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Greetings Seibertronians. has recently got ahold of a couple of copies of the official comic book adaptations for the first two books in a four book series covering the upcoming film, Transformers Dark of the Moon, produced by IDW Publishing, and have reviewed them. Written by John Barber, with Art by Jorge Jimenez Moreno and edited by Carlos Guzman and Andy Schmidt, Transformers Dark of the Moon the comic gives us a look at what the movie will bring to the table when it hits theatres June 29, 2011, along with a bonus prose story by John Barber that seems to "tie the loose ends" of the three films. As with any comic review, MAJOR MOVIE SPOILERS are ahead and would urge you not to read this, at this time, if you wanna stay "in the Dark" about the film.


Do Not Read beyond this point if you do not want to read spoilers.


Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The official comic adaptation #1

The first book starts us off in 1969, within NASA headquarters as the first moon landing occurs. According to the book, only a select few within the moon mission itself knew of its true intent, as the team on the moon "goes black" (sans radio transmissions) for a time, on purpose. The reason, to locate the object that caused a flare up on the Dark side of the Moon seven years prior. They find the original Ark ship, with a host of dead Cybertronians, and Sentinel Prime.

Flashing forward into the book, we see that the Autobots and Team N.E.S.T. have dug in even deeper with each other with, now, Colonel Lennox leading the way. Wheeljack makes his debut as a long haired "Professor Brown" ala Back to the Future, type bot who's alt mode is a classic Mercedes-Benz. The book must have been written before the script changes as Mirage is still referred to by name instead of the rumored "Dino" replacement. We get confirmation that a host of Autobots fell in the last movie as Optimus Prime vows vengeance for his fallen comrades. We also get a nod to the relationship held between Optimus Prime and Elita-1 once held in prior incarnations, as we get a pan shot of Elita-1's coffin and Optimus Prime motions to it affectionately.


The NEST team learns of new activity coming out of Prypriat, Ukraine. Colonel Lennox and the crew are in BioHazard suits while the Ukrainian Agent Voshkod is dressed regularly. He's about to tell them something when he spots Laserbeak in the sky and quickly quiets. They go to investigate the area famously known as Cherynobl. Upon arrival they find Cybertonian technology with Russian wrting all over it and this angers Optimus Prime. His anger is quickly directed to a huge threat as a Cybertronian Driller, said to be ruled only by Shockwave, attacks the Autobots and Optimus Prime battles it. Shockwave then appears with the Driller and escapes. Prime is hurt but he got what he was trying to keep from Shockwave, a piece of a Cybertronian engine. After all this, Laserbeak returns and kills Voshkod. Apparently the humans were working with the Decepticons in some fashion.


Optimus and the Bots then meet Director Mearing, who took over for Inspector Galloway, and Prime is not a happy camper that they've been witholding informattion. Mearing then goes on the inform them of the whole purpose of the Moon missions and Prime realizes there's a big problem.

Enter Megatron in some far off desert. After toasting an elephant that was in his way, he returns to a crude hideout to see Starscream and some form of animal Decepticons that may, or may not be, dogs. Starscream is there in true form as is Soundwave. Apparently, Megatron knew of the Ark crashing on the moon long ago and that is the reason Soundwave was there in the first place. Megatron opts to let the Autobots do "all the work" in getting Sentinel Prime and the artifacts back to Earth.

Optimus goes to the moon and retrieves Sentinel Primes body, the Cybertronian artifacts, and upon leaving, you see three Cybertronians, presumably Decepticons, watch his departure.

In the middle of all this, we see Sam Witwicky is moved in with his new girlfriend Carly. Mikaela dumped him for some reason, but he got to keep Wheelie and his pal Brains as a consolation prize. He's struggling to find a job when Carly arranges and interview and, essentially, gets him the job.

As far as the comic goes, as a comic itself, I give it two and a half out of four cubes. Given the degree of difficulty there must be to replicate the Transformers on paper, the artwork was good, but the human drawing was lacking and rushed at best. Some panels seemed just kind of thrown in there as filler space and there were some real opportunites that seemed to get missed, especially when Prime rips apart the Driller. The colors of the comic were decent, but it seems like the colorist went "outer glow" crazy on some panels. I can see it working on the Bots, but not on military cammies. None of the humans remotely resemble their real counterparts and the military uniforms worn by Lennox and his crew don't even look US issued. Storywise, I assume Barber did the best he could with what he was given. The story flowed well, but if this script holds true, then Dark of the Moon will make Revenge of the Fallen as pointless as ROTF made the first film.

