If you judge a book by its cover, you would believe the Transformer shown dies. Spoiler alert, he’s not the one who dies. Yes, someone dies. Because it is the first issue of what IDW touts a major story for the Hasbro/IDWverse and shift in what is the norm.
Taking place some time after the events of Revolution, we find the Visionaries have their own stake in Cybertron, for some, co-existing and making a home, for others, a right to conquest. Sound familiar?
If you are familiar with the old toyline, you will recognize the names and allegiances, however appearances are now what you remember.
Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Vissagio (the coolest name ever) helms writing duties and telling a story about a near-long forgotten tribe of action figures is no easy task.
From what I see thus far, her reinvention of the Visionaries looks very promising. Check out her work on DC’s Young Animal imprint, Eternity Girl. On art for this issue if Fico Ossio, who previously worked on Revolution and Skylanders, brings stark color which compliments the nature of the conflict.
We see tensions mount quickly, and the consequences escalate to fatal results.
IDW went and spoiled the ending hours after release on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. I do not condone this. The ending that is. A half-assed eulogy in what they want us to believe was a climactic end for a storied veteran is nothing more than an excuse to kill off a character for the sake of shock value.
The issue itself was fine, I have no complaints about the new tale, but the ending was, well, not to my liking.
However, self-serving opinion aside, I give the issue 8 out of 10.