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robot-god-akamatsu-cover-by-james-biggie-zetabella-publishing-200x285Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Robot God Akamatsu is a graphic novel done in the style of 80’s comic books. It has ancient robots, inter-dimensional monsters and feuding gods. That is about as much sense as I could make of the whole thing. The feuding gods caused the annihilation of Atlantis and somehow they are causing trouble again today.

One god considers himself a protector of humanity and the other a conqueror. They also appear to be brothers. I never did figure out why one of the gods needed a robot as a physical form nor why it needed humans to help power himself.

The single biggest question I had is how in the world did the scientists in modern day Boston figure out how to ‘connect’ with the robot god Akamatsu? It was apparently needed in order to repulse the new invasion from the evil god.

Lots of things can be intuited about the story but too much was missing. Many graphic novels are many small issues collected together in one nice volume. In this book, it felt to me like they forgot one or two issues in the middle somewhere.

Maybe the holes will be filled in in future issues and this is just the way they are planning on telling the story, but a LOT happens and there is a lack of explanation. Too much is missing in my opinion.

The artwork is very reminiscent of the 1980’s comics and I have to admit, I don’t really like that style myself. This, however, I know is a personal preference so I don’t hold that against it. For all the things I didn’t like about it, I still gave it a 3.5 stars because I did find it intriguing, enough to be willing to try the second book.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zetabella Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.