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The historic comic book roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collecting issues #1-13 from the original run, including issue #3 reprinted in its entirety, rejoin Optimus Prime and Megatron and their competing factions as their war stretches across the cosmos. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in The historic comic book roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collecting issues #1-13 from the original run, including issue #3 reprinted in its entirety, rejoin Optimus Prime and Megatron and their competing factions as their war stretches across the cosmos. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.


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The historic comic book roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collecting issues #1-13 from the original run, including issue #3 reprinted in its entirety, rejoin Optimus Prime and Megatron and their competing factions as their war stretches across the cosmos. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in The historic comic book roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collecting issues #1-13 from the original run, including issue #3 reprinted in its entirety, rejoin Optimus Prime and Megatron and their competing factions as their war stretches across the cosmos. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.

30 review for The Transformers Classics, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    Objectively speaking, these early Marvel Transformers comics are not very good. (Not to mention the awkwardness of shoehorning in continuity with the Marvel Universe. Glad that was abandoned, although it does cause some problems with the Dinobots.) But they were very important to the classic 80s mythos that was so popular at the time, and there is value in that. Most of the elements of the cartoon actually came from Marvel as a matter of fact, and it's quite interesting to see how the premises we Objectively speaking, these early Marvel Transformers comics are not very good. (Not to mention the awkwardness of shoehorning in continuity with the Marvel Universe. Glad that was abandoned, although it does cause some problems with the Dinobots.) But they were very important to the classic 80s mythos that was so popular at the time, and there is value in that. Most of the elements of the cartoon actually came from Marvel as a matter of fact, and it's quite interesting to see how the premises went in different directions with the comic versus show. Although the comic is wordy with sub-par art and just not very high quality, they do take many more risks compared to what was on television. The sci-fi universe elements are far more thoroughly explored, and there are real stakes when characters face consequences from time to time. For example, Optimus Prime is only a head for half of this graphic novel. And Megatron gets defeated by Cybertronian leader Shockwave as soon as the latter is introduced. The status quo actually changes, which makes for a fun read. As I've read these before, I know it gets better. In a vacuum this isn't something I'd recommend to most readers, but for Transformers fans it's totally necessary and soon Bob Budiansky's world gets better and better. I also admit it: Nostalgia. That is kind of the point with these re-reads and I do enjoy it...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jedi Sunni

