Your Rubicon Moment of the Day, Episode 1

From Robotech The Sentinels: Rubicon #1, by Alan Nepomuceno & Vithoon Kamchareon. Published by Antarctic Press.

Someone e-mailed me about this series today. I think this moment right here says all you need to know. Not the worst-drawn ROBOTECH comics ever, but certainly the worst written, and I think even the random panels that made up "Introduction," the backup strip in the final months of Antarctic's color series, were better plotted.

More of this brilliant garbage tomorrow.


  • Ariel... appears... abit... "nipply" in the scan.

    So a forshadowing of R:SC? :P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 April, 2006 05:56  

  • Dude... talk about the biggest bummer. I can still remember 9 years ago in the comic store. Being one of the 2,000 or so people who actually read Academy's Sentinels series in its final run, I thought The Sentinels was going unfinished. Then, I saw this issue in the store and was like "Hells Yes!!"

    It was so convoluted and hard to follow that I decided to wait until I had all 7 issues to read it. But they never made them. For years I'd do a search on eBay every once and a while, but then I finally realized the series went unfinished.

    Antarctic Blows.

    By Blogger Darkwater, at 25 April, 2006 13:10  

  • I'm still convinced Antarctic paid more for the license just so Ben Dunn could get it away from his former Malibu/Eternity co-workers and at the same time destroy Academy. It's a big stupid revenge plot. Everything Ben Dunn did was phoned in and horrible (come on, you trace line art for three issues? eat me!) and bitterly disappointing.

    Kind of like Antarctic's Gigantor, which started out okay, but rapidly went down the drain as Ben Dunn lost interest. Come on, they recycled the plot from an episode of the cartoon and dragged it out several issues. Laaaazzzzyyyy.

    By Blogger Ginrai, at 25 April, 2006 16:01  

  • And the irony is that Antarctic is the only press still in existance (at least out of Malibu/Eternity and Academy).

    I'm actually the guy that emailed regarding Rubicon. I picked up both issues off of ebay. From a fiscal standpoint, I'm sorry I wasted the money. From a "What the heck!!!?!!!" standpoint, I think its great! The art and lack of plot is so surreal, almost like those Korean-made anime movies that cannibalize several different 1970's anime (you can buy them for a buck at Wal-Mart).

    By Blogger Ryan Prinkey, at 25 April, 2006 16:34  

  • OMG . . . Hahahaha! I had no idea Sentinels: Rubicon was that bad.

    I'd read the horror stories on your Robotech Comic Universe site, but nothing could've prepared me for those panels.

    How did such garbage get approved for publishing?

    By Anonymous redrain85, at 25 April, 2006 20:58  

  • Oh, but one thing I do want to add is that the first issue had like the most amazing cover. The characters looked like cels they had a CG SDF-3 in the background which for 1997 was pretty impressive!

    By Blogger Darkwater, at 25 April, 2006 23:34  

  • My question is... would they really call them UFOs anymore? I mean, seriously.... they aren't really UFOs anymore... I'd say it'd be like "Eeek! An Invid Saucer Thingy!" or "Oh my! A Robotech Master Hoverpad! Wait... where's the bioroid?"

    By Anonymous Tolarin, at 26 April, 2006 03:27  

  • How did such garbage get approved for publishing?

    Welcome to the world of Robotech before Steve, Tom, and Tommy, where everything got rubberstamped to just keep the money coming in :)

    And a unidentified flying object is still an unidentified flying object even if your aboard a space ship I guess ^_^

    By Anonymous Cyc, at 26 April, 2006 19:07  

  • Welcome to the world of Robotech before Steve, Tom, and Tommy, where everything got rubberstamped to just keep the money coming in

    You sure about that? I'm not so sure things have changed. ;)

    I'm joking. Well . . . half-joking. But yeah, HG definitely rubber-stamped stuff like this, and Aftermath.

    I just don't know how though how - in good conscience - they could have allowed something that bad to get through.


    By Anonymous redrain85, at 26 April, 2006 20:39  

  • I remember how mad I was when this series came out. After reading The Sentinels for so many years, AP gets the rights to Robotech and discontinues it. Then they promise us they will do The Sentinels, and what do we get?, I can't even think of what to call it. There was no real plot and it was so confusing to read that I don't kow how many people actually got through the two released issues. I remember hearing that a third issue had been finished, but the license was expiring, so they didn't even bother releasing it. I wonder if it got better? Does it matter? Anyway, I know a little of what went on behind the scenes with AP not finishing The Sentinels. They were talks with the Waltrips. From what I hear, it was clear that they didn't want to continue The Sentinels.

    ----DMC McKeever

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02 May, 2006 00:37  

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