Title: First Strike #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez
Artist: Max Dunbar
Colorist: Andre Zarate
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Cover: Freddie E. Williams; Max Dunbar; Alex Roland; Rob Duenas; Sara Pitre-Durocher; Jay Fosgitt; Davide Fabbri; Leonardo Manco; Whilce Portacio; Livio Ramondelli
First Strike is the continuation of the Revolutionary series that IDW has been publishing for the last year. Basically it’s a monstrous team-up of all the Hasbro properties: Transformers, GIJOE, MASK and etc. If it’s been a toy it’s in the comic. The primary story focuses on the Transformers and how they annexed planet Earth into the Cybertronian Council of Worlds. If you know anything about the Transformers then you know that the Autobots and Decepticons have been battling for eons. It’s never a good thing when they touch down on your world. The remainder of the story is centralized around the earth rebelling against this annex. The story presents itself with a clever bad guy with back ground that has carried over from the previous series. Having jumped into this world and knowing a little about each character helps the reader grasp the story. If your going in blindly, well good luck catching up, or go back and watch a ton of cartoons or comic back issues. Let me say though the book doesn’t work if the art isn’t strong. Giant robots have to be in scale 100% of the time. Fortunately, Max Dunbar is up to the task. His illustrations are solid probably 95% of the time. I hate to pick on the little things when the artwork is quality. This series could turn really good or really confusing to see how all the characters fall into place. I would say give it a read and accept the fine quality that our storytellers have provided.