Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Writer: David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz Artist: Alex Milne Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: March 25, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
7.6Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

 It's Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages! 1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future... or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons?

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Kevin McDowall Feb 4, 2021

    This was an exceptional little read. The story was amusing in that 'tickles every nostalgia box' kind of way, especially if you're a fan of these opposing kinds of franchise. Nods like Starscream shouting 'Judgement' at the Terminators is a lovely touch. Alex Milne is just a god of Transformer design by this point and the mix of Cybertronian and the essential 'G1' style was a delight for the eyes throughout the entire comic run. The standalone story format worked well and the writers deserve props for making it fit into both G1 Transformers and the established lore of Terminator. Needless to say it didn't work out well for humanity either way! Tansformers vs. The Terminator is highly recommend as long as you don't care for its stand alone nature and what it does to certain characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Heidi Gulics Apr 1, 2020

    I'm a long-time fan of both franchises here, so naturally, that's gotten me enamored with the concept from the jump. That said, I have discerning tastes, and sometimes a take on Transformers or Terminator doesn't always land with me. I'm happy to say that with the comic here, I'm on board. They tap the energy that made these franchises, both born in the '80s, special for fans. Still, it isn't all ground we've already covered"there's the twist I mentioned initially, and the writers are running with it. For future issues, I'll be back! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Dandy Don the Valiant Mar 24, 2020

    The trio of David Mariotte, Tom Waltz, and John Barber have laid the foundation for an astounding new universe that I never knew I needed to see! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Feb 6, 2021

    Transformers vs. The Terminator is a fun story that meshes the best parts of both franchises. The story by the creative team is thrilling and relatable. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that asks the question of why there are not more stories like this. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Mar 26, 2020

    A very fun book, something very different for anything else out there right now. Give it a try! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Mar 27, 2020

    Transformers vs Terminator #1is a compelling introduction to this crossover with developments fans won't expect. Barber and Mariotte convey the world ofTerminatorwell in this new setting and make a fast-paced issue that never slows down, but doesn't feel like it's going too fast either. Milne's art is nicely detailed with his transformers and humans while Cruz's colours enhance Milne's visuals. Fans of both franchises won't be disappointed in the beginning of this entertaining story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 5, 2020

    Transformers vs. The Terminator is a crossover I didn't know I wanted. It can definitely catch your attention with its title alone, but it's more than just a flashy name. It has a solid, intriguing story, presenting an all new spin on these decades-old franchises. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Mar 26, 2020

    While the "Transformers" end of this crossover may seem lacking thus far, the effectiveness of this mash-up lies in its ability to create a completely new world by way of the two franchises colliding, from the intriguing story to the dynamic art and colors. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Benjamin Novoa Mar 24, 2020

    A fun ride that taps into the best of your nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 25, 2020

    Transformers vs. Terminator #1 should be an easy one to nail down. But, this debut stumbles from the beginning. From bad dialogue to at times iffy art, there's just so many crossovers for both properties that's better and more worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Mar 25, 2020

    Transformers vs Terminator #1 runs on a concept that could be interesting, but not quite interesting enough yet. There are promising examples of an exciting series forming, and there is certainly a promise of action, but there isnt enough in issue #1 for the comic to stand out by itself. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Mar 25, 2020

    This book is complex, confusing, and jam-packed with complicated details regarding time travel and artificial intelligence that it just feels like a lot of nonsense, but the art also manages to cram exciting sci-fi action into each panel, resulting in a premiere issue that will sure to delight die-hard fans of either franchise while frustrating more casual readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    axdn Mar 25, 2020

    Ok, I am interested. Still I feel Sarah's reaction to everything makes kinda no sense.

  • 7.5
    CaptnAmerca Mar 31, 2020

    Great idea, less great execution. Still good enough to give it another issue.

    I'll be back.

  • 7.5
    GTMedia Reviews Jun 13, 2020

    IDW makes a habit of throwing Transformers at any franchise available. The crossover with Ghostbusters ended last year. The My Little Pony crossover is next and I just finished reading this issue yesterday.

    IDW makes a habit of throwing Transformers at any franchise available. The crossover with Ghostbusters ended last year. The My Little Pony crossover is next and I just finished reading this issue yesterday.

    I never guessed that this mashup would be a thing so I didn't have any expectations going in. I did find the book to be entertaining despite thinking the initial premise to be goofy. The basic premise is that Decepticons have taken over the planet. In response, Skynet sends a Terminator into the past in an atte more

  • 6.0
    Gizmo Apr 1, 2020

    This starts out promising with a refreshing misdirection within the terminator future, but as soon as the terminator arrives in the past the comic goes downhill. He's rattling off one-liners in a ridiculous manner and Sarah Connor is handling all this surprisingly well. I hope things get back on track as the transformers get back into the picture because I already pre-ordered the whole series in solidarity with my retailer.

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