After Ironhide’s heroic sacrifice (SPOILER ALERT!) in the first issue of IDW’s ongoing, this issue serves as a peek into the gruff bot’s history – and specifically his shared history with Autobot leader Optimus Prime. In fact, the book reads like it could just as easily have been entitled Optimus & Ironhide, for as much of a role as the big bot has in this innaugural ish.
That said, given where we’re left off heading into issue two, it’s a safe bet we won’t be seeing too much of Prime in the hear future. I hesitate to say anything more on the topic, though. The ending of this book is something you’ll just have to see to believe.
Speaking of seeing it, Coller’s art here is spot on – somewhere between the boxiness of the GI designs and the hyper detailed take that Figueroa has given the new book. Coller hasn’t been used as often as some of the other artists in IDW’s stable, but I hope to see more of him. Along with Figueroa and Guidi, I’d count him as one of IDW’s finest – especially in regards to his skill with everyone’s favorite robots in disguise.
Transformers: Ironhide #1 rolls over 5 out of 5 casseticons