Revolution #1 Review: Sharing Universes
By Nolan P. Smith
With Revolution, IDW is taking a slew of Hasbro properties and combining their universe into one, unified sandbox. With this first issue, we see what happens when you mix G.I. Joes, Transformers, Rom and a hint of Action Man, and the results are highly entertaining.
Written by Cullen Bunn and John Barber, with art by Fico Ossio, this is an action packed start to this groundbreaking series. The center stage here belongs to the interaction between the G.I Joes, Transformers and Rom. Hostility is rising from humanity as they watch the aliens, Transformers, start to make the Earth their new home. Apparently, humanity is still shaken from previous events involving the massive robot warriors, making for a lot of uneasiness towards Optimus Prime and the Autobots. This leads to a confrontational stance by the Joes against Prime, Kup, Soundwave and more which escalates horribly with the appearance of the Space Knight, Rom. We see a bit of Action Man, but in this issue, he takes a back seat.
Bunn and Barber do a great job weaving these universes together. I am not too familiar with Action Man or Rom, but that didn’t hinder this issue at all. We get a little insight into each faction, save for Rom, but I am sure we will see more of him as the story progresses. Ossio’s artwork is vibrant, perfectly matching a book composed of various 80’s properties.
I didn’t quite know what to expect with this book, but what I got was a pleasant surprise. Revolution #1 takes on the massive task and takes a few really great first steps. If you were a fan of any of these properties in the past, then nostalgia and a really good story await you with Revolution.
Rating: 9.0 out of 10.
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