When we talk about an item and get comments about how nobody knew it existed, that's when it's time to post a review. Transformers: War for Cybertron is a prequel to the PC/Xbox 360/Playstation 3 video game of the same name, giving us the senate proceedings and courtroom arguments we've come to expect from stories that take place before ones we already know. In it, we get to see flashbacks of Megatron explaining why he's been engaging in "terrorist acts," while the senate for some reason suddenly decides Orion Pax would be good to take up the role of Prime as the last leader has ceased to function. Nothing is immediately resolved, of course, and the final panel is marked "The Beginning!" to remind you that the rest of this is in the game that you, in theory, just bought.
Transformers: War for Cybertron
Free with Purchase
So Optimus Prime and Megatron are buddies-- how about that! (Well, that doesn't last, but you knew that.) You get a look at their War for Cybertron modes as well as pre-WFC forms, plus there are numerous cameos of the downloadable-only characters like Jazz if you squint. There's also a lot of pretty dull looking old crusty senate robots which will probably never get toys and exist solely for the purposes of exposition, which is unfortunate given that the comic itself simply is backstory.
Don Figueroa's art is, as always, great. With only 16 pages, there's significantly less wasted space in telling this story, but given that the story is pretty much known by fans of the franchise, the entire tale could be summed up by the copy on the back of a video game box. Still, it's neat as a collectible, and given that it's a full-size comic that you simply cannot buy, you might want to try to get yours sooner than later. It adds nothing of any great consequence to the ongoing storylines, and there's not much in it that doesn't nod to stories you've already read about in the comics or on TFWiki, but it's certainly worth the asking price of nothing. And you get to see another version of Optimus Prime without his face plate.
The item was developed as a gift-with-purchase when you buy the game at either Kmart or Sears, but I've found that if you see the comic and ask how much it is, they'll just give one to you. Your mileage may vary.
July 25, 2010