Published: June 26th, 2012
Written by: James Roberts
Art by: Nick Roche, Alex Milne
Based on: The Transformers by Hasbro
IDW Publishing, 128 Pages
This is the first Transformers comic book that I have read from IDW. I used to read the old Marvel stuff when I was a kid and I read some of the Devil’s Due stuff during the ’00s. But in my experience, IDW has done really well with all of the franchises from my youth and I don’t expect their handling of the Transformers property to be any different. They, at least, can’t do as bad of a job with the franchise as Michael Bay has.
So yes, it is better than Michael Bay’s Transformers movies and it benefits from tapping into the style of the original Generation 1 Transformers cartoon, comics and toys. However, I was pretty underwhelmed by this story, overall.
It is a good starting point, even if it takes place after a major war. The gist of the story has to do with rebuilding after a cataclysmic event on Cybertron. Other Cybertronians start returning and they want to live on a world free of war and conflict. Optimus Prime is rejected by the Cybertronians and he leaves to who knows where. The rest of the story deals with Rodimus Prime forming a team to go in search of the legendary Knights of Cybertron, who are believed to be able to unite Cybertron and bring about true peace. Rodimus’ team is comprised of 200 robots, some of which were even former Decepticons or have a shady past.
I really wanted to like this book and to get back into the Transformers universe again but it just didn’t resonate with me. I liked it for the most part but it didn’t leave me wanting to rush out and get the followup volume. I’ll probably read it eventually but there’s a lot of other comics that are much higher up on my priority list, at the moment.
The story just didn’t take off. Sure, this is a setup for the More Than Meets the Eye series but it moved slow, was pretty uneventful and even as an origin of sorts, I just didn’t care enough to get emotionally invested in the adventure to come.
That doesn’t mean that this series doesn’t shape up to be something great. At some point, I will find out if it picked up some steam and moved forward in a good way. But like I said, I’ve got other stuff to read first.
Pairs well with: Other IDW Publishing Transformers collections.