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Preview: Mech Cadet Yu #1

Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth and bond with young cadets from the elite Sky Corps Academy to defend the world from the terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. It’s a great honor to be chosen, but this year…well, the wrong kid was picked.

Written by Geg Pak with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, Mech Cadet Yu #1 kicks off a new series that feels a bit like a cross of the Iron Giant, Power Rangers/Voltron, and even a little Robotech. But despite those similarities, it’s a hell of a start whose worse part is the fact it’s too short. In a 2 hour film, this feels like five minutes, and while it’s good that the comic is so solid it flies by, it’s a bit frustrating at the same time.

Pak introduces us to this world in a solid way giving us the background as to what we’re walking in to and at the same time setting up the likely conflict. The issue though is that with so much there, it doesn’t feel like enough time is initially spent fleshing things out other than relying on some tropes and situations that are a bit too easy to expect and guess.

But still, the comic is a hell of a lot of fun and has an energy and innocence about it while at the same time touching upon class and race in a way that’s heartfelt and touching.

The art by Myazawa is solid and there’s a look here that just has a sleak coolness about it without diving too much into a manga vibe about it all. The comic feels like it pays homage to the various similar stories that have come before it while at the same time forging its one path. The robots especially look varied and have personality all their own just in their look.

The first issue is a solid one with a fast paced story that has me wanting to come back before. The fact I finished the issue dissapointed that that’s all there was is a good sign and points to my enjoyment. And hopefully what’s to come continues the entertaining ride that feels like it could be an all-ages classic.

Story: Geg Pak Art: Takeshi Miyazawa
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review