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Review: Transformers vs. Terminator #1

TRANSFORMERS VS. TERMINATOR #1

1984 was a pretty important year with so many of today’s beloved pop culture properties debuting during that year. Transformers and The Terminator were two of them and 36 years later, the two properties meet in this new miniseries. Transformers vs. Terminator #1 delivers an interesting debut that’s a twist on the classic story. Unfortunately, something falls a little short in the actual delivery.

David Mariotte, Tom Waltz, and John Barber all contribute to the story with Mariotte and Barber credited as writing it. It’s a familiar story with a warrior from the future sent back in time to prevent an apocalypse. In this case, a Terminator is sent back to protect Skynet from its enemies, Transformers. It’s a twist on the original story putting Skynet in the role of the resistance. Sarah Conner is involved still and the Terminator is the T-800 version, though the likeness to Arnold is… not close.

By trying to give us a twist on the original film, the first issue feels like a bad copy devoid of original and interesting ideas. Compare that to the recent crossover between Transformers and Ghostbusters which was packed with them. And that’s part of the problem with this debut. The entire comic feels “not close.”

There’s clunky dialogue. The sequence of events is a bit choppy. There’s just a lot there that feels off like an odd generic version of the classic. The story easily could have been the Resistance we knew taking on a Skynet/Transformers alliance but instead it delivers a “no matter who wins, we lose” storyline. There’s hints of something really cool here but as delivered it falls flat. The cool factor isn’t there, even if the concept is a childhood mash-up.

Part of the issue is the art by Alex Milne. While the Transformers look fantastic, the T-800 is bad. There’s attempts to make it look like the original film but it just doesn’t work. Add in the attempt to translate Arnold’s awkward delivery and it’s art that’s either exciting or feels like a comedic take.

Transformers vs. Terminator #1 should be an easy one to nail down. But, this debut stumbles from the beginning. From bad dialogue to at times iffy art, there’s just so many crossovers for both properties that’s better and more worth your time.

Story: David Mariotte, Tom Waltz, John Barber
Written: David Mariotte, John Barber
Art: Alex Milne Color: David Garcia Cruz: Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Transformers vs. Terminator #1

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $4.99

It’s Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages! 1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future… or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons?

Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 23 City at War Pt. 2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 23 City at War Pt. 2

(W) Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (A) Michael Dialynas, Mateus Santolouco, Adam Gorham, Cory Smith (A/CA) Dave Watcher
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $19.99

It’s all-out war on the streets of NYC! The road to 100 ends here! It’s the shocking culmination of nearly a decade of storytelling as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Splinter face their darkest hour against a multitude of enemies bent on their total destruction. Karai, Agent Bishop, Old Hob and the Mutanimals, Metalhead, Leatherhead, the Pantheon, Hun-they’re all here, as well as twists, turns, tragedy, and heart-stopping surprises at every turn. Find out how a City at War will change the world forever!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 23 City at War Pt. 2

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 10

(W) Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Bobby Curnow, Matthew K. Manning (A) Cory Smith, Dan Schoening, Dave Watcher, Pablo Tunica, Adam Gorham (CA) Dan Duncan
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $49.99

Turtles… in space! Krang is set to go on trial in Dimension X but he has hired the cybernetic assassin Hakk-R to eliminate the witnesses set to testify against him. Meanwhile, the Turtles race to different planets in Dimension X to escort the witnesses to safety before Hakk-R gets to them first! Then, an enemy from Master Splinter’s past is back and hungry for revenge. To get it, he’ll summon the most dangerous foe that the Turtles have ever encountered–the Collectors, shape-shifting demons that can pass through dimensions at will and cannot be stopped once they have been summoned to harvest a soul. To save themselves, the Turtles team up with the Ghostbusters, the only people who have ever faced the Collectors and lived to tell the tale.

Collects Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe issues #19-20, issues #73-75 of the ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, the Dimension X mini-series, and the TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 crossover mini-series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 10

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101

(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Sophie Campbell
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Welcome to the new world of TMNT! After the cataclysmic events of TMNT #100, the Turtles find New York City drastically changed-new factions and enemies are on the rise, and allies are in short supply. The Turtles discover that in order to survive they will need to work together like never before!

An exciting new era for the TMNT, and the perfect jumping on point!
A Turtle story unlike any you’ve seen, written and drawn by TMNT superstar Sophie Campbell!

Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz will be back with even more TMNT in 2020!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101

Transformers Take on the Terminator in March 2020

IDW Publishing has announced the March 2020 launch of Transformers vs. The Terminator, a four-issue monthly series in partnership with Dark Horse Comics that pits the deadly race of futuristic cyborgs against the sentient, converting robots from Cybertron.

Transformers vs. The Terminator brings together three longtime Transformers contributors (writers David Mariotte and John Barber, and artist Alex Milne) with writer Tom Waltz (fresh off his celebrated 100-issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run) for an epic crossover that revisits the concepts of alien invasion and time-traveling resistance fighters… but twists them in unexpected ways!

Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Gavin Fullerton, Cover B by series artist Alex Milne, and two Retailer Incentive editions by comic book sensations Freddie E. Williams II and Francesco Francavilla, respectively.

Transformers vs. The Terminator #1
Transformers vs. The Terminator #1
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