Robotech: Return To Macross #33
Academy Comics, Lt. (June, 1996)
WRITER: Bill Spangler
ARTIST: Dusty Griffin
As the typhoon continues to draw near to Macross Island, Da Silva brings in some new associates, and the Salamander sees the writing on the wall. Given a tip from Lisa, who doesn’t trust Virgil, Roy sneaks aboard the Glittering Star casino boat and ends up helping the Salamander escape. Salamander also sends a warning to Brian and Nina, warning them that Da Silva are bad news. They decide that the only way to find out what’s going on it to go ahead with doing the benefit. Meanwhile, Lisa’s dad arrives early on Macross Island.
What they got right: The story is fine. There’s some good build-up, Salamander isn’t an idiot, and whatever it is Da Silva is planning you know can’t be good. I also like that Lisa at least in on Roy’s side.
What they got wrong: The art and lettering are still bad. Mecha, vehicles, and buildings are fine but the people do not look good. The word balloons are not always pointing right and sometimes I can’t even tell who’s speaking or what order the dialog is supposed to be in.
Recommendation: If you don’t mind the art the story isn’t bad. Although by now I’m sure you realized this doesn’t really get into the mecha battles of Robotech the story makes up for it, as ending the war as it did doesn’t mean everyone is happy with it. Worth looking into.