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Transformers: Prime #1

Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2011
By: David Pickney

Mike Johnson
E.J. Su, Andrew Dalhouse (c)
IDW Publishing
Transformers is a series that has been around for a while so it stands to reason that there isn't a need for heavy explanation of what is happening in the universe. Autobots and Decepticons are at odds ends with each other and they are in a near constant struggle. That said, this issue of Transformers: Prime lacks information in the sense that, the comic feels like nothings truly happening.

Cliffjumper finds himself back on a now dead planet of Cybertron inhabited by Decepticons. They are, “building something big.” This is clearly the big obstacle to over come for the Autobots but the comic lacks all forms of gravity for the situation. It doesn't feel like anything is really going to happen. This could be because Cliffjumper makes light of everything or because Arcee, his savior earlier in the issue, only speaks in broad description of what the Decepticons are doing, or even a combination of the two. It's really hard to feel like the next issues will evoke some form of real problem.

When you read the comic it starts off with some high energy that makes the comic move fast, which is good, because it makes it fun. The issue is when the energy is lost and the comic keeps going just as fast. What we have then is all the action and plot happening in the first few pages and then the end trying to find a way to fill up the pages. The last few pages finds Cliffjumper begging to assist Arcee in finding out what the Decepticons are up to, she's reluctant but agrees. It does feel like the conversation could have used some trimming.

So now we have this duo and the alliance feels right, the two play off each other pretty well. Their personalities are very different, but with the same common goal and the same basic attitude towards good and evil make them a good match. The writing is decent in the comic with a few hiccups here and there, but there is no reason to believe that these two characters will not be used to their full potential. This issue shows that Johnson does have a good handle on the characters. The characters lines do fit their personalities.

The art in the comic is good though the colors are a bit flat. Action scenes in the comic are done with a curtain amount of detail that makes the panels look like they are moving at times, which is an impressive feat. The artist does even manage to convey emotions through the faces of robots which one can assume takes a good deal of effort.

Overall, the isn't a bad issue, it just falls a bit short and felt a bit rushed. Moving forward we can assume the real problem will have a little bit of light shed on the situation, but as for now it is this kind of vague concept that really has no weight to the matter.



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