Transformers vs. The Visionaries #1

Writer: Magdalene Visaggio Artist: Fico Ossio Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: January 3, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

Cybertron has been invaded. The Transformers encounter unwelcome guests at the heart of Cybertron-and they may not have their hosts' best interests at heart. Refugees from another world, the Visionaries' startling magical abilities could make them powerful allies... or dangerous enemies.

•   Welcome Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim and Kim, Quantum Teens are Go, Secret Empire: Brave New World, Edge of the Venomverse) to the IDW family!
•   The Visionaries make their explosive return to comics!
•   Magic vs. metal!

  • 9.4
    Outright Geekery - William Pace Jan 2, 2018

    Magdalene Visaggio scripted this issue and this was great. One of the best Transformers books I've read in a while since Revolution. Great first issue very well done indeed has me looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Kyle Simcox Jan 6, 2018

    Transformer vs Visionaries #1 is a great book. It's a perfect match up, and it's nice to see IDW reviving an old brand and putting them up against the titans that are the Transformers. It's cool to learn that they have an upper hand against them. They're not just going to be swatted by the Transformers and all their advanced technology. As long as it can keep up the steam along with its beautiful artwork, readers can expect a great five issues. Hell, consider me sold on a Visionaries comic series too if all of this works out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 2, 2018

    If you have been missing the adventures of the Spectral Knights or if you just want to give these 'Visionary' characters a shot, then Transformers vs. Visionaries #1 is the main event you have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Connor Stephens Jan 4, 2018

    With the setup out of the way and the battle lines now clearly drawn, these next issues are sure to be a no-holds-barred explosion of action and character, with an expanding roster and twists and turns aplenty. And in that respect, what Visaggio, Ossio and Cruz have managed to achieve with an issue almost entirely comprised of setup and dialogue is a feat not to be understated. Engaging, expressive and captivating, Transformers VS Visionaries #1 is everything you could hope for from a crossover like this, with perfect voices for characters I cant wait to see return next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Chris Campbell Jan 3, 2018

    Transformers Vs Visionaries #1 is a surprising and complete success due to the high quality of work of Visaggio, Ossoio and Garcia Cruz. Together their skills take an idea that could get lost among a dozen others and bring it to the forefront. Though Visionaries weren't able to achieve much success in the 80s, there is a chance that they could be more popular now. This issue is absolutely worth the read, especially for lovers of either of the original franchises. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 4, 2018

    IDW has become a goldmine for every '80s kid that insisted on allowing their various action figure lines to co-mingle. Luckily, Transformers vs. The Visionaries isn't simply a random, slapdash pairing of two disparate franchises. Instead, this first issue seeks to build a meaningful conflict that takes advantages of the differences and similarities between the two groups. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Jan 3, 2018

    A great debut issue for this new mini-series from IDW. I was not aware of any previous work by Visaggio, but now that I have read some of her work, definitely a creator I’ll have to keep my eye out for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Michael Dworkis Jan 20, 2018

    The issue itself was fine, I have no complaints about the new tale, but the ending was, well, not to my liking. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Jennyfer Macoto Jan 3, 2018

    In TRANSFORMERS VS THE VISIONARIES #1, an attempt between fantasy and sci-fi try to come together in the Transformers universe. Magdalene Visaggio offers an interesting take incorporating the Visionaries in post-war Cybertron, however, the idea itself is too remote of a concept from the usual variety of Transformers franchise. David Garcia-Cruz paints this entire issue vibrantly with his colors, which aids the designs of the newly designed Visionaries and the mechs of Cybertron by Ficco Ossio. Ossio illustrations are refined and unique for the people of New Prysmos, but improvements can be made to match the level detail in Cybertronian expressions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 3, 2018

    The first issue isn't what I expected at all. It's a slow start that focuses on political maneuvering and draws the line as to the conflict to come. It also sets up an interesting concept and some dire consequences to come. What starts as a slow comic ends with a hell of a punch to the gut and impressively sets up a comic series that threatens to shake things up not just for the Visionaries but the Transformers as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jan 4, 2018

    "Transformers vs The Visionaries" #1 is a solid next step into the Transformers world, filled with tense political intrigue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jan 8, 2018

    For a book based on a pair of 1980's children's toy lines, the conceits can run heavy. Visaggio throws enough of an ensemble cast in the story to please long-time fans and satisfy nostalgia, while focusing the spotlight on a select few to ensure the plot remains engaging. It's a fun trip down Saturday morning cartoon memory lane. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Andrew Magazzu Jan 29, 2018

    Overall, this issue is the definition of a serviceable introduction that promises more. Now that the setup is done and the seeds have been planted, Visaggio and Ossio can focus on all of the action that Vs. titles are known for. It is a good jumping on point for new readers unfamiliar with this larger universe, and though there are certainly references to other events or important notes in regards to character motivations, it's all for the audiences benefit, and does not become so continuity-heavy to become off putting. A very satisfying beginning to the face off of two worlds. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jan 6, 2018

    Overall,Transformers vs Visionaries #1is mostly set-up with a fairly simple conflict at the moment, though one that grows by the end of the issue with a cliffhanger ending. Visaggio's writing works mostly for the new Visionaries while Ossio and Cruz's artwork is well done. It just may not be enough for longtimeTransformersfans just yet. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Nightmare of Solomon Jan 4, 2018

    Any story whose creative process starts with "I got an idea, let's kill X" is one you should not put your faith on -- and unfortunately, this is what this is.



    David Mariotte, in an interview, pretty much admits that the creative process started with the premise of killing Kup for shock value, to show how dangerous the new characters are; the issue was built with that death as its conclusion, and it shows.

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