24. Transformers, Regeneration One: Volume One by Simon Furman

Transformers, Regeneration One: Volume One by Simon Furman. Art by Andrew Wildman. (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Transformers, Regeneration One: Volume One

Pages: 132
Ages: 12+
Finished: Jan. 29, 2013
First Published: Feb. 5, 2013
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Interests: graphic novel, science fiction, YA, robots
Rating:  3/5

First sentences: "I am ... Death!"

Publisher's Summary: "The TRANSFORMERS comic that began it all—is back. With a vengeance! 21 years have passed since CYBERTRON was restored to its former glory, and finally there is peace. But, after millions of years of bitter civil war, can all ever truly be one?"

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

Reason for Reading:  I used to love the Transformers comics and cartoon plus I loved the first movie.

I was never a serious reader of comic books so not hooked on storylines but did pick up various issues here and there and loved reading them.  This volume is a continuation of the original series which ended in 1991, I believe.  It is 21 years later and the story picks up where it left off with what has been going on in the meantime and what the crisis is now.  Loose ends from issue 80 are tied up and the first issue here is numbered 81.  It helps if you have read the old comics as many references are made to past events with asterisks referring you to specific issues anywhere from 1-80, though mostly #'s 75-80.  As a "guy on the street" fan of the Transformers I loved the story, and while not all that familiar with the history knew enough of Transformer lore to understand what was going on.  Fans will be thrilled with the return of many familiar faces from the past and of course, we are not disappointed with the ultimate Optimus Prime vs Megatron battle at the end and the writer's don't go easy on our hearts either with a couple of deaths which seem to come far too soon in a story just started.  Seems like a series that will be great fun for fans old and new.  Quite appropriate for all ages as well who can handle the robot violence.  Fun.