Dynamite Entertainment has deepened their colossal catalog of cult classic characters to create comics with the acquisition of the rights to Voltron: Defender of the Universe, that beloved 1980s cartoon about a giant robot made up of giant robot lions piloted by Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge and Sven, later swapped out for Princess Allura. Voltron was always instrumental in defending Planet Arus from the giant evil Robeasts of King Zarkon and Prince Lotor.
"Voltron is one of the most well-known cartoons of all-time," says Dynamite President Nick Barrucci. "With the upcoming cartoon and a feature film in the works, now is the perfect time to launch a Voltron comic book for a new era, which will feature amazing Alex Ross covers!"
"I grew up loving the big robots from Japan," says Ross. "And Voltron is one of the coolest-looking of them!"
The new series will be written by Brandon Thomas of The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, so you know he'll bring a fantastic kinetic energy to Voltron, and it won't be the stuck in the formula of 'Robeast Attack, Lions Form Voltron, Voltron Forms Blazing Sword, Voltron Cuts Robeast In Half.'
"We've been given a lot of latitude by our partners at Classic Media and World Events," said Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt about the owners of the rights to Voltron. "Nothing is off the table and if you've followed our releases featuring pop culture icons, you know that we take the best and add the new and create something unique and special on its own. Expect no different from Voltron."
Still, it's hard to think of Voltron without huming that awesome theme music in your head. Ain't nothin' wrong with that.
Check out these four different covers for Voltron #1, from Alex Ross, Sean Chen and Wagner Reis.