Image Comics/Devil’s Due (May, 2003)
“Revelations: A Prologue”
WRITER: Dan Jolley
PENCILER: Mark Brooks
INKER: Clayton Brown
(the artwork is credited to Dreamwave with Art Direction by Devil’s Due Studios
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. A legend that Galaxy Garrison Colonel Hawkins believes in and wants to find in protection of the Galaxy Union. To that end he recruits a hotshot pilot named Lance (who ran afoul of a jerk Senator), a soldier named Sven (who was the victim of a mission gone wrong and is now in limbo), a space mechanic named Hunk, a brilliant cadet named Pidge, and a former soldier and commander named Keith to find it. On planet Arus, former princess Allura gets a message from her late father that men will be coming who will restore their planet’s legendary defender…the mighty robot Voltron!
What they got right: The original characters didn’t have a lot of backstory, similar to their Beast King GoLion counterparts. There is a lot of room for Jolley to play with, and I like the ideas he came up with. There’s a text part in the back introducing the characters for the first story because this is a preview for the series, and there’s some interesting lore we’ll be exploring as the series goes on. We also get an idea of what Voltron looked like before being split into the five lion ships and it makes more sense than a robot with different limb colors and lion heads for hands and feet.
What they got wrong: Why don’t Hunk and Pidge get to keep their regular names? Instead they’re nicknames. It makes sense for Hunk but if Pidge’s real name is Darrell Stoker, where does “Pidge” come from?
Recommendation: I’m hoping my memories are right about how good this series is. I like the adaptations here and look forward to what going to happen next. It’s worth a look.