PEACE IN OUR TIME! STARSCREAM and WINDBLADE have given everything to bring together CYBERTRON’s Lost Colonies into a Council Of Worlds. But when the increasingly brutal tactics of STARSCREAM’s secret police increase tension among the former DECEPTICONS… how long can the Council maintain this fragile peace?
What? Another Transformer series? After the success of the Transformers and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, IDW has decided to add a third series to the list. It seems as if each of the current series being published will help to tell a separate side of the larger Transformer universe. Transformers (no longer using the Robots In Disguise subtitle thank to the recent cartoon series) will focus on Optimus Prime and his team on Earth, while Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye continues to tell the story of the mismatched crew of the Lost Light. Where does this leave Transformers: Till All Are One? It will take place on the planet of Cybertron and looks at the shaky peace held between the Autobots, the Decepticons, and everyone in between (usually referred to as the Badgeless).
The introduction of the new series follows Ironhide who is now running a private security firm. He gets pulled into help investigate a string of Decepticon murders. Elsewhere, the Combaticons are working with a mysterious being who is helping to supply them with the means to stir up trouble to get revenge for their lost comrade, Swindle.
The story is a little slow at first. Sure it’s helping to establish the new story line and where the book is going but this book is a break off from two already established titles. Was there really such a need to take so long to introduce everyone? Mairghread Scott, the writer has made the book a good starting out point for newer fans but as far as first issues go it is a bit slow.
The art by Sara Pitre-Durocher is very suitable for the story. She draws the characters very energetically and full of expression. It helps to convey the emotional aspect of what these characters are going through. Ironhide himself is drawn as stoic but seems tired. This fits his character, a soldier who has been fighting for a long time but wants to find a peaceful ending to it all.
The third installment of the Transformer comics has a slow start but has potential to tell some great stories. If it follows the pattern which has been happening lately, this first issue will be bit slower but will be saved by a fantastic second issue. This has been a trend with many books from IDW Publishing. So here’s hoping this series will kick into gear with the next issue.