Transformers Windblade #1
WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!
Transformers Windblade #1 Covers and Images
Transformers Windblade #1 Release Info
|Series||Transformers Windblade Comics|
|Story Arc||Dawn of the Autobots|
|Release Date||April 2014|
Transformers Windblade #1 Print Data
|Incentive Description||Windblade #1 features one incentive cover. One copy of the incentive cover was provided for every ten copies ordered through Diamond Comic Distributors. Comic Book stores were also able to order subscription covers, with the intention that these covers would only be provided to customers who place the issue on their "pull" lists.|
|Total # of Covers||3|
Transformers Windblade #1 Artists, Writers and More
|Cover A||(Artist: Casey Coller) (Colorist: Joana Lafuente)|
|Cover Sub (Subscription Cover)||(Artist: Sarah Stone)|
|Cover RI (Retailer Incentive)||(Artist: Livio Ramondelli )|
|Writer||Mairghread Scott, Rebecca Huard|
Transformers Windblade #1 Synopsis
Transformers Windblade #1 Review
Review Submitted By: Mechafire
Dark Cybertron is over, with three comics series continuing from where it left off - and one of them is the brand-new Transformers: Windblade series, written by previous Transformers writer Mairghread Scott, with artwork by newcomer Sarah Stone. The Dawn of the Autobots has begun - and after much discussion, how does the first issue of Transformers: Windblade fare?
Previously in the IDW continuity, Dark Cybertron came to its conclusion - the Universe had been saved, and the events left newcomers Windblade and her bodyguard Chromia on Cybertron with Starscream, who is still in charge of the planet and its people. Cybertron, after the catastrophic events of Dark Cybertron, is still in the process of being repaired.
We pick up Windblade #1 with interaction between Windblade and Starscream, who acts in a passively-aggressive manner to her, suspecting she has ulterior motives. Windblade tries to solve something that is wrong with Metroplex, while in the process figuring out if Starscream is truly a good bot or not. This all culminates in an event that makes it clear that Starscream will be the series’ antagonist, and nicely sets up a cliffhanger for the next issue to pick up on.
Mairghread Scott’s writing has noticeably improved from her previous Transformers: Prime universe writing days - indeed, much of the dialogue is a lot more snappy and fun. In fact, I would go so far as to say she, at times, seems to be channeling the styles of fan-favorite writers Nick Roche and James Roberts. There’s also some good humorous moments sprinkled in here-and-there for good measure. The issue starts with some banter between Windblade and Chromia, then properly takes off once Starscream enters the equation, setting up a mystery in the process. The issue is relatively light on action, although this allows for some good character development and introspection - something that is especially needed for a brand new character like Windblade. Perhaps one of the biggest bullet points is the explanation for the new female Transformers. It’s pulled off rather elegantly, interestingly, and isn’t focused on too much. It flows very naturally - however, it does still leave a few mysteries that I would like to see elaborated upon in future issues. With this issue, Mairghread has solidly established a setting, characters, and other important aspects that should make a good foundation for later issues; mysteries are planted, explanations are given, and relationships are established. Mairghread also pulls from the previous fiction, bringing in references, characters, and locations that should be familiar. The title character is fascinating in that you really do get a sense of what kind of emotions she’s feeling as she experiences this new world, and this only serves to enhance the cliffhanger ending, leaving you wanting to see what happens next.
Newcomer artist Sarah Stone comes out swinging in her debut issue, delivering some absolutely beautiful artwork. Expressions are fun, the coloring is vibrant, it’s clear what’s going on, and consistently looks very dynamic. In turn, this also helps the story out. It’s a unique art style - but it’s a gorgeous one. It’s quickly become one of my favorites, and I hope Sarah Stone sticks around for a long time to come.
This is the issue that officially kicks off Dawn of the Autobots, and does so very, very strongly. In the month that sees the debuts of both Transformers ongoings’ second seasons, Windblade could have very easily been overshadowed. But it stands out, due to both the stunning art and solid writing. It contributes to the universe that the ongoings are a part of, and shouldn't be brushed aside as an unimportant side-story. The team involved in the book is clearly very passionate about it, with Mairghread even including a letter to fans in the back of the issue. This is a book that is very worthy of joining the IDW family, and I hope the team behind it can keep it up.
Overall Rating: 4
Transformers Windblade #1 Additional Info
Windblade #1 is the first issue of the four-issue mini-series.