Reviews | Written by Andrew Dex 01/12/2020



If the ‘80s was your favourite decade for sci-fi, then the idea of combining Transformers and The Terminator into one story sounds like – whatever the outcome – something you’d be curious to see. Today, that vision lives in the form of IDW's ambitious crossover. In this alternative reality a T-800 is sent back in time to 1984 to stop Transformers from destroying life on Earth as we know it. Once back, it bumps into the warrior Sarah Connor, and surprisingly uncovers that there’s a hero side to the transformers, the Autobots!

With that kick-ass confidence Sarah Connor is known for shouting out of the pages, fused with those unearthly, god-like speeches from Optimus Prime, Transformers VS. The Terminator smashes it when it comes to embracing the spirit of its characters. On top of this we see further Cybertronian main players like Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and Ratchet to name a few, and there are a ton of cool Easter eggs thrown in.

The story mutates at a fast pace, and before you know it you’ve got a full-on war as The Terminator – through the leadership persuasion of Sarah Connor - joins forces with the Autobots to stop the Decepticons from finding a way to produce Energon in Cyberdyne Systems. An outrageous idea like this could be over the top, but it’s thankfully been handled with care, all building towards a worthwhile finale.

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