In the world of Transformers, the Autobots and Decepticons have been at war for what seems like forever. In Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1, Shockwave is completing work that Jhiaxus began 6 million years ago. With the help of his bumbling idiot assistant, Shockwave is awakening a titan… what ever that may be it sounds bad. Starscream is leader of Cybertron and sees the light from the titan but does not understand what it is. After consulting some readings, he calls on the Autobots for help.
Sound like a brave new world for the Transformers universe? This is the beginning of Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1. This series will finally see bring together the two disparate Transformers universes created from Transformers: Robots in Disguise, written by John Barber, and Transformers: More than Meets the Eye from the creative mind of James Roberts. Both of these series have been great sets of adventures of some of my favorites childhood toys. Each series has taken a separate twist on the history of the Transformers and this new series, Dark Cybertron, is the point of convergence of both, and is going to a major event. With Barber and Roberts bringing their writing talent together, I am excited to see where this all goes.
Things have really changed for Optimus Prime, now called Orion Pax, ever since the return of Jhiaxus from the Dead Universe, a mythical failed reality. The return of Jhiaxus nearly destroyed all of creation. Prime and the Autobots chose to follow Jhiaxus on a quest to Gorlam Prime where they raised a titan, one of the gigantic first robots. Shockwave has been experimenting with different types of ores on different planets and this titan was infused with one of those ores.
Things went all sideways when the titan used its own space bridge to travel back to Cybertron. Now our intrepid heroes are barreling across the galaxy, chasing this titan and striving to thwart whatever plans Shockwave has made. Gorlam Prime has collapsed into the Dead Universe and is pulling them in with it. Luckily, Rodimus Prime and his team show up to save the others, regardless of their distress signal that said to stay away. Swerve liked the distress call so much that he had it auto-tuned and turned into his ringtone… ugh.
It all comes down to the fact that Shockwave has been planning the revival of the titan, the renewal of the Golden Age of Cybertron, and the triumphant return of Galvatron who want to rule not just Cybertron, but all worlds. Will Rodimus, Pax, Bumblebee and the Dinobots, and Starscream and his team of Decepticons be able to team up and stop Shockwave’s plans? Or will the multiple Transformer universes collapse in on each other?
I liked this book, as a long time fan of Transformers, and not being a constant reader of the multiple Transformer books did not detract from my enjoyment of Dark Cybertron. I am very interested in seeing how things play out in this one. The artwork is classic Transformer art, very cool looking stuff from Andrew Griffith and Brendan Cahill, If you have enjoyed any of IDW’s great Transformer books, you won’t want to miss what could be the end of an era.