Review – Transformers: King Grimlock #1
Writer – Steve Orlando
Artist – Agustin Padilla
Colourist – Jeremy Colwell
Letterer – Jake M. Wood
Publisher – IDW Publishing
Release Date – 4th August 2021
Grimlock, everyone’s favourite Dinobot and one of the strongest cybertronians, is magically transported to a world of swords and sorcery. He’ll have to battle beasts and magic if he wants to return to Cybertron but will his brute strength be enough? Thankfully he doesn’t have to go it alone.
Writer Steve Orlando is joined by Artist Agustin Padilla to bring us the strongest Dinobot there is, in a solo adventure reminiscent of a D&D adventure. And fans of Transformers and Dungeons and Dragons will want to pick up the latest offering from IDW to be transported to the magical world of Menonia.
Writer Steve Orlando does well in the first issue of a planned five issue series. And having a character like Grimlock in a solo adventure seems like a no-brainer. But when you add in the swords and sorcery element, it may be difficult to pull off. And let’s face it, Grimlock isn’t the most eloquent so dialogue isn’t first and foremost for him as a main character. But thankfully he does what he does best and smashes everything in sight and dialogue is mostly left to the supporting cast. It’s interesting as we can see that Grimlock’s realisation that even though he is one of the most powerful Autobots, his strength alone cannot help in this world.
Agustin Padilla provides the artwork we are accustomed to for a Transformers book. And he captures the presence of the King of the Dinobots really well. There’s an excellent two page spread on Cybertron which really stands out and when it’s paired with Jeremy Colwell’s fantastic colour palette, you know that it’s going to be a good book. Colwell utilises a bold and vibrant colour palette to great effect and it enhances the enjoyment of the book. My only criticism of the artwork is that I would like to see more of the transformation process from Robot to Dinosaur.
Dinobots meets Swords and Sorcery in the this standalone tale for King Grimlock. And whilst not overly dialogue heavy, the action speaks for itself with the tone of the book being firmly established. It was only a matter of time before we had a storyline like this and readers will enjoy what has been offered up by Steve Orlando and the art team. A good first issue and it will be interesting to see where it goes in the future.
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