Not just another retelling of the Macross saga … In July, the story continues as we bring Carl Macek’s original vision full circle. Taking into account every iteration of the series, this new Robotech #1 casts a fresh eye over classic characters like Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Minmei, Roy Fokker, Claudia Grant, and Henry Gloval. Brian Wood and Marco Turini take us back to a Macross Island where *nothing* can be taken for granted.
There is a wide variety of anime categories out there that people gravitate towards, and I’d have to say mecha is one of the bigger ones. I certainly enjoy mecha shows, mostly because I just love robots in general. It’s been a while since I’ve touched anything Robotech, so I was actually quite excited to check out issue one of this new comic incarnation.
Having been so long without any interaction with the Robotech franchise, that actually was to my benefit getting almost a fresh look at the story. It all begins with a giant ship crash landing on Macross Island, and ten years later we’ve repaired it and dubbed it the Super Dimension Fortress aka SDF-1. We’re introduced to a handful of main cast, including the no bullshit ace pilot squadron leader Roy, his cocky but also skilled pilot civilian brother Rick and a number of others from the SDF-1. Not a lot of time is spent on really building them up though, moving quickly to the good part of the story, the mecha. When a large number of unknown bogeys enter Macross Island, Roy and Rick both somehow get involved, with the latter having to pilot what he doesn’t realize is new mecha tech. Rick will need to learn how to use the mecha ground mode quickly though, defending civilians against the threat emerging from the bogey pods.
Regardless of having to breathe new life into these long established characters, the artistic component of this title is really strong. While most effort could have just been put on the mecha side, human and background components were given just as much attention. No individual part was left rushed and left feeling incomplete, and all worked well as a whole throughout the book. As we move on, the eye might be more drawn towards all the cool robot fights, but I’m hoping it will all continue to be drawn and colored this nicely as a whole.
After all this time apart from Robotech, this was a great way to reconnect with it. Naturally, I’ll be most anxious to see all the cool robots in action, but revisiting the story in general will be fun. Hardcore Robotech fans would be the best judges of how worthy this is of reading, but even more casual fans of the series or mecha might be interested.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.