Review: Mech Cadet Yu #8

The Sharg’s newest weapon means the end of Earth unless Stanford and the other cadets disobey direct orders!

Mech Cadet Yu is one of my favorite new series in a while. While it can be boiled down as mechs with kids versus alien bugs, there’s some much more to it all. Writer Greg Pak has crafted a series that has depth. And we see some of that with the latest twists to the series.

The Sharg have attacked which has led to a desperate final plan. And while the military has best intentions, the actions are horrific. I’m not going to spoil it, but this series has shifted from the use of kids in war to the cost of war. Is victory worth it no matter the cost?

While the first arc of the series was focused on us getting to know the kids at the center of it all, this latest arc is the battle. The military is scrambling in desperation. But Stanford has a different idea in how to win the battle. It’s some great action and reminiscent of some classic anime in some ways. And through that action Pak still keeps the focus on the kids themselves and their nature and heart.

All of that is rendered by Takeshi Miyazawa, with color by Triona Farrell, and lettering by Simon Bowland. For as solid as the writing is, the art is fantastic. As I said, there’s something about this issue that really reminds me of classic anime like Macross and Robotech. The situation feels epic in so many ways. There’s a scale to it all that really sets the situation up well and you get a sense of what a difficult task lies ahead. And despite that scale, the art still feels intimate.

There’s so much going on in this issue and it ups the action with battles on multiple fronts. It’s difficult to discuss how fantastic it is without spoiling things but if you’re a fan of the series, this is a great issue. If you like classic anime, this is a must get. Not the best issue to start with but for long time readers, so satisfying.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Takeshi Miyazawa
Color: Triona Farrell Letterer: Simon Bowland
Main Cover: Takeshi Miyazawa Subscription Cover: Marcus To
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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