Review – Mech Cadet Yu #3

Mech Cadet Yu #3

Top Gun

Stanford Yu’s Mech training has just begun and in issue #2 he was not off to a good start, while the other cadets seem to be thriving he is having trouble.  Cadet Park is still holding a grudge against Stanford for being chosen, as her father has modeled her whole life to be a Mech pilot and in her eyes, a lowly janitor took that from her, even with her new first ever man-made “robo-mech” to pilot she still wants to bring Stanford down. Yu won’t let his failures or the constant harassment from Cadet Park keep him down as she still does everything in his power to become the best Cadet he can be, he has even started to help the repair crew work on other mechs! As their training continues in Mech Cadet Yu #3 something does continue to seem odd about Cadet Parks man-made mech it does not act or react like the other cadet’s mechs, but there is not much time to waste worrying about that as the alien Sharg threat looms heavy on everyone’s minds.

Mech Cadet Yu #3 Variant Cover by Marcus To
Mech Cadet Yu #3 Variant Cover by Marcus To

This series just keeps getting better and better with each issue and in Mech Cadet Yu #3 Greg Pak continues to deliver just a wonderful story! Stanford Yu is becoming one of my favorite characters in comics right now, I love his enthusiasm and how he just always wants to help. Even when the cards are stacked against him he still continues to push forward. Pak continues to script a really fun series and in Mech Cadet Yu #3 he really starts to raise the stakes in the series and push the characters in new directions. The end of Mech Cadet Yu #3 has one of the best teasers for the next issue and that is all credit to Greg Pak’s storytelling and what a great series this is, after reading this issue and getting to the final page I immediately wanted issue #4 in my hands and that is how you know you are reading an excellent comic book!


Takeshi Miyazawa continues just to shine on art in Mech Cadet Yu #3. He still has killer facial expressions and body language that just makes the story that more impactful and I just love, love, love these mech designs, they have that wonderful simplicity to them that is just magical. He gets great “emotion” out of the mechs also, which is extremely hard to do, but Takeshi Miyazawa does a wonderful job of making these giant robots feel just as real and emotional as any of the human characters in Mech Cadet Yu. Triona Farrell colors just make the whole book come together by giving it the perfect hue of not being too bright, but also not being too dark the colors really do just fit perfectly. Again that final page is just wonderful from an art standpoint also,  I am not going to spoil anything but it is a wonderful page.


Mech Cadet Yu is a perfect all ages book, you can hand this to anyone and I feel they would love it. The creative team hits that perfect spot for an all ages book to where it is serious yet fun, a little goofy, but it does not talk down to its readers; Mech Cadet Yu has something for everybody. BOOM! Studios should be praised more for putting out such great all-ages series like this and Misfit City. More publishers should take cues from BOOM! Studios and learn that you can publish books that can be appropriate for all ages and still tell fantastic stories. Mech Cadet Yu #3 is a superb comic and will literally have you salivating for the next issue!

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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30