Voltron: Defender Of The Universe vol. 2 #10
Devil’s Due (October, 2004)
WRITER: Dan Jolley
PENCILERS: Alitha Martinez with Clint Hilinski
no inker again
COLORISTS: Devid Messina & Barbara Bargiggia
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Mike Norton
COVER ART: Clement Sauve & Bland
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
EDITOR: Mark Powers
WRITER: Mark Waid
ARTIST: Clement Sauve
COLORIST: David Messina
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
Hagar mercilessly hunts the still-injures Merla, toying with her. Meanwhile, The Voltron Force is forced to team with both Lotor and Sven as well as Yurak. That is until Yurak discovers Allura is in the Blue Lion, Voltron’s right leg, and attacks it. Meanwhile, Allura is trying to reach Sven, but a blast from one of the RoBeasts forges a psychic link between the two. Allura tells Sven that Voltron couldn’t accept him because of a brain defect, the same one that allowed Merla and Hagar to manipulate him through his dreams. This causes Sven to pull a kamikaze move on the radioactive RoBeast (Voltron having defeated the other as well as smashing Yurak’s ship), telling Lotor to take the escape pod. One pod was noticed leaving. Meanwhile, Sven wakes up far away, where he’s spotted by a princess named Romelle.
In the back-up story, King Zarkon wasn’t always king. Once he was a soldier in the Drule Supremacy, designation Lowman 77723. One night he forces his way into a tent where a seer is being held, and asks about his future. He doesn’t like what he hears, especially about the five lions of Voltron coming to kill him, and kills the seer, framing the guard for it. It’s listed as “The Origin Of Voltron” but it seem more like the origin of Zarkon, plus Devil’s Due would later make a story about Voltron’s origin in this continuity…which we will be getting to in two weeks. As for the main story:
What they got right: So we have our obligatory “hero and villain must team-up against a common threat” story, and one of those villains betrays them despite his own life in jeopardy. That’s certainly different. We also get a reason for Sven’s being rejected. And we get a hint of Romelle, who in the original continuity was Allura’s cousin and later Sven’s love interest. Giving us Zarkon’s history is also interesting…
What they got wrong: …but why are they calling it the origin of Voltron? Also, I maybe blowing things out of proportion here trying to find a complaint, but a couple of Merla’s poses seems a bit too sexual given she’s trying to run for her life despite major internal injuries. Again, it could just be the way I’m looking at it today, amid all the overtly sexual and falsely-perceived overtly sexual imagery confusing the issue lately.
Recommendation: This is still a great series. I’m sorry to see it end, which happen for us next week, followed by the unpublished issue as part of the Omnibus. I’ll review A Legend Forged, the final miniseries that actually IS Voltron’s origin, right after that and then we’re all caught up on all the Voltron comics I own.