    Issue #1 "The Transformers" Absolutely incredible and what fantastic idea and this issue show me exactly why this series was destined to be a hit from the very beginning. I especially like how the bio's flowed with the story. The characters all take on very diverse personalities that allow to connect with them. My rating for this issue is 4.9 out of 5.0. Issue #2 "Power Play" Oh no! the deceptions have kidnapped sam witwicky in hopes of getting him to create a alternative fuel source. I like love Issue #1 "The Transformers" Absolutely incredible and what fantastic idea and this issue show me exactly why this series was destined to be a hit from the very beginning. I especially like how the bio's flowed with the story. The characters all take on very diverse personalities that allow to connect with them. My rating for this issue is 4.9 out of 5.0. Issue #2 "Power Play" Oh no! the deceptions have kidnapped sam witwicky in hopes of getting him to create a alternative fuel source. I like love the art and how they show the transformations. Then there is the constant internal conflict between Megatron and Starscream. I have to say this is a solid second issue. My rating for this issue is a 4.5 out of 5.0. Issue #3 "Prisoner of War!" I am such a slow reader when it comes to these comics. This on was decent as it lead to some heroics at the end. It definitely brings back some very fond memories of my childhood. My rating for this issue is 3.9 out of 4.0. Issue #4 "The Last Stand" I thought there were some good plot point and the battle between the decepticons and autobots was epic. I did not see spark plug sabotaging the decepticons, what an entrance for Shockwave. I did not realize he was that powerful. My rating for this issue is 4.3 out of 5.0. Issue #5 "The New Order" Things are now now starting to heat up, with a new self proclaimed lead the decepticon seem to be in control. Shockwave is awesome and seems very powerful but will that power last. I really like the evolution of the story at this point and personality of the characters. My rating for this issue is 4.8 out of 5.0. Issue #6 "The Worse of Two Evils" I really thought Megatron was going to open a can on good old shockwave. I was pleasantly surprised to see he was not quite up to the task just yet. The oil platform was just a slaughter by one and only one decepticon. My rating for this issue is a 4.7 out of 5.0. Issue #7 "Warrior School" This one has some weight as Buster goes though some type of metamorphosis and Rachet is learn that brain power is the tool of many a warrior. I did think that it was sillly how Buster shocked himself and it did not result in his death. I thought the writer could have been more creative. My rating for this issue is 4.1 out of 5.0. Issue #8 "Repeat Proformance" I enjoyed this story a great deal because I am a huge dinobot fan. This story did not disappoint as we saw that have a head on collision with none other than Megatron. The art is above average and the story line was decent. My rating for this issue is 3.9 out of 5.0. Issue #9 "Disintegrated Circuits" This is probably the heaviest issue thus far. With josie completely unveiling who she now is. Then theres Buster who has a huge surprised or maybe it's just obvious. Anyways the battle at the end was intense and the characters are really starting to develop, even blackrock is beginning to look like a real human being. My rating for this issue is 4.4 out of 5.0. Issue #10 "The next best thing to being there!" We got quite a bit out of this issue, with the coolest being the introduction of devestator. I thought it was creative how the authour made it so that the Autobot and reader are both seeing devastator for the first time. I also thought it was intuitive how the writer showed a selfish human behavior in Huffer. My rating for this issue is 4.5 out of 5.0. Issue #11 "Brainstorm!" The beginning of the great Jetfire. There was a lot that took place in this issue. It all being centered around that creation matrix. There was a good amount of action but I liked the father and son moment that the witwickys had with one another. The power of the creation matrix is incredible. My rating for this issue is a 4.2 out of 5.0. Issue #12 "Prime Time!" How cool was that issue, which kept me completely engaged the who issue, maybe the best issue so far. This was very cleverly written and set up with precision. The Autobots find themselves in trouble but help shows up to kick some decepticon butt. My rating for this issue is a 4.9 out of 5.0. Issue #13 "Shooting Star" This is definitely a different type of issue that follows a different theme. I was impressed with the writer and how he navigated this issue. A down on his guy who has made some bad choices. It has a lesson a built-in lesson about life and success. My rating for this issue is a 4.2 out 5.0.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    The Transformers was always one of the most cynical marketing ploys and we knew this as kids, but bought into all of the hype anyway. Afterall the toys were pretty cool and we had fun hour after hour changing a robot into a car and then back again - OK it's harder to see the appeal as an adult but, yes, we all had them and cherished them and stole them from one another (better still, we won them at a game of marbles. NB I never actually did this, my marble playing skills blew chunks.). It seems The Transformers was always one of the most cynical marketing ploys and we knew this as kids, but bought into all of the hype anyway. Afterall the toys were pretty cool and we had fun hour after hour changing a robot into a car and then back again - OK it's harder to see the appeal as an adult but, yes, we all had them and cherished them and stole them from one another (better still, we won them at a game of marbles. NB I never actually did this, my marble playing skills blew chunks.). It seems strange to think that 30+ years on the Transformers are still a huge property; less strange that the whole marketing behemoth has been resurrected by the shit-tastic Michael Bay with a series of presumably bombastic, uncredible but wildly successful movies that I've - sadly - yet to see. Yet here we are, there are still ranges of Transformers comics being produced and I'm a little bit curious to know what the fuss is all about. Naturally I decided to start right at the beginning with the old, shitty ones. Actually, they aren't shitty. Against the odds this piece of cuncial, soulless marketing tie-in about giant robots doing ... not a lot other than fighting, really ... settled into a regularly entertaining comic book and reaching the end of this volume, I might not be quite convinced that there's genius here, but I can at least see why we were enthralled as kids. They start out shitty though, with a 4 part mini-series (I seem to be missing #3 in my collection for some reason) that was intended to be it. There's no heart and soul in this comic, just explanation after explanation, one dialogue box after another explaining that the two Transformer factions were at war, ended up crash-landing on earth and then fighting one another there. There's a little story to it, but it's very mannered and laboured and would have lost interest if I hadn't known that issue 5 was the start of a new ongoing series giving the go ahead thanks to immense popularity. Bob Budiansky is a much more playful writer, as it happens and whilst the artwork remains weak and we don't ever get as much out of the robots abilities or personalities as I'd like, we do get a bunch of ongoing storylines that I would happily class as "pure fun". The dour and boring Megatron is, as early as issue 5 ousted as Decepticon leader by the cold and logical Shockwave (rocking the one-eyed Cyclops look) and even fails in his initial attempts to regain control. This leads to a string of surprising stories in which Megatron is nearly killed by Ratchet and then winds up as a slave to a part-time gangster. Meanwhile all of the autobots have been destoryed (no wait, captured and fixable) and it's down to the lone Ratchet to save them ... and Oh it turns out that Optimus Prime has the creation Matrix so Shockwave keeps his head happily locked up so that he can use it to create more evil Decepticons, so Prime manages to transfer it to a human who gets the ability to errrr fix cars and stuff. There's a lot of story packed into these issues and while itnever even flirts with being deep or particularly interesting, it's committed to entertaining and pushing the limits of what you'd expect from such a shallow concept. Budiansky keeps the stories moving at a decent pace and the result is that after 13 issues of the first volume I feel "Prime'd" for the next one. It's just too easy to read. This comic is More than meets the eye. My expectations have been Transformed. ETCETERA! I don't really recommend this unless you like robots, toys or nostalgia. I kinda like those things, especially all at once.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sean Chick

