X Reviews … Voltron #2

Since every comic is someone’s first, the books have to be able to stand on their own. X Reviews one new issue each week based on their own merit (and yes, “review” can mean spoilers!) A good story is a good story, no matter how long or short the run. This is where we draw the line for…

Voltron #2

story by Brandon Thomas
art by Areil Padilla
colors by Marcelo Pinto
letters by Marshall Dillon
covers by Alex Ross
published by Dynamite Entertainment

Comic books allow you visit places and do things that are, for the most part, impossible in our current reality. Flying without the aid of a mechanical device, phenomenal feats of strength and tremendous acts of heroism are all common place with the pages of this beloved medium. Unfortunately for me, so is the time paradox! One of my least favorite plot devices in any science fiction / fantasy story is the idea that the events of today are dictated in the past by interference from today. Is it the chicken or the egg … or the chicken … or the egg? I think I am bleeding from my ear.

As much as I detest these types of stories, other writers seem inexplicably drawn to them. In Voltron #2 from Dynamite Entertainment, scribe Brandon Thomas is the one being pulled into the paradox’s orbit. The issue takes place in two time periods. In one, the Voltron Force has apparently been separated from the Protector of the Universe and is desperately trying to find their way back into possession of Voltron. In the other, a man is trying to save the world one hundred plus years in the past … again. Yes. I am lost. Both today and going back in time to the day I first read it.

In 2014, a scientist is attempting to find a way to stop invaders from another planet. The Earth had around two years to prepare for the coming invasion but has been unable to find a way to protect itself. In addition to the cloud of secrecy surrounding his work, his family and the families of his colleagues has been under protection by some government organization. The intriguing part of this story is the scientist’s name, Dr. Zarkon. That sounds familiar, perhaps some relation to Voltron bad guy King Zarkon??? Maybe one of those quirky coincidences like Michael Jordan the basketball player and Michael Jordan the kid the lived down the street from me who most assuredly was NOT a basketball player.

In 2114, we find the Voltron Force fighting off an unidentified threat over Colorado and then being instantly transported to Nevada. On a side note, Nevada happens to be where the Dr Zarkon story is taking place. We know Keith Kogane and the gang are not currently in possession of Voltron as it is on its way to Moon-2 from the issue’s first panel. When they reach Nevada, they find what they have been looking for. Keith tells them it is a secret military installation operating for the last 100 years that is “in the saving the day business … same as us.”

Voltron #2 was hard to nail down. Despite my seething hatred for time paradox stories, Thomas wrote a very engaging tale. There were two big hooks here. First, isn’t the fact that Dr. Zarkon has an apparent connection to the popular Voltron villain, but he is hiding something from the government and his family. What is it? The second clincher is the arrival of the “Man from Arus” who shows up final few pages to meet with the President. Who is he? Perhaps a better question is – When is he???

If I am wrong and this isn’t a time paradox, I will be very happy. It will also change my rating of the issue. Since I am often never wrong, at least in my own mind, I think this one will bear out as monkeying around with the space time continuum. I give Voltron #2 a B-. Ariel Padilla’s art was solid. It may have been a bit loose in some spots, but overall very strong showing.

Unless I came back in time and changed the story after reading up to issue twenty, either I was right or I had something better to do … or that stupid egg and chicken showed up.

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