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Titan Transformers Prime #1
Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Notes

With the Movieverse having ended last month, this sees the start of the books fourth volume as a tie in to the new Prime cartoon. It is however, pretty much business as usual, and it's suspiciously easy to imagine the same story set in the film Universe at a NEST base.

As a sign of how the previous book likely ended sooner than expected there's a pull out Dark of the Moon section full of stuff that was likely intended for Dark of the Moon issue 5.

At one episode an issue, it'll take two years for the episode guide to cover just the first season. Now that's optimistic.

The Safe is a fairly obvious steal from The X-Men's Danger Room.

Goofs

Miko is repeatedly called Mika throughout the issues contents [later issues confirm this as a mistake rather than just a variation between the cartoon and the comic].

Fantastic Free Gift!

A Prime sticker sheet and, that old standby, a Revenge of the Fallen disc shooter.

Extras

Meet the Autobots Team!, brief character profiles of our heroes;
The Missing Link!, put the missing part of the picture back in place;
Megatron's Favourite Words...Search!, a wordsearch amazingly enough;
Episode Guide Volume 1: Darkness Rising Part 1, which gets five out of five stars;
Dark of the Moon pull out with a Megatron and Optimus Vs. Sentinel Prime Ultimate Smackdown, a Shockwave poster and Starscream's Stumpers;
Competitions for a Nerf gun and Kre-O toys;
Mega-Mouth sees Megatron and Arcee take over the letters page.

Issue Review

In keeping with the style of Etherington's Movie strips the first Prime issue continues the trend of light, throwaway fun, though as it's specifically tying into a more kid friendly cartoon than the films this feels much more appropriate here.

The story itself is just an excuse to quickly introduce the characters and show off their personalities through an action scene, so in rapid succession we're shown Ratchet is a genius and a bit grumpy, Bulkhead likes violence, Raf is smart, Prime is serious, Arcee is kick ass and Fowler is a bit dodgy. The other humans and Bumblebee don't really get anything to do, but giving as much focus to as many characters as it does in such a short page count is still an impressive feat.

Whilst not a spectacular issue, it's still a solid foundation to build from, especially for uncool kids like me who haven't seen much Prime (for the record, to date, I've seen the first episode, the one with Scraplets and the one where Drift cosplays as Wheeljack).

 
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