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Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 3: Absolution: 02/21/19
Voltron Legendary Defender: Absolution by Mitch Iverson is the third volume in the series that follows the Netflix / Dreamworks series. This one fits roughly in the sequence where Keith is away for the first time.
Allura and the Paladins are trying to gather support for their coalition. After saving Planet Grekegan, the leader is unwilling to agree to the their terms.
Their reluctance opens up the next two acts of this five issue collection. The Galra have been harvesting the raw materials of planets for their fleet of ships. Their method reminds me of what the Diamonds do in Steven Universe but with a giant space cow sort of approach.
I personally find the wrangling of entire planets and moving them across space hard to swallow. But it's a popular plot. It's been done on Doctor Who more than once.
My favorite part, though, is near the end, where Pidge has to go bring the Galra's defenses down. To get in and avoid a mind scan, she has to have her memory temporarily wiped. What's left is her basic wits: pattern recognition, math and coding skills, etc.
There's a great scene early on in this sequence where Pidge and Hunk are working on the plan together. They're standing before a pair of white boards working out formulae. It's great to see that they are clearly working on the same problem but taking different approaches. Pidge is organized and to the point; Hunk likes to diagram things out and doodle while he's working.
My final thoughts are, this sequence was fun but it's getting harder to reconcile the timeline of the comics with the Netflix series, now that it's ended. There's still no Lotor in this comics and while I'm not pleased with what the series did to him, I'd like to see him in the comics.