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Voltron: From the Ashes #4 Review

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VoltronAshes04-Cov-A-MilneTime to send in the second choice team.

Creative Staff:
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Blacky Shepherd
Colors: Adriano Augusto

What They Say:
A new Voltron Force has been chosen… and they didn’t survive long enough to even launch the great lions. Now, a group of misfits and troublemakers must become the pilots of the Defender of the Universe as a threat from the past unleashes a host of fearsome Robeasts on an unprepared populace!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Voltron: From the Ashes moves past the halfway mark with this installment and it’s working the origin story about as well as you’d expect. There’s more than enough familiarity with the premise in general so I’ve found myself more interested in the setup of this world and the kind of “religion” that has formed around Voltron. Unfortunately, it’s gone in a weak way with little to really expand or give it any meat as the focus has been more on the b-team that competed for the lead seats in this generation. We saw them get killed before even reaching Voltron the last time around and that was certainly amusing to see play out, especially since you knew it was coming as we weren’t really given anything to chew on when it came to them.

With this installment, it’s all about making the final push while combining it with a lot of action. This is where the series has worked well as Shepherd gives it some solid energy and a fun flow. The downside is that until now we haven’t really had this generation working the various components of Voltron. We’ve been treated to the story of the past, which again makes an appearance here at the critical time to show how things ended for them. Again, I find myself having little care for this backstory plot that really could and should have been handled either as the opening issue or just a few compressed pages. Where it’s presented here has it designed to up the ante and really make it feel like something important as Jayce and the others take their positions. Instead, it just disrupts the flow with two different stories at a critical time.

The invasion aspect of the storyline fills up the other half of issue as we see the mercs enjoying the carnage and writing off Haggar rather easily. While they do note that his Robeasts have played their role, it’s been his soldiers that have pacified the area and done the most to wrest control of it. Haggar is just playing the long game here, having gone through many battles with Voltron over the years in the past. Naturally, his patience bears fruit as we get the b-team taking on the lions and running strong with it for their first time out. You can almost imagine Haggar wanting them to win so he can have competent opponents to go against someday. It’s fun to watch the two sides go at it, though we really needed more time devoted to the fight – especially since there are only two issues left.

In Summary:
Voltron: From the Ashes continues to underwhelm overall as it’s just taking forever to cover some very basic ground. We’re getting what’s essentially one episode of the TV show spread across six issues, which is frustrating. Bunn’s script is decent enough and it hits the right marks as it moves forward, but progress is slow and far too predictable without anything to really shake things up in an engaging way. Shepherd’s artwork is solid enough throughout, but things feel like they’re finally getting a bit of energy when it shifts to the various lions getting their chance at being used. With two more issues to go you can pretty much track out how the series is going to play out and I’m not really expecting any surprises, unfortunately.

Grade: C

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 23rd, 2015
MSRP: $3.99

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