Thursday, July 21, 2011

Atomic Robo - Tau - Matt Duarte

Atomic Robo in “Tau” by Matt Duarte

Panel 1

Description: A mid 50's man is walking through the street. This is mathematician Mike Keith (real person, he wrote the Cadaeic Cadenza). Behind him, there is a van opening with several hooded figures coming out, as if about to kidnap him. Mr. Keith is woefully unaware of what is going on behind him.

Caption: June 28th, 3:18 PM

MIKE KEITH: How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum Mathematic!

ATOMIC ROBO (CAPTION): Team, here's what we know...

Panel 2

Description: Atomic Robo is standing in front of his science team. He looks serious and focused. Behind him, Jenkins stands leering at them.

ATOMIC ROBO: A group of Anti-Pi activists known as “Tau's Revenge” have kidnapped famed mathematician and author Mike Keith.

ATOMIC ROBO: They are reportedly torturing him by forcing him to write a paper denouncing Pi and proclaiming the supremacy of Tau instead.

ATOMIC ROBO: On top of that, they are holding him for a ransom of 6.28318 million Euros, to be paid in perfectly round coins.

Panel 3

Description: Same as previous.

ATOMIC ROBO: That's right, team. We are facing, for the first time ever, mathematical terrorists.

ATOMIC ROBO: We have to assume that compared with the rest of yahoos we go against, the members of Tau's Revenge will be much more...

ATOMIC ROBO: Calculating.

Panel 4

Description: The members of Robo's team have gotten up and are leaving the room. Some of them are face palming as they do so. Only Jenkins remains in place. Robo is raising his hands above his head, doing a desperate gesture.

ATOMIC ROBO: Oh, come on! That was very funny!

JENKINS: Boss, you don't pay us enough to put up with these puns.

Next: Tau's Revenge Get a Pi to the Face


  1. You win. This is amazing. Magical, even.

    It does require the understanding that you so kindly offer in the links at the beginning, but once you have that, it's golden.

    The concept is ridiculous, but is still grounded enough to fit in as an adventure I could believe Atomic Robo going on.

    That pun you throw out is perfect. CSI Horatio Caine's sunglasses perfect. The follow-up in the last panel only makes it better.

    I could go on and on, but I'll show a bit of restraint.

    Loved it.

  2. Given that (to my knowledge) Brian is a fan of WH40K and plays the Tau, I was expecting a script that involved that in some form. But all things considered, I think what you actually came up with is probably better.

    That, and the 'Next' line made me laugh out loud.

  3. I shall not pretend to get the majority of the scientific gags here but the ones I did I laughed at.

    A fun, simple and solid page. Thumbs up!


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