Titan Comics has announced the acquisition of the right to create comic books based on Robotech, the classic cartoon property that was cobbled together out of three different mecha anime in the 1980s by Carl Macek.  American-style comic book adaptations of Robotech began in 1984 with DC’s Robotech Defenders, which was followed by Robotech comics published by Comico, Eternity, Wildstorm, and Dynamite, which published a Robotech/Voltron crossover graphic novel in 2015 (see “Preview: Robotech/Voltron TP”). 

Robotech remains a viable franchise in the gaming world (the Kickstarter for Palladium Books’ Robotech RPG Tactics brought in $1.4 million—see “Top Ten Tabletop Game Kickstarters”), and Sony is the latest studio attempting to develop a live-action Robotech movie (see “Robotech Feature Moves to Sony”), and the studio has signed white-hot director James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7, Aquaman) to helm the Robotech film (see “Director Signed for Aquaman & Robotech”).

According to Comics Alliance, which broke the story of Titan’s Robotech comics, the actual comics are due to debut at retail in early 2017, and Titan Comics will be announcing the creative team in the near future.