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October 13, 2014 By Adam Groves
With so many different incarnations of the Transformers it’s quite easy to get a bit lost. I mean you’ve got so many to choose from such as Prime, Beast Wars, Armarda etc etc. Myself I like to stick to the original G1 Transformers, this is what I grew up with and still love it just as much today!
What I really want to go through in this column is IDW’s take on this amazing universe. From when they took the licence over from a bankrupt Dreamwave Comics I had mixed feelings, I’d not really heard of this company and to be fair I was still cut up that the stories that were starting to reach pace in DW were now never going to see the light of day! The first series IDW released was called Infiltration and along with an issue 0 it went on for 6 issues, to be honest at first I was quite shocked by how completely different this was to what we’d seen before in a Transformers comic.
E.J Su was the artist and this series is amazing and the level of detail he does on his robotics is incredible (though to be fair I must admit I wasnt keen on this style at first but now I really do love it). Of course it’s the story that really gives this series the edge and it’s done by none other than Simon Furman who any TF fan will know is the master of TF’s. In these issues we see that these robots have been hiding on our planet for years infilltrating from the inside to distablise the way of life, no space ships crashing and burying them for milions of years this was all new and I liked it! This was proper robots in disguise with a squad of Autobots squaring up against a squad of Decepticons who had uncovered a new more powerful energon! The cool thing with this was that we didnt see Prime or Megatron untill the end of the series and then only very briefly, this gave the feeling that these guys were powerhouses and only turned up when big stuff was going down.
From the start Simon Furman was planting seeds for future storylines so you could see from the off he knew where he wanted to take the series, me I was ready to enjoy the ride as I thought this was such a fresh and exciting new take on these Bots! The problem I found was that IDW printed about five different covers to each issue I mean come on five, really lol!
The Trouble is being a comic collector you kind of feel compelled to get all of them, at first I did but then it just got a bit too much. I never minded the odd Variant cover here or there but with so many I can’t stand them nowadays, i’m guessing i’m not the only one who thinks like this!
Ok so thats my first little blog and I just wanted to give an intro to IDW. What I want to do on future blogs is get into more detail on the different story arcs from these books from 2006 up till the present and disscuss what I love about them! That is if people what to read about it lol! Big thanks for people taking time to read this and stay tuned for more as we delve into some amazing stories from the Transformers!
aka Da Twigg
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