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Mech Cadet Yu #1 Review

Written by Greg Pak

Illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa

Coloured by Triona Farrell

Lettered by Simon Bowland

Reviewed by Lorna Maltman ( maltmanlorna@gmail.com)

This is one feel good story about a young boy and a mech,  much like Iron giant mixed with power rangers and bright colours.

The story is simple with the premise that every four years three robot-mechs arrive on earth and bond with an individual human. There is a cadet programme set up to select the three humans to bond with the mechs, but our protagonist is a young boy called Stanford who works with his mother on the janitorial crew. Whilst on a bike ride Stanford comes across a hunk of metal which belongs to one of the three mechs that just arrived and they bond. The cadet who was meant to receive the mech is understandably annoyed, to say the least, but it is set up to suggest that she will be back to be an antagonist to Stanford.

What makes this comic more and, in my opinion, a must-get, is Pak’s dialogue as he captures the voice of a young boy perfectly and gives the characters time to talk and breathe, even in the first issue. Pak progresses the story at an almost lightning fast pace but more importantly, gives the characters depth and endears them to the reader in such a way which means you cannot help but want to see what happens to them.

Miyazawa’s art is wonderful and charming, with the mechs looking like they belong in a manga and the colours by Farrell bring a boldness to the comic that makes it feel like a kid’s adventure cartoon and not just because Stanford is wearing a hat that is reminiscent of Ash Ketchum’s. There is a gorgeous simplicity to Miyazawa’s pencils that evokes an expressiveness in the characters and elevates an already great comic, to excellent.

Verdict:

Buy. This is a fast read, but a brilliant one. This is a fun, heartfelt comic that has robot-mech’s thrown in for good measure and who wouldn’t want that comic?

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