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Comics Review: Voltron From The Ashes

While patiently waiting for June 10, 2016, the debut of VoltronLegendaryDefender on  Netflix,  we would like to turn your attention to a Voltron comic miniseries by Dynamite Comics.

Voltron From The Ashes is a six-issue miniseries and the story takes place two hundred years after the original Voltron.  To raise the mighty giant robot back to life, they needed a new set of five pilots.

Voltron TFA coverart 2

Cheetoy from the USA, Raiyenne from the Philippines, and C.B.Mako from Australia, fangirls across the globe, gathered together like Voltron and reviewed this comic series.

Voltron TFA coverart 1

1) What attracted you to the Voltron FTA comics?

Cheetoy (USA) –  I’ve been a comicbook fan since I was a kid. I used to steal my father’s comicbook collection, so he felt I should have my own. When I started getting my own, I was hooked.

Raiyenne (Philippines) –  After reading the Robotech/Voltron crossover, I was curious what the team will be facing in Voltron: From the Ashes, six-part issue.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to buy, let alone read comics that didn’t deal with Voltron’s original team.  But after listening to the Let’s Voltron podcast  where Marc Morrell interviewed both writer Cullen Bunn and artist Blacky Shepherd, I was curious and decided to give it a go.

2) What did you like about the comics series?

Cheetoy (USA) –  I love Voltron… Big mecha robot, space soap opera story (the only drama I could stand).. what’s not to love? Good or bad… I love having Voltron stuff.

Raiyenne (Philippines) – I liked that we got to see the original team once more.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – One word:  Voltron.   Because it is Voltron, I’d collect the comics in a heartbeat.   The colour palette of the series appeared that Arus is a hot, barren planet.

3) Any favorite issue / part among the six comics?

Cheetoy (USA) – The Robeast designs were monstrous as they should be. Some even resembled Robeasts from DoTU (Voltron’s Defender of The Universe 80s cartoons)

Raiyenne (Philippines) – My favorite issue was Issue 5 because of the cover artwork. And I liked seeing the original team as well.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I found the artwork of Voltron vs multiple robeast battles fascinating.  Also, I loved the cover art of Issue 5.  Because Keith and Allura, front and centre.  IMHO, the series has the best cover art to date.  Drawn by Alex Milne and coloured by Josh Perez, I love the consistency of this cover collection. The artwork is so gorgeous, I’m tempted to frame each one and hang them on display.

4) How was your experience buying the comics? Did you buy the digital / printed or both? Why?

Cheetoy (USA) – I had no problems buying comics as I have a favorite comic book shop nearby (was one of the first things I looked for when I moved house). As for digital? I’m a solid printed gal. Like books, I love the feel of the pages.

Raiyenne (Philippines) –  I bought the comics online because comic books shops are too far from where I live. It’s very hard getting printed copies these days especially since the mall bookshops have been very selective what available titles the would stock in store. I liked reading online because I get to use the ‘guided view’ of the site, which lets me focus on what panel first and not let my attention roam everywhere on page.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I bought both digital and printed copies.  I would wait for the release date, and the moment New York time zone reaches ten o’clock in the morning (midnight in Melbourne) I would purchase and download the digital edition on comixology straightaway.  As for printed copies of the comics, I cargobiked 12.6 km / 7.8 miles to All Star Comics to grab the latest copy of the comics series.

5) Where there any areas on the comics they could’ve improved or changed?

Cheetoy (USA) – I wanted to love this comic.. I really did. But I can’t figure where it failed exactly. I wrote a detailed answer on Live Journal 

Raiyenne (Philippines) – I was excited for issue 5 due to the cover artwork, (which I liked a lot). It led me to think, “Finally, the issue that will explain the rest of the original team’s story” and then I was disoriented once again because there wasn’t anything that resembled the cover art.  Throughout the issues, it may have been helpful if the flashbacks (the original team) were colored differently then I think the switching from their time to the present through the panels wouldn’t be too confusing. The passage of time would be visible too.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I wanted to know what happened to Allura.  Arus was her planet, and as planetary ruler, she was the owner of Voltron.  Two of the new male pilots looked alike. Would it have helped to distinguish each one if hair colour or skin changed like blue or green? Or, not look human?

I’ve also noticed Dynamite Comics released the Trade Paperback (TPB) rather quickly. Surprised that both sixth issue and the TPB cover were both the same.  The TPB was unremarkable. Apart from the usually compiled cover art, there were no bonus pages.

6) What would you like to see in future Voltron comics?

Cheetoy (USA) – I wish I could have a graphic novel (or two) that dealt with the “hanging chads” of the many Voltron story arcs left in both comic and TV series. I don’t want it to be rushed either. That was how some of these story lines might have costed readers/viewers (IMO). Even the 30th anniversary book’s Epilogue comics didn’t feel like it offered a neat closer. I would like something that really said…”This arc is done.”

Raiyenne (Philippines) –  I would like to read / see a story of the original team battling mirror versions of themselves and Hagar’s behind it all. I don’t know if that was done in episodes, I hope.not yet. I think it would be cool to see how that will turn out.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I would like a well-thought-out, well-written comics by  women writers.  All of Voltron’s comics were written by men. They’ve already changed the look of VLD Allura to that of a woman of colour, how about having women writers in future comics?

Also, if Robotech was able to give Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes their wedding and even an offspring, why not Keith and Allura?  Surely, it’s not much to ask from Voltron’s devoted fans? We’d like to see a stand-alone comic novel or mini-series that could see #KeithandAllura fanshippers sated. After waiting for more than thirty years, surely we could give Voltron’s favourite canon couple their happy-ever-after ?

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VOLTRON TFA pic

Voltron From The Ashes
Comics and Trade Paperback 
via Voltron estore
Writer  : Cullen Bunn
Artist  : Blacky Shepherd
Colorist: Adriano Augusto
Cover art by : Alex Milne
Cover colors by : Josh Perez
Publisher : Dynamite Comics 
Publication run : September 2015 - February 2016
Trade Paperback : March 2016

 

 


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