    For someone who grew up watching the TV show, the Marvel comics series is a bit refreshing and even gonzo. To be fair the show could get plenty weird too with Starscream meeting Merlin and a football coach giving battle advice to Blitzwing. Here though characters (poor Sunstreaker!) and even people die. The story is more aggressively scifi and creative. The continuous plot is a good thing. The writing is not the best. One might say it is better than the show, but not for what each is trying to a For someone who grew up watching the TV show, the Marvel comics series is a bit refreshing and even gonzo. To be fair the show could get plenty weird too with Starscream meeting Merlin and a football coach giving battle advice to Blitzwing. Here though characters (poor Sunstreaker!) and even people die. The story is more aggressively scifi and creative. The continuous plot is a good thing. The writing is not the best. One might say it is better than the show, but not for what each is trying to achieve. The TV series was an exulted toy commercial truly made for kids. The writing worked well there. The comic audience was older children, but the writing varies, sometimes seeming more mature and at other times certainly not. The art is not great most of the time, but the panels and covers that pop really do so. Issue 5 is among the best comic book covers ever. The erratic quality of the comics extends to the human interactions. One gets tired by issue 13 with humans still wondering what Transformers are and shocked to see them. Really, no one watches television in 1985? Spiderman shows up as does Nick Fury, only to disappear thankfully from what should have been its own universe. On the other end Buster has a pretty good story here, and his involvement in a giant robot war makes more sense than Spike in the TV series just palling around with Bumblebee and Hound for kicks. Really this is a three star series, better than sometimes advertised, but rather flawed overall. However, it is just fun and for a man who grew up watching this at age three, begging to see the More Than Meets the Eye VHS one time too many times. I will be generous and go with a 4 rating.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Derek Moreland

    It’s slow to get started: the first four issues of the initial miniseries are a lot more focused on selling product than telling a story. With issue 5, though, things really pick up steam, with Shockwave taking over the Decepticons and Optimus Prime spending almost the entire volume out of commission. Surprisingly strong stuff.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darren Jones

    The original series is still just as great. Launched to support and drive sales of the toy line, Transformers did more than that. A great series in its own right, the comic introduced characters like the Witwicky’s, Circuit Breaker and Joe Slim and delivered some visually stunning issues.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bo

    This collection really starts out like trash. First issue of transformers has bad art, bad writing, bad coloring and bad lettering done by a dyslexic person. Not to mention it fills every bad stereotype about toy tie-in properties. Over the course of the volume it improves quite a bit. Still flawed but a fun read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David Shelby

    It’s cheesy, it’s old fashioned, and it’s great. Though the art may be a bit lacking in places, Budiansky and his team did an excellent job weaving high action with surprisingly interesting characters that make for a fun experience. I can’t say it’s the best Transformers book ever written, but it’s definitely right up there.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Derek Neveu

    The original mini series is an enjoyable but blatant attempt to sell the toy line. The imagery is that of the toys and not the Sunbow animation we came to love, bad things are just a bit off. Reading Ravage and Lazerbeak talking just felt wrong.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Parungao

    Transformers Classics Vol. 1 The classic comic series from Marvel is as much fun as I remember it being. The original. 4 issues and the beginning of the monthly comic series introduced so many great characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian Lakes

    Great Nostalgia I grew up at the height of transformers in the 80s. It's the first comic I remember collecting. Some great memories. I really enjoyed it. It's not perfect, but for me it will always bring a smile to my face. Great Nostalgia I grew up at the height of transformers in the 80s. It's the first comic I remember collecting. Some great memories. I really enjoyed it. It's not perfect, but for me it will always bring a smile to my face.

