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Transformers/ The Terminator #1 Review - Skynet Vs. The Decepticons (Spoilers)

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

David Mariotte - John Barber (Writer) • Alex Milne (Pencils)

David Garcia Cruz (Colorist) • IDW Publishing - Dark Horse Comics (Publisher)

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IDW makes a habit of throwing Transformers at any franchise available. The crossover with Ghostbusters ended last year. The My Little Pony crossover is next and I just finished reading this issue yesterday.

I never guessed that this mashup would be a thing so I didn't have any expectations going in. I did find the book to be entertaining despite thinking that the concept was goofy. The basic premise is that Decepticons have taken over the planet. In response, Skynet sends a Terminator into the past in an attempt to stop them from taking over.

My initial thought when the series was announced was that we'd see the Human resistance teaming up with the Autobots to take on Skynet and the Decepticons. Seeing Skynet in the resistance role was a nice twist, and I'm interested in seeing where it goes. Hopefully, the creative team does something cool with it in future installments.

The Story starts after an apparent war between Skynet and Transformers. We see the bodies of many established Autobots strewn about. The comic follows a guy that appears to be a blend of Kyle Reese and Arnolds T-800. I think it was intentional misdirect because by the end we learn that he's a machine.

Sarah Conner makes an appearance that I thought was cool but we also get a lot of member berries that I'm not a fan of. I get playing on nostalgia but it becomes a distraction when overdone.

The pacing of the issue also feels rushed. The story probably needed a few more pages to breathe before the conclusion. I hope the pacing slows down and we actually get more depth than a punchup between franchises.

Criticism aside, I found the offering solid enough to lead to further investment in the series. The final splash page was also pretty dramatic. I wasn't blown away by the scenario but it's worth a revisit.

Rating 7.5/10

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Bonus - Transformers NES (1986)

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