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Transformers: Infiltration Paperback – 28 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; 01 edition (28 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600100104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600100109
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.3 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The original premise of the Transformers was of a secret war, being fought between two opposing groups of living robots, with the fate of the Earth hanging in the balance. The Transformers were able to disguise themselves as Earth-based cars and equipment and, as a child, you would play with toy cars, your parents completely unaware of the secrets the seemingly innocent vehicles held until, with a few flips and twists, all was revealed! The cars you passed on the streets, and even your dad's stereo, could be a robot in disguise! The Transformers were all around us, watching us, frantically trying to keep their presence a secret...

It was an idea which lasted, it seemed, for a few days, and modern-day Transformers fans would be forgiven for thinking that the Transformers' alt-modes aren't disguises at all. In just a couple of years the toy lines rapidly moved away from the disguise element to create outlandish and unlikely alternative forms which could never be mistaken as real-life, Earth-based vehicles. The cartoon series and, to a lesser extent, the original Marvel comic soon made the presence of the Transformers common knowledge to the human characters. It was all fun, but it just wasn't the same.

While the now-defunct Dreamwave comics presented themselves as a quasi-sequel to the 80s cartoon and comics, the passing of the Transformers comic licence to the IDW company has enabled for a reboot, with legendary Transformers author Simon Furman starting things from scratch with a brand-new debut of the Transformers on Earth.
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I'm fairly new to the Transformers Universe. I watched the show and had the toys as a kid but remember little from it. After playing the Cybertron games I was inspired to read these comics to get stuck into the world of Transformers. I really enjoyed just this first comic; it sets up the story well and the characters are done well, and the art is fantastic. I'll definitely be ordering all the other comics.
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I confess that I hadn't even heard of this new series before reading the excellent review below while cruising Amazon. I had glanced at the previous G1 comic and considered it to be full of pretty pictures but not much depth, so I was inordinately excited to hear that Simon Furman, the legend behind the excellent 'End of the Road' storyline was in charge of the new line.

I was not disappointed; finally given free rein, Furman has created the origin story the Transformers have always deserved. As opposed to the original Marvel series, where Cybertron, all the characters and the reason they were on Earth were all covered in issue one, Infiltration is a slow burn with the trio of human characters slowly getting enveloped into the situation.

The Transformers themselves (seven of each faction, initially) are now much more careful about revealing their robot forms, actually returning the point of them being able to transform in the first place. While most of them do not get much 'individual screen-time' in this initial arc, Furman gives us hints of the distinct personalities of each, particularly Ratchet, Prowl and Starscream.

While very much an introductory story, Furman manages to squeeze in some excellent set-pieces, making the book resemble a high-octane blockbuster in places. These include the attack on the humans' van by fighter jet and a later high-speed chase through a crowded highway. This is a series that actually takes advantage of the dramatic possibilities of living vehicles.

Most enjoyable is the treatment of the faction leaders. Far from being disappointing when they are not among the Earth teams, it just makes it more exciting when the Autobots talk about 'the big Meg' arriving.
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