13th Nov2019

‘Robotech Remix #2’ Review (Titan Comics)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Brenden Fletcher | Art by Elmer Damaso | Published by Titan Comics

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I really didn’t want to like this reboot, or remix, of Robotech. I was so enjoying Simon Furman’s run that when it came to an end I was a bit annoyed. Yet another reboot I thought. Another cash grab first issue to tempt those speculators. I couldn’t be happier to say I was completely wrong. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into this remix, story threads old and new have been tied together, and the art style, though a complete contrast to the last run, is probably more appealing to diehard Robotech fans. It just works. Profuse apologies to editorial, who clearly knew what they were doing.

So far.

The theme of the first issue was beginnings. Big beginnings, in the sense that this was a new timeline, and smaller beginnings for Dana Sterling, that refugee from the future. Dana had come back in time to avert terrible events that had created her future, which wasn’t a good one, but had perhaps been too successful. The new timeline created now had a rosier future to look forward to, but also was a timeline in which Dana had never been born. Her parents now weren’t HER parents, if you see what I mean, though she still saw them as that. A woman out of time, she wants to go back, and events towards the end of last issue may just give her a chance. Two alien ships appeared, apparently able to cross across the multiple realities of the Protoverse, which would enable Dana to find ‘her’ reality. Slight problem is, one of the pilots recognises her somehow, and the other one wants to kill her. Every cloud, eh?

This issue starts with a focus on the missing Rick Hunter. We get a glimpse into Dana’s past, and Rick’s not-to-be future, and see that everyone is looking for Rick. Including his wife Captain Lisa Hayes. Some want him court-martialled. Lisa can only tell them he had been acting odd ever since being infected by protoculture, and the last thing everyone knows is that he thought he had a lead on the missing Minmei. Meanwhile there are more pressing things to address, such as finding those two downed alien craft from last issue, and possibly their occupants. Both have survived, though neither knows the other one has I’m guessing, and one seems to indicate he is from the future, a bit wary of contaminating the timeline, and can apparently take down a Zentraedi with ease. That would be Miriya. Ouch.

What of the other one? Alive, but unconscious and badly hurt, and now discovered by Jack and Karen, two of the 17 year olds who apparently like a little ‘liberating’ by taking bits of salvage when they can. In their rush to beat each other to this prize, they destroy the energy field hiding the Battloid and injured pilot. Hmm, that injured pilot seems awfully familiar, but can’t possibly be related to the missing Rick Hunter can he? I won’t spoil the surprise, but he regains consciousness long enough to say Dana’s name again. Jack and Karen are just about to rush him back for the help he needs, when someone tries to give them a hand, but not one they particularly want at this moment in time.

Another enjoyable issue, with plenty going on and a nice blend of continuing mystery and drip feeding of the unfolding plot. I think I have a good idea of where this is all headed but I’ll keep that to myself for now. It’s certainly a look and feel that long time Robotech fans will really be enjoying, and also accessible enough for new readers looking for a good new book to get onboard. Fletcher is having fun writing, moving all the toys around in the toybox, and Damaso has the perfect art style for the feel and tone of these stories. Almost a case of the animation itself being transferred to paper. Great fun.

Pitched perfectly for readers new and old, this is a book to keep an eye on.

**** 4/5

Robotech Remix #2 is out today from Titan Comics.

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