The first of a four-part series, Transformers: Monstrosity #1 explores the world before the big war, where Optimus Prime and Megatron were still.. well, Prime and Megatron. Yet Monstrosity is a lot, lot more than that. There’s dinobots, too.
The official description from IDW:
MEGATRON’S DESCENT! In the early days of the war on CYBERTRON, OPTIMUS PRIME puts everything on the line to unify the planet—but not everyone agrees that this new Prime should be in charge! Meanwhile, the fallen DECEPTION leader, MEGATRON, begins a journey that will change everything. Plus—what is the terrible secret of the DINOBOTS?
This series is definitely one for fans. Of course, as a prequel there are some problems in reading. For instance, I don’t mean to spoil anything.. but I’m pretty sure neither Optimus Prime or Megatron will die. That said, it doesn’t stop the story being any less interesting as it explores facets of the character’s backgrounds. Likewise, I’m not sure where the Dinobots fit in, but fans will be happy to see them.
This should be of no surprise considering the writing talent. Both Chris Metzen and Flint Dille understand the characters and franchise and it shows in the writing. Familiar characters feel familiar, yet slightly different, as they should do. The setting overall, like Autocracy, has a different atmosphere to current Transformers titles that captures the unique pre-war setting.
As for the visuals, this is a similar style to Autocracy. Whilst the detail might not be perfect (many of the faces look a little flat), Livio Ramondelli more than makes up for this with the beautiful colors. Cybertron is portrayed in drab greys and blues with splashes of neon color – very noir. Other areas, without spoiling anything, have their own atmosphere and Ramondelli knows when to switch color palette. In other words, the visuals are always fresh and distinct, making this a very beautiful title.
All in all, it’s hard to go wrong with a creative team like this. Transformers: Monstrosity #1 has a lot to promise, but it certainly delivers on many fronts as well.