Voltron: From the Ashes #1

Voltron: From the Ashes #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Blacky Shepherd Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 16, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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More than 200 years ago, Voltron Force fought its final battle against the Drule Empire. Voltron has not moved since that battle, but his legacy lives on. Now, an ancient enemy has arisen, and a new Voltron Force must be chosen to pilot the Defender of the Universe!

Writer Cullen Bunn says, "You don't grow up in the day and age of my childhood without developing a deep and abiding love for Voltron, so writing the adventures of such an iconic giant robot is a real thrill and a treat. With this story, I hope to show a couple of different sides of Voltron, one vibrant and exciting like the old cartoons, and one a little more dark and even frightening. This dichotomy should be a lot of fun for readers and allow me to explore different sides of the characters involved. For me, Voltron has this mythic quality that I really want to delve into, and I'm excited to see what fans think of my contribution to the Voltron legend!"

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Sep 7, 2015

    This miniseries reminds me so much of Robotechs Third War, where we are introduced to soldiers, who knew of Rick Hunter, but are forging their own path and fighting their own war against the Invid. The story By Cullen Bunn provides a superior starting off point for anyone not familiar with series at all. The art by Blacky Shepherd provides a fine emulation of the animation, that long loved fans, have loved about the original series. In ending, old and new fans will love this series, as it is truly the next generation of Voltron pilots. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Sep 15, 2015

    Voltron: From The Ashes #1 is a great jumping-on point, introducing a new Voltron Force team to combat one of Voltron's steady villains. Cullen Bunn paces the book very well and uses a concise and crisp script to provide exposition and characterization as well as to capture the intensity of combat. Blacky Shepherd's artwork has some standout moments with monster creation and panel layout; however, the main Voltron action sequence is a little bit confusing and can be hard to figure out what exactly is happening from page to page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Sep 15, 2015

    This is a really cool first issue. It doesn’t quite set up a problem yet, but it alludes to one that is inevitably on its way. The cadets are nowhere near prepared to handle it, either. It’ll be interesting to see how they deal with Haggar and whatever evil plans she has up her sleeve. She might have a team now, too, with the Ra’hraaag. Things are about to get interesting. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Daniel Pearson Sep 17, 2015

    A promising new step for Voltron. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    SnapPow.com - Harrison Rawdin Sep 15, 2015

    Voltron: From the Ashes #1 is a fun iteration of a property that needs to make a comeback in a strong way. As a child of the 80s it makes me smile to see a good creative teamready to go with an opening issue that's good from start to finish. For that reason this comes recommended. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Kirsty Hunter Sep 15, 2015

    I will caveat my review by saying youll need to have certain tastes to enjoy this particular comic. It is, after all, stupendous nonsense. Luckily for me, however, stupendous nonsense is right up my alley. Its a playful introduction to a series that promises fun and lots of cheddar to chomp down on. If you need some light relief after a hard days work, this is the one for you. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Sep 15, 2015

    Debut issues are always tricky, but Voltron: From The Ashes #1 seems to stumble more than it stands on its own. Despite having a fantastic hook and some great monster designs, this #1 needs to learn to walk before it can run. The talent is all there as well as the name recognition of being based on a well known property, but its legs can't stop shaking underneath it to deliver a satisfying experience. While the course could be corrected come next month, Voltron: From The Ashes #1 perhaps should have stayed buried. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 16, 2015

    What we get here in the first setup issue for the six issue run makes it clear that it's definitely going for a simplified approach to storytelling, keeping in tune to what came before, rather than looking for a way to take it up a few notches and expand upon it in more interesting ways. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    PopOptiq - Austin Gorton Sep 23, 2015

    It's a development that may turn off some long-time fans picking up the series hoping to see the continuing adventures of Keith, Lance, Pidge, etc. (ie the most popular iteration of Voltron), but it's a development that may also inject some new life into the property, suggesting as it does the possibility of interesting stories involving the lion-based Voltron outside of the characters familiar from the animated series and later comics, and playing up the mythic element of Voltron as an eternal force for good. Hopefully, in future issues, Bunn & Shepherd will be better able to marry action to character development and unpack the new premise introduced here in an exciting manner. As it is, much of the success of this first issue lies in the promise of things to come, rather than what's in the issue itself. Read Full Review

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