The Voltron: Legendary Defender comics are set between episodes of the animated series. Written by the show writers and published by Lion Forge Comics, they tell episode ideas that couldn't make it into the show.
The comics are divided into volumes, each one running for five issues. Volume 1 takes place between episodes 8 and 9 of season 1note . Volume 2, titled Pilgrimage for the trade paperback, takes place between episodes 3 and 4 of season 2. Volume 3, Absolution, takes place between seasons 4 and 5.
A motion comic version of Volume 1 exists, featuring voice acting from the show's cast. It can be found on the DreamWorksTV YouTube channel. A playlist is here. Note that the motion comics leave out parts of the original comics.note
These comics contain examples of:
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Pidge pulls this off in issue #4 when she's forced to fight her teammates for the Sphinx's test of the body. She analyzes their strengths and weaknesses to incapacitate them.
- Big Ball of Violence: In Vol. 2 Issue #2, Kuvyr and Kalar get into one of these over Hunk.
- Exotic Extended Marriage: A husband having multiple wives is considered normal in DavDabHau culture; in Vol. 2, Kuvyr and Kalar both pledge themselves maritally to Hunk, who objects to the "multiple wives" thing.
- Fighting Your Friend: In issue #4, Pidge takes the Sphinx's test of the body. The other Paladins are hit with mind control fungus and she has to fight them.
- Lame Pun Reaction: In issue #3, after the dragon turns back to her humanoid form and staggers, Lance remarks, "Poor gal. You seem like you're really "dragon"."Hunk: Wow.
Pidge: Aw, man.
Keith: Come on
Shiro: Lance, please.
- Leg Cling: Page 1 of issue #3 has Lance imagining himself posing heroically in front of a dragon while a princess clings to his leg.
- Mirror Match: In issue #4, Pidge undergoes the Sphinx's test of the mind, which involves playing chess against a fungus that scans your mind to create a perfect copy of your skills. She beats it by getting each of the other Paladins to monitor some assigned pieces, keeping their eyes open for possible moves.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The DavDabHau from Vol. 2, a clan of legendary warriors and shamans.
- Riddle of the Sphinx: In issue #4, the Sphinx's last test, a test of the spirit, is a riddle.
- Series Continuity Error: Vol. 2 mixes up Kalar and Kuvyr's identities. In issue #2, Kuvyr is the red one with the eyepatch, making Kalar the pale blue one. However, in later issues, Kalar is the red one.
- Ship Tease: In Vol. 2, Hunk tries to tell Kalar and Kuvyr that he can't marry either of them, saying, "You haven't met my mom, and there's this rock girl, and—"
- Smart People Play Chess: The Sphinx's test of the mind in issue #4 is a game of chess, played essentially against yourself.
- The Three Trials: In issue #4, Pidge has to complete the challenges of the Great Universal Sphinx — a test of the body, a test of the mind, and a test of the spirit.
- Weakness Turns Her On: In Vol. 2 Issue #2, Kuvyr and Kalar become enamoured with Hunk after he finds a non-violent way to deal with a threatening creature, citing his "sensitivity and nurturing nature".
- Wolf Man: The DavDabHau from Vol. 2.