Writer: Mairghread Scott
Art: Sarah Stone
Letters: Chris Mowry
Editorial Assitance: Rebecca Huard
Editor: John Barber
Transformers: Windblade #1 is a first of it's kind. Not only does is star a female Transformer but the writer and artist for the title are also women. So it's oozing with firsts which is especially awesome given that Transformers is traditionally thought of as "boys' toys" or even a "boy franchise." But beyond the progressive minded nature of the book, what most of you are probably wondering is: Is the book any good?
The answer: Yes. Yes, it is.
This title is the first one released after the Dark Cybertron crossover so it gives us our first look at the world of Transformers post-event. Transformers: Windblade #1 jumps ahead six months so that most of the rebuilding has already taken place and newcomers like Windblade have a semblance of how things work on Cybertron.
But only a semblance. Windblade is a brand new character/ toy whose creation was influenced in part by Transformers fans (and anyone else with an internet connection who wanted to vote on the next Transformer) and the storyline definitely shows her as brand new to Cybertron with only a vague understanding of who everyone is. Part of the charm in the issue is watching her interact with the established cast on Cybertron like the newbie she is. The other part is learning HER origin which involves some great universe building and opens up a lot of future possibilities.
Mairghread Scott's dialogue is good stuff. Each character is made unique, old favorites and newcomers alike. Windblade comes off as likeable but naive. She's been often compared to IDW's last big new creation, Drift, but stays well away from Drift's Mary-Sue nature.
The absolute highlight of this book is the art. I can't stress that enough. This book is beautiful. Sarah Stone illustrates the Transformers in a lively, cartoon style that WORKS. In a few places, the figures become a bit sketchy or the storytelling gets a bit confusing. Overall, what Stone delivers is some seriously fresh digital art that further enhances each character and brings the city of Metroplex to life in a bright, shiny, "city-of-tomorrow" kind of way.
Oh, and she shows a Transformer ACTUALLY TRANSFORMING. That's a lot more rare than you'd think it would be.
Together, Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone have brought a lot of promise into the Dawn of the Autobots. Nearly every page of this book is fantastic but my personal favorites are Windblade's "talk" with Metroplex and her subsequent meeting with Ironhide. I'd love to spoil the whole thing for you but then you wouldn't have any reason to go out and buy yourself a copy.
But you totally should. It's good stuff.
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