There’s just something irresistible about stories of down-on-their-luck dudes befriending giant robots. Whether it’s in Iron Giant, Megas XLR, Gurren Lagann or Marvel’s Sentinel, it’s a story that has stood the test of time, and that I personally can’t get enough of. Which is why I’m incredibly excited to read Boom! Studios’ latest original series, Mech Cadet Yu.
In this bold new adventure comic book, a young janitor named Stanford Yu is selected by a giant blue robot from space to join the ranks of the Sky Corps Academy. As part of the newest class of cadets, he’ll train to defend Earth from an alien race called the Sharg.
This series comes courtesy of two comic creators whose work I’ve personally followed for a long time, Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa. Pak is best known as the writer of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk, though he’s written a long list of great series—most recently Kingsway West. Miyazawa has lots of experience drawing young heroes with long runs on both Runaways and Ms. Marvel, as well as co-creating Amadeus Cho -- the current Hulk -- along with Pak. The two have worked together several times before, on books like Code Monkey Save World. The pair are creative dynamos, who bring a strong sense of comedy, heart, and adventure to everything they work on.
Mech Cadet Yu is sure to be a blast, as it sounds like a very personal and passion-filled project for the creators, as Pak elaborated on in the press release:
“So many of the stories I’ve written over the years are rooted in things I loved the most when I was 10 years old—like giant robots, natch. It’s a thrill to finally be writing that kind of story from the point of view of a character who’s an actual kid. And I’m excited to be writing multi-dimensional Asian American lead characters in a genre that’s so beloved by so many Asian Americans, but seldom features them.”
If that’s not enough awesome for you, Miyazawa described the series as “an underdog story about beating the odds, making friends, and kicking alien butt in giant robots.”
Sounds pretty great already, but to sweeten the deal, Boom! has revealed two variant covers for the first issue by Marcus To and Juan Doe (below) in addition to the regular Miyazawa cover above. Eagle-eyed readers may notice that the Doe cover has more to it than meets the eye, as it’s an homage to a certain giant-robot animated film of the past. No word yet on how many issues the series is set for, but we’ll probably find out more by the time the first issue of Mech Cadet Yu drops in August.
I know I’m ready for some giant robot action, but will this series be fighting its way onto your pull list? Let us know in the comments below.