Written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille
Art by Livio Ramondelli
Flint, Dille, and Ramondelli begin the end of their pretty good trilogy of Transformer miniseries here with Primacy #1 and it is filled to the brim with great characters and story. Who would have thought that a bunch of action figures would be so compelling to read about.
The Transformers Universe under IDW has always had a surprisingly deep, complex plot running through it. Pre-war Cybertron is an interesting place filled with complex characters dealing with complex moral, political, and philosophical problems. Never is that more evident here. Megatron is both hero and scourge to the world, fighting for both freedom and total control. Hot Rod must deal with the sins of his past while at the same time working to gain the respect of the those that had until recently been the oppressors of his people. Even Trypticon, the evil behemoth Decepticon that can give Metroplex a run for his money, has a surprising deep motivation shown through visions. If you want story and character, then this book delivers it in spades. In some places, Ramondelli’s art is amazing. His splash page of Omega Supreme standing guard is a thing of beauty and Trypticon has a real sense of weight and presence. Ramondelli does epic really well and he can draw me pictures of Transformers in awesome poses anytime he wants.
Since this is the concluding miniseries in a trilogy of miniseries, there is a lot of things going on here that would be pretty hard for someone just getting into this to understand. All of the characters have already experienced tremendous growth in the last series and Primacy continues to build right on top of that with no sign of slowing down. This is great if you are caught up with these events, but if you were picking this up to get into Transformers and thought this would be a good place to start because of the 1 on the cover then you are wrong. You need to pick up the trades of the other series to truly grasp what is going on here, especially the Megatron/Trypticon conversation. The other negative to this book is the art. While Ramondelli has mastered the awesome looking epic moments, he still has a little problem when it comes to depicting the quite moments in the book. This is a book with a lot of political intrigue so there are a lot of those quiet conversations. His characters are stiff and his distinct inking style can really make some scenes muddy and hard to follow. Ramondelli has gotten better about this since Autocracy, but it is still present in the book and brings the quality down a little bit.
Honestly, I thought this book was amazing. Flint and Dille really did a great job with making these action figures compelling. The great art in the big epic scenes more than make up for the questionable art in the quiet moments so this is just a win all around for me. Seriously, guys you should read this.
Story: 4 out of 4
Art: 4 out of 4
Overall: 4 out of 4