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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s historic run is done and we’ve got a new creative team headed up by writer Nick Spencer. While Spencer has stumbled a lot lately, in numerous ways, his work on Superior Foes of Spider-Man was excellent. If we get more of that, then this will be a great run.

Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – Nate Powell’s new graphic novel. That’s all you need to know to say you need to get this.

Farmhand #1 (Image Comics) – Rob Guillory gave us some interesting concepts in Chew and it sounds like this one, a farmer who grows organs, will be just as off the wall.

Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 #1 Crisis Midlife & Stories (Dark Horse Comics) – Love the movies? We’re excited to get more of this world.

Mech Cadet Yu #10 (BOOM! Studios) – If you haven’t been reading this series, giant mechs and their kid pilots fight aliens, then you’ve been missing out. Enjoy the battles and drama or dive deeper into the concept of a military that uses children and aliens to do battle. It’s layered and so good.

Oblivion Song #5 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Much like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song is about the characters and how a world has changed than the threat. It’s about trauma and PTSD. It’s so far fantastic.

Outpost Zero #1 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Skybound has been putting out some fantastic new series and this one sounds like an interesting one about the smallest town in the universe.

Ruinworld #1 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – A new fantasy series that just looks awesome.

She Could Fly #1 (Berger Books/Dark Horse Comics) – The new Berger Books series focuses on a mysterious flying woman who suddenly explodes. Who was she? The concept sounds really intriguing and we want to find out more about this mystery.

Superman #1 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman run really kicks off with this new ongoing series and the first issue picks up the pieces of The Man of Steel.

Transformers: Lost Light #20/Transformers: Optimus Prime #20/Transformers: Unicron #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s end game for Transformers is beginning. We’ve been big fans of their entire run and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Vol. 3 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Fan of the animated series? Check this out! It’s a great new take on the classic toy and animated line.

X-23 #1 (Marvel) – She’s back to being X-23 and we want to see where this new series takes Laura and how it makes her again stand out from the pack.

SDCC 2018: Voltron Legendary Defender is Holding a Panel and Signing

DreamWorks Animation Television will present an explosive Voltron Legendary Defender panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, debuting the premiere episode of the highly-anticipated seventh season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series.

Join executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, story editor Josh Hamilton, Rhys Darby (voice of Coran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (voice of Pidge) and Jeremy Shada (voice of Lance) in 6BCF for a special screening and a sneak peek as the paladins of Voltron begin a perilous journey home. The panel will take place on Friday, July 20, and will be moderated by Kyle Anderson, Associate Editor of Nerdist.

On Saturday morning, Joaquim, Lauren, Josh, Bex and Rhys will be signing an SDCC-exclusive poster created by the Voltron crew. Limited tickets will be made available in advance in the Autograph Area.

PANEL DETAILS

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, a Netflix Original Series

Friday, July 20, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

6BCF at San Diego Convention Center

Join Rhys Darby, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Jeremy Shada, executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, and story editor Josh Hamilton as they provide a first-look at the highly-anticipated seventh season of the Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. All attendees will receive a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive poster created by the crew.

SIGNING DETAILS

Limited Voltron Legendary Defender Signing (Ticketed)

Saturday, July 21, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Autograph Area at San Diego Convention Center

A limited DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender signing with Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomery, Rhys Darby, and Bex Taylor-Klaus will take place on Saturday in the Autograph Area at the San Diego Convention Center. Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Saturday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area.

TV Review: Voltron: Legendary Defender

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On Friday September 10th the long anticipated wait was over. Netflix and Dreamworks finally debuted Voltron: Legendary Defender. And while I was highly anticipating the show I was still hesitant to fully embrace the new show. I mean do you blame me? There have been 2 renditions of Voltron to come out since the original showed aired back in the 1980’s (Voltron The 3rd Dimension and Voltron Force) and each time I gave up hope that it would be better than the original. Also Netflix’s version is a reboot and while showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery said that they were going to keep the essence of Voltron alive I was still scared. My fears lessened with each and every teaser trailer that came out, but I still had slight hesitation going into the show.

