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TRANSFORMERS VS. THE TERMINATOR #2 REVIEW – I’ll Be Back (Mariotte, Barber, Waltz, Milne, Garcia Cruz, Wood) IDW Publishing

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

This mash-up series, combining two of the most famous robot franchises, dubbed “Enemy of my Enemy,” takes place in its own universe apart from the IDW series currently running. While issue 1, focused mostly on the Terminator side of things, the Transformers get chance to shine in issue 2.

The twist in issue 1 is the Terminator that was sent back in time is actually (or at least apparently) a good guy, coming from a world run by the Decepticons. He is sent back in time to when they woke up from their crash to eliminate their threat before they take over. At the end of issue 1, the Terminator and Sarah Connor made it to the arc, but he was a little late and the Decepticons already had woken up. So naturally, the plan has to change, becoming the thrust of the series.

Terminator and Transformers have their origins in the 1980s, and the art style gives a retro vibe. as if it had been created back then. I appreciated how the Transformers characters look just like they did in the original cartoons. I also appreciated the Transformers’ dialogue, which hold true to the characters and would fit right in with those classic cartoons. 

As was the case with the first issue, this series doesn’t require a deep knowledge of Transformers or Terminator mythology to enjoy. Some knowledge of Transformers and Terminators will make this more interesting, but it also can serve as a decent introduction to the franchises. What could have been a gimmicky ’who would win in a fight between these two robots?’ story is setting itself up for a longer, more interesting run. There is plenty of action and violence, and the writers don’t seem to mind killing, so some parental discretion is advised. TRANSFORMERS VS. THE TERMINATOR continues to be a fun book for anyone interested in a little robot mayhem.


Check back soon for my thoughts on issue #3 of TRANSFORMERS VS. THE TERMINATOR

Have you read the issue? What are your thoughts? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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