Review: Transformers/Back to the Future

Transformers/Back to the Future

As a 80s kid, I feel like I grew up in the heyday of Saturday morning cartoons. There was nothing like waking up at 6:00a.m, those mornings and watching cartoons all the way through lunch. At first, it was only a few cartoons that we would watch and mostly on one channel. As time went on, and the television networks began to compete, figuring out what to watch became more of a burden.

I, of course, have my favorites to this day, one of the most recent ones being revitalized, was the two versions on Netflix, of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  The other one being Transformers, which has seen it revitalized via movies and its own series on Netflix. As nostalgia is big business and any time fans get to see two franchises cross over, it is often met with excitement. In another crossover from IDW we get Transformers /Back To the Future, where the worlds collide in a completely new adventure.

We are taken to 1985, where Doc Brown has just time traveled to 2015 in his DeLorean, but what make this time different is a pair of Decepticons, Starscream and Ravage, were spying on him, deducing that humans have figured out time travel through quantum physics. Eventually Megatron finds out, and so does the Autobots, thanks to Bumblebee, which changes everything in the future. As Doc Brown’s neighbor and protégé, Marty McFly, awakens the next morning after Doc Brown time traveled, to a world ran by he finds a way to escape the prisoner camp that his family is in, and finds a new Autobot, Gigawatt, who just so happens to transform to a DeLorean. As Marty adjusts to this new reality, he even finds out that his skateboard is a Transformer named Skilz, and he also finds out how they came into power. As Rumble from the Decepticons followed him to 2015, and proceeded to take over Earth using technology from Cybertron. Eventually, Doc Brown reemerges, looking to liberate Earth from Decepticons, through inspiring others and by chance, runs into Marty and the Autobots with his parents.  It would not be too long before Megatron’s spies come out of the woodwork, and a fight between the Autobots and Decepticons take place on Hill Valley’s town square, one that would reveal a Decepticon hiding in plain sight, The Clock Tower. As the Autobots fight the Clock Tower, Marty and Doc realize they must travel to 1985 to stop the Decepticons form the following them to the future. By Book’s end, Martyy awakens the Autobots before the Decepticons could sabotage them, Biff becomes the Autobots mechanic and everything is right in the world when he goes back to 1985.

Overall, Transformers/Back to the Future is an excellent crossover that will have fans of both franchises cheering them on in this fun escapade to the future. The story by Scott is exciting. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, one of the better crossover stories IDW have done in a long while.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Juan Samu
Color: David Garcia Cruz Letterer: Neil Uyetake

Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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