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Transformers: Infestation #1

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011
By: Eric Jones

Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Nick Roche, Joana Lafuente (c), Robbie Robbins (l)
IDW
Ok, normally I'm a big fan of anything with zombies, because let's face it, the vampire thing has worn its welcome thin in recent years. And, although I liked it overall, even Marvel Zombies was milked more than it should have been. So, as an overall bonus for Infestation, the fact that you have one bookend storyline that intertwines through four two-issue parts keeps it short, and in the case of the Transformers: Infestation #1, ever so sweet.

Every step of the way in this project -- no matter which of the variant covers you get -- you are treated to the full-on horror-movie experience, but whether or not it's a Zack Snyder or George Romero flick is up to debate between you, Kup and the Crash-Suit crew! And the fear and urgency shown on the faces of Kup and Galvatron throughout the entire issue helps to spread the madness and keep the reader (along with most of the cast) on-edge. Even Galvatron's crew hits the ground running to try and destroy and curtail the spread of the “unlife curse.” And, to top it off, they manage to establish a forcefield to keep the infestation in the city, but they've only got 20 hours to take care of things on their end.

Overall, fairly standard fare and what you'd expect given the setting, right? And they even cover their bases with the whole “How would you get a zombie Transformer anyway?” shtick by explaining that the nature of the infection upon its initial discovery in their universe is “an obscene composite of machine and organics,” which is why they able to affect robots, people and people inside robots! HECK YES! NO ONE IS SAFE!

*Ahem*

I apologize for my extra enthusiasm and mild sarcasm there. Maybe there's a little something more to that infection than meets the eye!

Yes, Kup shouts the classic line once it's revealed that there is a tie between events in his past and the current insanity going on when he points out the presence of a character -- who has been openly acknowledged several times by others -- isn't even supposed to be real! Yeah, I think that'd drive me crazy too. It seems like there really is a lot more than meets the eye, and I'm hooked enough to see what it is.

It looks like this is going to be a lot to handle even for the most rabid zombie fan, because there's a fairly high issue count to what's essentially a two-month story. Even though it all seems worth it, my advice is to get the two bookend story issues, and pick your favorite of the four universes and get its two issues and enjoy. And, if you like that enough, you should plan on getting the trades for the rest later. That's my plan.



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