Growing up in the '80s was a glorious time to be a geek, as Ernest Cline's sci-fi love letter to the era, Ready Player One, can firmly attest to. One of the many treasures on TV was the classic Robotech animated series which debuted in 1985 and first introduced widespread American audiences to Japanese anime every afternoon.
Chronicling future Earth's conflict with alien invaders using advanced robotechnology scavenged from a crashed extraterrestrial battle fortress, its 85-episode sci-fi saga was a mashup of three existing anime series: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber: Mospeada.
London-based Titan Comics debuted a fresh Robotech comic series this past July, taking readers back to Macross Island and now the first graphic novel collection of those transforming tales is set for blastoff on February 13.
Robotech Volume 1: Countdown is written by Brian Wood (Star Wars, Briggs Land, X-Men) with arresting interior art by Marco Turini (Heavy Metal, Assassin’s Creed), and fortified with a special intro by Greg Finley, who voiced Admiral Henry Gloval in the original animated series.
Here's the official synopsis:
Titan Comics proudly presents a bold new vision for the classic Robotech saga!
A mysterious ship crashes on a remote island... 10 years later, the ship’s ‘Robotechnology’ has helped humanity advance its own tech. But danger looms from the skies and an epic adventure is set to begin..
"Robotech has received direct adaptations in comics before, but it's not been modernized like we’re doing it now," said Wood in a press release. "If you think of the new JJ Abrams’ Star Trek as an example of a way to honor something and also update it, that’s the approach we’re talking.”
Titan's updated version of this landmark TV series takes inspiration and material from every iteration of the cartoon show, including previous books, graphic novels, action figures, roleplaying games, and comics. And to add to the riot of resurgent Robotech interest, a new Hollywood Robotech feature is in development from Stephen King's IT director, Andy Muschietti.
"This newer, more mature take on Robotech by Titan Comics will most certainly be as universally embraced and loved as the original series, and for good reason," said Finley in a Titan statement. "The same themes – shared humanity, beautifully human characters, emotionally charged human travails and relationships – will once again thrill lovers of Robotech and certainly bring many new Robotech fans into the fold!"
Launch into this exclusive 10-page preview in the full gallery below, including a beautiful cover by fan-favorite artist Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lauthen, then report in on your acquisition plans for this radical Robotech compilation volume when it strikes comic shops February 13.