Comic publishers Lion Forge Comics have announced that they will be publishing a spin-off of Netflix and DreamWorks’ reimagining of the ’80s Voltron cartoon, Voltron: Legendary Defender. It’ll be a five-part series and the first issue of the comic is set for July, with a graphic novel collecting the series slated for December.
Lion Forge describe their comic:
The comic series expands the adventures of the paladins of Voltron with the first of a five-part series of Voltron Legendary Defender comics. The mini-series is the first of several planned expansions of new storylines between seasons.
Written by Dreamworks Voltron Legendary Defender’s head writer Tim Hedrick and writer Mitch Iverson, the first comic tells the story of a training mission that goes awry when Coran, Princess Allura’s majordomo, falls prey to a villain looking to settle an old debt. Team Voltron embarks on a series of increasingly dangerous quests to save their friend’s life. Each issue focuses on one of the five pilots who together command the giant mecha known as Voltron, formed from their individual flying robotic lions.
The animated series itself premieres on Netflix on June 10th, and the streaming service released the show’s first teaser trailer last month. With the Legend of Korra team of executive producers, Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, running the show beside writer Tim Hedrick, Voltron: Legendary Defender is animated by Korra’s Studio Mir, bringing the core team back under their old banner. The DreamWorks show’s main characters, with the leading team pictured below as revealed by Nerdist, have been cast as follows:
Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Keith
Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) as Lance
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow) as Pidge
Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Shiro
Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) as Hunk
Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect) as Princess Allura
Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) as Coran
Neil Kaplan (Transformers: Robots in Disguise) as King Zarkon
The character known as Shiro in this series returns from the first Voltron, in which he was named Sven. He, in turn, was adapted from the character of Takashi Shirogane in King of Beasts GoLion when this show was reinterpreted as Voltron. Shiro and his friends Keith, Lance, Hunk and Pidge set out to defend Arus from King Zarkon’s alien forces, and this series, unlike the original, is priding itself on giving all of its characters backstories and their own individual reasons for taking on the mission.