Bought Windblade #1 today. Good stuff.
It’s only real problem is economics: 3.99 is a lot to pay for 26 pages. As a result, I don’t buy as many comics as I’d like. My buying has really gone down over the last several years. I don’t begrudge the price, people gotta eat, put a roof over their head, and be able to buy tickets to Transformers movies. :)
But what’s the good stuff? I haven’t read the IDW comics until now, but the comic didn’t leave me in the dark. I mean, it’s not Transformers is a difficult concept for me to grasp. I grew up with them. I just needed to know broad strokes of the recent storyline, which was helpfully summarized for the reader.
The best part of the story is Windblade’s voice. Or, rather, the way her dialogue and inner voice is written. She’s a great narrator. I could read a novel with her as the narrator. Which makes sense, given that her job is to talk to Metroplex and serve as a bridge between him and rest of Cybertron. So good communication skills would come with the job.
Speaking of Metroplex, I like the idea of him being a Titan. Or a special kind of transformer with special needs do his complexity. I had the toy growing up, and I was always disappointed with his representation in the cartoon and in the comics. It never felt right. But now we have something that does.
The second best part is Chromia, Windblade’s best friend. Chromia was first introduced in the old 80s cartoon, and has been underutilized since. Here, she’s given a personality and has some good interactions with the rest of the characters.
It’s unsurprising, I think, that a fan-designed Transformer turns into a jet. Jets are popular. It’s also unsurprising that she’s female. There aren’t a lot of female Transformers, so it’s an underserved market. I remember feeling cheated that 80s Arcee never got a toy when I was a kid. (Like, who wouldn’t want a futuristic pink Cadillac?)
I really liked the art. It’s hard to say more, given that I’m not really an art person. (Despite loving comic books.) But trust me, everything looks beautiful.
One last bit about the writing that, I feel, @mscottwrites really deserves kudos for. Apparently previous IDW writers have taken the stance that Transformers don’t have gender. As a result, Arcee, the most recognized female Transformer, an origin where she was made female against her will. Scott, if I’ve read the issue correctly, has done a good job of writing around that. Apparently, Windblade isn’t from Cybertron. She’s from another planet that was colonized by Cybertonians long ago and had lost contact with Cybertron. The other two that came with Windblade: Chromia, and Nautical are also female. So, I don’t know if we’re dealing with a long lost civilization entirely made up of female Transformers, or if they just sent three females from their planet.
Nothing else is really said about it. Scott lampshades it a bit early in the comic, but there’s clearly an explanation. It would have been better if previous writers had simply let there be female Transformers all along, I rather like gender diversity myself, but since she had to deal with it, she did so rather well.