So on Friday I got up earlier than I normally do so that I could watch the 1st 70 minute long episode (episodes 2 thru 11 are only 23 minutes long) and after watching it, came away very impressed. So impressed that I didn’t want to get ready for work because I wanted to watch more episodes (which I did later that night and finally finished the series this morning), but common sense prevailed also my fiancée would have killed me if I called out of work to watch a T.V. show.

What I liked:

  • Shiro was an awesome addition to the show and even through eleven episodes he is still shrouded in mystery as to his past before Voltron, it is weird that Princess Allura was not a Pilot or palladin as they are called on this show, but she does pilot the Castle of Lions (if you haven’t seen the show yet, your in for a surprise)
  • King Zarkon and Haggar the Witch are still the Bad Guys
  • They kept King Alfor and of course the Mice.
  • The Lions are still badasses
  • The animation is on point and doesn’t come across as kiddie
  • Lastly, the brought back how the Palladins get to their Lions

What I didn’t like:

  • No Theme song
  • Coran reminds me of the Magician in the Frosty the Snowman Christmas special. Wish he was more cerebral like in the original show.
  • No awesome dialogue during the formation of Voltron
  • Episodes are too short
  • Pidge’s secret

Overall, what an amazing season 1 of Voltron: Legendary Defender. There was never a dull moment and the episodes always kept you on your toes. And the ending of episode 11 leaves you clamoring for more because you want to know what is going to happen. Also the show does a great job appealing to the die-hard Voltron fans as well as the new generation of Voltron fans. The writers and the producers did and amazing job with this show and I look forward to season 2 to see what’s up their sleeves.

Animation: 10 Story: 8.5 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Must Watch!

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First Reaction To Voltron: Legendary Defender

voltron2As this sites everything Voltron guy, I apologize for this post coming so late, however I really need to wrap my head around what I was seeing. I literally have watched this trailer about 15 times and I really can’t find anything to not like about it.

Everything from the story to the characters to the animation I can’t find anything wrong. Even thing that I thought would bother me about the new show like how Keith is not the leader of the Voltron team he now pilots the Red Lion and lance now pilots the Blue Lion (which really makes sense, I mean in the original adaptation of the show Keith wears a red and white suit and Lance wears a blue and white suit). The castle of Lions look amazing as does the Lions themselves. The new flight suits are spiffy and actually look like what a futuristic pilot would wear. Executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomery and writer Tim Hedrick and the rest of the creative team at Dreamworks have a surefire hit on their hands and both Old fans (as well as Deadpool) and the younger generation will really enjoy this new series.

The pilot episode of the series is going to be a one hour long premier followed by 10 more 22 minute long episodes. My butt is going to be glued in front of my TV (as long as the wife has no problem with it lol) and I will be grinning from ear to ear. It is going to be amazing and it’s amazing I have such high hopes for the show after only watching a minute or so long trailer since I have been very skeptical from the begging which I have said here here . I look forward to writing more reviews of the show and I hope I can speak highly of all 11 episodes.

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Voltron: Legendary Defender Comes to Comics by Lion Forge

LF_Voltron_01_COVA_ChristineBianAs fans finish watching this summer’s DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender on Netflix, they’ll have a whole new chapter waiting for them in print: comic books from Lion Forge Comics. Releasing in July, the comic series expands the adventures of the paladins of Voltron with the first of a five-part series of Voltron Legendary Defender comics. The mini-series is the first of several planned expansions of new storylines between seasons.

Written by DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender’s head writer Tim Hedrick and writer Mitch Iverson, the first comic tells the story of a training mission that goes awry when Coran, Princess Allura’s majordomo, falls prey to a villain looking to settle an old debt. Team Voltron embarks on a series of increasingly dangerous quests to save their friend’s life. Each issue focuses on one of the five pilots who together command the giant mecha known as Voltron, formed from their individual flying robotic lions.

