My experience with classic giant robot fiction is pretty limited. I’ve never read manga, I missed the few movies that dealt with them as plot devices, and so many more other things that I don’t even have a good third example for my sentence here. I do remember, a long time ago, a cartoon called Voltron…but I don’t really remember what it was about. I’m pretty sure that it had giant robots.
None of that really interferes with being able to read and enjoy Titanizer by Kevin Wilson. The story begins years after our hero Johnny piloted the giant robot vehicle Titanizer to defeat an alien invasion. The fact that Johnny saved the planet seems to have been largely forgotten, as evidenced by Johnny getting a parking ticket on the robot when he leaves Titanizer double parked on his way to being a minor guest at a convention. Johnny has to deal with owning Titanizer, paying for its upkeep, and making his way in the world with few marketable skills aside from stopping the now absent aliens and autograph signing.
The comic itself is a pretty good read, with a consistent art quality and good story flow. Again, there’s not a huge backlog of previous strips to intimidate the new reader — I read through about three-fourths of the comics archive pretty quickly. Finally, periodically there’s giant robots smashing things as an incentive to read it.