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Transformers: Ironhide #1

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010
By: Matthew McLean

Mike Costa
Casey Coller, Joana Luenete (c), Chris Mowry (l)
IDW Publishing
“Iron Age”

The time before the Transformers came to Earth is marked with long millennium of battle on their planet of Cybertron. Given the length of the conflict there are riches of possible stories to mined, which has been tried in the past with varying levels of success. Ironhide #1 promises to a fun jaunt down memory lane while retaining the characters that long time readers know and love.

The art team of Iron Age, though, steals the show. The book is just beautiful to look at. Whether it's the action that Coller depicts or Luenete's gorgeous use of vibrant colors, the whole thing comes together in a lovely way. It's also interesting to see the subtle differences between the characters' former Cybertronian and more familiar Earth forms.

As for those characters, Mike Costa nails each of them, bringing what makes each Autobot (the focus here is on the Autobot Ironhide, so don't expect to see too much of the enemy) unique with a minimal use of dialogue. Whether it's Optimus' bravery and resourcefulness, Ironhide's gruff love of his leader, or Kup's grizzled veteran's demeanor, Costa brings it out without being heavy handed. Which is good, because he doesn't have a great deal of space to work with. Much of the book is dedicated to splashpages, which is wonderful to breath in the art, but leaves little room for plot development. Unfortunately, at four bucks for the issue, it just doesn't feel like enough happens.

Given that there's four million years to work with here, that's a hard drawback to ignore. When that number, four million years pops up, it just makes your human, finite, organic brain scream. While this isn't any fault of the team behind Ironhide (after all if IDW broke from continuity fanboys everywhere would burst into the streets screaming, ready to eat babies) the idea that Ironhide has, apparently, been napping for a significant chuck of that time is just enough to break the suspension of disbelief right at the climax of the book.

The fact that the shot Ironhide takes to send him into his millennium sleep is extremely similar to the shot he took for Rodimus in the ongoing Transformers should make readers wonder if they'll be seeing him in the future. In the mean time, though, Ironhide looks to be a fun, new look into an old character.

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