Published On: Thu, Jan 11th, 2018

In a World of Robots and Monsters, Mech Cadet Yu Focuses On the Underdog Kid

There’s seemingly no shortage of properties featuring big robots fighting even bigger monsters – no doubt Voltron, Evangelion, or Power Rangers just sprang to your mind – but Mech Cadet Yu from comic publisher BOOM! Studios aims to focus the story not on the titans trading blows strong enough to make buildings shake but on the squishy little human pilots inside. More specifically, Stanford Yu, a young boy working as a janitor at an elite military academy who inexplicably bonds with a robot. Despite his meager beginnings, he’s enlisted into pilot training and struggles to get by thanks to his elitist classmate doing everything in her power to make him feel like he doesn’t belong.

With today’s release of Mech Cadet Yu, Vol. 1, which collects Issues #1-4, we conducted an email interview with series writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Superman) about how he built this larger-than-life world while still maintaining a personal core with Standford. His artistic collaborator and Mech Cadet Yu co-creator is Takeshi Miyazawa (Runaways, Ms. Marvel), whom he also co-created Marvel character Amadeus Cho with.

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