Review of “Transformers: Primacy” #1
Review by: Winston Bolen
Written by: Chris Metzen and Flinte Dille
Art by: Livio Ramondelli
Letters by: Chris Mowry
Editor: John Barber
If you are just joining the series, Primacy is the third, and presumably, last in a trilogy of early war stories helmed by Flint Dille and Chris Metzin (of Warcraft fame.) While fitting into IDW’s continuity, the trilogy serves to fill in some back story from the beginnings of the Decepticon uprising turned multi-million year civil war. Autocracy saw Orion Pax become the Matrix bearer known as Optimus Prime and Monstrosity showed a time period where the Dynobots had taken on savage, uncontrollable, anger driven beast modes while Megatron had to deal with a coup in his own ranks.
Primacy opens up shortly after the end of Monstrosity, setting all the key players up. Optimus and Ironhide are off climbing metal glaciers on a sabbatical of sorts, only to find Omega Supreme doing his best impression of “Seymour” from Futurama. Hot Rod has just finished up at the Autobot Academy and is looking to be paired in a rookie/veteran tandem with Grimlock, whom appears to be just as grumpy as he was in the last series, minus the carnivorous not-a-dinosaur beast mode. Finally, we find Megatron rebuilding his army after Scorponok’s tiny rebellion in the previous series. Here he finds help from an unexpected ally and a brief history lesson that could be world-burning prophecy, from the mouth of a giant talking city sized dinosaur.
All in all, Primacy #1 is a good start to the series, with better dialogue and cleaner character focus than the previous instalments. The art will probably be a turn-off to some: Ramondelli’s unique style of line art and colors tends to look as muddled here as in his other work. (Mowry’s lettering helps alleviate some of the art confusion.) However, his splash pages do end looking impressive. If you are a lover of Cybertronian history, Primacy will probably interest you. However, if you are a fan of the current ongoing books Robots in Disguise or More than Meets the Eye, you don’t have to feel like you are missing anything by skipping this series, at least until the trade.
3 out of 5 Stars
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