The limited five-part series will also be collected in a graphic novel releasing in December, followed by another in-continuity mini-series to be announced.

Voltron’s original incarnation debuted in 1984 and quickly became the top-rated syndicated children’s television show for two years. A wide range of toys and other licensed merchandise cemented it as one of the foremost action properties from the golden age of 1980’s animation, with themes of teamwork and heroism at its heart that still resonate with fans today.

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender debuts on Netflix June 10.

Voltron Legendary Defender Details are Revealed

OMG my interlocks have been activated and my dynotherms have been connected! Just a short while ago at WonderCon in Los Angeles California, Voltron fans (sadly I was not one of them) got their first look at the art and a teaser trailer and major details of the upcoming Netflix reboot of Voltron: Legendary Defender. And boy oh boy did it not disappoint!!

Here is what we know so far:

Voltron: Legendary Defender is set to debut on Netflix on June 10, 2016, which is a major relief because I thought I was going to have to wait forever to see the awesomeness.

The cast is amazing:

Keith: Steven Yeun (Walking Dead)
Lance: Jeremy Shada (Team America: World Peace)
Pidge: Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow and The Last Witch Hunter)
Shiro:  Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: Animated Series / Arkham Origins Video Game)
Princess Allura: Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect /  Arkham City)
Corran: Rhys Darby (Flight Of The Concords / Modern Family)

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All I have to say is wow, Steven Yeun alone makes the cast awesome. Like my fellow contributor here at graphic policy MR. H says, the Walking Dead should be renamed the Walking Glenn because he is so badass. As my suspicions thought, Sven was renamed Shiro, which is ok, after all it is a reboot. Most of what they show in the artwork is pretty close to the original series as far as how the Pilots look, which is awesome, it means they aren’t going to stray too far away from what we already know.

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I am just amazed at how awesome this show already looks, I can’t wait until June 10th to see this show. Which really speaks volumes if I am already this excited for it as I was very cautious about how another Voltron show would turn out after the disappointments Voltron: The Third Dimension and Voltron Force were. Let me know how you guys feel. Please feel free to chime in.

A First Look At Voltron: Legendary Defender

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Voltron fans rejoice! Or shake your head in shame, today we got a glimpse of what Voltron is going to look like in the Netflix reboot Voltron Legendary Defender. This was just an unexpected announcement, especially since WonderCon is giving fans a sneak peak video. I wasn’t expecting to see anything until Friday night or early Saturday. Also we got some details about the show. The 1st season is going to be 13 episodes long, most of the characters are recognizable except for one. Keith, Lance, Pidge, Hunk, Princess Allura are back but missing is Sven, I believe they are replacing him with a character named Shiro. Netflix, like they have with most of their original programming will be delving into the back-story of all the major characters, which I think would be great as it will give some depth to the show, which I think is why daredevil has done so well and the same goes for Arrow on the CW.

So you may be asking yourself what my reaction is to this screen shot of Voltron in action. To be honest, at first I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t have a positive feel nor a negative feeling, I think I was just in pure shock as to what I was seeing. First off he looks similar to the original Voltron, which I figured he would when they showed the silhouette of him with the Voltron name art. In assessing how I felt, I had to remember that this is a reboot, not a pick up where the original series left off. With that said, I am pretty excited to see how the show is going to pan out. The creative team behind the show is impressive with Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Batman Apocalypse), Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and writer Tim Hedrick (The Legend of Kora) and those shows have done pretty well.

