An Insurgence Breaks Out in the FIRST STRIKE #1 Review
Written by: Mairghread Scott & David A. Rodriguez
Illustrated by: Max Dunbar
Colored by: Ander Zarate
Lettered by: Tom B. Long
Published by: IDW Publishing
Optimus Prime has declared that the Earth is part of the Cybertronian Council of Worlds and this is where it begins. While there is a conglomeration of humans at Iacon, the Cyberton capitol, to watch Marissa Faireborn be sworn in as Earth’s first Intergalactic Ambassador, an insurgence breaks out. Thus begins First Strike, a Hasbro comic book event.
While that is the crux of the first issue, there are other moving pieces that take place. The Joe’s have a task force at Cyberton and Scarlett is head of a force that is left behind on Earth to defend it’s borders. Her team’s investigation leads the majority of the issue.They follow bread crumbs to what seems to be the main villain that also has ties to the Joes. There are mentions of things that have happened in other comics but the mentions are covered well enough that no questions linger to distract from the enjoyment of the comic.
Coming into this event without knowing anything about what’s really going on, the writing duo did a good job of connecting the dots for a new reader coming in blind.They give back story smoothly during exposition without allowing it to bog down the main thrust of the comic.
The illustrations by Max Dunbar are fantastic as he’s managed to give each and every character their own feel. Not just facial expressions but also their stances. which is good when a comic has a cast as large as this one.Likewise the Transformers in the issue are well drawn and Max manages to give them some great facial expressions that give more life to the panels.
Overall enough happened in this issue and enough is hinted at for the rest of the event to keep an eye on this series. This appears to be a mega event that promises all of Hasbro’s properties and characters involved. So if you have 80s nostalgia and enjoy a good yarn, this is definitely something you want to check out.