Voltron: A Legend Forged #2
Devil’s Due Publishing (July, 2008)
WRITER: Josh Blaylock
PENCILER: Mike Bear with Julia Bax
COLORIST: Wes Dzioba
SELECTED COVER ART: Tim Seeley & Jose Aviles
DESIGNER: Sean K. Kove
EDITOR: Mike O’Sullivan
Apparently the time machine was based on the information gathered when Galaxy Garrison stole Voltron back in vol. 2 of Defender Of The Universe. Commander Hawkins promises Coran he and the Vehicle Team will be on call to help Arus. Back in the past, the Voltron Force and Lotor land on a nearby planet and are captured by Korrinoth soldiers. In their cell they meet Azahki, a Drule who still follows the ways of the Lion Gods and learns that this is when Korrinoth was absorbed into the Drule Empire by Empress Jaan, a woman who practices dark arts and is in league with some kind of spirit. She has banned worship of the Lions and so the leader here wants to execute them so she’ll leave the planet alone, but the prisoners are rescued by men in the armors on the selected covers and escape. Allura wants to go back for the lion ships until she hears they’re meeting Altarius, a wizard who right now is calling the other wizards together in hopes their arrival will help them with their secret project…the Voltron project!
What they got right: I’ll give Blaylock credit for coming up with an interesting history for Voltron’s origin and the early days of the Drule Empire and a potential explanation for Voltron’s lion motif.
What they got wrong: But you’ll see soon why I have a problem with the time travel aspect. There’s also some clumsy dialog by Keith: “But this definitely isn’t their homeworld of Korrinoth, aka Planet Doom.” It sounds odd when you read it aloud. The art may be better than mine but it’s not very good. Expressions seem stilted at times, the panel where Hawkins is walking down the stairs has him drawn weird, and only the alien designs look all that interesting.
Recommendation: While I like the idea of telling Voltron’s origin story the time travel aspect, as you’ll see coming up, is why I can’t recommend this comic, as much as I want to.