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Mech Cadet Yu, Vol. 1

(Mech Cadet Yu #1-4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  86 reviews
A young boy gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he bonds with a giant sentient robot and joins the ranks of the illustrious Sky Corps Academy to protect the world from alien threats.
Every year, giant sentient robots from outer space come to Earth and bond forever with a brand new crop of cadets at Sky Corps Academy to help keep the planet safe. But this year, instead o
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by BOOM! Studios
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Dan Schwent
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
Every four years, three Robo descend to earth and bond with three Mech Cadets. What happens when one of them accidentally bonds with Stanford Yu, the janitor's son? Will Stanford Yu and his mech, Buddy, be able to measure up with the other cadets when the Sharg attack?

Like a lot of guys my age, I have fond memories of watching Voltron, Robotech, and other Americanized anime featuring giant robots when I was a kid. Hell, I've still got Voltron and a Shogun Warrior on a shelf in my basement. My fi
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ircb-2019
A fun boy meets giant robot story in the vein of Iron Giant and Tranzor Z. Stanford Yu is a janitor at the mech cadet school who accidentally bonds with a giant alien robot. Now he has to learn to work with his team to defeat giant crab kaiju called the Sharg. This was geared towards younger audiences and read like an afternoon school cartoon but I think there's enough here for adults to like as well. The art is bright and colorful, everything you could want in a series like this. ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a little young for me. The issues-to-be-addressed in terms of important life lessons for kids were awfully obvious. But the art and action were solid, and you know, giant robots! So, recommended for your mech-loving 8-10 year old.
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
If you took Enders Game and mashed it together with Starship Troopers, The Iron Giant and, Robotech, you would end up with something like Mech Cadet Yu.

I'ma sucker for robots vs. giant bug monsters and this satisfied that need in me quite nicely.

While it is definitely geared towards a younger audience, even an old fucker, like me, found joy in it; and I will certainly be carrying on with the 2nd volume.
Kadi P
*Read as single issues*

Stanford Yu is just about the cutest protagonist to ever exist! Not only is he discriminated against for being foreign but he's also treated badly for being a cleaner. He is the ultimate underdog, and as always, we are rooting for the underdog! Stanford makes it so easy to root for him too. He's optimistic to the extent that he doesn't let his bullies deter him but he isn't so unaware that he'll just dismiss their bullying actions, it's the perfect balance between the two.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The plot was like a mash up of transformers with power rangers. Not overly original. It was fun and simple. Really fun artwork but too simplistic and a little YAish for me
Tom Brennan
This is my first reading of a giant robot comic and I thought it was good. It seems aimed at a younger audience, but even readers of a certain age (i.e. me) can find something in it. There were some nice touches with the protagonist (Yu) and antagonist (Park) toward the end of the book that raised it above other such tales of that type. Like other reviewers have noted, I found it difficult to figure out what was going on in the action scenes, but was able to pick most of it up through context an ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Mech Cadet Yu is an enjoyable though predictable take on the classic story of a young boy and his robot. (Well, classic for anyone who grew up on Transformers, Iron Giant, Gundam, Voltron you get the picture.) In this universe, three giant mech robots partner up with one trained cadet each every four years heroes together? It's unclear where they come from or why they let humans command them, whether they're on planetary defense or sanitary duty, but hey it's robots, so who cares!

The fir
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I said it after reading first issue, I am going to say it again. I am in love with this, because well.. robots. It's like meeting of Pacific Rim and... oh Iron Giant! That story pulled me in with first pages. It's lots of fun mixed with very touching storyline and amazing development of characters. I'm incredibly happy I found this, main character is whole-hearted and widely likeable. I've read digital version but I definitely want this in my bookshelf. ...more
A Lib Tech Reads
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, first-reads

Mech Cadet Yu Vol 1., by Greg Pak, illustrated by Takeshi Miyzawa
Rating: 4.5/5
Note: Special thanks to BOOM!Studios for sending a copy for review.

I loved this within the first couple of minutes I started reading and I devoured it in one sitting.

The fact that Mech Cadet Yu stars an Asian character along with a diverse set of side characters absolutely elated me. This is a hidden gem amongst graphic novel releases this year, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Needless to say, I’ll be pushing th
What's the point of using all this paper to print a separate volume if it's gonna contain only 4 chapters? Well, I mean, profit, obviously. But I find it so annoying. What do you get in four chapters? Usually, barely anything. So that's where I am with this comic.

The premise is very cliche - you have an academy for young people where they are trained to pilot giant robots so they can defeat evil aliens. Yes, it has some cosmetic differences from the other books of the genre, but as I was reading
Brooke Banks
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for Kids! Classic Hero Story

I will admit I got half way through and stopped reading for awhile. It wasn't bad, just not that intriguing for my old self. I did pick two teeny tiny things that bugged me, but like typos they're hardly worth mentioning.

I picked it back up to return it for another & found myself really enjoying it.

This is great for kids & I can totally see it being a cartoon series.
This is a sweet, fun story of giant fighting robots and the teens who pilot them. The art is cute for the humans but I found it a little hard to tell what was actually supposed to be happening in some of the robot combat scenes? Generally I could piece it together from dialogue.

