Came From The '80's:
reviews by Mish'al Samman
when you think you've seen it all, they pile more on. This
month's comic run was no exception to the rule. Not only did
I get a bundle of comics, but also I got a BUNDLE of comics!
I was never a fan of the black and white books printed long
ago. So this will be my first experience with Robotech on
paper. Does it live up to expectation? You betcha!
are usually a curse, because they tend to be junk like posters,
sketches of upcoming issues and the like with little back
story to accompany it, and pages of everyone and their mom
telling you how excited they are to be doing the book.
issue #0 is a must have, with twelve pages of a pretty cool
History of Ray Fokker, and every girl's dream boy Rick Hunter
in a story that should be taking place shortly after Macross.
Rick is still a Captain, and he is mischievously testing the
new YF-4 in battle. The second half of the story takes a trip
down memory lane to 1999, six months before the "incident."
Okay, and then there's an afterword by series writer Tommy
Yune talking about how excited he is to be doing the book.
to get into Robotech again? Do not miss this one!"
With the "Macross Incident" shortly at hand, we
follow the story of Ray Fokker after Rick hunter receives
a letter from his friend. Set up more clearly in #0, Ray
and Rick grow up in a flying circus. Ray decides to go join
the military during this time of war between countries.
that Ray can never keep a wingman for more than a mission
in this book, we get to see why. So Admiral Hayes on the USS
Kenosha is following an Oscar Class Russian sub in the south
Pacific in belief that it has been sold to another country.
Coolness reveals that this sub is commanded by non other than
the lovable heavy accented Captain Gloval. The events lead
up to an aerial firefight, the crash landing, and a surprise
intro of a new foe. Great art and effects, and animated cell-like
coloring. Unfortunately, no Valkyries yet.
start another 80s collection? I know you want to.
of the Universe #1
Into the dungeons of doom we go. While Skeletor struggles
to find out how to obtain the powers of the elders, Evil
Lyn is watching and plotting in the background of Snake
Mountain. Months later, we follow Orko through the forest
as he sulks at the lack of wizardry skills he once had on
another planet. He stumbles into an abandoned temple in
the middle of the forest and finds a sharded crystal. The
story shifts back to the capital, and Man at arms is lecturing
Prince Adam about the responsibilities of being He-Man,
and trouble breaks loose with a fire, who will come to save
the artwork is good, the story is right smack dab in the middle
somewhere. It does offer a new flavor in the 80s comeback.
Instead of bogging the first issue down with how He-Man is
He-Man and why, it assumes you've been watching Cartoon Network.
you up with a new story, and a sinister plot that Evil Lyn
is brewing. Maybe her eyebrows changing color means something.
Transformers: Armada #5
A Minicon is stuck in a car compactor after trying to hide
from some humans while trying to find some communications
parts in the unfortunate vehicle, and shortly afterwards
he is saved by his other Minicon friends. Coming back to
their headquarters they turn on a TV, and see the havoc
Megatron has unleashed in Science City, and an old buddy
of theirs "Sparkplug" is in that transmission.
And in other events, Megatron and his cronies are at a standoff
with Optimus and fellows, when Megatron uses all his captured
Minicons for himself the autobots stand no chance.
wrap up of the last 3 issues where the typical Sizing up takes
place between the two leaders, and of course the traditional
speeches before the pounding. One may still find the children
aspect as a bit hard to swallow, but one will get used to
I think we all wished we were in their shoes, and
maybe I'm just jealous.
The War Within #3
Decepticons are attacking IACON the Autobot fortress, Prime
is lost somewhere in the center of Cybertron with Decepticons
on his trail, and Grimplocks got a special mission that
he is sure to not like. Prime is slowly finding the answers
to his questions, but still doesn't understand his significance.
Megatron seems to know much more than you would expect about
the matrix, but is it delusion or fact?
this series is starting to impress more and more, you may
find the series to have some pretty surprising hypotheses
running about in those circuits. An age-old question I often
torment myself with
With Hawk wounded, and barely making a break for the coast,
the Dreadnoks look like they have lost our heroes and Cobra
Commander is not too happy about it. Destro makes his way
and relieves the Aussies by taking matters into his own
hands as intel is gathered secretly from the Jugglers in
order to pinpoint the location of the Joes, and their special
mixed feelings about this title as a whole. It takes place
either as G.I.Joe is being disbanded, or shortly around that
time with this story as the last official Op.
Hama and Jurgens into the mix once again is music to anyone's
ears, but too many weird and just plain unbelievable things
are happening in this book, that makes you want to slap someone.
Too many abbreviations for stuff you have no clue about, and
too many code words for stuff that you wouldn't care about.
When the last series ended there was all that Ninja stuff,
Brainwave Scanner and too many plots twists to keep straight.
This issue in particular seems to be a boasting contest on
who knows more military terms. Grab Money Daily*?
<*Get My Drift>
of the Planets #5
The conclusion of the two parter brings a good mix of character,
story, and old school G-Force humor, and romance to the
pages of this issue. G-Force is on a mission to piece together
the murder of 3 extremely wealthy business tycoons; Mark
and Jason are in a bind when the office Mark is in explodes.
Princess, and Tiny are no exception as a bunch of Spectra
agents are raiding one of the murdered men's houses looking
for his daughter. And Kyops, is home alone trying to crack
up many facts about this ongoing series, this issue is filled
with answers to Questions left unanswered way back in Issue
#3. The shadowed prisoner will probably be one of the more
interesting villains this series will have. One will ultimately
like the style that these kids are
Super-Heroes in the
guise of Secret Agents, in the guise as Rock Stars. What a