Title: Transformers (2019-) #1
Words: Brian Ruckley
Art: Angel Hernandez & Cachet Whitman
Colors: Joana Lafuente
Published: March 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: A NEW ERA DAWNS! In the infinite universe, there exists a planet like no other: Cybertron! Home to the Transformers, and a thriving hub for inter-stellar commerce, it is a world brimming with organic and constructed diversity. Immense structures line its landscape. Mechanical giants roam across its surface. Starship-sized titans orbit its skies, keeping a constant protective watch above and below. Ancient Transformers merge into its very fabric. Small, mysterious creatures skulk in its shadows. It is a truly amazing realm, long untouched by war, and exuberantly reaching for the stars. This is the Cybertron that Optimus Prime and Megatron vie for in this bold new origin—a world of seemingly endless peace! All that changes when Bumblebee and Windblade take a newly-forged Cybertronian on his first voyage through this world of wonders—they are confronted by the hard reality of the first murder to have occurred on Cybertron in living memory!
Transformers (2019-) #1 offers new readers an excellent jumping-on point as it introduces Cybertron, its inhabitants, and their conflicts, beautifully. For readers who are already acquainted with the Cybertronians, this issue may not be as appealing or exciting since the majority of this book is dedicated to acclimating readers. Regardless of whether you are a long-time fan or newcomer, Transformers (2019-) #1 offers a charming and immersive reading experience.
Although Transformers (2019-) #1 is a bit of a slow-burn, writer Brian Ruckley makes great use of his time with the reader, providing all of the necessary details that one would need to enjoy this series. Placing readers–especially new readers–alongside Rubble, a newly forged bot, was an intelligent decision; this introduction to Cybertron is both charming and telling.
Artists Angel Hernandez, Cachet Whitman, and Joana Lafuente, bring Cybertron and its inhabitants to life with beautifully rendered artwork that immediately immerses readers in a world unlike their own.
The Bottom Line
Transformers (2019-) #1 is an accessible debut that immerses readers in the world of Transformers, familiarizing them with Cybertron, its occupants, and its conflicts. If you’ve been looking for a place to start reading Transformers comics, this is it.