Transformer Infiltration issue 0
Synopsis : At a bus station in phoenix Arizona, Verity Carlo is picking her targets. Including a bus ticket to Los Angeles and a palmtop by a businessman.
When the business man is taking a much needed siesta, she lifts his ultraportable out of his backpack and feigning motion sickness, Verity gets of the bus with her latest loot in hand.
She is later picked up in a VW van, by a young man with the name of Hunter O'nion ( That's Oh, nee, ohn. ) before taking a detour to find that the bus Verity left not so long ago was ram raided by two sports cars and the business man, disappeared in the desert.
Hunter continues on after the bus driver assured him everything will be fine.
And after some prodding from both sides, Hunter reveals that he believes that there are indeed aliens on earth.
Exactly at that moment a blue plane scans and opens fire blowing the VW van to smithereens. Before he can finish the job however, the jet is routed by a well armed ambulance, with a perpetually smiling driver who informs them that if they want to life, they had better get in.
To be continued.
Credits :Writer : Simon Furman,
Artist: E J Su,
Colors by : John Rauch,
Letters by : Tom B Long and Robbie Robins.
Editor : Chris Ryall.
First appearance : Hunter O'nion
Ratchet, ( Car mode only. )
Skywarp, ( Plane mode only. )
Runabout, ( Car mode only. )
Runamuck, ( Car mode only.)
Starscream , ( Mostly hidden in shadows. )
This was a preview issue, that retailed for 99 cents in October 2005.
Infiltration 1 wasn't released until Jan 2006.
For such a short issue, 16 pages. Issue 0 is densely packed, a lot more denser then later issues would be.
Issue 0 is the first time long time Transformers scribe, Simon Furman has had the opportunity to lay down the foundation and build up his storyline from day one.
Usually he is brought in to end somebody else's work, ( Beast Wars. Following up on Budianksy on marvel US ) or midways through, ( The War Within miniseries for Dreamwave, the Armada series and the Marvel UK series. Where Furman penned his first story for issue 13. )
Infiltration is as such, the first time Furman was allowed to build it all up himself.
Which is rather odd, when you think how much if an influence he has had over the years on the mythology as a whole.
What we get for a first story, however is a very decompressed storyline with little actual action and even less Transformers.
The few we do actually see Ratchet Runabout, Runamuck and Skywarp, do not even transform.
The focus is mostly on the two humans. Hunter O'nion ( That's Oh, nee, ohn ) and hitchhiker Verity Carlo, as the net around them closes in.
It 's one of the most human centric stories told so far in Transformers, with most of it taking place from the perspective of humans, which will remain a staple for most of the ation arcs.
The slow burn is par de course for comics these days, but was still a bit of a novelty back in 2005, and it's hard to believe that this comic is 10 years old already.
Previous Transformers comics either got going right away, with the Transformers bursting on the scene on earth ( Marvel UK and US ) or just picked up where a previous iteration left, off and assumed you were familiar enough with the material, to puck it up as they went along. ( Dreamwave. )
Infiltration is a deliberate slowburn, with a focus on it's two human characters.
Verity and Hunter's characterisations are both a bit bare bones for the moment, but they work well enough.
Hunter is an alien conspiracy nut, while Verity is a hitchhiker loner with sticky fingers. Who doesn't really care much about, oh' say pick pocketing somebody on the bus.
Those sticky fingers are what get her and Hunter in deep trouble, as this issue continues.
Issue 0 is an effective teaser, as well as an introduction for the series as a whole.
It sets up plenty of questions and intrigue and while you can read Infiltration without it. Issue 0 is still an important piece of set up and characterisation for Verity and Hunter.