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First Strike Issue 1 Comic Book Review


“First Strike” has potential.

It’s safe to say that “First Strike” is arguably IDW’s biggest comic title of the year so far. For those that don’t know what it is, it’s a massive Hasbro crossover comic event with Transformers, G.I. Joe, MASK, ROM and Micronauts. In the first issue, however, the story only revolves around Transformers and G.I. Joe characters.

The story begins with the Transformers annexing Earth into the Cybertronian Council of Worlds to stand against tyranny. This is both well received and not so well received by the people of Earth. In fact, one such group that stands against them launches an attack on Cybertron. Meanwhile, the team of Joes on Earth try to figure out who is responsible for the attack which leads to a shocking discovery.

In the first half of writers Mairghread Scott and David A. Rodriguez’s story, I was a little concerned by what I was reading. Not only did the issue start slow, but there was a long random discussion of fashion (don’t ask). Thankfully, once the attack breaks out, it’s all uphill for the comic. Granted, the story does juggle a lot of characters (like Scarlett, Starscream, Optimus Prime, and Roadblock) which doesn’t leave a lot of breathing room for any of them, but I’d wager most people are checking this out for the action and story. In those departments, the comic fares quite well as it leads up to an intriguing cliffhanger that will undoubtedly have fans craving more.

The real MVP of this issue is artist Max Dunbar’s work. It is both glossy and professional. The characters are well defined and the action looks downright epic as it should.

The comic concludes with a Hasbro tribune article and an upcoming comic check list.

Overall Thoughts: It remains to be seen how “First Strike” will pan out, but it’s off to a commendable start so far.

August 9, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , ,

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