Robotech II: The Sentinels: The Malcontent Uprisings is a 12-issue miniseries comic adaptation of Malcontent Uprisings written by Bill Spangler and illustrated by Gregory Lane and Fred Perry, and released on from August 1989 to early 1990. The series followed the struggles of the Sterling Family against the growing tide of discontent from the local Zentraedi populace. Also included was Jonathan Wolff's desperate struggle against the Army of the Southern Cross, and the comically villanous Commander Leonard. These events would later be covered in the Jack McKinney novelization Zentraedi Rebellion, which was published in 1994.
Not everyone was eager to share the planet Earth with the Zentraedi survivors of the First Robotech War. There was little prospect of a lasting peace, as the tensions in the Southlands gave rise to two opposing forces, and each vowed to fight until the other was eradicated. Caught beween the two rivals was the Robotech Defense Force. Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, Jonathan Wolff, Max and Miriya Sterling, Breetai, and others who would all have their parts to play in the period that came to be called the Malcontent Uprisings....
In an interview on Megascifi, Bill Spangler stated he was always interested in the period of the Malcontent Uprising, "I thought the period of the Malcontent Uprisings had (and still has) a lot of dramatic potential. You have two different cultures with very different philosophies and standards trying to share one planet. And the war between humanity and the Zentraedi may be officially over, but the feelings the war produced can’t be turned off instantly. So there’s a lot of bitterness and resentment, on both sides. Many of the same circumstances hold true for Alien Nation — which is probably one reason why it appealed to me, and why I lobbied to do some Alien Nation comics."
Another thing that motivated Spnagler was his desire to flesh out characters that hadn't previously been the focus of the original series. "I started off with the idea of wanting to focus on secondary characters because I thought there was a better chance of telling a significant story about them, a story that dealt with more than whatever physical jeopardy they were in. And I wanted to have characters from different generations of Robotech interacting." This series also delved into the early years of Jonathan Wolff, with several hints made to his eventual turn during Robotech: The New Generation. "Max and Miriya were obvious choices because they were in a sort of limbo between the human and the Zentraedi world. And I like to write about Wolff because his story goes from one extreme to the other. He starts out as a great hero and winds up as a traitor to humanity (although I think of him as more flawed than evil)."
The Malcontent Uprisings 1: EarthboundEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 2: The Wolff PackEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 3: The ScavengersEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 4: Prisoner of WarEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 5: BedlamEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 6: The Invaders!Edit
The Malcontent Uprisings 7: A Choice of TreasonsEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 8: Dancing in the GraveyardEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 9: ...And into the FireEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 10: War CrimesEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 11: Scorched EarthEdit
The Malcontent Uprisings 12: Picking up the PiecesEdit
- The comic was noted among fans for its brutal depiction of violence, including an infamous scene where Max Sterling beats a Zentraedi to death with a rock as he escapes captivity.
- The title of the series is ridiculously long, and had almost nothing to do with The Sentinels.
- Jonathan Wolff was featured in this storyline, prior to his appearance in a later comic miniseries, Robotech: Invid War. Wolff's last name was later changed to Wolfe for Robotech Visions.
- The series portrayed Anatole Leonard, commander of the Southern Cross, as a one-dimensional, irredeemable villain. A pivotal scene in the final issue of the series had Leonard killing his own son, whom he found out was part Zentraedi.
- The series was noted for depicting the Zentraedi to what some have described as 'low-rent' Klingons. A warrior race that ascribes to honor, with their own unique language and customs.