Lion Forge Comics 2016
Script by Tim Hedrick & Mitch Iverson
Written by Mitch Iverson
Illustrated by Digital Art Chefs
Lettered by Andworld Design
As Team Voltron searches for a treasure that can settle Coran's debt and save his life, the beasts they have to fight keep getting bigger and nastier! When a mountain monster has Voltron on the ropes, Hunk realizes they'll need more than brute strength to stop it.
This is a great all-ages series. I mean it really is and I like that this is the beginning of their adventures and not something already firmly established. This way the characterisation and character development gets a real chance to shine here. Mitch gets a chance to show off his skills in both developing the cast of characters as individuals and show the world at large that teamwork is important and how to handle personality conflicts. Something that all too many people really have forgotten how to do in this age where personal interaction is something a lot more infrequent and honestly messy these days.
Digital Art Chef’s does a magnificent job on the interiors making this that hybrid American/Japanese anime looking book. The attention to detail is great and the way the colours lay are wonderful to see. The Abomination is rendered so it’s scary but not so much so as to truly frighten younger reader’s. Also I really like the creativity in the local villagers that we meet this issue, they really are cute lil things.
So interjected into the story is just the right amount of humour to diffuse all the bickering the boys do. Which is great to see mind you as they still have to learn to work together as a team. From the beginning of the issue as they try to congratulate themselves on defeating the bug that attacked them to the end of the issue and the unique way they were able to stop the Abomination’s rampage was a really nice bit of writing. You see the beginnings of real teamwork happening and the potential they have in learning to trust each other and that fighting isn’t always the only solution. Sometimes outside the box thinking can do the job much better than mere fisticuffs.
I am so enamoured with this series and what it represents to people of all ages, races and gender. With how well this is being done I’d love to see Lion Forge be able to use this creative team to bring us new adventures of Battle of the Planets next. I think these are the perfect all-ages properties that can both educate and entertain everyone and that Lion Forge is taking that approach here makes me thrilled.
Find it, share it and if your local brick and mortar shoppe doesn’t carry it ask them to it’s well worth it and not just for those who remember the cartoon as teenagers.