IDW Revolutionaries #7 Review
Sgt. Savage is back! This WWII soldier out of time, a tech-savvy billionaire corporate mogul with a suit of power armour, and the rest of a rag-tag team of specially trained and powered heroes take on an enemy with ties to the Axis Powers! This isn’t Marvel, and it isn’t the Avengers, I swear!
Thoughts and Synopsis
It used to be a joke. G.B. Blackrock being Tony Stark used to be a joke. His role as an industrialist with dashing dark hair and a dapper moustache who occasionally funded a team of superheroes invited such comparisons.
Then IDW happened. Now the character that reminded everyone of Tony Stark, updated with a Steve Jobs-esque turtleneck, has finally became Iron Man. The revelation that Blackrock was secretly a Titan Master- a human-sized Transformer masquerading as a human complete with false memories- allowed him to encase his human form in his Cybertronian one. With Revolutionaries #7? He finally has his Captain America.
Sgt. Savage was a war hero from WWII who stumbled upon the Talisman- an ancient and mysterious power source from the Cybertronian colony of Eukaris- in 1944. A mishap transported him to 1994. He worked for a new military special ops team called Team Extreme (because 90s) into the early 2000s before another mishap with the Talisman sent him to 2017. He’s being brought up to speed by GI Joe and Revolutionaries team member Mayday before our team is under attack. Barron Ironblood has orchestrated a plan to free Garrison Kreiger.
It’s this battle that reveals much about both Sgt. Savage and the conniving Barron Ironblood. A reveal that would have had much more impact had First Strike #1 from a week not revealed it. Regardless? The implications for both the Revolutionaries and the Hasbro Universe as a whole are immense.
I know I’m repeating myself here, but let’s recap.
The Talisman was encountered by Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles team during the Second World War when it was used to control hordes of robotic drones fighting for the Nazis and their Axis Powers allies.
Garrison Kreiger, aka General Blitz, Count von Rani, aka Iron Klaw, and Barron Ironblood have so far appeared as our main villains in this comic series meant to highlight the shared Hasbroverse. Two of those three, Kreiger and Ironblood, are Americans. Yet their names or codenames are meant to hearken back to Nazi Germany terminology. Count von Rani also has a codename that follows this convention. And he’s currently the reigning monarch of a nation that sided with the Axis Powers during WWII.
Our heroes include a deadly female special ops soldier, a WWII hero primarily identified by rank who’s found himself transported decades out of his native time, and a snarky tech savvy billionaire who can assume a powered armour form. Forgive me, but this seems like an off-brand Marvel’s Avengers vs Agents of Hydra storyline using Hasbro IP to fill in the specifics.
That’s not to say the issue is without merit. Barber once again flexes his skills as Emperor of Continuity by working the short-lived GI Joe EXTREME line from the 90s into Sgt. Savage’s past. Barber has always been a masterful continuity smith, and you can tell he’s having a ball working even the most obscure Hasbro properties into this new shared universe. Why bother with a Hasbroverse if you’re not going to do it properly, right? So if you’re interested in Hasbro’s brands sharing one continuity- and you’d have to be into that at least a little bit if you’re reading this- then Barber’s weaving of the Hasbro IP into a coherent narrative is very rewarding to see in action.
I just wish that the current setup leaned a little less on Marvel’s Avengers vs Hydra dynamic. Neither IDW Comics or the shared Hasbro Universe will ever be as popular as Marvel Comics or their shared television/cinematic universe. As such I wish they’d use the opportunities inherent in what could be a dedicated niche market to try new stories instead of pale imitations of Marvel’s output.
At least First Strike’s been fun so far. They really need to use that book as the basis for an ongoing Hasbroverse narrative once Revolutionaries wraps its run up.
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