First Strike #1 (IDW Publishing)
This is just so weird and somehow excellent. Like, this shouldn’t work. It shouldn’t. A story like this making even a lick of sense proves that the idiocy that Marvel uses to shoot themselves in the sales could work and just makes their editors and writers look that much worse because here it is so damn good.
IDW has quietly been going around and picking up the rights to old eighties toy commercials, the ones that were smart enough to make us think they were anything else: Transformers, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K.… hell, even ROM. They then started publishing the best comics possible with all those properties and more, basically taking the best parts of every iteration of those franchises, tossing those bits into a blender, and hitting puree.
The result has been some of the best comics currently on the shelves. Transformers and TMNT alone are two of the best things you could be reading, and the only reason we haven’t covered either is that we’ve been busy chatting about Jem and the Holograms – another IDW title.
A while back, IDW decided to do the crossover thing and erred on the side of Valiant rather than Marvel; they did a self-contained story that set up a threat and built a means for different people to work together, heroes and villains alike, to combat a common threat. Yeah, Revolution was great and set the stage for something awesome.
Spilling out of the self-contained crossover was a series called Revolutionaries, which dealt with a group of people from different universes keeping in contact with one another and working to make sure anything like the threat that presented itself in Revolution never crops up again.
And then something like that threat cropped up again.
In this case, a Cobra more dangerous than anything you’ve ever seen is crossing dimensions and invading Cybertron, and only those Revolutionaries are in a position to do anything about it.
This is the sort of story that Michael Bay dreams of doing, only done properly: writers David Rodriguez and Mairghread Scott respect the properties they’re working with and expand upon them, while artist Max Dunbar gets to illustrate all the madness and greatness those two minds can come up with.
First Strike is everything cool about eighties cartoons. If you were there, you’ll understand. And if you missed them the first time around, well, here’s your chance to see what it was all about.