Let’s get this out of the way: we know little about M.A.S.K., but we want the full Revolution experience. If you’re unaware on what Revolution is: it’s a five-part series by IDW Publishing that features the biggest properties owned by Hasbro, such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Action Man, Micronauts, and this one.
We can tell that this comic isn’t trying to be an old school take on the characters, it’s quite the opposite. It all feels rather modernized and contemporary, and it was definitely unexpected. It all kicks off with (who we presume to be) the director of M.A.S.K., talking through the young candidates he’s brought into the team for training. The book proceeds to follow these young ones through their trials, under constant surveillance of the director.
We could talk through what else happens in the book, but we’re genuinely taken back by the tone and feel of this issue. It’s a lot darker and bleaker in tone then we anticipated, even the colourful and playful cover suggests something a tad different than when we got. We didn’t know the bulk of the story going into this issue, and we’re still not fully clued up on what the heck is happening, but it’s different. Definitely different to things I’ve read from Marvel, DC, Image, and other publishers. To say we expected this to be a cheesy throwback to the 80’s, we were certainly shocked at deaths and bold life choices.
One thing we are sure on though, is the artwork. It fits the tone of the book and reinforces it. From what we’ve seen, the designs of vehicles have remained true to the source material – and the compound looks great. It’s not enough to take away from occasional dodgy face work, but we can look past it.
It’s nice to get a real grasp as to exactly where M.A.S.K. fits into IDW’s Revolution.
To say we expected a cheesy 80's throwback, M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1 was a bold and surprising read.
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