By Josh Blaylock (story), Julia Bax (pencils), Wes Dzioba (colorist)

The Story: Trapped in the distant past, the team of the Voltron Lion Force are rescued from their primitive capturers by a knight bearing an uncanny resemblance to Voltron, itself. Eventually, Keith and his crew meet with King Altarus, founder of the Voltron Project. Altarus, along with his council, question their newly found guests and eventually grapple with a decision on whether to reveal the secrets of Project Voltron or not.

What’s Good: I’m digging this time traveling storyline. I’ve always wanted to read the real Voltron origin and this is probably as close as I’m going to get. I think this concept could have stood on its own without the Lion Force having to go in the past, but I understand the need to not alienate the audience from the core characters. I also love the Altarus Knights.They’re well designed and a surprisingly good story element – especially when Altarus’ son first shows up on the scene to rescue the Lion Force.

What’s Not So Good: Where is the Vehicle Voltron team?! We got two lousy panels with them last issue and they’re no where to be found this issue. What gives?

Sadly, the art continues to be problematic and amateurish at best. The low production values really diminish the story’s charm and the absence of any inking rob the art of much needed polish. Sorry, but there’s only so much a colorist can do to save a botchy art job. Also, why can’t the interior look as good as the cover(s)? Devil’s Due needs to stop spending tons of dollars on variant artists (there’s four different covers to this issue) and hire an inker and a better penciler for this book. It’s a disservice to the fans.

Lastly, there’s a lot of unneeded dialogue riddled throughout the book. I literally skipped through paragraphs of dialogue because it was either too cliche or too predictable.

Conclusion: Admittedly, this is one of those books where the concept is better than the execution. Still, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was entertained by the story. What’s important is that the spirit of Voltron is perfectly captured in this series and there’s a strong sense that Josh Blaylock genuinely cares about the material. I just think he needs a story editor who will throw down the hammer and make him clean things up a bit.

Grade: C+

– J. Montes