IDW Publishing 2020
Written by David Mariotte & John Barber
Illustrated by Alex Milne
Coloured by David Garcia Cruz
Lettered & Design by Jake M. Wood
The 0T-800, last hope of his kind, has travelled back to 1984 to destroy the Cybertronians before they can awaken and subjugate his future. But when the Ark systems start to bring the Autobots and Decepticons back online, what will he do against two armies? It’s up to one Terminator to save the future and nothing’s gonna stand in his way!
Last issue I wasn't totally convinced that these two franchises would be this compatible. This issue has put any doubt that I might have to rest. The way these two actually fit with each other is pretty spectacular to see. I have openly said that I am not the biggest fan of the Transformers franchise and yet when something like this comes along I find them more intriguing. So that’s what David and John bring to the table is something that makes folks like me who have a passing knowledge of the franchises and makes them come back for more because the storytelling here is really amazing.
I am a huge fan of the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is exceptionally well laid down. There is a way that this plays out that makes sense as well as who is doing what that I find fascinating and full of surprises. Which leads me to the character development that we see within these pages. I am surprised, though I shouldn’t be, at how we see the characters here as they act and react to the situations and circumstances that they find before them. Also huge shoutout for Sarah because she will always remain essential to any Terminator story whether by design or by fate. The pacing is great and as we are led through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way we see how everything that we see works together to bring out the ebb & flow of the book.
The interiors here are really great. The linework is great and how we see the varying the weights being utilised really do bring out some extremely fine attention to detail. The Cybertonians have a lot of detail in them as they are what they are made up of, the lair that we see with the equipment and the way the hallways are done we see all this detail that really fleshes this world out in ways that make it almost feel real. The way that we see the backgrounds does more than enhance the moments; it also works within the composition of the panels to bring us depth perception, a sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope of the book. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show this superb eye for storytelling. The colour work is really nice to see as well. How the energy changes the colour scheme and how it casts those hues and tones onto another colour is exceptionally well rendered. I am also a fan of seeing the paint finish effects like you would on a car. Yeah this is really well thought out and executed.
I am a fan of these creators and of this series. That we can still be constantly surprised by team-ups and that they feel fresh, new and exciting and in many reignite the desire to see each one on their own again. I am looking forward to the rest of this story and see were it goes from here.