It’s Stanford’s first day at school, and he and his mech will have to see if they can keep up with the other students.
After being selected by one of the robots, Stanford finds himself welcomed into the robot pilot training program. This is where the issues continues to expand on the world and ramifications of the pathway opened to the young boy. A lot of good events play out like Standord’s mom having to sign a release form, Stanford bonding with the Maintenance crew, and the cadets naming their robots help to show how much they have bonded. These events all help to make the series feel more real and alive.
Writer Greg Pak is slowly building towards something big here. By the end of the issue, there is a lot of setup for what is to come, and the future looks bright, but not for the characters. Also, there seems to be nods to Neon Genesis Evangelion present as it appears as if the human race doesn’t much understanding of the technology at their fingertips.
The art by Takashi Miyazawa continues to help make the series so recognizable. Each of the different robots have their own distinct look and personality thanks solely to the visuals. The action scenes also have a gravity thanks to the art and make every turn of the page more enjoyable.
Mech Cadet Yu is a fun series with a lot of heart. The second issue continues to showcase the world the creator has in mind and the potential it has in the future. If you haven’t taken the time to check out this comic series, you are missing out on something good. Also, by the end of this issue it becomes apparent the drama and intensity is going to be kicked into high gear with issue three so this is the perfect time to read the first two issues and wait in anticipation for more Mech Cadet Yu.