Voltron: Defender Of The Universe #2
Image Comics/Devil’s Due (June, 2003)
“Revelations” part 2
WRITER: Dan Jolley
PENCILERS: Mike Norton & Clint Hilinski
INKER: Clatyon Brown
COLORIST: Brett R. Smith
COVER ART: Mike Norton & Jeremy Roberts
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
Unaware of Hagar, Zarkon’s witch, the space explorers and Arusians are surprised to see a Drule attack force arrive and start searching for the lions. Keith manages to board one ship and take down the crew while Sven shoots another down. The crew take the ships to stop the Drules from uncovering the other lions while Pidge stays behind to figure out the Green Lion. The Drules manages to uncover the blue, red, and yellow lions from their hiding places but the explorers manages to shoot down all but one crafty attacker…who is no doubt surprised to see the Green Lion show up and blow him to bits! Pidge isn’t sure how he got in but also doesn’t know how to get out, managing to get the other keys to his comrades. As Hagar is warned by her ancestors that Voltron will be coming back, a larger attack force arrives on Arus.
What they got right: Letterers don’t get enough praise for what they do, and I wish they were credited here. I like how Pidge’s word balloons are altered when he’s interfaced with the Green Lion. I don’t know if that was the letterer’s idea or Jolley’s but it’s inspired nonetheless. We get some good action moments as the explorers and Green Lion get to kick butt. It’s also interesting to see Pidge be the first Lion pilot when in the series he was the last one to enter a Lion, Keith piloting it when Black Lion was still a no-show and they had to find their lost friend. They even refer to the ancestor who destroyed Voltron as a “goddess”, a nod to the role Hagar played in the original show to trick Voltron, and that in GoLion he attacked an actual goddess because he wanted to fight someone powerful.
What they got wrong: Not making this into a cartoon. Instead there was a “motion comic” made of this miniseries (I forget if they got through the entire miniseries) and nothing more. I know some of you out there are fans of Legendary Defender but imagine these visuals as a cartoon.
Recommendation: Fans of the Voltron franchise should really give this series a read because it’s very good. I wish this had continued. Instead we ended up with Dynamite’s take.