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Review- Transformers Spotlight: Drift Director's Cut

Written by SuperginraiX on Thursday, June 26 2014 and posted in Reviews

Review- Transformers Spotlight: Drift Director's Cut

If you've missed this comic before, now's your sixth chance to add it to your collection!

Writer: Shane McCarthy
Art: Casey W. Coller
Colors: Joana Lafuente
Letters/ Desigh: Chris Mowry
Original Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Director's Cut Editor: John Barber

It's no secret that Drift is... a polarizing character for Transformers fans and it's not without good reason.  Drift's first appearances in IDW's All Hail Megatron maxi-series painted the newcomer as the definition of "Mary Sue" as he basically ran around displaying how badass he was to the rest of the Autobots (and the readers).  Let's face it.  All Hail Megatron itself is rather polarizing since it halted previous Transformer scribe Simon Furman's story right in it's tracks, shifting gears on IDW's relatively new Transformers universe while creating as many continuity disparities as possible.  Which is only a little bit hyperbole.

So, it was a brand new polarizing character in a polarizing story.  I think you get added bonus points for the double polarizing effect.

Originally released two months prior to the end of All Hail Megatron (the main story, at least), Transformers Spotlight: Drift was the story that began Drift's journey from paper cut-out Mary Sue into a full fledged character with his own well thought out backstory, faults, and personality quirks.  A later mini-series would map out more of his history and the coup de grace would be the 2010 Generations toy.

Or maybe it would be Michael Bay using the name for a character in Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Whatever the case, Drift has become a fairly interesting character and some of the responsibility lays right at the feet of Transformers Spotlight: Drift.  Which leads us right HERE.

This comic reprints that Spotlight issue in it's entirety.  From a once over of the issue, it looks like the exact same comic with no altered dialogue or art.  This particular issue has been released half a dozen times in various collections so there's a high likelihood that if you've been reading Transformers collections, you probably have it at LEAST once.  If not, here's another chance for you to pick it up.  Transformers Spotlight: Drift is a good done in one written by creator Shane McCarthy that details how Drift ended up on the side of Kup and the Autobots.  The issue features great art by Casey W. Coller with colors by Joana Lafuente from right around the time they both started at IDW.  

But chances are, the real draw in this release is the extra content: The Director's Cut stuff that's new to this printing.  

After the comic concludes, current Transformers editor (and RiD writer) John Barber does a little question and answer session with various creators who have worked with the Drift character over the years.  Since this is an internal interview conducted by the current editor, you aren't going to get much good dirt.  It's a shiny, happy people fluff piece that glosses over some of the controversy that has come up involving Drift and these creators.  Nevertheless, we get some minor details about the upcoming Drift: Empire of Stone mini-series and some creator insight on the history of Drift through an IDW promotional lens.

Shown throughout this Q & A are sketches of Drift and other characters introduced or featured in this Spotlight and the later mini-series.  I'm a sucker for preliminary artwork so that was my highlight of the section.  Following the Q & A is more artwork, depicting the three previous covers from the original printing of Spotlight: Drift.

After the covers, we get the proposal and script for this one shot.  Interesting note: the proposal eventually became the Drift mini-series while the one-shot would just focus on how Drift joined the Autobots.  Scripts don't really hold much interest to me but if you like that sort of thing, it's complete and is interspersed with line-art from the issue.

That's a lot of extra content but is it worth it?  Well... I'd say if you already HAVE this comic, even with all of the extras, you could skip this without missing anything.  I own this story twice already so I don't feel like spending another five dollars on the same comic.  However, if any of the added content sparks your interest, this isn't a bad package.

There are a lot of "ifs" here.  IF you don't own this comic yet, this is a great chance to pick it up.  IF you do and none of the extra features appeal to you, there are two other Transformers comics this week that deserve your hard earned money.  IF those extras get you all excited, here's another comic to add to your collection.


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