Our endless fascination with monstrous metal machines that stomp out society and generally cause an enormous amount of mayhem may never cease. Robots of all shapes and sizes have wreaked havoc around the world with their cold hearts and calculating minds bent on world domination, but they might have just met their match with a family of most surprising opponents... princesses!
Dynamite Comics' new YA series features a crew of crazy robots attempting to crush us Earthly mortals in the kingdom of Harmonia, and the only thing stopping them is a team of tiara-wearing royals armed with their good looks, sparkly jewelry, ball gowns, and blueblood manners.
Written by Todd Matthy and graced with art from Nicolas Chapuis, Robots versus Princesses #1 smashes into comic shops on Aug. 1. This fun gem is gonna topple all your expectations as the gang of privileged girls goes up against colossal alien androids.
This storybook sci-fi tale begins as plucky Princess Zara stumbles upon the Decimator defector named Wheeler, and sets in motion a series of chaotic events that will pit the sprightly ingenuity of fairy-tale princesses against the surging might of mythic robots.
SYFY WIRE spoke with Matthy on this dream-team matchup you thought you'd never witness, his inspirations for bringing this magical main event to life, and what readers of all ages can expect when the perky princesses pair up against rampaging robots.
Following the chat, check out our exclusive 7-page peek in the gallery below!
How did you arrive at this project, and what inspired you?
Todd Matthy: I came up with the concept while subbing in a first-grade classroom. The teacher left two sets of coloring pages: robots for boys and princesses for girls, and suddenly the gears started grinding. I went home, pounded out notes, and suddenly had a story.
What can readers expect from the sci-fi fantasy storyline and art?
TM: Readers should expect to see a character-driven story. It's very easy to let a story like this be driven by the idea. I learned early on that it's not the events of a story that is important, it's the people that events are happening to.
As an educator, do YA comics have a place in the classroom?
TM: I absolutely believe that comics and graphic novels belong in the classroom. The fusion of words and pictures helps struggling readers understand the nuances of character and feeling because they can see what the words convey. Also, the visual nature allows readers to get necessary information quickly so they can relax and enjoy the story, as opposed to worrying they skipped an important line.