[preview]TFW2005 has an early review on another Transformers comic! Today’s review is for Nefarious #1 by IDW Publishing, which is scheduled to be released in comic book stores tomorrow – Wednesday, March 17th. Check out the review and a few new images from the issue by clicking on the Title Bar or thumbnail to the left.[/preview]TFW2005 has an early review on another Transformers comic! Today’s review is for Nefarious #1 by IDW Publishing, which is scheduled to be released in comic book stores tomorrow – Wednesday, March 17th.Nefarious #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Simon Furman
Art by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Kris Carter
Letters by: Chris Mowry
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Associate Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Cover A – Art by Brian Rood
Cover B – Art by Carlos Magno
Retailer Incentive – Art by Brian Rood
Transformers: Nefarious #1 officially kicks off the first comic sequel to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, drawing fans back to the familiar. N.E.S.T. is still an active entity, taking care of an “Alice” Decepticon pretender. With the exception of the Arcee triplets, all Autobots from Revenge of the Fallen are shown by halfway through the issue. Meanwhile, Soundwave attempts to take control of Earth in advance of Megatron’s return but is confused by the resurrection of Ravage. In Tales of the Fallen #5, Ravage was brought back to life following his death in the movie sequel by an unknown entity. Nefarious #1 focused on the recovery of Ravage’s body from the end location of Tales of the Fallen #5.
Longtime Transformers writer and fan-favorite Simon Furman returns and provides the story for the series. The writing style is typical of what one would expect from Simon, with the inter-dialogue and lengthy speeches. The revelation of the new antagonist force, the ones who revived Ravage, was handled quite well. Soundwave at first brags about how easily it would be to control the humans by means of their communications but then soon learns that his forces and communications skills are challenge by a sector of humans. Soundwave’s new revelation is then followed by the unveiling of the Initiative.
After bring fans back to the movie-universe with familiar faces, Simon gives some non-movie toys and under-used characters time to shine. Jolt gets some face-time on the Autobot side, along with Breakaway, Knockout and Dune Runner. Beyond Soundwave, Alice, and Ravage, the other Decepticons featured are some characters that share a bond with Soundwave…and are very familiar in name to Generation One fans.
Art duties are handled by Carlos Magno, who received some mixed reviews for other recent work such as Tales of the Fallen #1 through #4. However, Nefarious #1 features his best work yet. Whereas details in Tales of the Fallen were indistinct, his lines in this issue were a marked improvement and enhanced by a terrific color job by Kris Carter. The combination of Carlos’ lines and details and Kris’ colors really make the art visually effective.
While the lead-up to the big reveal was handled well, the final panel will seem a little familiar to readers of a previous IDW movie-verse comic mini-series. While the circumstances are different, the hope is that the back story and purpose behind the “big reveal” item is much different that that presented previously in story-form.
Regardless of the issues surrounding the big reveal, Nefarious #1 features a great story with some intriguing art to back it up. It remains true to the universe featured in the Paramount/DreamWorks movies, so those fans of the movies will definitely find this appealing. Meanwhile, fans who didn’t like the movies may be drawn in by the inclusion of some familiar Soundwave minions. At the very least, the FIBRIR/FIRRIB debate starts anew!