Robotech: The New Generation #12
Comico The Comic Company (December, 1986)
ADAPTATION: Jack Herman
PENCILER: Reggie Byers
INKER: Tom Poston
COLORIST: Kurt Mausert
LETTERER: Bob Pinaha
EDITOR: Diana Schutz
The group reaches the Invid fortress, built out of an old Southern Cross mountain outpost. With most of the base’s warriors out on patrol, Scott and the others keep the remaining troopers busy while Rand and Annie sneak into the base to destroy the protoculture sensor so they can escape. Inside, they find new troopers being activated and the brain that controls the place. They destroy the brain but when the bits attack them the others have to get them out before the patrol returns.
What they got right: While I have some concerns about the mission itself, this turned out to be a good way for the group to again show how they work together. There’s a fun moment when Annie loses some of her stuff. The control brain would expanded on in Sentinels as far as what it does, but the first appearance is right here.
What they got wrong: How would Scott know this was an old base from the war with the Robotech Masters? I’m sure his briefing wasn’t that specific. Maybe Lunk or Lancer, who have been here longer, would know but Scott wasn’t even supposed to be here when his group arrived. As far as the mission itself, given all the damage they did what would have been different if they had just snuck by while the main force was on patrol? They end up using the Alphas–not sure where the other two came from as we’ve only seen Lunk’s Alpha and a later Beta fighter, at least in the comics–to blow the guards up anyway.
What I think overall: A pretty good story to move the plot along and continue from the previous issue/episode but it’s more about seeing the group in action in function.