Finally! I’ve seen it. The new (live action, summer blockbuster) Transformers movie. There’s an embargo on reviews (as such) until July 1st, so I’m going to dodge and weave a bit around full on opinions, and anyway, my review is destined for July’s issue of Comics International (#203). One thing I will say is that it’s a real adrenaline rush of a movie, and that lovers of action movies that assault the senses on every level will not be disappointed. And the stars of the show, the robots themselves, are nothing short of amazing! My gob was well and truly smacked as they so completely came to life on the big screen. I do have reservations, but as a widescreen cinematic experience it simply shouldn’t be missed. Click on/download the Word file below for extracts from my review (first) and the accompanying feature on Transformers in comics (from 1984 to the present day), both of which appear in full in the aforementioned Comics International #203 (available from all good comic shops). Enjoy!



  1. partholon says:

    good to hear you enjoyed it in the main . be a travasty if you didnt get to see it first ( damn it i still have to wait till july 27th 😦 )
    i realise your bound by the secrecy law but can you tell us if the characters come off as the bots and cons we know and love?

    i pretty much think it’ll rock as a pure action film but it’d be nice if prime comes off as prime etc. must be weird to see characters you’ve such history with up on a live action screen ! 🙂

    also whats the story on the preview, anyone else there we’d know ?

  2. Jon S says:

    Hi Simon – you’re very lucky to have seen the movie a month before the rest of us! I remember when the TF animated movie came out in 1986 and it blew me away with how cool it was, and when I went to the newsagent and found the TF UK comic with Galvatron grimacing on the front cover (issue #101 – start of Fallen Angel storyline) I was hooked, and here I am, 21 years later still reading TF comics!
    Anyway, I know you are writing the TF movie characters for the Titan UK TF mag, but does IDW have any plans (besides the prequel comics) to do an ongoing TF comic set in the “movie-verse”? Seems like a great opportunity to snag a whole new readership!

  3. simon furman says:

    Some of the characters you can definitely see their G1 roots showing. Optimus Prime especially. The Autobots get a decent amount of charactisation, whereas the Decepticons are mostly just badass.

  4. simon furman says:

    Lots of people there. On my side of things I had Geoff Senior, Andrew Wildman, some of the Titan guys, some folk from Eaglemoss, Brady Webb from Panini. Transforce organizer Paul Cannon came in on ‘my ticket’ so to speak. It was also attended by (apart from numerous Paramount types) Michael Bay, Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson. So reasonably star-studded. Pretty sure I saw Mackenzie Crook (Gareth in the UK Office) there too!

  5. simon furman says:

    Not sure if IDW plans to do more movie-verse comics. There’s one going in with the DVD release of the movie, written by Chris Ryall and with art from Don Figeuroa and Andrew Wildman. But beyond that, I don’t know.

  6. partholon says:

    wow. i didnt know that many of the cast was going to be there!. good to see geoff and andy were there too. i pretty much hold you three responsible for the longevity of the franchise as so much of your work resonates with the fans to this day.

    great to hear the characters hold up. i’ll admit i loved the idea of cullen doing prime again but i was worried the “real world” setting would throw my ability to accept it as prime. the MTV spoof with sarah silverman went along way to allaying that as even though it was meant to be humorous it “felt” like prime and the news they all get some air time is welcome. i dont mind too much about the deceps as they usually speak with their fists anyway so as long as megs and starcream bitch at each other i’ll be happy. 🙂

  7. bassbot says:

    cool to read your impressions Simon. i saw it down under a couple of weeks ago and can’t wait to see it again tomorrow night.
    will definitely be interested to read the rest of your thoughts.

  8. simon furman says:

    There actually is a line of dialogue (from Megatron to Starscream) that very much evokes the old relationship. Nice touch.

  9. I was fortunate enough for Simon to let me tag along, my views are over at on the movie.

    Thanks again Simon!

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