Did the Decepticons attack a balloon factory?

Transformers Animated: The Arrival #1

IDW Publishing (August, 2008)

WRITER: Marty Isenberg

PENCILER: Dario Brizuela

INKER: Leandro Corral

COLORIST: Liam Shalloo

SELECTED COVER ARTIST: Alex Milne

SELECTED COMIC COLORIST: Josh Perez

LETTERER: Chris Mowry

EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton

It’s a sort-of adaptation of the first few episodes, told piecemeal from the perspective of the characters (including some we didn’t meet until season 2 as well as hinting some of the revelations). Unless you want me to summarize those episodes that’s really all I can state here.

What they got right: Remember last week when I complained about the use of screenshots from the cartoon? Well this is how it should have been done. Brizuela, Corral, and Shalloo create art and coloring that looks like it came out of the cartoon. I love when cartoon adaptation artist match the look and feel of the cartoon they’re adapting. This team should work together on more such projects. This isn’t so much a stand-alone story as it is a companion piece to the show, but it does it well by showing those early events from the perspectives of the important characters…if you call Sentinel Prime “important” instead of “jackass” of course.

What they got wrong: As a stand-alone summary of important events however, it’s not as clear-cut. You’d be better off watching the show than using this comic to get up to speed. The cover art should have been done by the internal art team (which neither of the covers offered were) since they’re so good at recreating the art style used in the show.

Recommendation: Transformers Animated was a fun take on the Transformers concept, which was already a disagreeing multiverse back in the 1980s so I’m used to the different takes by now. I highly recommend watching it if you can, and not using this issue as a summary. But if you enjoy the show get this issue as a companion piece of those early episodes.

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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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