Are dedicated followers of both franchises destined to be disappointed with a needless crossover? Read on to find out.
The official description from Dynamite:
Part 1 of 5. Two of the greatest anime legends of all time are about to collide in one epic saga! The Lion Force team faces the return of a mysterious ancient adversary that could jeopardize the very existence of Voltron itself. The repercussions threaten to reach across the fabric of time and space, all the way to Earth. How will Roy Fokker and the Skull Squadron cope with such a new menace, especially with the Zentraedi looming over Macross Island? What opportunities will King Lotor pursue in a crisis like this?
Maybe it’s the Christmas cheer in the air, but I found myself easily transported to my childhood as I peeled open this particular comic book. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but what we’re given is a fun excuse to dig into the past and embrace a slightly different take on some familiar territory.
Tommy Yune offers up a simplistic script that knows exactly what it means to do. He doesn’t ruin either property or attempt to update them, instead he embraces what they were with dialogue that speaks to their corny but classic heritage. It’s through that window that I gained a tremendous amount of respect for the scribe, but some of the beginning interactions with the Voltron Force could have been a bit tighter. With that said, rest assured there’s certainly enough here to catch your gaze.
The art by Elmer Damaso fits the text while paying just enough homage to the two franchises. There are some minor liberties taken, but for the most part what we see a natural fusion of the styles giving fanboys and fangirls the opportunity to buy into this idea. I did find a few places where formations came off stiff as they lacked a nuanced touch, but when the action got going this talent nailed it. In short: the pictures worked.
Robotech/Voltron #1 is a good comic book that should fit nicely under your tree. Recommended.