  12. 5 out of 5

    T.R. Brown

    Classic I remember reading these as a kid when Transformers was new. This collection is a great walk down memory lane.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    So many great details: the oddly specific Portland setting, young tech tycoon G.B. Blackrock, the Megatron/Shockwave rivalry you never saw on TV.

  14. 5 out of 5

    PsnDth

    What you'd expect. Though it's cool to see the direct connection to the toys in the comics. Makes me feel bad for anyone who gets excited for this franchise though. What you'd expect. Though it's cool to see the direct connection to the toys in the comics. Makes me feel bad for anyone who gets excited for this franchise though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kavinay

    Gets dramatically better when Budiansky takes the reigns. Also Shockwave.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Swenson

    The best transformers comic I give it 5 stars I was born after the original release in the 1980s . I love it I am getting the rest

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Zanghi

    When I heard that there was a collection of Transformers comics back from the 80s, I was extremely excited. When I heard that said comics were produced by Marvel Comics, well, I just had to read them. So, finally I bought a used copy of Transformers Volume One via amazon for a nice price (I'm telling you, it's the best deals in town if you buy from Amazon.com's third-party sellers.) and I started to read it. Now, A little background. I grew up watching Beast Wars as a kid and later watched Generati When I heard that there was a collection of Transformers comics back from the 80s, I was extremely excited. When I heard that said comics were produced by Marvel Comics, well, I just had to read them. So, finally I bought a used copy of Transformers Volume One via amazon for a nice price (I'm telling you, it's the best deals in town if you buy from Amazon.com's third-party sellers.) and I started to read it. Now, A little background. I grew up watching Beast Wars as a kid and later watched Generation One Transformers on DVD as well as reading a bunch of fan fiction on fanfiction.net and I enjoyed all three. I knew that the Comics were probably a little different than the Generation One show, so I kept an open mind, which is something I always do when I read a book/graphic novel I haven't read before. So, my opinion of the Volume One? It's way better than Season One of Generation One, and let me tell you...that is saying something! Perhaps even the epic season Two. Granted, there are well more than a few cheesy scenes and dialogue, like in the opening parts where, after waking up in the Ark after spending 4 million years in stasis lock (which is the Transformers equivalent of coma, as most Beast Wars fans will know) the Transformers not only waste time doing roll call but also telling each other what their special powers are. The story of Volume One doesn't follow the same plot-line as Season One of Transformers: Generation One. Even the reasons for the Autobots and Decepticons crash-landing on Earth is very different. There are many characters (Mainly in the human race) who have different names, mainly instead of Spike (or to the Bayformers fans, Sam) Witwicky, one of the main human characters is named Buster. If you are attempting to read this expecting a word-for-word and shot-for-shot adaptation of Season One episodes, you will be sorely disappointed. Now, the story is really well done for Volume One with multiple story arcs that carry through to Volume Two, mainly the creation of Circuit Breaker and her obsessive war of hatred on the Transformers. The best thing I thought was how the Marvel writing team redesigned Shockwave's personality like an Evil Spock-like villain who is ruled by logic and reason while at the same time acts like Starscream, only he successfully takes over the Decepticons! It's amazing to read about this ruthless character since on the cartoon he was a total suck-up to Megatron and a traditional lackey in Dark of the Moon who only had a few lines. Also, I should mention that to the fans of the movies, they will find this a bit different since the focus of the spotlight is rarely on Optimus Prime. He actually spends much of the book out cold and as a prisoner of Shockwave and the Decepticons. Much of the spotlight is devoted to bots and cons like the deposed Megatron and the science-officer Ratchet, who surprisingly team up to fight Shockwave. One of two downsides to this graphic novel, and these are incredibly minor, are that the paper isn't the usual smooth paper but slightly more rougher construction-like paper. However, it works great and is quite sturdy, so it's not a big deal to me. The other downside is that there is a lot of dialogue bubbles in this book and unless you like reading dialogue (like me) then you might get a little bored. However, this is a really good read. I highly recommend it if you are getting bored of the whole mind-numbing action sequences of the Michael Bay Transformers films. Plus, the Comics introduce the Dinobots rather quickly, give them way more 'screen time', and they actually talk. Even better, they don't talk like cavemen like they do in the Show, which I found incredibly annoying and a little stereotyping.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is really a generational review. If you're a child of the 80's you should be familiar with Generation 1 Transformers. I was a huge fan as a kid: I watched the show, collected the toys, saw the animated film in the theater, and also bought the comics on a regular basis. If you weren't born yet when the Transformers Generation 1 were at the peak of their popularity, of if you already an adult by the time they became popular, chances are this collection of the first 13 issues of the comic book This is really a generational review. If you're a child of the 80's you should be familiar with Generation 1 Transformers. I was a huge fan as a kid: I watched the show, collected the toys, saw the animated film in the theater, and also bought the comics on a regular basis. If you weren't born yet when the Transformers Generation 1 were at the peak of their popularity, of if you already an adult by the time they became popular, chances