Earth is formally joining the Cybertronian Council of Worlds but not everyone is on board with that. That’s where we find the landscape in this Hasbro comic book event involving G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Rom, Micronauts and of course Transformers. It’s a lot of players in for this but we’re dealing with a creative team that gets that and in this opening issue they keep the focus exactly where it needs to be for each title.
David A. Rodriguez and Mairghread Scott offer up a script that, at times, can be more than a bit dense. And trust me that’s not a bad thing at all, because these two authors approach their work with a steady appreciation that maybe not all their readers are caught up on everything that’s been going on with these various properties. Following two teams of heroes keeps things simple, especially with Hashtag taking point worlds away and Scarlett doing her thing on Earth. It leads to a solid cliffhanger and a villain motivation reveal that will no doubt excite.
On the visual side Max Dunbar works wonders with the Transformers, keeping them wholly unique and slightly intimidating to their human counterparts. It’s a perfect balancing act that shines through, especially when the action starts both on Earth and Cybertron. Don’t get me wrong the talent also gives the other primaries their due but his balancing act between these various worlds struck a cord with me, serious kudos sir. And the colors by Ander Zarate only furthered my appreciation for that dynamic for all thing Hasbro in this opening issue
First Strike #1 is a text heavy first issue that gets this event going! It’s not going to turn someone into a fan of any of these properties but if you haven’t been following along this right here is a great excuse to dive in. Especially because the villains are rich with intent and a plan, so much so I can’t wait until #2 arrives. So by all means rush out to your comic shop this Wednesday and grab yourself a copy.
(8 / 10)