Voltron: Defender Of The Universe vol. 2 #1
Devil’s Due (January, 2004)
“Paradise Lost” part 1: “Treachery”
WRITERS: Dan Jolley & Marie Croall
LAYOUTS: Mike Norton
PENCILERS: E.J. Su & Clint Hillinski
INKER: Clayton Brown
COLORIST: Ben Hunzeker
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
It’s been four months since the Drules were chased off of planet Arus. Sven is having nightmares and not feeling like part of the team after being rejected by the Blue Lion in favor of Allura. Still, he’s helping rebuild Arus when they get an unexpected visitor: Colonel Hawkins. He tries to convince Allura to allow the Galaxy Union to study Voltron so they can build their own, but she refuses. However, someone in the Union is a bit more forceful and steals the lion ships, but our heroes vow to reclaim them. Meanwhile, Lotor gets his own unexpected visitor, Queen Merla of the Seventh Kingdom. Zarkon is hoping to wed the two and merge her kingdom with the Ninth, but she only came here to make fun of him after his loss on Arus.
What they got right: Merla makes her debut and she’s going to have a profound impact on the story. It’s a brief but decent introduction, which mostly serves as exposition as to why she’s here. We have the beginnings of a good storyline that will take the Voltron Force (still not officially named mind you) to Earth for the first time, which will be interesting to see.
What they got wrong: They still aren’t calling it the Galaxy Alliance or Galaxy Garrison, and I’m not sure I want to see either using jackboot thugs and stealing Voltron. As I’ll be getting to I think next week with the Voltronathon on Saturday Night Showcase, it won’t be the last time but this is supposed to be an alliance with the “good planets of the Solar System”, and stealing a planet’s only line of defense hardly qualifies.
Recommendation: I still highly recommend this series. It’s a great reboot and a darn good comic in its own right.