are this collection of the first 13 issues of the comic book won't appeal to you. But if you grew up with the Transformers these early issues should have off the charts nostalgia appeal. Being as these were published by Marvel I can re-read these as an adult and appreciate them more then, say, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic books that Archie comics used to publish(not the Eastman and Laird originals)since they weren't written exclusively for a younger audience(most of these comics have more dialogue and a bit higher vocabulary then you might think). Other then that these are pretty much exactly what you would expect if you are/were a fan of the Transformers: it fleshes out the mythology, has tons of characters, guns, vehicles, and fight scenes, and even features one issue where Spider-man from regular Marvel comics continuity crosses over into the world of the Transformers! Hardly any of the regular Marvel Super Heroes were based in Oregon(where these stories take place), so the crossover of a Marvel regular with the Transformers could logically be explained away as a one time thing: the regular Marvel heroes all have their own cities to worry about non-stop, and the Decepticons seems to be the only regular super villains in Oregon, so the Autobots can exclusively fight evil in Oregon while Spidey concentrates on fighting HIS super-villains in New York City, where he lives. I don't know. It just seems weird that the Transformers are part of regular Marvel comic books continuity but never interact with any other heroes and villains except for very, very rare occasions(issue 3 with Spider-man and the G.I. Joe crossover)but I guess you can explain it away. Overall though if you were a fan of the Tranformers growing up you should still be able to have fun with these as an adult.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I didn't really expect much going into this volume of the original Transformers comics. I have never been a big fan of the cartoon or the toys (back then I was more into GI Joes, and later Ninja Turtles). This was like reading a piece of history, I guess. It was ok, but I'm glad I didn't pay much for it. I guess it was better than I expected out of a comic that was made to drive toy sales and advertising during Saturday morning cartoons. It definitely read like a morning cartoon. Some of the plo I didn't really expect much going into this volume of the original Transformers comics. I have never been a big fan of the cartoon or the toys (back then I was more into GI Joes, and later Ninja Turtles). This was like reading a piece of history, I guess. It was ok, but I'm glad I didn't pay much for it. I guess it was better than I expected out of a comic that was made to drive toy sales and advertising during Saturday morning cartoons. It definitely read like a morning cartoon. Some of the plot lines were just silly. Some of the types of transformers were silly (like Shockwave and his "space gun" that has a handle and trigger. Or the cars that have steering wheels). The artwork was ok, but nothing inspiring. It took a long while for me to really see much difference between the different transformers. Later on, at least a few of them were recognizable, but there were still some that just looked kind of generic. Some of this might be due to the compression in quality as well as compression in size. I am reading this on a 7" kindle tablet, so that's a fair amount smaller than the original print edition. I ran into problems with the lettering in the same manner. Most of the time it wasn't too difficult to read, though sometimes it wasn't clear. I definitely had to have the screen a closer distance from my face compared to other things I've read (comics included). I will probably continue reading the classics volumes (I think I have vol 1-4) but highly doubt that I'd read them again. My boys would probably enjoy them though. Oh, I should also mention that I got this from HumbleBundle, and assuming it's the same as any other version, but there were a couple issues missing for some reason. I think #3 and #9. I'd have to go back and check and I can't be bothered. It didn't really affect too much of the continuation, but maybe slightly.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Being a huge fan of the cartoon series (the first generation) I thought I would give the comics a try. It's probably worth nothing that I am not a fan of comic books and especially comic book heroes. Maybe it's because of these prejudices, but I definitely prefer the cartoon series over these comic books. For me, the series don't really seem like they're based on comic books, and off the top of my head I can't remember the timing, but I think the toys were done first and then the comic books and Being a huge fan of the cartoon series (the first generation) I thought I would give the comics a try. It's probably worth nothing that I am not a fan of comic books and especially comic book heroes. Maybe it's because of these prejudices, but I definitely prefer the cartoon series over these comic books. For me, the series don't really seem like they're based on comic books, and off the top of my head I can't remember the timing, but I think the toys were done first and then the comic books and series were done to advertise the toys. The comic books are too much like stereotypical comic books for me. One thing I REALLY did not like is the appearance of Spider Man. I REALLY didn't like the crossover. I also didn't like how Sam Witwicky gains the ability to levitate things and fix mechanical objects after Optimus transfers the matrix over to him. As a side note, I didn't fully understand how the matrix was transferred either. Apparently in the comic books, it's purely mental, and not a physical object as it is portrayed in the series? I also didn't like "Circuit Breaker" who is a female computer programmer who gives herself super powers after being hurt by the Transformers and then tries to destroy them. If I wasn't a fan of the Transformers, I would have rated this even lower. Since I am a big fan though, it was interesting to see the differences between the books and the series and to see the different take on things like the dinobots, Devastator as well as Jetfire. I just had to cringe through things that I mentioned previously

