Title: Transformers: Unicron #1
Words: John Barber
Art: Alex Milne
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: The Darkest Hour has come. Optimus Prime stages a desperate gamble as the world-eater, Unicron, approaches Windblade’s homeworld—but that’s just the appetizer. The main course is Cybertron (with a side of Earth)… and it’s starting to look like no force in the galaxy can stop the end from coming.
Unicron, the world-eater, has arrived and has his sights set on Cybertron; sure there are some worlds in the way, but it’s just a matter of time before this seemingly unstoppable being gets what it wants.
John Barber does a fine job in relaying to readers just how dire and chaotic the situation is; our heroes are trying and they are failing–their best efforts aren’t enough. Transformers: Unicron #1 is entertaining, but at times, it is somewhat disorienting thanks to everything that is simultaneously taking place. Reading this issue without any prior knowledge of the Transformers U, whether from reading the comics or from watching the television shows, and getting enjoyment out of it, would be tough. Despite being the first issue in a limited run, Transformers: Unicron #1 relies heavily on readers’ prior knowledge to tell an entertaining story. With that said, Transformers: Unicron #1 really is entertaining and worth-reading. Less informed readers just won’t get as much out of the book as long-time Transformers fans will.
The amount of detail that artist Alex Milne packs into each page in Transformers: Unicron #1 is impressive, but at times, thanks to this impressive detail being coupled with chaotic scenes, dizzying. Focal points aren’t clear enough and since the issue is paced at a breakneck speed, the issue feels somewhat unbalanced. Take some extra time to go back for a second read; doing this allows readers to get the most out of Milne’s stunning line and detail work.
The Bottom Line:
Transformers: Unicron #1 is an exciting and energetic read that focuses on the battle against Unicron; at times the book feels weighed-down and, perhaps, cluttered, but it is worth reading nonetheless.