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Voltron Force Volume 4: Rise of the Beast King: 10/15/14

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Voltron Force Volume 4: Rise of the Beast King by Brian Smith brings together bits and pieces of the opening story arc of both Go Lion (the source material) and Voltron the dubbed and edited import to forge a new creation story for Voltron. In Go Lion Voltron was split asunder by the Goddess of the universe for his extreme hubris and his blood lust. In Voltron, the robot was split apart by Haggar the witch.

Here though, it's implied that Haggar might have been taking credit for the work of Goddess of the Universe. She was able to do get away with this because the heart and soul of the robot, the Beast King, was banished to farthest reaches of the universe. As long as he wasn't there to give the robot life, the robot could be flown and controlled by sum of its parts and the willpower of its pilots.

I have to admit that there's still part of me that would just like the story to credit Allura's father for building the lions. I can see his war machine efforts ruining the economy of Aris making the on going attacks by Xarkon and now Lotor's forces all the more devastating.

But it we have to go with the original story's explanation that Voltron was some how a sentient robot of mass destruction — more like the Iron Man, it's nice to see an on-going threat to things returning to the way they were. It also makes the Voltron Force a genuinely scary thing, rather than a lily white force for good.

Five stars

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