Mind Capsules – Voltron: From the Ashes #1 and Jem and the Holograms #7

Voltron From the Ashes #1
Voltron: From the Ashes #1

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Blacky Shepherd
Colours – Adriano Augusto

The present is a different place than the past. Such is always the case and in this version of the present, there is no Lion Force and there is no Voltron. There is Haggar though. The Mother of Monsters lives and those who have forgotten who she is will rue the day that they did. Dynamite brings back Voltron to the stands with Cullen Bunn heading it up in the writing department and Blacky Shepherd with Adriano Augusto on art duties and they introduce us to a bit of a mystery right from the start. The reader is taken for a tour through the memories of the old witch Haggar and what we see is Voltron and its pilots in for the battle of their lives as they face off against multiple Robobeasts. One or two they might be able to handle, or even if a bunch came at them one at a time, but when facing a horde of them, especially when their levels are depleted, the Lion Force may not have a chance. Everything is left up in the air and that is perhaps the best thing that could have happened with this introductory issue. You are introduced to the heroes and you obviously meet the big bad and then everything is left hanging as to what their fates are – the heroes anyway. It creates not only an air of mystery and of suspense, but one of curiosity. It is that curiosity more than anything else that will have you coming back for more as you want to know what happened to the giant mech. You need to know and on top of that, if they did survive the battle, what happened afterwards to cause Voltron to go into retirement? So not only are we questioning and wondering, but as we do so, we are also introduced to a guy named Jayce who looks to be our new protagonist. Where our heroes are is unknown, but hopefully they made it out of the predicament they were in and hopefully we will see them again in this series at some point. This was a good first issue where Bunn manages to set everything up quite well and with the next issue, it will be nice to see what he has in store.

3.5 out of 5

Jem and the Holograms #7
Jem and the Holograms #7

Writer – Kelly Thompsom
Artist – Emma Vieceli
Colours – M. Victoria Robado

For better or worse, the fallout from the recent battle of the bands which did not actually take place continues to happen as The Misfits find themselves losing the popularity contest while Jem and the Holograms are winning it. Kimber and Stormer are still not together which makes them miserable and Jerrica is angry at Rio for giving The Misfits such a good review in his magazine. It also looks like Aja might be getting lucky in the boyfriend department, so while some of the girls are on the outs, at least one of them is happy. The one person who is really happy at the moment is Pizzazz, for even though the band is in a state of damage control, she is more than overjoyed with their choice of a new manager. Kelly Thompsom continues to spin a fun yet dramatic tale with everyone’s favourite fictional band and she welcomes aboard new penciller Emma Vieceli with this issue as well. In this book, the Holograms are now trying to deal with their newfound fame, which has increased exponentially all the while they try to balance it with their personal lives. They are finding it quite difficult to do so. On the flipside, The Misfits are told that they have to shape up or the label could very well be forced to drop them and to that effect they get a new manager, one who is more in line with Pizzazz’s way of thinking which is not going to mean good news for the Holograms. With tension ramping up everywhere, it can only be so long before something is going to blow and the fallout could have disastrous effects on more than any one single person.

4 out of 5

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