Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Defiance #1 Review

War has influenced our history more than just about anything else. War has won independence, freed slaves, enslaved others, killed millions, among other things. But just as pivotal as the war itself are the events leading up to the war. The calm before the storm (or the not so calm.) These prewar elements in the Transformers movie universe have been left largely untouched. Until now. Chris Mowry has decided to dive in and sculpt an origin for the Transformers movie mythos. An interesting premise. But a premise and the finished product are two different things. So, how does the first issue hold up? Well, this seems to be a solid story so far. The campy feeling of Alliance is nonexistent in Defiance. It answers many questions and raises new ones, such as the true origin of Megatron. I've always loved these type stories and I like were this series seems to be headed. The main problem of this book, though, is the poor artwork. I don't want to rag on Khanna too much, because I know many fans love him, but the movie designs simply don't fit his style. This series will definitely improve when Don Figueroa takes the reigns. The first installment of Defiance is definitely worth picking up. But if you read comics for the art, this one you might want to skip.
Story: 8/10 Art: 4/10 Quick Verdict: Grab It / Hold It

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Alliance #2 Review

The second issue of four in the Alliance series of prequels takes things up a notch. After my less than good review of the first issue (see below) I'm glad I gave this book another chance. While not a drastic improvement, this issue did leave my with my interest piqued. The air of mystery surrounds the end of the issue, leaving you with a " aww CRAP! I can't believe they ended it here!" feeling. Though I doubt this story will be resolved in the series. I bet we will have to wait for the movie for that. The script seems much better. The corny dialogue is gone for the exception of Agent Simmons, who's dialogue is the movie much resembles that of the comic. You can't blame a writer for sticking with set material and characters. While this story is surely not going to break new ground, it seems this is still going to be an interesting read. The art work is the same quality of the last issue, good but inconsistent. I have to fault Milne for the constant silhouettes and bland backgrounds. I want to see the robots, not just outlines of them. All in all, this issue presses forward to what is sure to be a decent prequel to a hopefully great movie.

Story: 6.75/10 Art:6.75/10 Quick Verdict: Hold It

Monday, January 26, 2009

Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Alliance #1 Review

The summer movie season will be upon us before we know it. Surely one of this year's biggest hits (if not the biggest) will be Transformers 2: Revenge of The Fallen. This is what IDW must have been betting on when they released this prequel. There is very little substance to this issue, and I know many disagree with me on this. But the writing is horrid. A campy writing style and corny dialogue permeate the issue. I really don't see where a solid story can be made of this, though this is never determinable in the first issue. But, in my opinion this is not a good start. I have a question for the editor. When you read this, did the thought ever cross you mind to have Chris Mowry tighten up the dialogue? The comic would have improved ten-fold if the corny one liners and cheesy jokes were eliminated. The art is good, but inconsistent. Not a selling point, but passable. If you haven't liked IDW's movie stuff so far , this will not improve your opinion. If you are a fan, then patience may be a virtue. In the end this issue as a stand alone is a solid Drop It, but it is only the beginning of the story, so only time will tell if it was all worth it.


Story: 3.5/10 Art: 7/10 Quick Verdict: Drop It / Hold It

Sunday, January 25, 2009

All Hail Megaton #6 Review

The half way point of All Hail Megatron has come. By now serious questions are being raised as to the direction this series has taken. Pacing, amount of focus on the Autobots, lack of focus on the Decepticons, all points of concern. Is this series worth it? Does this issue give a definitive answer? Wellllllllll.... those who hate the series won't care for this issue either. Focus is still on the Autobots, but the story is progressing, answering some looming questions. Those who are not as critical might find a lot to be had. Again, the story is progressing a little faster, but not much. The art is still top notch. Guido Guidi is quickly becoming one of my favorite Transformers artists. All in all, if you want a good read and really good art work, make sure and pick this one up. Just don't believe the whole 'best Transformers comic ever" thing IDW is trying pull. (If you are on the fence as to whether to drop this series or not, I would wait. I think something BIG is coming...)


Story: 7/10 Art: 8.5/10 Quick Verdict: Hold It/Grab It


This installment in the annual Timelines series doesn't disappoint. Though the story has a kinda "been there, done that" feel to it, I think it was well executed within the confines of the set story. Great dialogue and great pacing make this story not just a flimsy reason to showcase Don Figueroa's art. Which leads me to the other side to this book. Don's pencils are breathtaking and better than ever. Several times while reading this issue I just sat and starred at the page for several minutes. With Don on current hiatus from Transformers, getting something he drew is reason enough to pick this one up. This book is quite limited, so get to your local comic shop quick. If they are sold out...there is always eBay. The shipping costs are well worth it.


Story: 7.5/10 Art: 10/10 Quick Verdict: Grab It

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Till All Are One

Hello readers. As you might have guessed this is a blog about (anyone? anyone?) Transformers! Mostly I'm going to talk about the comics. The artists, the writers, ect. I'll also be doing reviews of the current issues (and some back issues). So check back regularly. Because, let's face it, IDW puts out some great stuff, but they also put out alot of crap. So I'll tell you what is worth your money and what is not. And hopefully, some who have quit the comics altogether, may be motivated to pick a comic or two up and see if it strikes their fancy. As time goes on, I'll review some toys and talk about off the wall TF stuff. Just have fun and feel free to comment on what you read here, but please no profanity. It ain't Transformers till all are one...