Review – Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies #1

The first part in this four-issue mini-series from IDW Publishing spins off from the excellent Transformers ’84. Here are my thoughts on Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies #1

Simon Furman returns! The beloved writer, accompanied by the equally accomplished Guido Guidi and John-Paul Bove, returns to tell a new tale in the original Transformers comic universe, hot off the heels of the successful Transformers ’84 #0 one-shot! As the Cybertronian Civil War rages, Decepticon scientist Shockwave has encountered a new obstacle to the Decepticon’s victory and subjugation of the planet: an obstacle called… Megatron!

Simon Furman (Author) Guido Guidi (Artist, Cover Artist)

And now I feel like I’m a kid again. I loved the original Transformers series. This mini series features the time before the TV series back in the 80’s. There are a lot of familiar figures here – Megatron, Shockwave, the Dinobots and more.

Shockwave is up to something and he wants to get his own way. He’s cunning and calculating and does seem to have a plan – he is looking at the greater good of Cybertron, and thinks Megatron is wrong. Obviously Megatron is in charge, so this needs to be played carefully.

There’s and excellent storytelling method here – told by an Autobot double agent. It’s a good method and builds into the lore of the Transformers of the era.

The art is classic, with some excellent scenes – including the battle scenes. I like the parts with Perceptor.

An excellent start for the mini-series.

You can get Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies #1 digitally on Amazon & ComiXology

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