Voltron Legendary Defender #1 (Lion Forge Comics)


CREDIT: Lion Forge Comics

Rating: 4.5/5 – Head Writer of the Show Writing the Comic!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

I’m about three episodes into Dreamworks’ new Voltron Legendary Defender series that is available on Netflix right now. The show brings me right back to the cartoon of the mid 1980s and in some ways, I’ve enjoyed this one more than I did when I watched it back then. Not only am I enjoying the show, but so are my two sons who after finishing each episode want to immediately start watching another. Now, Lion Forge has acquired the license to the Voltron Legendary Defender show and has released the series’ first issue and if you enjoy the show, then this is a must buy!

First of all, the art looks as though it’s right out of the cartoon. The art is bright and colorful and the characters look exactly like they do on the show. I wouldn’t go far as to say the panels look like animated cels, but it’s close. Not only that, but the art uses storytelling techniques the show uses like having the characters’ heads appear in floating circles around the action while they provide dialogue or commentary. The lions look great in this issue and although the forming of Voltron doesn’t look as impressive as it does on the show, once formed he looks imposing on the page. My only complaint with the art is that the beginning is much stronger than the ending, so the multiple artists within the Art Chefs team seem to each taking a portion of the story, and I like some more than others.

Speaking of the story, it was actually perfect timing for me since I’m not too far into the show since on the inside front cover it says that this issue takes place immediately after the events of episode 108: Rebirth. Although this is farther than I’ve actually watched, it’s still within the show’s main storyline so I didn’t notice any spoilers. The story also goes into more of the team’s training as Coran takes them to the Karthulian system which is an ancient training ground of the original paladins. Upon getting there, Coran gets into a bit more trouble than they expected and the team is forced to recover a dangerous and rare treasure in order to save him.

I’ve been enjoying a lot of what Lion Forge is producing and Voltron may be my favorite so far. If you’re a fan of the show, I can’t recommend this enough. The characters look, act, and read just like they do on the cartoon and this fits right into the show’s current season. Not only that, but it’s written by the show’s head writer Tim Hedrick and writer Mitch Iverson so you know you’re in good hands!

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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