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Comic Review: Voltron #1
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Voltron 1Voltron #1
Written by Brandon Thomas
Art by Ariel Padilla
Colors by Marcelo Pinto
Letters by Marshall Dillon
Covers by Alex Ross, Sean Chen, and Wagner Reis
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 7th, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

Every 5 to 7 years World Events Productions reboots Voltron for a new generation. And every 5 to 7 years I get really excited and then I get extremely let down. Well, not this time! Voltron #1 is the fresh take on the property that fans have been waiting for!

Writer Brandon Thomas writes a story that both stays true to the original concept, spirit, and execution of the classic Voltron story, yet throws in enough twists and turns to keep it fresh and very accessible to new readers.

All our favorite characters are here, and most importantly, in the way that we remember and love them. There’s no needless aging of the characters and bringing in kids to do their old jobs; there’s no de-aging of the characters to make them hip young teenagers with a chip on their shoulder out to prove themselves. They’re space explorers, plain and simple. And they pilot the five robot lions that, when combined, make up Voltron. The story takes place in Earth’s future, and also on present day Earth, which was quite a shocker. It’ll be interesting to see how the two storylines are interwoven in upcoming issues. A great read from first page to last.

On the visual side of things, artist Ariel Padilla is a decent choice for this book. My feeling is that the humans are Padilla’s strong point, but Voltron and the Robeasts look pretty great as well. It’s going to be interesting to see if Padilla’s style changes or evolves over time on this book. The pacing is great and the storytelling is very good, but to me, Voltron himself looks a little too “organic.” Still, the art in the book is very good.

Do yourself a favor and jump on this book!!! It’s really fun and if you’re a fan of the original Voltron series, you won’t be let down in the slightest. In fact, just the opposite, you’ll be very happy with what you find here. For brand new readers, I’m glad that this is your first exposure to the character and world of Voltron, because by reading this, you’ll become just as big a fan as I am.

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