Review: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1
When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 is an intriguing concept of a comic. After billions of years of battle, what happens to the last Cybertronian and who will it be? There’s a lot of directions this series can go and after the first issue, I’m not sure which it’ll be in what is a rather frustrating debut.
Written by Nick Roche, Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 takes us to Donnokt, a planet that’s somewhat like the Wild West but a bit more technology. After a tease of a crash landing of an object, we’re introduced to the locals of a town and particularly one, who is their local delivery person. She’s challenged by a new team offering similar services who use a bit more technology to get it done. The comic, for what feels like about 3/4 of it, is a story of a struggling business who is facing the challenges of new technology. It’s a rather slow, plodding opening where you feel like you want it all to speed up and get to the point. Sure, it throws out some potential themes for the series, but we’re here for the Cybertronians!
Eventually, that happens with a big reveal which doesn’t go as expected. In fact it’s far from that which instantly got me to take notice. Unfortunately, it takes too long to get there. That last 1/4 of the comic is great for its feints and what it sets up. As I said, there’s a lot of potential and a lot of questions to ask and be answered.
Art is provided by E.J. Su and Roche with color by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Johanna Nattalie. The art is pretty good but feels like it fits more in a Back to the Future story than Transformers. The setting and art style felt more Back to the Future III than the world it’s set in. The art isn’t bad but it doesn’t excite and doesn’t deliver quite enough detail to really give us more of an idea about this world. There’s enough to get the story going but it doesn’t have that little bit extra of small details to really give it a boost. Like the story itself, the art in the last quarter of the comic is what stands out with a brutal battle and some emotional kick.
Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 isn’t a bad start, it’s just not exciting. It has all the chance of people something great going forward but it takes too long to get to the point and what we’ve come for. It almost feels like two comics and those two don’t quite line up. Still, there’s just enough I want to read more and see if the series goes where it could and really deliver something special.
Story: Nick Roche Art: E.J. Su and Nick Roche
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Johanna Nattalie
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review