Transformers: Primacy #1

Transformers: Primacy #1

Writers: Chris Metzen and Flint Dille
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
Cover Artists: Livio Ramondelli (standard cover), Sarah Stone (subscription cover), Casey W. Coller and John-Paul Bove (30th anniversary cover)

As the first page puts it so well: there was an exodus and a catastrophe; the rampage of a colossal, primordial horror; a moment where the most dangerous cybertronian alive saved the world; and now all is quiet, but the peace cannot last. This is the setup of Transformers: Primacy #1. Optimus Prime has come to power, they’ve battled the massive Trypticon, and Megatron is set for his next scheme. This issue reveals the first steps of the next stage of the war between Autobots and Decepticons. Each side gains new allies, and while energon isn’t an issue at the moment, Megatron has something nasty up his sleeve that could endanger the entire planet.

Right out of the gate, the writers take the first page to put the entire story in perspective. With just a few, brief narration blocks, they’re able to summarize all the key points that happened in the previous two mini-series: Autocracy and Monstrosity. But they don’t dwell on the recap for long because the very next page dives right into a bar with Hot Rod who ends up having an encounter with Slinger. The scene does a good job of subtly laying out the lines between Autobots and Decepticons and showing how people can wind up on both sides, even when they were once friends. It adds depth and relatability to what would otherwise be two groups of emotionless robots. Metzen and Dille are very good at making the reader care about these living machines.

From there, the story touches on Optimus Prime and Ironhide who are on vacation in the Grav-Haraan Glacier and stumble upon an ancient relic that could be of great use in the future. Grimlock and the other Dynobots get cured of their corrupted energon. And good old Megatron decides to make use of the discarded Trypticon that the Autobots unfortunately left unguarded. Yet rather than immediately unleashing the wrath of the towering robot, Megatron takes him and his other Decepticons offworld in order to gather their forces for a counterattack. It’s an interesting move and I can’t wait to see what kind of allies Megatron will find outside of Cybertron.

Beneath the intriguing story and colorful dialog lies the wonderful artwork of Livio Ramondelli. His style is perfect for Transformers. Not only does he add life to the clunky robots, but he adds dimension to the two dimensional scenes. The lighting and vibrancy of the colors makes the panels a delight to behold. It’s a visually gorgeous comic. Furthermore, Livio does a great job of breaking up the scenes. There are wide shots for the landscapes, short, rapid-fire panels for action and movement, and larger panels that emphasize the characters and key story scenes. Each panel has just the right attention and focus.

With excellent artwork and top notch storytelling, Transformers: Primacy #1 is a nice start that holds a lot of promise. Judging by the previous stories, it’s hard to guess what surprises will be in store for readers, but this creative team certainly hasn’t lost their touch. If you were a fan of Autocracy or Monstrosity, then Primacy is a must read. For those new to Transformers comics, I highly recommend checking it out. Primacy #1 is a safe jumping on point that won’t have you too lost in what’s going on and what’s happened before. Best of all, if you like it, you can jump back and read those previous two story arcs to help bide the time for the next issue. I give Transformers: Primacy #1 a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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