Written by Greg Pak
Art by Takeshi Miyazawa and Triona Farrell
Mech Cadet Yu stars Stanford Yu, the underdog kid janitor at a school for potential pilots of mysterious alien robot suits. That he isn’t a student doesn’t stop Stanford from bonding with a clumsy blue mech he names Buddy, which puts him on a collision course with enemies both within and without of the school. Thanks to the sharp writing of Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak, Stanford and Buddy have the charisma and determination of the best kind of Saturday morning cartoon hero, and won’t let anything stand in their way.
Takeshi Miyazawa has visually defined a whole generation of young Marvel heroes, between Amadeus Cho, Runaways and Ms. Marvel, but that all feels like a warm up to the work he’s doing creating a world of his own. Along with colorist Triona Farrell, Miyazawa has created a colorful, hopeful world, but one that still has stakes, gravitas, and spectacle. The beautiful fusion of manga and western comic influences sells the small moments, produces some sleek and unique character designs, and when he lets loose for the big action sequences, like in issue #4, your jaw will drop. This series is so good that it got upgraded from a miniseries to an ongoing, so don’t wait any longer to climb aboard.
Mech Cadet Yu is an absolute blast of an all-ages tale, with an infectious optimism, nail-biting action sequences, a cast of lovable characters, and—oh yeah—awesome giant robots and terrifyingly titanic monsters! What more do you want? - Matthew Funk