Monday, September 15, 2014
Writers Chris Metzen and Flint Dille waste no time or space for nonsense in “Transformers: Primacy” # 2. Though the issue is mostly just set-up for the coming issues, what a set-up it is. It is refreshing to see the Combiner teams back in this before-Earthfall story. It is nice seeing the Seekers doing some seeking and, with the return of the Junkion ship, any reference to the 1986 “The Transformers: The Movie” is welcome.
It’s fascinating to see how artist Livio Ramondelli was going to differentiate the returning Decepticons. Aside from a small—and forgivable—problem telling the Seekers apart in the shadows (I mean, without the bright colors, how can you tell Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp apart?), Ramondelli does a great job of illustrating the members of the Decepticon Combiner teams. In particular, it’s great Ramondelli gives the Stunticons Cybertron-specific alt modes—but his best job was just giving us a classic and impressive rendition of the rowdy Predacons. Although it remains a mystery why the Predacons would already have Earth-animal alt modes millions of years before the Decepticons step foot on Earth. It’s a great sequence but a bit of a headscratcher.
“Transformers: Primacy” # 2 just roars along, preparing the reader for the next two issues, which promise to be even more action-packed. Metzen, Dille and Ramondelli have succeeded making these prequel series a significant and distinctive part of the IDW Transformers G1 continuity. It’s a particularly violent period, but the creative team has also been busying themselves filling in plot holes in the greater TF story. They already did the whole Scramble City thing (where did Metroplex and Trypticon come from) as well as the Dynobots (later becoming the Dinobots) in the “Transformers: Monstrosity” series. Here, they’re shown how the Decepticons came back together after the fall of Scorponok and explained how Omega Supreme rejoined the Autobot fold. It gives the reader the feeling that we are watching important in-canon events even if it is long before the Earth stories. And that’s why “Transformers: Primacy” remains a must-read.
Next time: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye # 33!