Review: Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs #1

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This week Lion Forge Comics, who recently have done comic books series based off of 1980’s television shows Punky Brewster, Knight Rider and Miami Vice are back at it mining 80s classics with the release of Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. As a Voltron fanatic, I jumped at the opportunity to read and review this comic book. Now for those of you who don’t know, World Events Productions, the great people who introduced America to Voltron Defender of the Universe in 1982, brought the Japanese cartoon: Star Musketeer and Bismark and named it what we here in U.S. know it as. Saber Rider and The Star Sheriffs are made up of 5 characters: Saber Rider (Who is the team leader of the group), Fireball Hikari, Colt Wilcox, Commander Eagle (who is also the Commander of the Cavalry Command, who formed the Star Sheriffs) and lastly April Eagle. Together the pilot Ramrod (Voiced by Peter Cullen in the Original Show) and try and defeat the Outriders who are the main Villains or the series.

What’s nice is that Lion Forge Comics is trying to reintroduce Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs to people, especially the younger audience. I think it could work. The show has an interesting premise and the robot horses look really awesome! And they modernized the look while keeping it all very familiar to the original show, which is a breath of fresh air. A lot of the companies have a bad habit of when rebooting or reintroducing a show they mess with too many things. And Lion Forge so far has done a great job keeping true to the original.

Saber Rider takes place in the very distant future, Joshua Rider (Saber Rider) notices a security train has sent out a distress signal and so he goes to investigate. While Investigating, he runs into a bounty hunter named Colt who is also there looking to make some money which on the planet of Yuma is apparently hard to come by. After searching the train Colt and Saber Rider come across the Outriders and Jessie, who once was trained to become a Star Sheriff and went down the wrong path for reasons yet unknown. After a short battle Jessie and the rest of the Outriders disappear and Saber is forced to call April Eagle to come down to help with the investigation since she has been investigating the Outriders for a while and knows a lot about them. Colt has a machine that can help the Saber and April track down the Outriders, but wants to at a cost which does not go over well and is then deputized and made a member of the Star Sheriffs and the three of them go on to try and solve where they Outriders went and to try and capture them. At the end you see that Jessie is up to big things, but it’s not looking like it’s going to be easy for anyone involved.

I thought the story telling for a first issue was great, Mairghread Scott did an awesome job, but at the same time there were only a handful of characters to introduce in this first issue, we will see how the rest of the issues will pan out. I hope the writing doesn’t fade and get lost and lonely in a sea of comic books that never gets read, that would be horrible. The only criticism that I could give the writer is that for those new to the franchise I can see readers getting confused as to who Saber Rider is. Overall I would give the story line a 9 as I really did enjoy it.

The artwork done by Sendol Arts was awesome and detailed and definitely colorful. Everything looked futuristic but the suits worn by Saber Rider and April Eagle look great and on point with the original show, just a couple of tweeks to make it look a little more modern, which is really appreciated. As far as the artwork I will give it a ten. Everything was well done and you can tell a lot of time was put into the artwork

This series has a lot of potential. Anyone who is a fan of Voltron would find this very similar to read as the premises aren’t too far off. Young readers will like it because I think it can appeal to them. What’s not to like about some awesome looking law enforcers and their mechanical horses trying to stop the bad guys from doing bad guys things? Purchase your copy today. You won’t regret it.

Story: Mairghread Scott Art: Sendol Arts
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Read

Lion Forge Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review