The GeeksverseVoltron #1

Voltron #1
Published on Thursday, December 8, 2011 by

Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: Brandon Thomas
Art by: Ariel Padilla
Colored by: Marcelo Pinto
Lettered by: Marshall Dillon
Cover Art: A- Alex Ross; B- Sean Chen; C- Wagner Reis
Editor: Joseph Rybandt

I liked Voltron as a kid. I even liked the vehicle one that most people think of as blasphemy. When I heard that Dynamite was going to be doing a Voltron comic I got excited. Excited but worried. I was concerned with how a giant robot would translate to the page. I had seen a couple issues of Marvel’s old Shogun Warriors comic and I knew that giant robot comics could be done.

Does Voltron succeed?

Nope. Not at all.

I usually end a review talking about the art, but I’m going to open this one with the art. This is a comic about a giant robot that fights giant beasts. That would be difficult to pull off, but not impossible. Padilla doesn’t even come close to managing to make good scenes with the robot. The fight scenes are chaotic but not in a good way. They are very unreadable. The action is impossible to follow and there isn’t a seamless flow from panel to panel. The action jumps alot. The layouts are confusing, directions change from panel to panel.

I don’t like being overly harsh, but this isn’t a well drawn comic.

The first panel with Hunk is especially bad. It has him facing the right, he’s holding a large gun, his right hand on the trigger, his left hand is holding the barrel. What makes it bad is that the gun is resting on his left shoulder.

The pages with the humans isn’t bad, but basic storytelling is lost. The layouts aren’t as bad as with the robot scenes, but they aren’t good either.

But what is the fault of the artist and what is the fault of the writer?

The script itself isn’t bad. The plot though? That is bad. It doesn’t make any sense.

There have been alot of reimagingings over the years, but even the ones that are very different still have similarities to the original. Not this one. The only thing Voltron is the robot itself, but because of the plot any generic giant robot can be substituted and the story would remain the same.

The humans don’t even seem the same. They’re space explorers, but they’re acting like a special operations team. Princess Allura is a sniper? And why the concern over the one human? Keith makes sure to tell Lance to keep an eye out for him, Lance says he will, but then that part of it is completely forgotten.

And why are those 5 holding off the ground troops? Where’s the army? What is going on?

This is just a mess of a comic.

Voltron #1 receives
1 out of 5

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