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ronniel Garcia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Transformers classics vol. 1 is written by various Authors. I could categorize this book as an action book even though there is a little romance in the beginning as the protagonist Buster is kissing his love interest Jesse. She is briefly seen later in the book. Transformers classics vol.1 is basically about a species of bio-mechanical robots obviously named the Transformers classics vol.1 after there planet Cybertron is practically destroyed they fly to Earth but the impact kills them all. The Transformers classics vol. 1 is written by various Authors. I could categorize this book as an action book even though there is a little romance in the beginning as the protagonist Buster is kissing his love interest Jesse. She is briefly seen later in the book. Transformers classics vol.1 is basically about a species of bio-mechanical robots obviously named the Transformers classics vol.1 after there planet Cybertron is practically destroyed they fly to Earth but the impact kills them all. Many years later the Ships brain dispatches revival drones to reawaken its long dormant crew. The two factions then wage there raging war on Earth where many suffer the consequences. But the war is the least of there worries where the new Decepticon Shockwave takes control and rules them all. I give this book 4 stars because although it has good quality the story gets sort of boring and thin. I would recommend this book to people 13 ages and up considering the fact that the book occupies large words that might be hard for younger people to read. My favorite part in this exciting book is Shockwaves Debut. It's very surprising and shocking. As the Decepticons and Autobots Shockwave is watching from a distance calculating with his cold emotionless eyes. As Optimus Prime is the last one standing Shockwave Transforms into his gun and blasts the leader directly in his head.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not surprisingly, the stories are rather juvenile. The art work is dated and not very memorable. As a huge fan of the G1 cartoon, it is hard not to read this 'hearing' the voice of the actor. And that can be a bit disappointing since some of the characters don't act like their cartoon counterpart at all (Soundwave and Shockwave are the worse and for whatever reason, Spike is called Buster). Like the G1 cartoon, no one dies in this. There are also some laughable impossibilities in these stories a Not surprisingly, the stories are rather juvenile. The art work is dated and not very memorable. As a huge fan of the G1 cartoon, it is hard not to read this 'hearing' the voice of the actor. And that can be a bit disappointing since some of the characters don't act like their cartoon counterpart at all (Soundwave and Shockwave are the worse and for whatever reason, Spike is called Buster). Like the G1 cartoon, no one dies in this. There are also some laughable impossibilities in these stories and in my opinion even worse than the cartoon. For example, a paralyzed girl from her hospital bed turns herself into something like a Terminator and two thugs get shot by Megatron and are barely singed. Overall, not recommended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    James Badger

