Robotech: Academy Blues #5
Academy Comics, Ltd (February, 1996)
“The Wind And The Waves”
WRITER: Robert W. Gibson
ARTIST: Michelle & Frances Birchfield
With new soldiers coming in, of course Vanessa and Kim want to go check them out, but poor Sammie is stuck working at the diner. Of course, Lori remind her that all of those soldiers will be coming to the diner to eat and she’ll be up close and getting tips, so maybe she’s winning out. She also thinks Rolf sent her the flowers (after figuring out where the flowers originate), not realizing they’re intended for Lori. Rolf doesn’t get a chance to inquire further about Lori when he and Lisa are brought to the commander to be given the rank of Lieutenant, which if the rules don’t change they’ll keep when they graduate.
What they got right: A bit sappy but the opening sequence is nice as Lisa writes to Karl about a sand SDF and comparing it to current events. The “terrible trio” are always fun to watch in their boy-crazy ways. Even the training scene and Rolf kidding with Claudia about Roy are rather amusing.
What they got wrong: Why does Claudia have a ponytail? Correction, HOW does she have a ponytail when her hair doesn’t seem to grow long, just out? It’s also sad to see this series end so soon when it still has potential. We’ll get a one-shot follow-up down the line and that’s it. The other titles (only one of which we’re reviewing in this period) will be continuing for a while after this.
Recommendation: A good series, with potential in following the cadets that we don’t get to see. It’s not super great but worth looking into for Robotech fans.