Robotech Masters #3
Comico The Comic Company (November, 1985)
WRITER: Mike Baron
PENCILER: Neil D. Vokes
INKER: Rich Rankin
COLORIST: Tom Vincent
LETTERER: Bob Pinaha
EDITOR: Diana Schutz
Marie and Dana volunteer for a mission into space to reestablish contact with one of their space bases. During the trip up the other shuttle malfunctions and crashes into the Masters’ ship, shaking Dana enough that she’s almost useless when the enemy ships attack their shuttle. One she snaps out of it she has to help Marie repel the Bioroids so the others can finally make contact with Liberty Base.
What they got right: This is Dana’s first space mission so having her not take it seriously and then be forced to overcome her new fears once she sees death in space is a good character moment for her. Marie has to slap her to snap her back but when she does they make a good team.
What they got wrong: The altered dialog sometimes benefits (the narrator doesn’t have to do the same exposition he did in the episode) but there are also times the characterization is negatively affected. Emmerson still praises Dana as a strategist but the praise for Marie’s skills are not in the comic. Marie is a bit more aggressive than she was in the episode towards Dana (the two do have a sort of friendly rivalry at this point) while early in the story Dana becomes a bit too much like her Japanese counterpart (though she is reading military tactics and not a romance novel…we don’t know WHAT she was reading in the episode) and only acts more like Dana after her brief emotional crisis.
Recommendation: Overall it’s not a bad adaptation but when you get to the details I think the episode did better than the comic for the most part and would recommend it over the issue.