I was very confused coming into this story as Ironhide was dead so I didn't know where this story was going to go. After reading it I'm still not sure where or why this story is going anywhere. Alpha Trion looks cool & talks in his usual cyptic way. Ironhide comes across really well but why he was needed back & the attempt to give him a fresh start seems stupid to me. The last chapter just turns into a shoot 'em up. After the start of the book I would've hoped for more.
The first two issues of this trade are gripping, with a genuine sense of unnerve while the latter two show just how much of an action hero badass Ironhide can be. It can be a little disjointed at times but it's still a really fun read.
The biggest problem here is that idw's Transformers comics are best read together as they form one large story with the likes of Ironhide, Drift and Bumblebee being chapters rather than stand alone stories a degree of planning the movies could have done with. Ironhide is "killed" in the first issue of the ongoing series only to wake up on a deserted Cybertron in his original form. What follows is part flashback, part mystery part action story showing how Ironhide became the soldier and one of the foundations of the Autobot cause he has always been in every incarnation of the Transformers. Meeting the mysterious Alpha Trion who has also rebuilt Sunstreaker after his actions in All Hail Megatron, Ironhide is told by Trion that he is the only one capable of erdicating the vicious Swarm, a failed experiment of Megatron's from the planet, a task which show just how tough a bad ass Ironhide is when pushed. More could have been made of the intial setup as the finale does feel a bit rushed and only reading the ongoing series gives you any indication that this is anything other than a stand alone story as the main story here is rather dull once all the players are introduced with only Alpha Trion coming across as any thing other than a grunt for rather than with a mission.
The start of the storey was great, but unfortunetly that where it stops. The plot in the storey is next to none exsistant. If your a manjor collecter of the transformer comics great buy away! But if you want a good old G1 quality transformer storey. Hang on to your cash, the last of the book is nothing but a massive shot'em up and the plot is still odd.