Written by: Brian Ruckley
Art by: Angel Hernandez/ Cachet Whitman
Colors by: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B. Long
Release Date: March 13th, 2019
I like to preface this review by saying that I have a lot of bad opinions. Haha, not really. More like, unconventional opinions that are often rooted with what I grew up with. That’s definitely the case with anything related to Transformers. I LOVED the original cartoon and the Marvel comics. I was right there when the movie came out and our hero, Optimus Prime, fell in battle. Over the years I continued with my love interest through all its myriad of forms: Beast Wars/Machines, Armada, Prime, Michael Bay’s milquetoast franchise, Generation 2 comics, and Dreamwave’s series. Finally, I got to IDW and their Generation 1 reboot. Now, these were some great stories and definitely what I needed after Dreamwave folded. There was just the right amount of classic G1 feel to the portrayal of characters with a twist off in a new direction. However, all good things must come to an end. Over the course of a few years, the stories got very outlandish and had no real unity or continuity between them. Plus…they killed major characters right and left with no reasoning behind it! Some repair work was needed on this franchise.
Now we come to IDW’s new Transformers series. This is a true reboot that takes place on their home planet of Cybertron, millions of years before the Transformers’ exodus from Cybertron to Earth. Megatron’s formation of the Decepticon movement is in its early stages. The word Decepticon doesn’t even exist yet. As what
The story opens with a new Transformer named Rubble. He’s newly forged – their form of being born – and has begun to take in all the sights. His sense of awe and curiosity is quite endearing. Readers are introduced to two well-known Transformers – Bumblebee and Windblade – as they lead him to his destination. We have a brief interlude where we see a crowd belonging to Megatron’s Ascenticon movement. The ever stoic Ironhide escorts Megatron to meet with Orion Pax, the future Optimus Prime, regarding public safety around Megatron’s movement. We go back to Rubble’s story for more jovial interactions before the issue ends on a cliffhanger.
The art definitely fits what readers are used to with Transformers titles. I love the fact that IDW used different artists for the two separate storylines that are in this first issue. Angel Hernandez’s pseudo-cartoonish style is befitting of the story of Rubble and the youthful attitude he has. Cachet Whitman was in charge of the interlude story. I have to say, I really enjoy her work! Her character designs have that IDW feel and style with a unique twist. Let’s not forget Joana Lafuente’s use of colors. Everything blends very well together while at the same time drawing eyes to specific areas of the panels. I’m absolutely on board for more art from this fantastic team of creators.
This book is a must-buy for me and I think for any fan of Transformers. I was able to immerse myself into the story. I felt like I was watching new stories of my classic G1 cartoon. This opening issue made me want to know more about the backstory between Orion Pax (Optimus Prime) and Megatron. I felt connected to the new character of Rubble. Most importantly, I want to know what happens next and how things go from peace to war.