Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 4:16PM CDT

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Hanging by Many Threads
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Prison Break! After a daring escape, Optimus Prime, the Autobots, Scarlett, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. must venture into the heart of Cybertron to stop Cobra’s devastating weapon that will kill every Transformer on the planet!

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers
the weapon is deadpan banter, obvs


Story

Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez are working hard, there is no doubt about that, with several casts from books they have handled, and even more that they haven't. I have given the books so far a lot of grief too, for the approach to certain storylines and backstories, and I feel that having scheduled readings on time may have assuaged some of those grievances, too.

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Arcee gets it


Which leads me to this: after having finally read the conclusion to Revolutionaries - which in one way or another was the direct lead, next to Optimus Prime (the others were much minor, all things considered) into First Strike - I can appreciate a lot more than in previous issues the various levels of parallels drawn for Baron Ironblood with the other unlikeable DAD in the series, Optimus himself. Plus, I can see a lot more of the humour in the overall script.

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This is good joke


The very big cast was a lot more noticeable this time, but it didn't really put me off (Colton aside) - and it's really quite good to read and see some more flesh being added to Kreiger in the back-up story by John Barber, continuing the Iron axel of evil set-up alongside present events. He was still the one missing a lot of actual characterisation, other than Shazraella's quips, and we finally have some better looks at what he's doing and why he might be doing it.

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#relationshipgoals


The plot armour, as other members of staff have called, around Scarlett is at the point of doing my head in; that I actually really want to know what on earth (/Cybertron?) is wrong with Baron Iron Cotton, and why he decided that the best way to solve his issues with aliens is to adopt standard conservative foreign policy. But with just one issue to go? I hope - and I like to believe that - Scott and Rodriguez are up to the challenge.


Art

The overall art direction for the issue, with Max Dunbar and Ander Zarate taking lines and colours, is the best that I've seen in the crossover so far, and the most consistent in both organic and technorganic designs, and there's a lot of really well brought out visual gags - but I'm still really not convinced about the compatibility of John Wycough inks on Dunbar's lines: they flatten a bit too much, and scenes lose a lot of their impact, even with Zarate's efforts on consistency.

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See, I wanted to fully enjoy this a lot more


Much like my comments for the script, the back story on the backstory of Baron Ironblood's vault of villains is really quite pleasing from a visual perspective too: Netho Diaz, Walden Wong, and David Garcia Cruz do some good work on bringing the odd shiny darkness of Kreiger and his - probably worst of the lot, with Mayhem - tendencies towards whatever he's tending towards.

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That Herr Half-Man to you


Gilberto Lazcano takes the lettering side, and there are some notable placements of speechbubbles to allow the script to shine through - especially with character interaction and comedic timings - and it's good to see some fun in the fontwork too, during louder scenes. The cover used for the thumbnail is one of two coloured by Thomas Teyowisonte Deer, with lineart by Whilce Portacio and the most TF-free of the lot - you can find all of the other variants in our Database entry for the issue, right here, including the excellent Jay Fosgitt one.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I've said this a lot already, but let me reiterate: I couldn't help but enjoy the story a lot more in this issue after my grievances with last time's, and with Revolutionaries #8 finally sedimenting - for me - some of the parallels being drawn that felt very out of nowhere until now. It's a shame when good writing gets hindered by logistics, and it's something IDW needs to find a way of addressing soon, for the sake of their creators as well as their readers.

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*coff*


With an event and a cast this big (the two are very much related) there's bound to be some seeming inconsistencies or sidelining of characters - Windblade is perhaps the most erratic here - and some cameos that may come across as not ..the most apt - you'll see it directly when you read the book - and I'm still not entirely sold on the main threads running through First Strike. But, if nothing else, I do want to know what has happened, and how it will be resolved. I really, really do.

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: ½ out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:
Credit(s): IDW
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Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916061)
Posted by Big Grim on October 12th, 2017 @ 7:18am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Big Grim wrote:I totally read Primes last word bubble in Cullens's voice...
The first clause sounds like a young, bright, 1985 Peter Cullen line while the second sounds like a grim, stern TLK line ><

Yes! Exactly like that! :D
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916077)
Posted by ScottyP on October 12th, 2017 @ 9:14am CDT
I like that 5 has some banter.

