Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: ROBOTECH #2

TITAN COMICS – @ComicsTitan

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Brian Wood
ART: Marco Turini
COLORS: Marco Lesko
LETTERS: John Workman
COVER: Nick Roche
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Karl Kerschl; Blair Shedo; Giannis Milonogiannis
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (September 2017)

“Robotech” was an 85-episode American animated television series.  Production company and film distributor, Harmony Gold USA, distributed the series to television stations in the United States via syndication in the 1980s.  Producer, story editor, and developer, Carl Macek, created “Robotech” by adapting, combining, and editing three Japanese anime series:  “Macross” (full title, “Super Dimension Fortress Macross”) and two other anime series, “Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross” and “Genesis Climber Mospeada.”

Over a three-decade period, several entities have published comics based on the Robotech franchise, including the defunct Comico the Comic Company and DC Comics' imprint, WildStorm Productions.  Titan Comics brings Robotech back to comic books with the new series, Robotech.  It is written by Brian Wood; drawn by Marco Turini; colored by Marco Lesko, and lettered by John Workman.

Robotech begins when a giant extraterrestrial vehicle crash lands on Macross Island in the South Pacific.  A decade later, the people of Earth have adapted the vessel's alien technology, which they call “Robotechnology,” to advance human technology.  The ship is now known as the Super Dimension Fortress or SDF-1, and it is the epicenter of “The Robotech Project” and of the city built around it, Macross City.

Robotech #2 finds the Earth under siege by an alien armada.  In Macross City, talented but cocky pilot, Rick Hunter, has taken one of the SDF-1's Veritech fighters out of necessity.  Now, he and his passenger, Lynn Minmei, come face to face with a giant alien being, and neither is sure how to use the Veritech to fight the creature.  Meanwhile, aboard the SDF-1, Captain Henry Gloval comes to a shocking decision on using some of the ship's incredible Robotechnology.

Robotech #1 was a fantastic first issue; so is this second issue.  Like the first issue, I like Robotech #2 enough to highly recommend it to Robotech fans.  Once upon a time, I was a big Robotech fan; now, I have not engaged the franchise in decades, but this comic book has reignited my Robotech love.

Right now, I am looking for two things in this new Robotech comic book.  One, I want it to be a well-produced comic book with good writing, good art, and overall engaging storytelling.  Two, I want it to recall classic Robotech while also exploring new possibilities for the series and also going places the original might have, but did not.

So far, I'm getting both of those things from this very entertaining comic book.  It is as if Brian Wood and Marco Turini have mastered the 22-page comic book serial, delivering lively pop comic increments... so far.  In fact, this second issue is good enough to tease readers back for a third issue of Titan Comics' Robotech.

8.5 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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