Transformers Heart of Darkness #1 - Generation 1 - IDW Comic Book

Heart of Darkness 1 A
Galvatron keeper of the crazy making Heart of Darkness, whatever that is.

Heart of Darkness issue one injects mystery back into the Transformers universe this week as the new miniseries by IDW hit shelves in comic shops everywhere. What has previously come before in Transformers Revelation has come back into the illustrated pages in our hot little hands. Who would've thought we'd be getting these ends tied up? And it looks intriguing to say the least.

Heart of Darkness 1 B
Galvatron proves that even you can make the power of your body odor AWESOME!

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who just finished up their Infestation offerings to the Transformers fandom have kicked off their first bonafide influence in the universe. This series seems to take place pre-Infestation explaining how Galvatron reentered from the Dead Universe, how he brought his minions back and the build of what is compelling them. They return to Gorlam Prime to see it deserted. And the portals to the Dead Universe are gone. While introspective into Galvatron's character, it takes no time connecting back to the previous work laid out in the Revelation storyline Simon Furman established about three years ago. While we see the Gorlamites evolve quickly over the span of that story, its haunting to see the civilization completely gone. Thus the mystery of this story ignites, and Galvatron's description of how the Heart of Darkness is calling him to the threat within the Dead Universe, the feeling of a larger conflict is quite clear.

Heart of Darkness 1 C
There is so much CHANGE in the Transformers comics these days… I mean they do CHANGE into things right?

New to the art of Transformers is Ulises Farinas whose whimsical style is both interesting and a bit controversial because of how vastly different it is from what we've seen before. I don't find it the best fit for Transformers even though some of the panel illustrations are quite interesting and work for me, a large majority do not. While I find his style more suited elsewhere, I can appreciate the efforts of what we have been given this month on this opening issue. I'd love to see his style directed toward a graphic novel and let him loose. But for Transformers, it seems a bit too stylized to truly do it justice. (And I don't say that about every artist that is a pass for me. His work really is amazing, I'd just prefer it on something else, anything else, than Transformers.) The colorist Andrew Crossley also does an amazing job, although at times some panels look a tad flat, I'm still satisfied with the over all coloring decisions.

Heart of Darkness 1 D
See what else you can do with AWESOME body odor, you can raise the dead! (Or torture the living…)

I'll be looking forward to issue number two next month. This one wraps up on a very nice hook as two characters we haven't heard from come blazing after our unexpected hero and his team of misfits. This definitely has the air of something epic in the wind and if you miss it, you'll be left in the dust as the road to Chaos continues. My recommendation is that you read up on your Revelation to refresh your understanding of what has come before to truly appreciate what is in this issue. Although I'd read Revelation, I went back again this last weekend after picking up my issue. I'm glad I did. Certainly gave me many more things to consider and I can't wait to see how this plays out in the coming issues! This one is mostly recap… it doesn't feel like a whole lot happens in it. But the mystery alone will draw me back. I'm positive that Abnett and Lanning will provide a reason to keep me reading next issue.

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DateMarch 29th 2011  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  

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