For the rest of the main story, I'm going to do what my momma taught me and not say anything else when I have nothing nice to say at all.
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916140)
Posted by Va'al on October 12th, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:I like that 5 has some banter.

For the rest of the main story, I'm going to do what my momma taught me and not say anything else when I have nothing nice to say at all.


I enjoyed it a LOT more on my third read. I really did.
But I wanted to like it more, as I did with #3 and #4.
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916170)
Posted by partholon on October 12th, 2017 @ 4:35pm CDT
[quote]There's another crossover planned for next year. Adding in Revolution, this means IDW are in the midst of doing at least three big multi-franchise crossover events per year in a row.[/quote]

this is whats bothering me the most.

i think IDW are making a massive mistake with the way theyre rolling these "events" out.

look at the marvel and DC universes. they worked fine for decades cause in the main crossovers were done between two or maybe three books. NOT the entire production line. events like that only really kicked in around the turn of the century and now theyre yearly events its turning off comic buyers BIG time.

ive been a fan of comics since the 70s but ive bascially sworn off everything cept the TF books which ive been getting up to the last relaunch and im ALREADY fuking lost as to whats going on and how im meant to follow it. im barely out a year FFS !

factor in a general dislike of most of the books they're crossing with and im left with no incentive to come back. its just doesnt feel organic.

IMO it'd be a better idea to make the "event" more focused. TF/ROM for instance- and just leave everyone else to get on with their own stories. then next year make it GI JOE and MASK .

What their doing right now not only feels like overkill, its making it a RIGHT pain to collect their trades if youve previously being collecting individual issues. case in point i dropped OPTIMUS PRIME cause i just dont like the art after the first six issues with the intenst of picking up the cheaper trades down the road.

low and behold OP trade 2 has the "ghost stories" annual i already have bound into it.

i can only imagine what its doing across the other books.

save the full universe crossovers for the truly special occasions as right now im getting FIERCE mid 90s xmen crossover fatigue, and im not even buying the books !
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916251)
Posted by Va'al on October 13th, 2017 @ 5:15am CDT
The story that will start in Optimus Prime: First Strike will find its continuation in Transformers: First Strike, as we knew, and we have a variant cover for Retailer Incentive purposes courtesy of Previews World and drawn by Humberto Ramos - check it out below!

[quote] (W) John Barber (A) Priscilla Tramontano (CA) Humberto Ramos
Continued from Optimus Prime: First Strike! When a bounty hunter drags one of their own into the wilds of Cybertron, the Revolutionaries join forces with Arcee and pursue! But in the midst of war, can humans and Cybertronians put aside their differences, or has the invasion of Cybertron doomed any chance at peace?

Bullet points:
* Tying into the events of First Strike-A Hasbro Comic Book Event!
* The second part of the Optimus Prime and the Revolutionaries story-continued from last month's Optimus Prime: First Strike #1! [/quote]

Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916289)
Posted by Moonshot on October 13th, 2017 @ 11:14am CDT
I would love it if Ramos started doing some Transformers comics. He is one of my top fav comic artist. Sweet looking Optimus he drew here.
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916338)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on October 13th, 2017 @ 5:08pm CDT
Eh, not a fan. I didn't like his work on Spider-Man and Wolverine comics either. Just not into his style at all.
It's weird how there's all that light behind them like it's supposed to be all dynamic and kinetic looking but the poses are all really stiff and dull.
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916725)
Posted by WreckerJack on October 15th, 2017 @ 8:12pm CDT
Today we are sharing with you a full preview of First Strike #6 posted by iTunes. Issue #6 is available for digital pre-order if you want to do so. This issue features Windblade, Soundwave, Arcee and many others. Looks like the fight is just getting started!

If you have not already seen the First Strike #1 variant cover, check it out!

