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Review: Transformers: Fate of Cybertron

Transformers: Fate of Cybertron

IDW Publishing has had a hell of a run with the Transformers license spanning 17 years. Some of that has been amazing, some a bit bumpy, but a lot of it was very entertaining. I didn’t enjoy the latest volume a whole lot, but decided to check out the finale of the run, Transformers: Fate of Cybertron.

Written by Brian Ruckley, the over-sized one-shot delivers the final stand of Optimus against Megatron for the fate of Cybertron. The issue wraps things up nicely but delivers few surprises, it feels like it’s pretty standard, checking off a lot of boxes.

Optimus attempts to be the voice of reason, wanting to end the conflict as peacefully as possible. Megatron wants nothing of that, headstrong and convinced his way is the correct and only way forward. He demands an audience to prove that.

The comic really only has a limited number of directions it could go. There’s little chance Megatron would win, it would leave a sad, depressing legacy for the series. So, the only two logical outcomes are a draw, entrenched in battle forever, or Optimus wins by defeating Megatron or he sees the light. The latter was also unlikely. Going that route would sully the legacy and what has come over and over in other volumes. So, that leaves us with the middle and where it all goes from here. And that’s an expected speech for us to attach our hopes to. As I said, pretty expected events.

The issue is packed with Transformers artists, Andrew Griffith, Winston Chan, Alex Milne, Ed Pirrie, and Angel Hernandez. They’re joined by Josh Burcham, Josh Perez, and David García Cruz on color and lettering by Jake M. Wood. The art is pretty good. The art style does shift at times and it’s noticeable. But, the comic hits the notes you want with titanic fights between combiners and a chaotic battle where you pause to see all of the bots taking part. But, the comic generally lacks that memorable visual moment that sticks with you.

Transformers: Fate of Cybertron does what it needs to. It wraps up the current volume in a nice package delivering the hope that Optimus and the Autobots represent. It’s not a memorable finale, but it is one. For those who have read the series up to this point, you might get a bit more out of it all but from the casual reader, it doesn’t feel like an ending to remember.

Till all are one.

Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Andrew Griffith, Winston Chan, Alex Milne, Ed Pirrie, Angel Hernandez
Color: Josh Burcham, Josh Perez, David García Cruz Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Preview: Transformers #42

Transformers #42

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Andrew Griffith (CA) Blacky Shepherd
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Cybertron is under siege. Carnivorous Insecticlones and rust worms are eating the planet. Exarchon is returned, but Megatron’s not giving up without a fight. Against impossible odds, Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Bumblebee must make an unthinkable choice: Is Cybertron even worth saving?

Transformers #42

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Vol. 25 Untold Tales

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Vol. 25 Untold Tales

(W) Larry Hama (A) Netho Diaz, Brian Shearer, Dan Schoening, Alex Sanchez, Ron Joseph, Andrew Griffith (CA) Kieran McKeown
In Shops: Jan 19, 2022
SRP: $29.99

You think you’ve seen it all, but these stories reveal never-before-told adventures of your favorite heroes and villains. Plus, join the JOEs on a different type of adventure, a murder-mystery!

In “Untold Tales,” take an extended look behind some of the most important moments in G.I. JOE history through the eyes of some of your favorite characters. Join Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Stalker, and Torpedo in a desperate mission to Crucial Abysmia; experience the counter-assault in The Pit with MP Law and his sidekick, Order; feel the frigid temperatures of Fusenland with Snow Job, Blizzard, Iceberg, Cover Girl, Frostbite, and Lowlight; fly with Ace and Slip Stream on a mission against the Terror Drome; and be wary of the bespectacled, beautiful, brilliant, and bombastic Baroness!

Then, in the aftermath of the chaotic events of “Snake Hunt” (Volume 24), the JOEs are in a tough spot with the brass in Washington, D.C. Called to testify before a confidential sub-committee intent on investigating the off-the-books mission, a small group of JOEs find themselves embroiled in an entirely different kind of investigation… the murder/mystery kind, featuring brand-new JOEs Sherlock, Multo, and Black Hat in “Murder by Assassination!” Collects G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero issues #276-285.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Vol. 25 Untold Tales

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #12

Star Wars Adventures #12

(W) Cavan Scott, Andrew Griffith (A) Manuel Bracchi, Andrew Griffith (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Nov 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

First, it’s a trap! Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron has been snared by the Empire. But who is the traitor and why is new recruit Ibti Myrak fighting with Admiral Ackbar on the deck of Home One? X-Wings and TIE fighters clash in “Squad Goals,” part two by Cavan Scott and Manuel Bracchi.

Then, from author and artist Andrew Griffith comes a new “Tales of Villainy.” Asajj Ventress must face off with Aayla Secura, who is dangerously close to uncovering the early stages of the Death Star Project.

Star Wars Adventures #12

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #286

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #286

(W) Larry Hama (A) Andrew Griffith (CA) Freddie Williams II
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Once a warrior for Cobra. Then a soldier for G.I. Joe. But ALWAYS an Arashikage ninja, first and foremost! He’s Tommy Arashikage and this is SPOTLIGHT: STORM SHADOW!
Living Legend Larry Hama and fan-favorite artist Andrew Lee Griffith once again team up for this special standalone story featuring the mysterious ninja in white. Also includes the first of five interconnected covers (issues #286-#290) by superstar artist Freddie Williams II (Batman/TMNT)!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #286

Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #8

Transformers: Beast Wars #8

(W) Erik Burnham (A) Winston Chan (CA) Andrew Griffith
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Pod,” part two! Blackarachnia has made her way to the Maximal ship, the Axalon, and encountered her first Maximal, Cheetor. Now she’s gone missing again and it’s up to the whole crew to find the mysteriously disappearing spider… before she finds them!

Transformers: Beast Wars #8

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #285

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #285

(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) Andrew Griffith
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Murder by Assassination” Part 5! EXPLOSIVE FINALE! Murder, mystery, and mayhem continue as the newest JOE continues her investigation into Cobra chaos. Can she, with the help of some special friends, solve the mystery and save the day before it’s too late? The plot thickens as Living Legend Larry Hama and superstar artist Andrew Griffith (Transformers) conclude their bombastic tale featuring the exciting new JOE team member-codename: SHERLOCK!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #285

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #284

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #284

(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) Andrew Griffith
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Murder by Assassination” Part 4! Murder, mystery, and mayhem continue as the newest JOE continues her investigation into Cobra chaos. Can she, with the help of some special friends, solve the mystery and save the day before it’s too late? The plot thickens as Living Legend Larry Hama and superstar artist Andrew Griffith (Transformers), continue their bombastic tale featuring the exciting new JOE team member-codename: SHERLOCK!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #284

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #283

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #283

(W) Larry Hama (A) SL Gallant (CA) Andrew Griffith
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Murder by Assassination” Part 3! Murder, mystery, and mayhem continue as the newest JOE continues her investigation into Cobra chaos. Can she, with the help of some special friends, solve the mystery and save the day before it’s too late? The plot thickens as Living Legend Larry Hama and superstar artist Andrew Griffith (Transformers), continue their bombastic tale featuring the exciting new JOE team member-codename: SHERLOCK!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #283

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #282

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #282

(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) Andrew Griffith
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Murder by Assassination” Part 2! Murder, mystery, and mayhem continue as the newest JOE continues her investigation into Cobra chaos. Can she, with the help of some special friends, solve the mystery and the save the day before it’s too late? The plot thickens as Living Legend Larry Hama and superstar artist Andrew Griffith (Transformers), continue their bombastic tale featuring the exciting new JOE team member-codename: SHERLOCK!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #282
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