Transformers Classics Volume 1 TP

Relive the original Transformers stories that started it all! Culled from the classic ’80s Marvel material, this first volume offers some of the most beloved stories from the past, including the seminal “Car Wash of Doom,” “Crater Critters,” “Warrior School!,” and many others.

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  1. Faucon says:
    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    More than meets the eye., September 7, 2011
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    Faucon

    This review is from: Transformers Classics Volume 1 TP (Paperback)

    This is the second time that IDW has collected and released the original US comic book series. So before I was going to buy it, I knew I would have to look at it to see if there was any difference between this release and the original that I already owned. After looking at the new release, I knew that I was going to buy it; this new release is that much better than the original. Here are the Pros and Cons of this volume for those who already own the original IDW collection

    Pros:

    Transformers Classics volume 1 contains issues 1-13 of the original comic book series. It includes issues 3 and 9 which were left out of the original IDW release due to copyright issues; gone are the two page plot summaries and cheesy warnings about “the threat greater than Unicron: lawyers.”

    The book has been recolored. The first IDW attempt at releasing this series 3 years ago left the issues with a very dark look to them on glossy paper. This new release features color corrections for outright mistakes (goodbye purple soundwave from issue 10) and recolors with a lighter color palette. It is a small thing that makes a huge visual impact.

    Goodbye glossy paper. I don’t know enough about paper quality to say whether this will be a plus for everyone, but I find the quality of paper used for this release to be preferable.

    Cons:

    The original IDW release of Transformers Classics volume 1 contained issues 1-16; of course, it didn’t really contain issues 3 or 9 so that leaves the reader with 14 issues. This new release only has issues 1-13. The original IDW release of the whole series was 6 volumes. I would guess that this time around IDW releases 7 issues. On top of that between the two releases, this new release is more expensive. So, readers will be paying more money for the classic series this time around.

    Is it worth it? If you are a Transformers fan who has never read these stories or missed collecting the last release by IDW, then absolutely. If you are a die hard Transformers lover, then yes it will be worth it. More casual transformers fans who already own the original release or fans who own the actual issues may not be all that interested in this release. But I highly recommend that all lovers of this series consider this release. IDW has done a great job this time around and fans can give their thanks.

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  2. mark twain says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    introduction to Transformers Mythology, December 11, 2011
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    mark twain (USA) –

    This review is from: Transformers Classics Volume 1 TP (Paperback)

    I never saw the cartoon during it’s original run. I became facinated with the saga after the first animated movie. When the cast is wiped out after the first hour, I had to see how this saga came to be. If you like a more concentrated story that centers on the characters, you’ll like this collection. They are surprisingly good and have depth that you don’t see in the regular Marvel line. The paper and quality of printing are much better than the glossy versions. I can’t wait for the second volume because the story is getting better with each issue. The art is uneven at times; however it doesn’t take away from the story.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Not Your Kids’ Trannsformers, September 4, 2012
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    SciFiDude79 (Ohio, USA) –

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    For those of us who grew up in the ’80s watching the show and (maybe) reading the comics, it’s a treat to have them collected in volumes that can be purchased and enjoyed over and over again. I was 5 years old when the original G1 cartoon series ran and I watched it and enjoyed it, though I was a bit young for these comics.

    Firstly, if you’ve only seen the cartoons or (shudders) the Michael Bay fiasco they’re calling “Transformers,” (those movies get worse and worse) you’re missing the whole story. Though these ran at the same time (and after) the TV series, they followed a completely different story arc than the series. I have the series on DVD and these are nothing like it. Marvel Comics has always been known as a more mature comic company than some of the others and these comics live up to that. The TV series is fantastic, but it’s “watered down” due to the fact that it was made for kids. There wasn’t a lot of violence or themes that weren’t kid appropriate and the good guys always won. Plus, with the exception of a few two or three part episodes, they pretty much wrapped everything up nicely within the 23-34 minute episode. Meanwhile, the comics are a whole different story.

    The comics follow a similar but different story line than the G1 cartoon series. Their reason for being on Earth is slightly different than it was in the cartoon and the way certain later characters come into being is different than it was on the series. The story arc once on Earth is completely different than what was done on the show and the stories are definitely less kid friendly than the TV show was. (probably about a PG to PG-13 level) At the end of each issue, the Autobots don’t necessarily come out on top. Though, since it’s Marvel comics, they (of course) mostly don’t have endings, you have to keep reading to find out what happens. The comics also go more into Cybertron’s history (not the retconned history shown on the series, though some of that may come later) and they explain more things about the Transformers and their planet than the TV series did. You also get a lot more character depth and development with these because you get “narrative” text and Transformers’ thoughts to read.

    I’m not going to say the comics are better than the TV series, but they’re not worse either. I like both equally well, which is to say I like them a lot. These graphic novels are great because they collect multiple issues into one volume and it’s nice to have them available for the Kindle Fire. They’re kind of small on the screen, but I have excellent eyesight and the zoom feature works great, for the most part. The only time I have problems with the zoom feature is when the panels aren’t rectangles and/or the text bubbles overlap multiple panels. Though, I’d imagine those are difficulties that come with reading any comic books on this type of device. But, I have no major complaints. The Fire versions are definitely less bulky and are a bit less expensive too. Plus, you can collect multiple volumes in less physical space than a single volume would take up in paperback form. I’ve been enjoying reading Vol 1 on my Fire and I plan to get Vol 2 when I’m done with it and then Vol 3. I hope they bring the rest of the series out and make it available for the Kindle Fire because I like the Marvel comics and would like to have them all.

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