It was first serialized in Macross Ace by KADOKAWA on November 10, 2009 but has changed serialization medium several times since. The series is currently ongoing despite several delays and hiatus by the author. It is currently being distributed by Cycomi on their homepage or App.
In 2008, Macross' commemorative work for its 25th anniversary, Macross Frontier, proved to be both a critical and financial smash hit. A re-evaluation of the series proceeded and in 2009, it was decided to produce a serialized manga retelling of the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross television series that would incorporate elements from later entries in the series.
Macross The First is based on the Super Dimension Fortress Macross television animation, but incorporates elements not present during the original broadcast, such as modern day technological advancements including foldable cellphones, e-mail and digital photo frames. Story elements from the OVA series Macross Zero and the Unification Wars were also incorporated in the extended flashback sequence "Tales of South Ataria".
In addition, returning artist Haruhiko Mikimoto redesigned the original character and mechanical designs to share a closer aesthetic to The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?. Shōji Kawamori would return to redesign the original VF-1J Valkyrie, slimming its proportions and tweaking its head design, while Hidetaka Tenjin worked to redesign the VF-1D Valkyrie.
- F-203 Dragon II
- QF-3000E Ghost
- VF-0 Phoenix
- VF-1A Valkyrie / GBP-1S Armored Pack
- VF-1D Valkyrie Kai
- VF-1J Valkyrie Hikaru Ichijyo Custom
- VF-1S Valkyrie Roy Focker Special / GBP-1S Armored Pack
- Destroid Defender
- Destroid Tomahawk
- Destroid Spartan
- Destroid Monster
- VF-4 Lightning III
- SDF-1 Macross
- SDF-2 Megaroad-01
- CVS-101 Prometheus
- UH-60 Blackhawk
- Accra-class Submarine
|#||Synopsis||Japanese Release Date|
|1||Original Macross, the long-awaited comic adaptation!||November 5, 2009|
|2||The new VF-1J launch!||September 06, 2010|
|3||Ultra-fast Battle of Quamzin VS Max!||June 23, 2011|
|4||A Zentradi trap at Mars corners the SDF-1 Macross! Meanwhile, at Mars Base Sarah, Misa Hayase and Hikaru Ichijyo investigate and are caught in a space-time distortion in which the past and the present are crossed!! Macross latest book, Volume 4!||June 7, 2012|
|5||Boddole Zer Main Fleet begins to move finally to Zentradi, unknown enemy of the human race! Volume 5 Macross latest publication!||March 20, 2013|
|6||Anti-Unification Alliance make a daring surprise attack on South Ataria Island! Their goal: The SDF-1 Macross! These are the "Tales of South Ataria", a sequel to the original episode of Macross Ace, drawn by Haruhiko Mikimoto!||May 26, 2015|
Notes & Trivia
It is similar in concept to Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, both are manga retellings of classic anime series written and illustrated by their series' respective character designers.