04. Voltron #5: Dragon Dawn by Brian Smith

Dragon Dawn by Brian Smith. Art by Albert Carreres Guardia (US) - (Canada)
Voltron Force, Vol. 5

Pages:  96
Ages: 8+
Finished: Jan. 2, 2013
First Published: Dec. 4, 2012
Publisher: Viz Media
Genre: Manga, MG, science fiction, action
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence: "This way, King Lotor."

Publisher's Summary: "On Planet Doom there’s a species of dragon that hatches every hundred years. The eggs are just about to hatch and Maahox orders the Drule army to collect them and ship them off to Planet Arus! Will the dragon dawn be too much for the Voltron Force?"

Acquired:  Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:  Next in series.

This continues to be my favourite current manga series for children.  An intelligent, action-packed adventure, with humour, as good fights evil.  The series maintains the same author with a variety of illustrators who bring their own style yet keep an easily recognizable cast of characters.  With the same author writing all the books there is a continuity to them even though each one is an individual episodic adventure.  For the first time this volume brings a sense of a crew who has been working together for some time now and events from past books have shaped each character so there is development.  This was a great story, different from what we've seen so far, some cute humour touches and the power struggle between Lotor and Maahox is evident.  A great read!

The brief write up for the next volume is exciting; telling us that many enemies from the previous volumes "have joined forces" and are going to return.  Should make for an exciting, fun read.  Looking forward to it!