IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review

Friday, July 24th, 2015 7:46am CDT

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(Top of the) DINOPILE!
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
GO TEAM ’BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS… but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they find more than… they bargained for! (You thought we were going to say “meets the eye,” didn’t you?)

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
DINOPILE


Story

After the Free Comic Book Day almost one-off issue by John Barber, new writer Georgia Ball has taken on the task of keeping this series up and going, with a new angle on the almost over first seasons of the new animated show Transformers: Robots in Disguise. And the angle is probably the closest we'll ever get to some continuity with Prime - but how does the rest of the series look with its first issue down? Read on!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Good old days


What readers need to keep in mind is that this comic series is aimed at a very similar target audience as the cartoon, and will not be playing into the wider TFverse that most of the other IDW titles are exploring right now. That said, the vibrancy and humour of the series is deftly transposed from screen to page, even with the monster of the week formula that only worked for so long in the show.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Genericon #1234


What Ball's writing brings, along with some really silly jokes (which I loved, I won't lie), is also an interesting look, perhaps even better than the show did, at Bumblebee's discomfort with his position as leader, the unruliness of his 'team' - and the feeling of utter betrayal arising from the final scenes in the book.


Art

A lot of the work done by Ball's script, both on the lighthearted and serious sides of the coin, is wonderfully heightened by Priscilla Tramontano's excellent visual rendition, showcasing a variety of expressions, body language interactions, panel dispositions and layouts, and just a general sense of *fun*!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Is it..?


Tramontano's colours, too, are sleek, stunning and fun, the characters are fun, are obviously having fun, and so is the artist/colourist! We get references to the wider IDWverse (with MTMTE's My First Blaster making an appearance early on in the issue), and some always excellent lettering from Tom B. Long, who can play around with a lot more sounds than usual. And two great tone-catching covers, by Tramontano and Travis Sengaus/Josh Burcham (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Given the target audience, the timescale of the comic compared to the show, and what the FBCD issue had set up, this is an excellent debut for a younger reader series, one that ensures to keep the light side of the dynamics between the characters on the show, pokes some fun around at things, and includes the excellent Grimlock and running gags - including the no-nonsense general recap - without driving them into the ground.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
The Decepticon sticker! The Blaster! The teeth!


Ball and Tramontano are set to bring a fresher look at some of the moanings of the older readership, with the ending of both issue #0 and #1 just enough to keep us intrigued while the actual target fully revel in the (I'm running out of words to say) fun! Worth picking up for a new reader, for the art direction and colours, and always worth it for the bouncing dialogue, . And dinobot.

. :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: out of :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT:

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1712750)
Posted by ScottyP on July 24th, 2015 @ 8:28am CDT
Some additional fun Easter Eggs along with the MFB, particularly cool is the team playing "Return of Convoy" on the last page.

Also, app code inside the book that unlocks a "Cybertron Underbite" in the game, which is just Underbite with a slightly different color scheme, but it's still a neat touch. Wonder if that will keep up as a thing in further issues?
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1712798)
Posted by PrymeStriker on July 24th, 2015 @ 10:50am CDT
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Optimus smiling?!

Arcee making a silly face?!

Was Bee high on Synth En when he recollected this??!?!?!?!?!??!
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1712953)
Posted by Deadput on July 24th, 2015 @ 4:43pm CDT
PrymeStriker wrote:
Optimus smiling?!

Arcee making a silly face?!

Was Bee high on Synth En when he recollected this??!?!?!?!?!??!




What are you talking about?




Optimus smiles quite a bit on Prime not every episode but he does smile.





Arcee is just smiling i don't know how your seeing a silly face but if smiling counts a s silly now then I don't know.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1712954)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 24th, 2015 @ 4:46pm CDT
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:Arcee is just smiling i don't know how your seeing a silly face but if smiling counts a s silly now then I don't know.
She has her tongue sticking out.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1712955)
Posted by Va'al on July 24th, 2015 @ 4:48pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:Arcee is just smiling i don't know how your seeing a silly face but if smiling counts a s silly now then I don't know.
She has her tongue sticking out.


I believe it's just her lower lip, actually.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1712962)
Posted by Deadput on July 24th, 2015 @ 5:27pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:Arcee is just smiling i don't know how your seeing a silly face but if smiling counts a s silly now then I don't know.
She has her tongue sticking out.




Nope its lipstick such as her redesign says

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1712964)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 24th, 2015 @ 5:29pm CDT
Then them's sure some goofy big pink lips that she never had in show.

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1712969)
Posted by Deadput on July 24th, 2015 @ 5:59pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Then them's sure some goofy big pink lips that she never had in show.




Rid redesigns just like Bumblebee on that cover.



Just creative license or whatever its called.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1714315)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 29th, 2015 @ 12:38pm CDT
HA! Quite a fun little read. Gotta say: I'm liking the show and the comic. It's no Prime, but I love it for what it is :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1716195)
Posted by SlyTF1 on August 6th, 2015 @ 4:05pm CDT
Are the comics connected to the show or not?
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1716196)
Posted by Va'al on August 6th, 2015 @ 4:13pm CDT
Tangentially, and only one way - the show direct the comics, not the other way round.
(What with the series being over and done for its first season, this should not come as a surprise, really.)
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718128)
Posted by mooncake623 on August 14th, 2015 @ 11:56am CDT
iTunes just put up a 3 page preview of Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #2! Check it out below!

Description
ROAD RAGE! While a DECEPTICON called TRANSIT wreaks havoc on afternoon commutes, Team Bee gets an unexpected visit… but will these new rivals combine forces without trusting each other?



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Remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates!
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718131)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 14th, 2015 @ 12:06pm CDT
After Busby and Bendy-Bus Prime, we have our third official bus Transformer!
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718143)
Posted by DecepticonFinishline on August 14th, 2015 @ 12:44pm CDT
I would buy the hell out of a bus transformer. Especially one that turned into a man-rhino-bot-man!
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718150)
Posted by DeadCaL on August 14th, 2015 @ 1:43pm CDT
"Don't worry citizens, those giant robots attacking each other are just, erm... malfunctioning fairground... rides?"
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718160)
Posted by Shuttershock on August 14th, 2015 @ 2:55pm CDT
DeadCaL wrote:"Don't worry citizens, those giant robots attacking each other are just, erm... malfunctioning fairground... rides?"


You could tell them they're 20 foot costumes and no repercussions would be had. Little to much blood of Unicron in the water pipes in Crown City, if you ask me.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718170)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 14th, 2015 @ 3:11pm CDT
Those poor humans are in for a ride! :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718177)
Posted by Flashwave on August 14th, 2015 @ 3:26pm CDT
"I gotta watch my intake" :-D :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718178)
Posted by Flashwave on August 14th, 2015 @ 3:30pm CDT
"I gotta watch my intake" :-D :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review (1718249)
Posted by LevelRaze on August 14th, 2015 @ 9:46pm CDT
And a Spike and Carly cameo in the last panel, nice.

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