A pretty interesting start to a story here as Robotech and Voltron come together in one huge story. There's a new menace in the universe and it may be even big enough to take down Voltron in this five issue mini-series.
One thing this book does extremely well is introducing characters to the reader. Some folks may just be a fan of Robotech. Others may just like Voltron, so it's important that the writer introduce these characters to the reader in such a way where it doesn't feel like we're playing the "name game." Writer Tommy Yune does a great job with that here, as well as giving the reader a bit of their personality within the dialogue.
At the end of the issue, there's a gorgeous two page spread featuring some fantastic devastation. We won't spoil anything here, but artist Elmer Damaso really nails it and gets the emotional impact of what this scene means down.
There's a lot of empty space in the speech bubbles. Sometimes, the text looks a bit off centered or too high, within the bubble. I'm not sure if this is something we'd see more in manga books, but it's a bit weird because it's very different from what we'd normally see.
The story is a bit hard to follow, especially for people not well versed in Robotech or Voltron. It's a book trying to give the reader way too much in the first issue and give Robotech and Voltron fans a quick glimpse into everyone. For non-fans who may be interested in this series, it really hurts the book and comes off as jumpy because they're just trying to fit so much into this first issue. It could have been paced better,
The art style really does stay true to the original series, but it hinders the book a bit. The more Manga style isn't something most regular comic readers are used to, and because of that the cartoonish style dampens the emotional impact a few of these scenes had.
This is a mini-series that is truly for its fans and its fans only. It's a book that gets its characters and art style directly from the source material, and it doesn't really do much for new readers who may be interested this mini-series. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. There's a couple really cool moment in this issue, but overall, it was a bit of a letdown. I am a Voltron fan but don't know much about Robotech, so I really felt out in the cold here.