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First Strike #1

Event\Storyline: First Strike Writer: Mairghread Scott, David Rodriguez Artist: Max Dunbar Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 9, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 5
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

A Hasbro comic book event! As Earth joins the intergalactic community, a massive explosion threatens the peace! A new COBRA-led by the worst villains to ever tangle with G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., and the Transformers-is invading Cybertron and only Scarlett, Optimus Prime, G.I. Joe and the Autobots can save two worlds!"

Bullet points:
*    The Hasbro comic book event of 2017 is here!
*    A perfect jumping on point for readers new and old!
*    An all-new explosive chapter in the Hasbro comic book line! Literally! There are explosions!

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - JG Diaz Aug 5, 2017

    Overall enough happened in this issue and enough is hinted at for the rest of the event to keep an eye on this series. This appears to be a mega event that promises all of Hasbro's properties and characters involved. So if you have 80s nostalgia and enjoy a good yarn, this is definitely something you want to check out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 9, 2017

    Though Matt Trakker, the Micronauts, and the enigmatic Space Knight are absent during the opening, there is still plenty of fun to be had with First Strike #1. When you think of a Hasbro toys crossover comic book, you probably wouldn't think "political action thriller with themes of paranoid isolationism and paternal honor," but here we are. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 9, 2017

    If IDW is going to keep publishing annual Hasbro crossover events, at least they're being handled well. First Strike manages all the tricky challenges of a first issue, laying out the groundwork for new readers, quickly establishing its conflict and ensuring that the human drama is never lost amid all the action and spectacle. This is a great spot to either jump on board the Hasbro-verse or remind yourself why it's so exciting having these characters sharing the page in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 9, 2017

    Ultimately, First Strike #1 delivers popcorn entertainment with a political background showing these toys and their comics are more than meets the eye. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Harrison Rawdin Aug 9, 2017

    First Strike #1 is a text heavy first issue that gets this event going! It's not going to turn someone into a fan of any of these properties but if you haven't been following along this right here is a great excuse to dive in. Especially because the villains are rich with intent and a plan, so much so I can't wait until #2 arrives. So by all means rush out to your comic shop this Wednesday and grab yourself a copy. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Aug 8, 2017

    So far, First Strike feels better than Revolution in terms of pacing. The atmosphere is captivating but not overwhelming and the backstory of the villains is a nice touch but may prove to be unnecessary. It's a good event but given what has happened previously, the real question will be if the event can stick the landing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Aug 12, 2017

    This is a good introductory issue to First Strike, though again was surprising how little the transformers appeared given the crossover appeal. With such a large cast of characters set to appear, hopefully a good balance can be struck as the series moves forward. Scott and Rodriguez do have a good handle on the character's personalities, though, and the art by Dunbar and Zarate fits this story well. Included is a short back-up from John Barber and Netho Diaz from the villain's point of view on why they want to take out Cybertron. All in all, it is an intriguing crossover between the various IDW titles so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    On Comics Ground - Paul Smerdon Sep 10, 2017

    I enjoyed the fact we had an extra few pages after the main story showing why Colton planning this war on the cybertronians. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Aug 10, 2017

    "First Strike" #1 is a cluttered reintroduction to the sprawling Hasbro Shared Universe. Read Full Review

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