Robotech Remix #1 – Review

I’ll be really honest with you. I didn’t get into Robotech. It never really made it’s way into my neck of the woods when I was a kid. The closest I ever got was Gatchaman, billed in the u.S. as Battle of the Planets. I understand that there are some of you, even close friends of mine that really loved Robotech. It’s for those of you that love Robotech that I gave Robotech Remix a try.

I dropped the ball on the Titan Comics re-imagining of Robotech. I haven’t read any of it. In addition to friends of mine having fond memories of Robotech, the cover that really jumped out to me was the cover by Rico Renzi. Rico has a unique sense of color that jumps out. If you don’t believe me go find a back issue of Spider-Gwen. Then I saw the trailer.

Congratulations, Titan Comics, I’m going to read this first issue. 

Cover Art by Karl Kerschel

Robotech Remix #1

Writer: Brenden Fletcher
Artist: Elmer Damaso
Colors: Marco Lesko
Lettering: Jim Campbell
Cover Art: Karl Kerschl (Cover A), Elmer Damaso (Cover B), Rico Renzi (Cover C), Blair Shedd (Cover D), Jon Lam (Cover E)
FC, 32pp, $3.99

On Sale: October 16, 2019

Solicitation:

Robotech is reborn from the ashes of Event Horizon! New writer Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron, Marvel Mangaverse) boot up Robotech: Remix, an all-new series that will take beloved characters and iconic mecha to places fans have never seen before.

Review:

The summary on the cover is quite possibly the briefest summary I’ve ever seen for a comic book. Half of it even gives the history of the American animated series. The thought of a time-lost soldier is amazing, especially when that soldier has to learn to adjust to peacetime. The opening scene from an interview drives this home. Her interaction with young Bowie drives this sadness home. Of course, I expect no less of Brendan Fletcher. Most might remember his excellent character work in Batgirl, Black Canary or Motor Crush.

The action scenes aren’t quite as clear, but there are some that are gorgeously rendered. it also leads us into a cliffhanger that makes use of the floppy format so well. Whenever I start to doubt the viability of publishing stories in twenty-ish page installments, somebody does something like this that proves it can be useful. I’m more likely to read the second issue after reading the end of this one.

That hook is very necessary in getting a new reader to remain on board to learn about this world that is unfamiliar to one that they are not used to. Time in the first issue that would go to exposition instead can go to advancing a story. That’s how you create a world for comic book readers.

Final Rating: 7.0 (out of 10)

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