10th Oct2018

‘Robotech #13′ Review (Titan Comics)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Simon Furman | Art by Hendry Prasetya | Published by Titan Comics

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Last issue was the best for a good few issues, with a lot happening to really drive on storylines that had started to slow to a glacial speed. Obviously writers plot out their story arcs, or ‘beats’, over multiple issues so you expect to get some issues that tread water, but this seemed to happen every other issue of late so I hope we are moving upwards and onwards from now on. A whole lot happened last week, with Rick developing a strange matrix-like ability to view things in a technological way, Breetai essentially being sacked as Zentraedi commander, and Roy being shot by,er, Roy. Another Roy that is. Fun stuff.

This issue starts with…. a ‘The Story So far’ page, plus a cast of characters page. two things that warm the cockles of this old heart. I have mentioned elsewhere how some comics can be very new reader unfriendly, by just jumping in to whatever story is being told, which puts people off picking up a book. However, give them some background, like this book does, and they are more likely to pick the book up and read it. Well done Titan Comics editorial. But I digress. The story starts a year before the adventures we have been reading, on Earth, where the Macross Island attack and disappearance of the SDF-1 has been blamed on terrorists to hide the fact it was aliens. Captain Hayes parents, an Admiral and Senator respectively, believe her and everyone on board dead.

So why was Senator Hayes, Lisa’s mother, the one sending a message to SDF-1, telling Captain Gloval to stay away from Earth? Hmmm. Lisa is, of course, Captain now, and she takes rebelling against your parents to the next level by telling Claudia to send a message saying SDF-1 is returning to Earth anyway. In the meantime Rick’s new visual abilities are being tested by Dr Lang, who theorises his ability has developed due to exposure within the inner areas of the SDF-1. So far scripter Furman is on safe ground, with some solid storytelling, albeit avoiding, again, some of last issues cliffhangers. He then makes one of those light comedy errors he occasionally makes, writing three pages showing the Zentraedi spies being dragged in to a club to dance by some girls because they are ‘cute’. Er, no. Unnecessary and doesn’t work at all.

Back to the juicy political stuff, and Captain Hayes having to speak to her bosses back on Earth about why they won’t allow the SDF-1 to return. The answer, of course, is politics. No-one on Earth knows about the Zentraedi, and they don’t want 70,000 civilian eyewitnesses suddenly pitching up revealing all. Also, somewhat more selfishly, the Joint Chiefs know that the Zentraedi are after the SDF-1, not Earth itself, so keeping it away keeps them safe. Politics, though, is not a uniquely human thing and the Zentraedi practice positively Shakespearean levels of political drama.

Azonia, of course, has assumed command by ousting Breetai. She can’t allow Breetai to return back to big boss Dolza, as she was complicit in some of the recent failures, so she offers him a virtual suicide mission to breach the SDF-1. He accepts, knowing she actually wants him to fail, which he doesn’t plan to do. Azonia , however, has a trump card in disgraced commander Khyron, previously imprisoned by Breetai, who will secretly shadow Breetai and ensure he doesn’t return. And you thought your work place was tough.

The drama doesn’t let up as Breetai launches his attack on the SDF-1, to prevent it refueling and resupplying, and thwarting the Khyron double cross, for now. Roy Fokker is clearly not himself, as Vermillion Squadron discover, though not to the extent that the real Roy is tied up and being held prisoner. And what’s that revelation at the end about Captain Hayes parents willingly sacrificing their daughter and the SDF-1, not ever planning to allow it back.

Another top notch issue, the three alien stooges episode aside. Some power politics, back stabbing, action, and plot developments all over the place, including a deeper insight into the past and Lisa Hayes family connection to the project. The art, by Hendry Praseta, gets better every issue and helps really drive the story with some great visuals.

Action, mystery, mayhem, aliens, secret tech. Why wouldn’t you read this book?

**** 4/5

Robotech #13 is out today, October 10th, from Titan Comics

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One Response to “‘Robotech #13′ Review (Titan Comics)”

  • Chimalpahin

    Man the Hendey Prasetya art really give a long way to making this palatable! I know his work from Power Rangers, another similar Frankenstein of different Japanese shows, and his work here did indeed get better, he managed to fix some of the redesigns, Vanessa no longer looks so much older than the rest and Claudia looks not horrible anymore, her hair could still use some work.

    Also for Southern Cross fans we see a woman who may be Nova Satori’s mother maybe. So hooray, they’re finally integrating the shows better. Tho I still don’t quite care about the reality time warping gimmick, ah well.

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