Saturday, July 14, 2018

Transformers: Unicron #1 Review

Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Alex Milne
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99
Review by Chris Groves

The end is nigh! The Darkest Hour has come. Optimus Prime stages a desperate gamble as the world-eater, Unicron, approaches Windblade's homeworld-but that's just the appetizer. The main course is Cybertron (with a side of Earth)... and it's starting to look like no force in the galaxy can stop the end from coming.

The exciting conclusion to the IDW Transformers is here, and if comics could be a blockbuster movie, this is a billion dollar spectacle.  The quick review of this issue is to go read the FCBD Unicron #0 and get this issue now.  

The story takes place with the Optimus Prime set of characters, hopefully, we’ll find out what’s going on with the Lost Light crew soon. The planet eater Unicron is coming for Caminus, and his heralds, the Maximals, aren’t making the Cybertronian’s plans to save the planet any easier.  Optimus Prime and his crew go head first into Unicron to try and stop him from the inside.  

Pyra Magna and the Mistress of Flame are dealing with the Maximals and saving their population.  Meanwhile, a group of former Decepticons tries to convince Starscream to lead after Unicron destroys Cybertron and the colonies. 

This issue is totally action packed and each panel must be studied to get all the information thrown at you.  Alex Milne was pulled from More Than Meets The Eye when the Lost Light switchover happened.  If it was to work on this series, then I gladly accept that decision.  Every plane has so much detail that it requires a re-reading of the issue. 

 As far as the characters go, everyone is acting exactly as they should.  Optimus is back to being the war hero leader he’s meant to be, Mistress of the Flame is fiercely religious even in a major crisis, and Starscream is always the opportunist. 

Bits and Pieces:

I believe the Unicron issues will be mostly action pieces while the Optimus Prime and Lost Light issues will focus more on character moment.  Of course, since this is the end, the body count is rising with each issue, but the characters aren’t going out like punks so I say bring it on.


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