Transformers: Monstrosity #1
Written by Chris Metzen & Flint Dille
Art by Livio Ramondelli
Letters by Tom B. Long
Edited by John Barber
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Transformers: Monstrosity #1 is the first issue in the definitive origin of the Transformers. And I mean that in every way possible. You can’t go back much further than this in the history of Cybertron.
Writers Chris Metzen and Flint Dille dive DEEP into the past of the Autobots and the Decepticons. Going back to when Optimus Prime was just a security guard and him and Megatron where fighting side by side. Not only do we get an origin story for the two most popular Transformers, we see a lot of familiar faces in VERY different roles, An intelligent Grimlock? Yes, please! What I was impressed by in this first issue is that even though the characters are far removed from what they’ll eventually become, they’re all still the same characters that we know and love. Starscream is still a lying, manipulative bad guy. Prime is a leader at heart. And Bumblebee is still too courageous for his own good. Metzen and Dille have set things up in a way, that, even though we know what’s going to happen, we have no idea HOW they’re going to get there. Plenty of fun surprises in this issue.
Artist Livio Ramondelli brings a very different style to the Transformers universe. One that is, quite frankly, a breath of fresh air. It’s a gorgeous painted style that is both highly detailed, but not HYPER detailed. I’m not sure where the designs for these early version of the Transformers originate-if they’re his designs on they’re based on actual toys-but he makes everyone look very different, yet familiar at the same time.
If you’re a Transformers fan, this is a MUST HAVE comic! If your not a big fan, I still say pick this one up. Let’s face it, everyone knows who the basic Transformers are. This is a great and very entertaining way to get in on the ground floor. Very highly recommended.