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Transformers #1

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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. 

Dark Red #1

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Publisher: AfterShock Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artwork: Corin Howell
Colours: Mark Englert
Lettering: Marshal Dillon
Release Date: 26th March 2019

  

Admittedly, I’m not the target audience for vampire books. Let’s just say the genre is not in my wheelhouse. With that being said, when I heard that Tim Seeley was writing a book about vampires set in the country and it would be published by Aftershock. Well, you have my attention!

Charles ”Chip” Ipswich is a regular guy from a rural town in the middle of America. Where he works a dead-end job as a gas station clerk. Here’s the kicker. Chip is a vampire! 
  Let me tell you this book did not disappoint. One thing I truly enjoyed was the dialogue. At times it was comical. The interactions between the characters that Seeley created captivated me. They just felt so real. Assisting in my enjoyment of the book was the lettering, by Marshall Dillon. The placement of the word bubbles helped the flow of the story. 
 

Now, for the art. I enjoyed countless amounts of panels Corrin Howell created. If I had to choose my favorite part of it would be the facial expressions of each character. It really enhanced my experience. Speaking of enhancing that’s what Mark Englert color palette did for the art. Overall, this would a great execution by a fantastic team. 
 

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