The book did feature a special prose story by Barber at the end, in which we find Soundwave commanding a group of Decepticons on a space cruiser in search of the Allspark. The events of this story clearly occur prior to Revenge of the Fallen, as Soundwave follows a mysterious "voice" after an Autobot ship that goes through some type of dimensional gate and puts itself and the Decepticon space cruiser thousands of years in the future. This Autobot craft lands on a moon of a green a blue planet not far by. The rest goes on to try an attach the first two films to DOTM.

Overall the prose as a stand alone story is solid, but trying to connect the dots, in a movie franchise that clearly didn't do so in the films themselves, is going to be a heavy task to take on.

If you love Transformers comics, and dig the movieverse, the $3.99 pricetag is worth the investment to get in the know about what to expect from the upcoming film. This book is available at local comic shops now.

Stayed tuned for our review of Transformers Dark of the Moon The official comic adaptation #2, coming soon.

Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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Re: Reviews Transformers DOTM #1 Official Comic Adaptation (1239973)
Posted by mightwork on June 15th, 2011 @ 5:50am CDT
'Mikela dumped him for some reason' If that is as much detail as it goes into on the subject then I am a bit ticked off.
Re: Reviews Transformers DOTM #1 Official Comic Adaptation (1240004)
Posted by JAZZ2405 on June 15th, 2011 @ 7:43am CDT
Cool review and it's a great story, but strange how issue one is just released when I've had the entire movie adaptation in hardback since last month and in the UK
Re: Reviews Transformers DOTM #1 Official Comic Adaptation (1240022)
Posted by dragons on June 15th, 2011 @ 8:38am CDT
looks good tpb comes out in 2 days if the info is correct how is single issues taking longer to get released than tpb :???:
Re: Reviews Transformers DOTM #1 Official Comic Adaptation (1240071)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on June 15th, 2011 @ 10:15am CDT
Carly does not look half bad ;)
Re: Reviews Transformers DOTM #1 Official Comic Adaptation (1240367)
Posted by partholon on June 15th, 2011 @ 5:51pm CDT
JAZZ2405 wrote:Cool review and it's a great story, but strange how issue one is just released when I've had the entire movie adaptation in hardback since last month and in the UK

yeah seen it on the shelf the same time rising storm and foundatin came out.

didnt get it as i dont want the film ruined for me though did flick through it and saw some stuff that made me squeee.

should be fun.

Re: Reviews Transformers DOTM #1 Official Comic Adaptation (1241405)
Posted by First Gen on June 16th, 2011 @ 11:25pm CDT
Greetings Seibertronians. Following our recent review of Transformers Dark of the Moon #1, The Official Comic Adaptation, we bring you the review of the second book in the four book series. As always, we’d like to warn you of any potential (and by potential I mean blatant) spoilers in the review and suggest that you skip this review til after the film has hit the silver screen if you’d like to stay “in the Dark” about the film.


Transformers Dark of the Moon #2, The Official Comic Adaptation.

As with the first book, the crew at the helm of creating this adaptation is lead by Writer John Barber, with artwork being done by Jorge Jimenez Moreno, colors by Romulo Fajardo, letters by Shawn Lee, and editing done by Carlos Guzman and Andy Schmidt.

Book two picks up shortly after where book one leads off with on Sam Witwicky starting his first day at his new job. He’s quickly met by a covertesque employee who yanks him into the nearest restroom and insists he take the information he possesed that concerned the “aliens” he was in contact with years prior. Sam denies everything in good fashion but the info is forced on him and the employee books out of the restroom sans pants (as that’s where he was hiding the info) as their boss emerges from a cammode. Sam gives chase to the kid who then states he didn’t know him nor has ever spoke to him and is promptly toasted by Laserbeak. Laserbeak then pursues Sam who, well runs, and finds an emergency axe and returns the favor to Laserbeak by bludgeoning him/her/it in the head. Cue the reunion of Sam and the N.E.S.T. team.