[quote]Description
War for the Core! Deep within Cybertron, the ultimate weapon to kill all Transformers is about to be activated! Meanwhile, Elita One plans to stop the weapon—by killing every human on Cybertron! Either way, looks like some species on Cybertron is going down unless Optimus Prime and Scarlett can save the day…[/quote]







Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916727)
Posted by Nexus Knight on October 15th, 2017 @ 8:34pm CDT
Soooo... fault me for not paying attention and missing a detail, but what is Kieger doing to the Masks?
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1916728)
Posted by Kurona on October 15th, 2017 @ 8:39pm CDT
... And the aptly-named Sir Not Appearing In This Comic

Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917061)
Posted by Va'al on October 17th, 2017 @ 5:37am CDT
Via IDW Publishing directly, we have a number of comic book previews for your viewing convenience, featuring Transformers and the rest of the Hasbro Universe - starting with the Optimus Prime tie-in to the crossover event First Strike! Check it out below, and head back for a Seibertron.com review after its release.

[quote]Optimus Prime: First Strike #1
John Barber (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)
With Cybertron under siege by Baron Ironblood's forces, Optimus Prime and Arcee defend their homeland! Caught in the middle is the human/Transformer team known as the Revolutionaries—and one of them has a secret that puts everyone at risk!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Tying into the events of First Strike—A Hasbro Comic Book Event!
The first part of Optimus Prime and the Revolutionaries’ story—continued in next month’s Revolutionaries: First Strike #1!
Variant cover by Nick Bradshaw![/quote]













Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917062)
Posted by Va'al on October 17th, 2017 @ 5:44am CDT
Next up in our IDW Publishing previews, we have a full look at another First Strike tie-in comic from the Hasbro Universe: Rom! Featuring not only the titular character, but also the Micronauts squad, as the book serves as the second part of the story started in their tie-in (check our database here). Check it out!

[quote]Rom: First Strike #1
Christos Gage (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Nelson Daniel (c)
Rom’s team-up with the Micronauts leads our heroes right to the Dire Wraiths… and their new microscopic threat!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Tying into the events of First Strike—A Hasbro Comic Book Event!
The second part of the Micronauts and Rom’s story—continued from last month’s Micronauts: First Strike #1!
Variant cover by Humberto Ramos![/quote]













Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917075)
Posted by Big Grim on October 17th, 2017 @ 7:39am CDT
Are Kup and Action Man like this in the Revolutionaries? Cuz that little exchange is just the best! :D
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917082)
Posted by Cmdr. Trailblazer on October 17th, 2017 @ 8:15am CDT
Yes! There they are! With the final issue coming out after First Strike started, I was worried about the fate Revolutionaries. Now I'm curious to see what adventures they're gonna get to go on.

Big Grim wrote:Are Kup and Action Man like this in the Revolutionaries? Cuz that little exchange is just the best! :D


Saying yes seems like an understatement. :lol:
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917086)
Posted by Va'al on October 17th, 2017 @ 8:53am CDT
Cmdr. Trailblazer wrote:Yes! There they are! With the final issue coming out after First Strike started, I was worried about the fate Revolutionaries. Now I'm curious to see what adventures they're gonna get to go on.

Big Grim wrote:Are Kup and Action Man like this in the Revolutionaries? Cuz that little exchange is just the best! :D


Saying yes seems like an understatement. :lol:



Those two carry the series, this issue, and the entire shared universe.
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917088)
Posted by Kurona on October 17th, 2017 @ 8:59am CDT
Revolutionaries is absolutely the best thing to come out of the shared universe so far, and a big reason for that is Action Man and Kup. If you were on the fence I can't recommend it enough :)
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917091)
Posted by ricemazter on October 17th, 2017 @ 9:27am CDT
Wait, wraiths can't possess inorganic material? Then what about them possessing Cybertronians over in Rom vs Transformers?
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917093)
Posted by steve2275 on October 17th, 2017 @ 9:31am CDT
good guido almighty
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917094)
Posted by Kurona on October 17th, 2017 @ 9:32am CDT
ricemazter wrote:Wait, wraiths can't possess inorganic material? Then what about them possessing Cybertronians over in Rom vs Transformers?

Well, that mini isn't over yet and it -was- shown to be something previously-unheard of. We'll see...
Re: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers (1917096)
Posted by Big Grim on October 17th, 2017 @ 9:56am CDT
Kurona wrote:Revolutionaries is absolutely the best thing to come out of the shared universe so far, and a big reason for that is Action Man and Kup. If you were on the fence I can't recommend it enough :)

Sold! I'll pick em up come payday then I think!

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