Robotech: The Macross Saga #25
Comico The Comic Company (February, 1986)
ADAPTATION: Markalan Joplin
ARTISTS: Mike Leeke & Mike Chen
COLORIST: Tom Vincent
LETTERER: Bob Pinaha
EDITOR: Maggie Brennen
Max goes for his date with Miriya but she sees this as an opportunity for revenge for her many losses against him in battle both real and virtual. Unfortunately for her the streak continues. This final embarrassment is all she can stand and she begs him to take her life. Instead he takes her heart and the two are married. This is the last straw for Dolza, who orders an all out attack. Seeing this wedding and the defectors as signs of peace Miriya easily convinces Max and Rick to shoot to disable while Zentraedi aboard Breetai’s ship refuse to potentially attack their own. This new situation forces Breetai to retreat as the Sterlings settle into their new life as husband and wife.
What they got right: With the exception of the discussion between Max and Miriya I actually think they did a better job with the dialog here, although the changes could also qualify as something wrong. The addition of the edict of the “Great Warrior” that Zentraedi shouldn’t harm Zentraedi (I’m guessing Khyron didn’t learn that one) adds extra incentive for the mutineers to make their case and for Exedore, the one who usually is a stickler for orders, to be against attacking the ship with their own people. Dolza ordered the capture of the ship makes more sense in the overall Robotech narrative (since they’re supposed to be trying to reclaim the protoculture factory for the Robotech Masters) than the episode’s order to destroy it.
What they got wrong: On the other hand even Joplin’s alterations last issue and this doesn’t make this romance rather rushed. Miriya sure switches from great warrior to struggling housewife rather fast and I don’t think she’s been around them long enough to have had the personality switch we saw in the show. The comic doesn’t have time to focus on it so it’s not as jarring a change. I know some marriages happen fast. My parents did and so did my cousin and her husband but this seems a bit too fast.
Recommendation: A good issue but unless your following the saga already or know enough about it to be curious it won’t hit as well as those following the series. Still worth looking into though.
While the series continues on this is the last issue I own. However, there’s more Robotech to come as next time we begin Robotech II: The Sentinels. From there you can guess which video review is late again if you know the series.