Overall, not my particular cup of tea, but great for tween (and beyond) fans of Pacific Rim and such.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid, well-drawn twist on the giant-robot genre. It's great to see a young-readers appropriate story in this genre with a diverse cast. This volume doesn't break much new ground as far as story or plot twists, but it hints at a larger backstory that makes me interested in continuing on with the series. ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: trc-2019
Cool little mech graphic novel start to a series. Can't say that it is doing anything especially revolutionary at this point but it is a nice entry into the giant mech genre. ...more
classism, elitism
Secret Stacks
Dec 19, 2017 added it
Shelves: scifi
This comic was discussed on The Secret Stacks Episode 38. ...more
Adam Stone
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a hokey, paint-by-numbers hero story involving giant robots, but I found it surprisingly engaging. Pak does a great job giving his characters enough personality that the reader is able to look past the very cliche storyline. Takeshi Miyazawa's expressive faces and Triona Farrell's colors help this story feel really vibrant.

I mainly reommd it for teens, but also for manga fans looking to expand their horizons a bit, and gundam enthusiasts looking for a new storyline.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s Pacific Rim meets The Iron Giant. What more could you possibly want?
David Edmonds
More or less the love child of Pacific Rim and The Iron Giant, Mech Cadet Yu is a fun book that I found myself enjoying more and more thru each chapter. For the last sixty years, every four years giant Mechs fall from the sky and bond with a young child and thru that bond and the training the young cadet has gone thru, they become a champion of the human race against the alien threat of the Sharg. No one knows where the Mechs come from and no one knows how they choose the child they bond with, b ...more
Rich in Color
Review copy: Library

I’m always on the lookout for new comics to read, and I was delighted to come upon Mech Cadet Yu at the library. Mech Cadet Yu follows the scrappy, handy Stanford Yu, the son of a janitor working at Sky Corps Academy. When he ends up bonding with a giant robot, it’s his time to shine — which is lucky for the planet, since it’s under attack from the alien Shargs!

I’ve never been much of a mech fan. (Voltron and Neon Genesis Evangelion went over my head.) But Mech Cadet Yu has
Raven Black
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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Transformers meets Voltron in Mech Cadet Yu Volume one by Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa and Triona Farrell. I would like to point out when I say Transformer and Voltron I do not mean the modern-day versions but the awesome 1980s versions I grew up on. The story itself is totally today, but still the creators are paying honor to the classics.

Sandford is your typical hero: he is the runt, not well liked, the underdog, is thought of only as the “janitors kid.” You see where Stanford ke
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stanford and his mom are janitors at the Sky Corps Academy. Stanford is around the same age as the students who are training, and the three cadets waiting for a Robo Mech to choose them. When only two arrive, Park, the third cadet is upset, but the major chooses to give her Hero Force One, the first man-made robo mech. Stanford, on the other hand, finds a beat up old robo mech crashed into the desert, and the two bond. He now finds himself a cadet, and is treated poorly by Park, whose father
Cynthia Saunders
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book came my way via the SLJ, and I read it to expand my admittedly limited knowledge of books to recommend to our graphic novel loving students. That said, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this read!

The conflict and overall storyline are simplistic and predictable, but what makes the book for me is the delightful relationship between Stanford and Buddy, the protagonist and his mech. I have never seen such a sweet, cute robot! Watching the bond between them develop made for a very satisfy
Mrs. Hahn
Stanford Yu, a Chinese-speaking teen, helps his mother on her janitorial duties in the Sky Corps Academy. When three cadets are selected to bond with Mechs, one of them is left unbonded-- the Mech has found Stanford outside of the Academy, and bonded with him. The general's daughter who was left without a Mech is given a high-tech prototype by her father, and included in the group, where she continues to taunt Yu. Suddenly the scorned boy needs to learn how to pilot a Mech and prepare for battle ...more
Christina Getrost
If you like mech anime & manga (stories about giant robots) you'll like this series. Ever since the giant robots came to Earth sixty years ago and helped us defeat the insectoid alien race known as The Sharg, the Academy has been training human cadets to be chosen by each crop of visiting robots (they come back every four years). But this year, one of the robots chooses a young man named Stanford who is NOT a cadet-in-training: he's the son of the janitor. As he learns how to work with his robot ...more
White House Public Library
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a juvenile graphic novel that takes place on earth. However, robots from another planet have come and befriended humans. Together, they fight against invading forces. Each year, a number of new robots will come to earth and select a human to be their partner. Only enlisted cadets are supposed to be eligible to be selected by a robot. When one of the arriving robots gets off course, he ends up meeting a boy outside of the school. The two become partners despite it being outside the rules. ...more
Christopher Mclean
This was all a bit too generic for me.

Reading this brought back nostalgia for a number of different 80's and 90's mech properties, and with the old school, minimalist art style that's what the creators are going for. Unfortunately the plot and characters where about as bland and formulaic as they come. 5 pages in I felt like I had heard this story countless times already and Pak doesn't bring anything new to the table.

I can see where some will find this a quick, light and fun nostalgia trip, but
Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
Young Stanford isn't supposed to be anyone important--he and his mom work as janitors at the exclusive Sky Corps Academy. But when this year's team of giant sentient robots arrives from space, one of them bonds with Stanford instead of the trained cadets. Suddenly Stanford is a member of the new cadet class, and he has to work fast to catch up with his new classmates to be prepared to save his planet from the evil alien Sharg.

Fun series! I like young Stanford and his robot buddy, and I'm looking
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Greg Pak is an award-winning Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker currently writing "Ronin Island" and "Firefly" for BOOM and “Star Wars: Darth Vader" and "Atlantis Attacks" for Marvel Comics. Pak wrote the "Princess Who Saved Herself" children's book and the “Code Monkey Save World” graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton and co-wrote (with Fred Van Lente) the acclaimed “M ...more

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