Voltorb and Electrode really have incredibly bad designs. They’re just pokeballs. does anyone every use them? It’s also probably the lamest evolution chain in all of Pokemon. It just flips upside down. Okay, Poliwhirl to Poliwrath might be worse.
We had another version of this comic where it was a Doduo instead of a Voltorb, but we decided that was a little too grim. For some reason, we have a tendency to make really sad Pokemon comics. In fact, pretty much all of our Pokemon comics started as something we thought was too dark to use. Our Snorlax comic, which isn’t exactly happy-go-lucky as is, originally had Snorlax waking up to find out Snorlax Jr. had died in an accident while he was sleeping and Mrs. Snorlax ran off with another Snorlax.
Also, I’d like to point out that Red is looking super kawaii in panel one. By panel three he’s gone all the way the other direction and transformed into Brock, also known as the manliest man to ever walk the face of Kanto.