Else: ‘X-Ray Robot #1’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Doctor Max Wilding is a physicist who is currently working on a project that will let him look into other dimensions. He works alongside Brian Saunders and under the dominion of Morrison Reynolds. They are getting ready to move into the experiment phase and he receives a new colleague thanks to groping from Reynolds and the gumption of said new colleague, Marnie. The day finally comes and Wilding and his team send their robot to observe another dimension. Wilding is able to see the world around the robot thanks to the helmet his team designed. Everything seems to go well and Wilding’s team reviews their data. However, Wilding begins receiving horrid visions. The next day, his team sends the robot out once again.

X-Ray Robot #1 cover by Michael and Laura Allred
X-Ray Robot #1 cover by Michael and Laura Allred

X-Ray Robot #1 is a pulp sci-fi tale that harkens back to older comics, novels, and films of the genre. Like many of such stories, it all starts with a scientist, an ambition, and an experiment that goes unexpectedly wrong. As is often the case, the fate of the world is on the line.
It’s downright charming. Wilding is an endearing family man with boundless optimism and commitment. His team is a bit cooky despite the outright sexual assault Morrison commits upon Marnie. She is a particularly enjoyable character. She kisses Wilder after the first experiment concludes, so crossing the bounds of professionalism and well, consent, seems to be a common thing at this company.
The ending brings an insane turn of events with a good twist before the obligatory cliffhanger.
X-Ray Robot #1 art by Michael and Laura Allred with letters from Nate Piekos of Blambot
X-Ray Robot #1 art by Michael and Laura Allred with letters from Nate Piekos of Blambot

This really is a fun comic with boundless charm and energy. Much of that comes from the wonderful artwork of Michael and Laura Allred. Michael Allred’s linework has always harkened back to the style of a bygone era while injecting his own bit of flair and stylism to make it unique. Laura Allred’s color work is wild and wonderful but always manages to strike a delicate balance of contrast.
X-Ray Robot #1 is a strong start for this pulpy science fiction comic. We are introduced to a colorful and likable cast of characters who push the boundaries of reality. The artwork is as phenomenal as expected and this comic earns a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
X-Ray Robot #1 comes to us from writer and artist Michael Allred, color artist Laura Allred, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, cover artist Michael and Laura Allred,  and variant cover artist Chris Samnee with Matthew Wilson.
Final Score: 8/10

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