Last Ditch Effort in Mech Cadet Yu #10
Previously in Mech Cadet Yu the Cadets along with Captain Tanaka and the engineering Corps defied the general’s orders once again and went into space to face the Sharg head on. The Sky Corps had been developing a new man-made mech dubbed Hero Force 2. A new huge powerful machine that could potentially end the Sharg threat. The only problem is it used other Mechs power source which looks an awful lot like hearts to power itself. The Cadets were not too happy with this and fled into space. There they attacked the Sharg head on and successfully destroyed their mothership! The excitement does not last long as in Mech Cadet Yu #10 our heroes find themselves surrounded by multiple Sharg mother ships and now, with Earth being invaded, it looks like Hero Force 2 is the world’s only hope!
I was not the biggest fan of the previous issue of this series. It felt like we were treading water a little bit and filling a little space to get to issue #12 (the final issue of the series). Mech Cadet Yu #10 picks the pace back up and gets the story back on track for the most part. Greg Pak gets back to the more “emotional” aspects of the series and the connection of Yu with his mech. I can’t talk a lot about what goes on without spoiling anything, but Pak hits some fantastic emotional beats throughout this issue.
Pak also paces Mech Cadet Yu #10 well. He mixes the action and drama while setting up the big finale by the end of the issue. I do still wish we would have gotten to know the other Cadet pilots a little bit better. With only two issues to go, it does not seem like this is going to happen. A major downfall, in my opinion, is the lack of connection to those characters.
Frances Yu continues to be a wonderful character and he has grown a lot throughout these ten issues. Pak has also done an incredible job with the character of Cadet Park. Starting her out as not so likable character that was constantly picking on Yu or double-crossing. She has grown into quite a heroic character in Mech Cadet Yu #10.
The art has been stellar throughout this series and that stays the same with Mech Cadet Yu #10. Takeshi Miyazawa has consistently delivered stellar art from issue to issue. Miyazawa continues to do an incredible job of catching emotions on characters faces and matching their body language to what is happening. A wide range of the emotional spectrum, fear, concern, sadness, and happiness, is caught perfectly by Miyazawa. Somehow he even transfers this to the mechs. The way he positions their bodies or even the slightest facial changes gives these giant mechanical robots great emotional range.
Jessica Kholinne continues to do some great coloring work. I love the switch in color tones from space settings to when we are back on Earth. It is fantastic little changes that work well to fully bring the reader into this world. Simon Bowland also does some great lettering work. The emotional range of the robots is greatly increased by subtle little things he does with the lettering through the noises that they make.
Mech Cadet Yu #10 got the series back on track. With action, adventure, and heart to its story Mech Cadet Yu is not only a great all-ages comic book but just a great comic book in general. The Cadets have gone through a lot and come out on top, but this time it does not seem they can win without making a giant sacrifice!
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