I've gotta say I'm a bit disappointed. I was hoping this would pick up after RoTF, but it is set between alliance #4 and RoTF adaption #1. (also, please someone tell me if the adaption is worth picking up). story: bumblebee strains his relationship with sam as he continually attempts to be his protector. big fight with barricade, both survive, the end. i'd give it a 1.8/5. some things were somewhat cleared up, like bumblebee's voice problems. but really, i think the story was a little thin. art: eeks, i'm not a big fan. i'll have to compare/contrast with reign of starscream and the other prequel comics later, but the bots just lack detail (aside from the internal robotics components), seem energon deficient, and carried little weight. these aren't the majestic bots we've seen in IDW's G1 series, nor (to the best of my memory, again i'll compare later) the movie bots seen in prequels. these are robotic toothpicks with poor facial expressions. half the time during the battle, i couldn't tell what was happening-- it was like watching the original fight between BB and barricade from tf1 on a black and white tv from the '60s while drunk with one eye missing. ok, maybe not that bad, but it wasn't enjoyable. i'm also not a fan of sam's character model and prefer the cover A version. 1.5/5 i understand a big problem with AHM was that it was all setup/characterization and no action for like the first 6 issues, but at least AHM #1 set up a mood and a story arch. this ToTF #1 does none of that, seems rushed story- and art-wise, and overall feels flat. i understand that these are to be spotlights, but this first one feels like filler, only setting up why BB still speaks thru the radio in RoTF. all in all, a small let down from alliance, and a big letdown from the story in defiance imo. hopefully ToTF #2 redeems itself.