At the end of the day it’s just a screen shot, I think Voltron looks great with the modern twist, the story is still going to appeal to the diehards like me while also trying to appeal to the younger generation, which in my last article (which you can read here if you haven’t already) I stated that would be essential. Also, Playmates  teamed up with Voltron to make an epic toy line which I was really hoping for with the new series so things are looking positive. I can’t wait to see the footage fans are going to be shown at WonderCon this Friday. It’s going to be exciting

Bringing The Old With The New: 5 Must Have In The New Voltron Netflix Series

voltron netflixFrom days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. The legend of Voltron: Defender of the Universe. A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil. As Voltron’s legend grew, peace settled across the galaxy. On Planet Earth, a Galaxy Alliance was formed. Together with the good planets of the Solar System, they maintained peace throughout the universe until a new horrible menace threatened the galaxy. Voltron was needed once more. This is the story of the superforce of space explorers. Specially trained and sent by the alliance to bring back, Voltron: Defender of the Universe. –  Narrated By Peter Cullen

Netflix is at it again, this time they have teamed up with Dreamworks to bring back Voltron with Voltron: Legendary Defender. As excited as I am that yet another Voltron show is being made I am also being cautious because it is yet another Voltron being made. As I said in another article here that I believed the only way Voltron could be successful again is to either introduce a new cast of characters or completely reboot the franchise.

In 2011 Nickelodeon came out with Voltron Force, they tried to introduce us to a new set of Cadets/Pilots being trained by the original Pilots. The show lasted only 1 season, but it was on Nickelodeon and was geared towards kids and not to those in their early to mid 30’s as well as to children.

Voltron the Third Dimension was just doomed to fail from the very beginning. First of all the 3D animation was over the top. The story was weak as they were trying pick up their series several years down the road and the Voltron Force being put out commission by the Galaxy Alliance and are essentially forced into treason to help defend the galaxy once more.

With that said I decided that I should write a article with the 5 things the new Voltron Series has to have that was in the original series that debuted on September 10, 1984.

  1. voltron imageDefender Of The Universe: Bring back the wording Defender of the Universe. Voltron has never been called the Legendary Defender. I am ok with rebooting the franchise, but I think calling Voltron The Legendary Defender is taking it a tad too far.
  2. Sven: Look I love Princess Allura as much as the next person, but the Norwegian Sven was awesome he is the original Pilot of the blue lion and for some reason the creators had decided to move on from him and bring him back in a supporting role. I wish to see Sven back Piloting the blue lion in the new reboot.
  3. king alforKing Alfor: In the original series they talked a lot about King Alfor who is the father to Princess Allura. He would appear every once in a while when the Voltron Force and in particular Princess Allura needed his advice. After all it was King Alfor was the man responsible for digging the tunnels from the castle to the lions. It would be nice to see King Alfor more often in the new series and maybe explore that back story a little bit more.
  4. Stride The Tiger Fighter: Stride was in only 1 episode and that was in season two called Enter Merla: Queen Of Darkness. Even though he was only in 1 episode I thought his character could built upon and have a decent role in the franchise. Plus the Tiger Fighter was awesome and could have complimented Voltron and the five lions well.
  5. original voltron toyAn Awesome Toy Line: I remember clearly having a die cast Voltron where all five lions formed Voltron. There were a few cool toys like the Castle Of Lions, as well as the individual Pilots as well as King Zarkon, Haggar The Witch and Prince Lotor. Voltron the third Dimension had a decent toy line but because the show was so bad they didn’t sell well, but when Voltron Force was being made Mattel was supposed to be doing a toy line for the show, the had mock ups and everything and was even displayed at San Diego Comic Con in 2011 and not one toy came out. They did a small Voltron original series collection through club Matty Collector but that was it. This new show needs to have a awesome toy line, especially to draw win the kids because they are what’s going to help make Voltron successful again.

I have complete faith in Dreamworks that they will do a great job with this new series and, I really hope these five things I have mentioned will be in the series. I was uneasy with Nickelodeons Voltron Force because it was my beloved Voltron and I am not a big fan of what they did to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And I was thrown off immediately thrown off when the shows intro was rapped. But Netflix has had a good run so far with adaptations of Jessica Jones and Daredevil and I can’t wait to see what they are going to do with the Punisher. Okay team let’s Form Voltron!