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Review: Transformers vs. The Terminator

Transformers vs. The Terminator

As a child of the 1980s, I can truly say that television was in its heyday. We got to enjoy some of the best programming that many of us still revel in. It has gotten to the point where many of these shows are coming back in some form. You can look at the past few months, for evidence of this.

One of the best things about those television shows, especially the ones on ABC, was the crossover episodes. Usually, a crossover between similar shows made sense, which is why NBC’s Chicago franchises enjoy this flexibility. This is also why the Avengers movies are so enjoyable, seeing a cast of literally thousands come together after years of build-up. In Transformers vs. The Terminator, a crossover between two iconic franchises makes for an interesting story.

We’re taken to Los Angeles in 2029, where the war between humans and Skynet has taken a cease-fire, as the Decepticons are waging a war on Planet Earth, looking to conquer by any means necessary.  Skynet sends a Terminator back to 1984, a T-800, where he meets a young Sarah Connor, and who in this timeline, still is the key to defeating the enemy, the Decepticons. As he searches for the Autobot Base, it seems like he may be too late, as Megatron stands over his lifeless body, which is when the T-800 surprises them with suppression fire. This gives Bumblebee a chance to rescue Optimus, and give the Autobots an upper hand. Meanwhile, we find out Megatron is in search of Energon on earth, something he finds in multitudes at the Cyberdyne Systems plant, which leads to a standoff between the T-800 and the Autobots against the Decepticons.  By the book’s end, one villain falls while one hero looks for all Transformers to live peacefully, while T-800 accomplishes its mission.

Transformers vs. The Terminator is a fun story that meshes the best parts of both franchises. The story by the creative team is thrilling and relatable. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that asks the question of why there are not more stories like this.

Story: David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz
Art: Alex Milne , David Garcia Cruz, Jake Wood and Gavin Fullerton
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator

Transformers vs. Terminator

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $15.99

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? It’s up to one Terminator to save the future, and nothing’s gonna stand in his way!

Transformers vs. Terminator

Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator #3 (of 4)

Transformers vs. Terminator #3 (of 4)

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The T-800’s mission is simple: Exterminate the Cybertronians and ensure the future belongs to SKYNET. When Optimus Prime offers his aid, suggesting they go after Megatron together, the T-800 faces his toughest decision yet. Is the enemy of his enemy his friend, or just another threat to the mission?

Transformers vs. Terminator #3 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, & Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The T-800, last hope of his kind, has travelled back to 1984 to destroy the Cybertronians before they can awaken and subjugate his future. But when the Ark systems start to bring the Autobots and Decepticons back online, what will he do against two armies? It’s up to one Terminator to save the future and nothing’s gonna stand in his way!

Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

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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

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Hellions #1

It’s Wednesday and should be new comic book day. If you haven’t yet, please go and support your local comic shop in these troubled times. What are you all excited for this week? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait to go to the comic shop, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBLDF – Remote Retailing Webinar with CBLDF – A helpful webinar for stores and creators impacted by events.

Newsarama – Asterix Co-Creator Albert Uderzo Dies at Age 92 – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

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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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

X-O Manowar #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

A for Anonymous (Bold Type Books) – A graphic novel that focuses on the hacktivists that took on some powerful targets.

Far Sector #5 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – This series is the best thing DC is releasing with fantastic artwork and entertaining story. It’s not too late to get started reading this one.

Ghostbusters: Year One #3 (IDW Publishing) – The series has been a lot of fun as it spotlights each member of the team giving us a little more insight into the beloved characters.

Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O (BOOM! Studios) – The comic series goes graphic novel and in this chapter, the girls enter a Battle of the Bands to stop a shadowy corporation from destroying the world of digital music and blame it on Y2K.

Hellions #1 (Marvel) – The latest addition to Marvel’s X-Men relaunch that brings together some of the villains on Krakoa.

On the Stump #2 (Image Comics) – In this world, politicians pass legislation by battling it out in the ring. Seeing politicians getting punch is somewhat cathartic right now. Plus, it’s just a really good comic.

Transformers vs. Terminator #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s Transformers and the Terminator mashed-up. How are we not excited for this one!?

Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was amazing and we’re hoping the second is just as good. This is the highlight of Marvel’s X-relaunch so far.

X-O Manowar #1 (Valiant) – The debut issue is fantastic for long time fans and new readers. An amazing first issue that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

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