Atom the Beginning 03 by Osamu Tezuka
Concept: Masami Yuuki
Artwork: Tetsuro Kasahara
(Titan Graphic Novels, 2023)
Reviewed by John Dodd
It begins in a reactor going critical, as the robot designated Six saves several humans from the blast but is caught up in it and damaged, with the remains of it going on to form the basis of an experiment into whether or not robots can develop emotions and become truly intelligent.
This in turn leads to interested parties wanting to kidnap the scientists who are responsible for the advances being made, which in turn leads to the robot defending them and a chase ensues as the villains seek to hunt them down, only to find that Six has developed skills that were never programmed into it, and has decided to download information that it shouldn’t have had access to in order to improve itself.
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