Monday, February 20, 2006

Transformers Comic Review...

Transformers Beast Wars #1
The Gathering

Writer: Simon Furman
Artist: Don Figueroa

Cover art by Don Figueroa

Synopsis: The story begins when Magmatron leads a force of Predacons back to prehistoric Earth and the era of the Beast Wars. Cybertron is controlled mainly by the Maximals while his Predacon brethren are suffering under their control. The Predacons lack the power to wage a new war--they need strength of numbers, something they don't have. Magmatron decides to send his team back in time so that he can take those unused stasis pods and convert them all to brand new Predacon warriors (the team is set out of temporal phase so they don't interrupt the original Beast Wars). Little does he realize that he has a spy in his midst--Razorbeast, a Maximal that had been sent by Lioconvoy to keep tabs on his activities. Razorbeast sends out the activation signal to the protoforms, but he's made sure they'll awaken as Maximals instead of Magmatron's desired Predacons. The Predacons quickly realize they've been tricked, Razorbeast escapes them for the time being and goes to gather his new comrades.

Comments: This series is the same as the Dreamwave BW mini-series from last year--the company died before the series could see print. It was already done and IDW wanted something to add to their new TF franchise, so... The art is fantastic, Figueroa delivers the goods yet again. The story is basically just a set up for the larger story but what we see in the first issue seems like a good start. One thing I wonder is if all the protoforms are indeed *all* Maximals then how is this going to be fair fight? Aren't the Preds hopelessly outnumbered? Or is it like G1, where there's less of them but they're conveniently more powerful in some unspecified way? I guess we'll find out... (I bought the blue wrap-around group shot cover, btw--I thought it was the coolest).


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