Sunday, July 8, 2018

Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Prequel #1 Review

The Car Who Loved Me

Writer: John Barber
Artist: Andrew Griffith
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 4, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Review By Chris Groves

Are you ready for this summers new biggest spy thriller???  It’s Bumblebee as James Bond’s New Car!!  For real, this whole prequel series plays out literally as a James Bond movie.  So much so that I didn’t bother to learn the human characters names or the agencies they work under. All you need to know is Bumblebee works for Her Majesty's Secret Service, and there is plenty of spy action to go around.

We begin with James Bond going all Moonraker on Spectre only to discover Blofeld is dead. An explosion ensues and James Bond jumps out of a window into a car that is painted like the Movie Bumblebee, but it is actually Decepticon Wildrider.  While being chased by the police, Bumblebee finally shows up looking all British and takes out Wildrider.  Cue the Bond Opening Credits to a song that is about Bumblebee in The Man With The Golden Car. Dun nuh nat nu nuh. 

James and Money Penny discuss the Decepticon presence on Earth revealing two more: Runabout and Diabla, Bumblebee former friend.  As James and Money Penny get into Bumblebee, a car pulls up with another body with a stabbed knife falls out of a car in front of them.  As they investigate, the three Decepticon arrive and a fight ensues.   Afterward, James and Bumblebee are renounced by the Queen, and that leads us in the next issue with Bumblebee and James going rogue.

Bits and Pieces:

I really was surprised at the direction this prequel comic went.  Putting Bumblebee in a James Bond movie makes the story fun and instantly relatable.  The art is great in this issue, and I like the designs of bots being less insect-like.  Can’t wait for the next issue.


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