IDW is famous for its licensed titles. Star Trek, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Godzilla, among other things. On the occasion they do their own original title, one does not simply turn away. Transfusion intrigued me by its premise and deranged cover. The subtitle also got to me. Transfusion, followed by ‘Vampires vs. Robots.’ That was a bit strange, almost something from an old cheesy science fiction movie. But for some reason, it made the introduction to this comic all the more creepier. (Not to mention how demented the font looks.) Transfusion #1 is the comic to check out this week. Looking for a new series? Something original that doesn’t have an AVX attached to it? Or if you’re just looking for a good comic to read, I sincerely recommend picking this up.
Here’s the official description from IDW:
In a future overrun by out-of-control machines and monsters, a handful of human survivors try to fight their way back to a normal life. But what is normal in a world where both monsters and machines need human blood? And which are the real bad guys? Find out in this horrific new series by 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles and menton3, the demented artist behind Monocyte!
It began simply enough. The narration boxes told us how the future is, not too bright. What follows is a movie-like prologue where its gets your adrenaline pumping for some intense brutal action. First of all, the premise of having robots go against humans and take over may sound like something we’ve all seen before, which is true. However, there’s something a little different. For one thing the machines have an excellent and unique design, they look what I’d definitely call scary. They’re first splash page appearance was pretty amazing. Of course, after seeing the words Vampires vs. Robots, I was curious how the former would play into this. When they do appear, it’s pretty interesting. We really don’t know what’s good and what’s bad. The vampires are played out to the reader like they’re supposed to be the ‘good ones’ in the story, but future issues will tell. This first one does an excellent job of explaining things slowly while keeping everything elusive.
Remember when I covered Deadworld: War of the Dead and how I said the art was unique to the story? It’s the same case here. It’s very gritty, giving the book it’s own signature look. It really does make the slouching machines look insane. (Not to mention the brutality when heads go flying.) Our main character is seemingly William, who gives some interesting backstory on these events. Not to mention by the end we learn exactly what he is. I’m really looking forward to #2.
Overall, Transfusion #1 is one of those surprise new #1s on the stands. It has such quality, you feel like you’re getting the most for your $3.99. Intriguing backdrop, great writing, interesting premise, (vampires vs. robots!) and most all, an engaging story. I cannot recommend Transfusion #1 enough, it’s one of the best comics this week, give it a shot.