Voltron: Defender Of The Universe vol. 2 #11
Devil’s Due (December, 2004)
WRITER: Marie Croall
PENCILERS: Alitha Martinez & Clint Hilinski
COLORISTS: David Messina & Ben Hunzeker
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
EDITOR: Mark Powers
WRITER: Mark Waid
ARTIST: Kalman Andrasafsky
COLORIST: David Messina
LETTERING: Dreamer Design
On their way back to Arus the team picks up a Drule distress signal on what appears to be an abandoned Arusian ship. Hoping it’s Sven and Arus in need of that tech, they head for the source. Meanwhile, Merla is still fighting with Haggar, but now Merla is strong enough to fight back with her telepathy. During the trip, Allura has a vision from her father, telling her to use Voltron to defend others as well as Arus. On the mission, Keith and Allura butt heads; Keith worried about losing another member of his team but Allura determined to reclaim the ship and hopefully Sven. Pidge detects a partly cloaked ship outside while inside Allura comes across Lotor about to be killed by some Drule woman named Sojorn while Keith and Lance find the ship rigged to explode!
In Zarkon’s tale, he is now Midman 77723, seeking advice from the higher ranked Gloryman Sturrk, a man who appears to be playing with toys but is actually planning strategies. That hasn’t helped him claim this planet while the soldiers die in battle. Maybe that’s why it was easy for Zarkon to set up a murder, take charge, and win the planet, helping to secure his future as king of the Ninth Supremacy.
What they got right: I like seeing Keith and Allura having different ideas on how to respond to Sven’s apparent death. Keith is worried about losing another of his team while Allura is thinking about the future of her people and hoping Sven isn’t lost. And both have good points, which is why I’m glad Croall doesn’t try to make one more right than the other. She leaves it up to the reader or what ends up being right in this case in the next part of the story. With the backup, Waid comes up with original rankings for the Drules (Lowman, Midman, Gloryman) instead of using typical Earth rankings. It makes more sense and it’s easy to tell who is the higher rank from the names.
What they got wrong: Ending the comic here. There is one more story, at least for the main storyline, that they could have published but didn’t. Instead it’s exclusive to the Omnibus, leaving the floppies on a cliffhanger. What idiot would buy all the individual issues and they fork over more for the omnibus just to get the last few pages, since the Zarkon backstory, while in the collection, ends here?
Oh right, me. More on that later tonight.
Recommendation: I recommend getting the Omnibus if you can so you can have all the stories, including the final part of this cliffhanger that they didn’t publish. And it’s a great series, which any Voltron fan should have in their library. I’m going to miss reading it.