TRANSFORMERS TITLES FROM TITAN BOOKS / MAGAZINES
Titan Transformers Dark of the Moon #1
Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek
As usual with Etherington it's pretty much throwaway stuff. There's nothing outright bad here, but as a way of relaunching the book and getting in new readers it's pretty much forgettable. Other than some poor meshing up with the film and a truly terrible closing pun there'd be absolutely nothing to really say about this issue, good or bad. The very definition of wallpaper.
A less drastic revamp than either the launch of volume 2 or the first issue without reprints, other than the letters page now being hosted by Megatron and Sideswipe and Bumblebee's Guide... having gone from being about the Solar System to the Galaxy the format is near enough exactly the same as the last few issues.
Unlike the first two series, the “Continued in Transformers: Dark of the Moon
ending suggests only one issue will be given over to prequel material. Whilst this is perhaps unsurprising considering the Skids and Mudflap arc that opened the Revenge of the Fallen
comic went on for about six issue longer than needed, but in the long term it's a bit of a bugger considering the film ends with all the named Decepticons dead and there not really being enough toy based guys to carry the comic yet.
For the first time an issue #1 isn't written by Furman, with his understudy Etherington doing the honours. For the first time since issue #24 of the first volume, more than two years ago, Jon Davis-Hunt isn't on art duties. It's not clear yet if the fantastically named Horacio Domingues is a permanent replacement, just filling in or if we're returning to the rotating artists of the first two years.
Though he isn't seen, Soundwave refers to himself as being in orbit as a satellite, so this is before he takes his new car mode.
There's a lot of talk of martyrs, nicely setting up Sentinel's role in the final film. Though as we'll discuss in goofs, it's obvious Titan didn't have a final version of the script to work from...
As with several previous issues the cover is larger than normal to allow some of the cut out extras.
The piece of the Ark landed on Earth in 1662, near enough exactly 300 years before the ship actually crashes into the moon [At a pinch, small bits could possibly have randomly hit Earth a long, long time before. But it's more likely Etherington was working from an earlier draft with the Ark on the Moon a longer time].
[On a similar note, Wheelie's role in Dark of the Moon
as a generally happy chappy who doesn't really hang out with the other Autobots does indeed not match up at all with his portrayal as a pissed off traitor in the last two issues despite the attempts to fudge this in the ending of A Short Sharp Lesson
Syclock, the Autobot designed by a kid on the letters page, is mistyped as Sycock at one point.
Fantastic Free Gift!
A choice of two, both left over Revenge of the Fallen
stock, either a toy gun or, more impressively, a Legends class toy (I picked Recon Bumblebee, but there was a selection). Way back before the very first issue even came out editor Steve White talked about how he'd love to have a mini-Con as a free gift but it's impractical, good to see this has changed as it's probably the best thing about the whole issue...
The larger cover allows for a cut-out Megatron bookmark;
The Lowdown... Sentinel Prime
, brief character-bio that mentions Primus but as the first Cybertronian rather than his traditional role;
[b]Bumblebee's Guide to the Galaxy[/i] actually still stays in the solar system by covering the Apollo 11 mission (and oddly presents a rather old fashioned view of the Soviet space program as being in some way evil, apparently putting Sputnik and a dog up there means they were taking control of outer space!);
Competitions for the Dark of the Moon
Wii game and some Mechtech Transformers
A double sided poster, one side with the Dark of the Moon
poster from which the cover image of Prime is taken, the other with a red-filtered version of the Megatron stock picture than adorned the front of the last issue;
Break Out of NEST!
, a maze;
, spoof interview that again ends with the person asking the questions being killed, notable for keeping up the pre-release pretence that Shockwave was the films major new villain out to replace Megatron in order to try and keep Sentinel's side change a surprise,
How To Draw Shockwave
, in the grid style of the feature's last couple of showings;
, new letters page with Megatron and Sideswipe hosting (meaning that Barricade departs just as he actually manages to return to the films), including a “Ninjatron” character drawn by a three year old and his Dad where the later is very clearly inspired by G1 Bludgeon;
, quiz page.