Sam meets the crew and a not impressed Director Mearing, and fills them in on the happenings as Optimus Prime uses the power of the Matrix of Leadership to revive Sentinel Prime. Sentinel blasts Optimus in a defensive move and Optimus and the crew get him to realize who they are and where they are. Optimus and the crew bow to Sentinel in respect and Optimus asks him to reassume command of the Autobots, offering him the Matrix of Leadership. Sentinel refuses, stating that he was in no condition nor had the ability to lead them anymore. Optimus fills him in on the Moon situation and that five unknown pillars were found. He then tells everyone the purpose of the pillars: as Space Bridge, and that only he can operate it.


Flash over to Africa where Megatron is holding base. Soundwave reports that Megatrons “dreads” have left the moon on the Autobot ship. Megatron orders Soundwave to tell the dreads to pursue a “secondary objective” and gather the troops.

Back in the US, Sam is with Bumblebee trying to figure out why the Decepticons are killing humans. Sam walks into a room where former Agent Simmons, of the now defuct Sector 7, is on TV discussing his latest book on aliens. Presumably Sam gets in contact with Simmons cause the next panel features his boss coming to his apartment to give him the information he dropped earlier and the boss threatens to sue Sam if he doesn’t get to see the Bots. Then you see the boss, Simmons and some other guy in a Sector 7 jumpsuit although its not explained how or when they got there. Simmons fills them in on why the Cons are interested in the moon. In walks Carly in a sultry dress, mad that Sam forgot about a party they were supposed to go to and mad that he’s with the Autobots stating that Mearing said she’d handle it. She promptly rips the foot off of Sam’s lucky bunny and gives it to him, leaving Sam.


Atlantic City is their next destination as Simmons tracks down a cosmonaut that worked on the space program and is promptly met by a cadre of guns as he inquires about it. In steps Wheelie, whos been tagging along the way, speaking Russian and making the cosmonaut like him. The cosmonaut tells them that they found hundreds of pillars on the moon. Sam realizes that if they only found five, that means the Decepticons took the rest and plan on using Sentinel Prime to activate it. He quickly calls Mearing to warn them when she says to stay out of it. As they are driving towards the N.E.S.T. teams base, they’re met by a Decepticon that resembles Ravage. Bumblebee backtracks and Sam tells Sideswipe to protect Sentinel. The Autobots form a defensive around Sentinel Prime and Ironhide uses his body to stop a Decepticon vehicle from catching Sentinel. Sam tells Ironhide to guard him cause he’s the key. At this Sentinel Prime transforms, says “Yes, Ironhide, I am the key” and blasts him in the face. To be continued.

As for this as a comic, I give it two cubes out of four this time. The art, once again, was severely lacking and the human art seemed more rushed this time than the first. The Bots look kind of sloppy at times and the colors just don't seem to give the book any life. The story was even hard to swallow this go around as it jumped major leaps without given details on how that leapt was taken. Given this is an adaptation that you have a bunch of story to put into a small amount of space, it gets the job done for giving you the end goods. As I stated before, if you love the movieverse and gotta have more cowbell, the $3.99 pricetag is an easy pill to swallow to complete the series.

As with the first book, the second book featured another solid prose story by John Barber. This go around features Agent Simmons dad in a Soviet prison during the space race. We get alot of background info on how the Russians got the jump in the race and find out that the Pretenders have been manipulating humans from the start. Soundwave appears at the end and starts to connect the dots between the first film and now.

Much better prose story this time around that really gave life to the first one. Barber did a great job of giving background details on Dark of the Moon while letting us know how the Allspark, the Sun Harvestor and the Space Bridge all have a commonplace.

Review three will be headed your way shortly so stay tuned Seibertronians.
Re: Reviews Transformers DOTM #1 Official Comic Adaptation (1241430)
Posted by WarGraver on June 17th, 2011 @ 12:31am CDT
A high-ranking female officer who can't stand being called ma'am, and a woman dumping the hero because he has the audacity to save the world.

Yep, the sexism continues through the whole trilogy. Also, the story is a mess.

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