Transformers Drift: Origins and Empires Review

By Matt Larose for TheComicBookDen.ca

More than meets the eye, they were robots in disguise as well as one of the best parts of my childhood, yes folks I am speaking of The Transformers. Although with this review I’m not going to be talking about any of the famous or more well known of the Autobots or Decepticons, I will be talking about one transformer who was in fact a part of both factions, so let me tell you about Drift.

Transformers Drift: Origins and Empires 

Published by IDW
Collects: Transformers Spotlight: Drift, Transformers Drift #1-4, Transformers Drift: Stone and Empire
Written by Shane McCarthy
Art by Alex Milne, Guido Guidi and, Casey W. Coller

“Not only is Drift one of the newest members in this amazing universe but he is the one that I’ve been enjoying reading the most.”

More than meets the eye, they were robots in disguise as well as one of the best parts of my childhood, yes folks I am speaking of The Transformers. Although with this review I’m not going to be talking about any of the famous or more well known of the Autobots or Decepticons, I will be talking about one transformer who was in fact a part of both factions, so let me tell you about Drift.

Not only is Drift one of the newest members in this amazing universe but he is the one that I’ve been enjoying reading the most. Drift was once a non faction ed Cybertronian just living his life in the streets when out of no where he gets drafted into the Decepticons to serve the mighty Megatron, but not only did he enlist, he got a new name as well, the devastating Deadlock.

During the duration of this book you read more into his horrific origins and delve into more of his redemption. The first story was actually just a one shot which I believe was a part of the All Hail Megatron story arc where certain characters got looked at and pretty much where they came from. Here we find Drift disguised and hiding out on an alien colony looking for transport. We find out Autobots are around and need assistance, is this the perfect way for Drift to seek what he’s truly after? This was a quick read but still very entertaining and had amazing artwork. The story was short but I really enjoyed it because it show cased a lot of other characters that I am really fond of and tied into All Hail Megatron perfectly, and that’s one storyline I will never bad mouth (GO READ IT!!!)

“It was cool to see different transformers from other series but they seemed kind of boring compared to what we’ve seen or read about before.”

Next we have Transformers Drift, this mini series was actually the full on story of how Drift came to be. From the gutters of Cybertron, to homicidal Decepticon to lone warrior seeking redemption, this story felt so very true to the character and almost like one of those old samurai or ronin stories from long ago. This was more of an interesting read for me because only having known so much about this character I was definitely curious as to his origins, there was always the hints that he was once a Decepticon and that the Autobots could never trust him now knowing why by reading this mini series has me loving the character even more. The last story arc is Empire of Stone, now if you’re reading Transformers: Lost Light (Why wouldn’t you be?) this gives you an idea what’s happening to the character during his little hiatus from Rodimus and his crew. Although it was good to see that Drift was being kept busy during his leave I found this story was lacking in a lot of the action packed or heartfelt moments as the other two stories had which to me was kind of disappointing. 

The art was amazing for each story line, as someone who draws from time to time I would find it somewhat hard to draw robots with expressions mainly because they can be so blockish, not to mention to draw a transformation……wow! But then again maybe that’s just not my style of art, I just may have to try some day hahaha.

Anyways, all in all this was an amazing read, I enjoyed reading and learning more about this character and what he’s gone through, I’m looking forward to seeing more and am hoping that he gets into some awesome story lines soon. Now readers, transform and roll out to your local book stores and pick this one up, and please let me know what you think.

Our copy of Transformers Drift: Origins and Empires was provided by Penguin Random House Canada, you can get your copy here!