Crossovers in comics have always been adored by fans, and IDW are looking to create the biggest one yet. Based on entirely Hasbro properties, Revolution is the culmination of Transformers, G.I. Joe, Micronauts, ROM, and Action Man.
This series is a bi-weekly event that’ll last for five issues, taking the building blocks of previous stories from IDW and combining them to create new and epic elements never seen before. The ramifications of Revolution are said to extend well beyond the event, as it means all of the iconic characters above will co-exist in the same universe – altering the scope of IDW and Hasbro comics from here on out.
The first issue deals with the bringing together of these characters, and – of course – the circumstances in which it happens is slightly ridiculous. Ore 13 explores in Mouth Olympus, with Action Man coming across a wounded member of the G.I. Joe’s. A chain reaction is started, and chaos ensues.
Writers Cullen Bunn and John Barber had a big task on their hands, and they’ve pulled it off quite well so far. As usual in crossovers, the foundation of the story is established early on, leaving later issues to really dig into the nitty gritty of these characters and their stories.
We feel as if the artist had an ever harder task on his hands, as each property has their own distinct feel and tone. Bringing these together in one book could result in two things: an amazing amalgamation found in a commonground, or a clusterf*ck of styles that doesn’t work at all.Unfortunately, Fico Ossio’s work is riddled with inconsistencies as he (courageously) tries to cater to each set of characters. It’s not terrible, but it’s definitely noticeable.
Overall, we feel IDW were brave and playing it safe at the same time. Some of the standalone properties are receiving mixed reviews at the moment, so merging them with thriving characters is sure to help with that. Maybe there’s more than meets the eye with this bunch of odd-shots.
IDW's Revolution #1 brings together Action Man, G.I. Joe, ROM, Micronauts, and the Transformers.