For any kid who grew up in the 1980s the words, “Let’s form Voltron” mean excitement. The “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” cartoon series and limited toy line showcased the mighty robot that is formed when five different color lions combine into one ultimate defender of good. The mighty Voltron has received renewed success in comic books thanks to Dynamite Entertainment. On June 29, 2015, Dynamite announced plans to continue the adventures of Voltron in a new series spearheaded by writer Cullen Bunn.
“Voltron: From the Ashes” is the all-new six issue mini-series written by Bunn with artwork by Blacky Shepherd and covers by acclaimed “Transformers” artist Alex Milne. This series will take place 200 years after Dynamite’s previous “Voltron” series with an all-new cast of characters. The original pilots of the Voltron Force who guided the five mighty lions for years are gone and a new team arrives to take command of the lions and restore good to the galaxy.
Voltron celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, but with this announcement the next 30 years are looking good. Bunn known for his work on Marvel’s “Captain America,” and “Deadpool” has the writing chops to make you care about these new characters.
In the Dynamite press release Bunn had this to say:
“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!”
Shepherd’s artwork best known from “3 Days in Darkness” will bring Bunn’s dichotomy to life. The preview images provided by Dynamite show Shepherd’s skill at drawing the mighty robot who is loved by good and feared by evil and when colored his pencils will capture the vibrancy and excitement of the old TV series.
Lifelong fans of the Mighty Voltron, and new readers looking to go on an adventure are encouraged to contact their local comic book retailers and preorder the debut issue of “Voltron: From the Ashes” shipping in September 2015. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.