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Review: Revolution #1

revolution01_cvrri_aExplosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to Optimus Prime and the Transformers! G.I. Joe refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! Action Man and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the Micronauts stand?

The bi-weekly event kicks off here bringing together properties that have been around for over 30 years in some cases. As a kid I always mixed my toys having Transformers right along with G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K., though the scales didn’t always work out. Now, on the page on this comic we get to see it all come together. It’s not all smooth though and there’s some odd questions. Things indicate that the various comics in IDW’s line have all happened, and this just brings them more together. So G.I. Joe was around the entire time various Transformers events took place, but it’s now that they’re actually focused on them. It feels a bit smashed together and a little bumpy, not as smooth as I’d have thought or hoped.

When it comes to the properties coming together they make sense. G.I. Joe is pivoting to now deal with the Transformer threat now that Optimus has laid claim to Earth. ROM is running around killing folks, which comes into play… M.A.S.K. and Micronauts? We still have to wait and see how that fits in. This first issue lays out the Joe mission as Optimus and his team attempt to prove they’re only there to help.

The story itself is a bit clunky. What prompts the initial fight feels like it’d violate the Joe’s rule of engagement and the initial thing that kicks it all off involving Ore-13 feels a lot like a McGuffin. And ROM’s introduction feels like it comes out of nowhere and just happens. with little explanation for new readers. It’s a “what the hell was that!?” moment that doesn’t feel natural, it feels random. Still, there’s something that brings me back to my childhood about it all.

The art is ok. I love the art on the various Transformers series and the previous volumes of G.I. Joe. This feels like a step back from what we’ve seen. We’ve seen better.

The first issue is ok. There’s nothing terribly wrong with it, but there’s also nothing that really feels like things are natural. It feels mandated in a weird way, not an organic culmination. Luckily we don’t have long to wait for the next installment and as far as the bigger picture I’m sure it’ll work out. Going in I was excited, but right now I’m a bit tepid about it all.

Story: Cullen Bunn and John Barber Art: Fico Ossio
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read