Review – Mech Cadet Yu #9 (BOOM! Studios)

The End of the Line in Mech Cadet Yu #9

Our young Cadets and the Engineering Corps have gone rogue with Captain Tanaka. Instead of giving up their mechs’ hearts to fuel a super-powered man-made robot, they are bringing the fight to the Sharg in Mech Cadet Yu #9. Can our heroes really take down a Sharg mothership? Tanaka is the only one with real combat experience, as our young heroes are still green in battle. Plus the Engineering Corps Robos are not even equipped for battle! Yu is leading the charge against the Sharg but will his banged-up Mech survive this war?


Mech Cadet Yu #9 (BOOM! Studios) cover by Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover by Takeshi Miyazawa

I have been liking Mech Cadet Yu since the beginning. The story was deeply imaginative and nostalgic. The character of Yu was great with his never-give-up attitude and optimism. His mom has been a wonderful character as well, whom Pak has used to put an emotional touch on the series. But with Mech Cadet Yu #9 the story is getting kind of stale. It seems we are perpetually stuck with the characters rebelling against the Sky Corps. The story just seems stuck in a rut and with this series ending with issue #12 that is not a good thing. 

The story is just kind of boring now and I feel like it is still treading the same ground as previous issues. It also does not help that the only character I really know or care about is Yu. The other characters honestly really do not matter. They have been there since the beginning but Pak really did not build any attachment or significance to them. So when they do stuff or something happens with them I don’t really care.


Takeshi Miyazawa continues to deliver some wonderful art in Mech Cadet Yu #9. While I may not be digging the story much anymore, the art continues to be consistently good. The Mech designs are wonderful and Miyazawa does a great job of showcasing his talents with the battle against the Sharg in space. He catches the size and movements of the creatures well while making the battle very intense. Jessica Kholinne takes over coloring duties on Mech Cadet Yu #9 and does a swell job. I like that the characters helmets light up their faces with their respective robot colors; it is a nice touch. 


I guess maybe I am just getting a little bored with the story in Mech Cadet Yu #9. Some interesting things do happen and by the end of the issue it puts the characters in a different struggle, but I do not see how they are going to spread it out into three more issues. The art continues to be great and as always Mech Cadet Yu looks fantastic from a visual standpoint. The art team makes each issue look fabulous. The story has just stuttered these past few issues and it is getting harder for me to really care about what is going on.

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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


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