I great first issue and hopefully a gauge of things to come from Roberts. (I'm not surprised) I've read around the interwebs that this is the best yadda yadda yadday. I'm not gonna toss that around because that's not what this is to me. I'd like for an arc to finish before I can lay judgement on that. But so far, this is a comic that I've wanted in a Transformers comic.
This isn't an exposition heavy read like Chaos Theory parts 1&2, but this is something different. This is the beginning of an adventure, or if you're Swerve, Quest(!). You're getting to meet the supporting cast of MTMTE, their personalities and quirks. No one is perfect and that's just fine with me. If anything, this will be a very dysfunctional group that may have to rely on each other...like NOW! I think what I really love about this is that you get your familiar characters in Rodimus, Ultra Magnus, Ratchet, and yes, Drift. But the supporting cast is composed of a lot of unused characters that should be refreshing and probably fun. Throw in there a sociopath autobot (Whirl), Cyclonus (not a Decepticon), Rung with his collection of Arc ships, Tailgate (who's this guy)
, and a slew of others into the mix and you have so much potential for incredible dynamics and storytelling.
And you have a purpose. I don't want to spoil for those that haven't read it yet, but let's just say it doesn't look like it's going to be easy finding the Knights of Cybertron. I was just getting tired of the same old war of Autobots vs Decepticons, lets look for energon again. At least for the main line. (I'm still an avid fan of Shattered Glass) We all know the stories, let's move on to something we don't know and this book looks to be taking us there.
The creative team on the book is perfect IMO. I know there are some out there that aren't a fan of Nick Roche's style, but I love it. The only time I wasn't a fan was during Maximum Dinobots, and I think that was because of the colorist. But this is Nick making his signature in art. There is no doubt who is drawing this issue. James Roberts, what can I say that I haven't said many times before. This guy knows transformers, and knows what we want from them. Josh does a stellar job with colors as well. He's probably my favorite colorist over at IDW. And to everyone else, they should be congratulated as well because this could bring A LOT of people back to reading TF comics again. I know I will definitely be going back now. I've only come back to read the James Roberts stuff in the past. So I'm actually happy to have some really quality science fiction again. It's been over a year since I've regularly collected TF comics and something I missed.
So what are you all waiting for? Get off your arses and hit up your LCS or you can even download a digital copy to your smartphone. Look for the comixology app for your iPhone or Android.
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