The origin of M.A.S.K.! Miles Mayhem’s decades long plans are finally coming to fruition, but will the revealed secrets he has hidden from Matt Trakker create a new enemy bent on Mayhem’s undoing? A special story tying directly into REVOLUTION!
Crossover events usually establish a new group of characters after the storyline comes to an end. In an effort to try and flip the idea on its head, IDW has instead used their new crossover event, Revolution, to introduce the classic team of individuals with transforming vehicles known as M.A.S.K.. Using all the mythologies the IDW universe has to offer, the group is formed as a sub organization of G.I. Joe and their weapons and vehicles are specifically designed to be used to stop the Transformers. Writer Brandon Easton is taking full advantage of what is happening with the crossover and is using it spectacularly. This issue offers great world building but also captures the spirit and feel of the original characters. Compared to other issues which serve to reintroduce a classic franchise to a new audience, this one accomplishes its goal in the first issue.
Artists Tony Vargas and Jordi Escuin, really bring a great look to the issue. The characters are crisp and detailed but many still have the look of the original characters. They did manage to keep the vehicles looking the same, but it’s the only detail they really needed to cling to as they decided to update the series.
Fans of M.A.S.K. rejoice. The Team is off to a great start with their introduction to the IDW universe. With the option of dealing with characters from other IDW properties (G.I. Joe, Action Man) on top of reintroducing characters from their own franchise, this series has a long and entertaining road ahead of it.