Review: Transformers: Windblade #1 (of 4)

TF_Windblade01_cvrADark Cybertron is over, now begins the Dawn of the Autobots! IDW‘s fantastic Transformers event is over, and now we get the explore the aftermath. It’s been six months, and Cybertron is attempting to recover. At the center of it is Metroplex, barely surviving the battle that’s taken place. Taking care of the titan is Windblade, a mysterious female Transformer acting as a “Cityspeaker” the voice of Metroplex, who at this point has none.

But, who is Windblade!? Where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the Transformers?

Dark Cybertron brought us so much, including three “female” Transformers, of which we know little. This first issue slowly begins to give us the answers to all of those questions we have, at the same time moving the Transformers mythology into the next chapter. There’s something fitting that this chapter begins with the introduction of this new character in her own mini-series. It opens the doors in so many ways.

I can go on how it’s awesome to see the spotlight shone on the character fans voted for. I can say it’s awesome how we get some diversity in gender for this take on the Transformers universe. But, writer Mairghread Scott has made all of that so natural that none of it feels forced. The introduction of Windblade, and her companions, was effortlessly slid into the past mega-event. But, the history presented here in this first issue opens up the possibilities, and gives us hints at even more Transformers history. It all blends in well, and doesn’t come off as a forced ret-con.

Artist Sarah Stone‘s style is a departure from what we’ve seen for quite a while when it comes to IDW’s Transformers comics, and it too is a welcome change. The style, plus the coloring creates beautiful pages I found myself lingering on. It’s reminds me more of what we’ve seen in the Transformers Prime television show, but it works, and works well.

A powerful new chapter in the Transformers saga begins here! This is a comic no Transformers fan should miss!

Story: Mairghread Scott Art: Sarah Stone
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review