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Robotech/Voltron #1 - Part 1 of 5 Review

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A gigantic crossover as the worlds of Robotech and Voltron collide!

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Verdict

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.

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Posted by wmwadeii

I was considering this as a fan of the original Voltron and Robotech: The Macross Saga animated series. I havent read any of the recent issues and that worried me when it came to this mini-series. I may still give it a try.

Posted by RDClip

I hate Robotech and everything it stands for (the butchery of foreign properties to fit the American culture and companies screwing over the orginal creators). Robotech has no reason to still exist. People should know that it is a frankenstein creation of 3 unrelated animes and seek out the originals. Despite being limited only to Japan, the Macross series has produced more tv/film in the last 10 years than the Robotech brand has in its entire existence.

I hope someday Bandai would be willing to fight for the international right to the Macross property.

Edited by darthfury78

@rdclip said:

I hate Robotech and everything it stands for (the butchery of foreign properties to fit the American culture and companies screwing over the orginal creators). Robotech has no reason to still exist. People should know that it is a frankenstein creation of 3 unrelated animes and seek out the originals. Despite being limited only to Japan, the Macross series has produced more tv/film in the last 10 years than the Robotech brand has in its entire existence.

I hope someday Bandai would be willing to fight for the international right to the Macross property.

I like the Macross series more than Robotech. Even as a kid who watched Robotech when it was first shown in 1985, I felt that something was not right about the show as it really didn't flow at all between The Macross Saga, Southern Cross(Robotech Masters), and the New Generation. I never saw a real connection between them. I certainly wished that Harmony Gold had used the opportunity to continue the Macross Saga from where the original creators of the old Macross series had left off by commissioning new episodes with the same creators when their new ship the Megaroad took off into outerspace.

Edited by addikhabbo

How intriguing.

Posted by Rane56

Picked up my copy today. Yeah it was a bit of a letdown mainly because it was just too damn short and am keen to know how the story develops.

Don't want to give any spoilers but the initial instalment just had one exciting aspect. I don't think you need to have too big of a understanding of either Voltron or Robotech to get into this story but a basic understand of the plots and what the two cartoons revolved around would def answer some questions if you reading this first time and don't know the characters.

Either way I'll be getting the remaining 4 issues.