    Much cooler than I thought it would be. I honestly didn't know if the Transformers action I loved in the 80's cartoons could be translated in comic book form. Not only did it translate well, but the comic books were able to add quite a few details the cartoons left out. I've been saying for years that the original cartoons are the only canonical entities in the world of Transformers (That's right, Michael Bay. I like to pretend you and your terrible movies don't even exist), but I guess I'm goin Much cooler than I thought it would be. I honestly didn't know if the Transformers action I loved in the 80's cartoons could be translated in comic book form. Not only did it translate well, but the comic books were able to add quite a few details the cartoons left out. I've been saying for years that the original cartoons are the only canonical entities in the world of Transformers (That's right, Michael Bay. I like to pretend you and your terrible movies don't even exist), but I guess I'm going to have to let the comics in as well. They take the original story and give it a depth and breadth it didn't have in the cartoons.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    After the original four-issue miniseries - a poorly drawn and over-scripted mess - this series becomes a solid, if overly teachy (oh, yeah, there's a lesson in every issue) adventure comic. I'd read four of the issues as a kid (7-10) and nostalgically wanted to revisit them; even without the nostaglic attachment, those four installments were the best issues, after Bob Budiansky took over writing and established the tone of the stories. The artwork ranges from good (the middle chapters mostly) to After the original four-issue miniseries - a poorly drawn and over-scripted mess - this series becomes a solid, if overly teachy (oh, yeah, there's a lesson in every issue) adventure comic. I'd read four of the issues as a kid (7-10) and nostalgically wanted to revisit them; even without the nostaglic attachment, those four installments were the best issues, after Bob Budiansky took over writing and established the tone of the stories. The artwork ranges from good (the middle chapters mostly) to messy subpar (the miniseries).

  25. 5 out of 5

    H M Reynolds

    Bought this book out of nostagia for the Transformers comic I used to get as a child - certainly a superior incarnation than the current films. The book comes with a bit of background about how it came to be created, which is quite interesting. Credit is deserved for creating an interesting plot around something which could have been seen as a cynical marketing exercise. Did find I got tired of the constant changing of the characters eventually, but the comics did have a good run and there were som Bought this book out of nostagia for the Transformers comic I used to get as a child - certainly a superior incarnation than the current films. The book comes with a bit of background about how it came to be created, which is quite interesting. Credit is deserved for creating an interesting plot around something which could have been seen as a cynical marketing exercise. Did find I got tired of the constant changing of the characters eventually, but the comics did have a good run and there were some exciting stories with clever ideas.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    Con una historia que no tiene nada que ver en la mayoría de sus aspectos con su contraparte animada de los 80's, me encuentro y me sumerjo en un universo de Transformers que me hace querer leer más de estos ya clásicos comics. Lecturas recomendadas para todo amante de Transformes, personajes que a muchos nos acompañan desde nuestra niñez. Con una historia que no tiene nada que ver en la mayoría de sus aspectos con su contraparte animada de los 80's, me encuentro y me sumerjo en un universo de Transformers que me hace querer leer más de estos ya clásicos comics. Lecturas recomendadas para todo amante de Transformes, personajes que a muchos nos acompañan desde nuestra niñez.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Villate

    Very interesting to get the "real" backstory for the Decepticons and Autobots. A disappointing number of misspellings and typos, and sometimes the plot gets a little, uh, thin. But lots of fun nevertheless. Reading this brought back memories of watching the old Transformers show with my little brothers. Very interesting to get the "real" backstory for the Decepticons and Autobots. A disappointing number of misspellings and typos, and sometimes the plot gets a little, uh, thin. But lots of fun nevertheless. Reading this brought back memories of watching the old Transformers show with my little brothers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Quinton Baran

    The series is definitly cheesy, some parts more than others. A giant flying gun is just ridiculous, but the comic is written to support a toy line... The artwork is generally good for the amount of detail that is required. Plot lines are pretty predictable, but entertaining enough. There is some interesting characterization.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Armchair Squid

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Classics Series Loved a walk down memory lane in reading the old comics. Grew up watching the series and read the comics and how well the series is great.

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