Mostly, this ROBOTECH "expanded universe" was consistent across all platforms, notwithstanding some awful deviations by Antarctic Press's comics in 1998 or so. But when Wildstorm acquired the license in 2002, it was decided by ROBOTECH licensor Harmony Gold to reboot the franchise, and the company's creative director, Tommy Yune, took on this duty.
In 2002, I was a bit miffed to learn that all the stuff I'd just finished reading "didn't count" anymore, but it didn't take too long to buy into Yune's new vision for ROBOTECH. In truth, he kept a lot of what had come before while dumping some of the more questionable aspects presented by previous writers. I eventually came to really enjoy Wildstorm's ROBOTECH comics, and was disappointed when the license lapsed into inactivity only a couple years after the relaunch.
Now the time has come to revisit these latter-day ROBOTECH tales and see if they hold up. Over the next few weeks, I'll be covering all of Wildstorm's ROBOTECH material and then wrapping up with the most recently published ROBOTECH series, a "What if?" tale crossing over with VOLTRON (and that series, I've never actually seen). The breakdown will be:
- ROBOTECH: FROM THE STARS (Wildstorm's first mini-series)
- ROBOTECH: LOVE AND WAR
- LITTLE WHITE DRAGON (a backup serial originally printed with LOVE AND WAR)
- MARS BASE ONE (a backup serial originally printed with INVASION)
- ROBOTECH: INVASION
- ROBOTECH: PRELUDE TO THE SHADOW CHRONICLES