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Preview: Transformers #10

Transformers #10

Brian Ruckley (w) • Cachét Whitman & Beth McGuire-Smith (a) • Beth McGuire-Smith (c)

Fear spreads through Cybertron, leading more and more citizens into the waiting arms of the Ascenticon movement—making Bumblebee’s new job as part of the Guard much more difficult. Meanwhile, Chromia and Windblade follow-up on a lead, but digging up the dirt will put them face-to-face with a new foe…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers #10

Preview: Transformers #9

Transformers #9

Brian Ruckley (w) • Cachét Whitman & Beth McGuire-Smith (a) • Umi Miyao (c)

Time is running out! Orion Pax, his friends, and the Autobot security forces have to get a grip on their murder investigations as their superior, Sentinel Prime, makes his return to Cybertron!

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Transformers #9

Preview: Transformers #8

Transformers #8

Brian Ruckley (w) • Cachét Whitman & Beth McGuire-Smith (a) • Anna Malkova (c)

As Megatron seeks to bring about change to Cybertron, he meets with Termagax, a living piece of Cybertronian history and founder of the Ascenticon movement. Will she set him on the path to peace, or lead him to an unrepairable rupture with the Senate?

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Transformers #8

Preview: Transformers #7

Transformers #7

Brian Ruckley (w) • Cachét Whitman & Beth McGuire-Smith (a) • Christian Ward (c)

When another body shows up, Chromia and Prowl feel the pressure to get answers. Bumblebee, meanwhile, applies for a new job—as a bodyguard. But first, he has to impress Elita-1.

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Transformers #7

Preview: Transformers #6

Transformers #6

Brian Ruckley (w) • Bethany McGuire-Smith (a) • Bethany McGuire-Smith (c)

Optimus takes the spotlight! Even a bot as wise as a leader of the Autobots needs guidance now and again, so Optimus turns to Codexa—a Cybertronian who has grown into the very planet itself. Will she help Optimus settle his problems with Megatron or will she lead them both to ruin?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers #6

Review: Transformers #5

Transformers #5

Transformers #5 is an improvement on the previous four issues but still falls short of being enjoyable. Written by Brian Ruckley, the issue bounces around the various characters involved with the murder mystery as well as peals back some of what Bumblebee has been up to.

This is an issue I want to like and a series I’m attempting to enjoy. Transformers #5 though bounces around a bit too much never quite focusing enough on one plotline or character.

Ruckley delivers an issue that’s an improvement on the previous. It still falls short in entertainment. The issue is a piece of the larger narrative and in that way it is one of the strongest released so far. The structure of the issue is interesting as well delivering some scenes that feel out of place and not needed and others that feel out of order or could have benefited from not being broken up into various segments.

This is most evident in Rubble’s story. Instead of the breaks in his narrative, the issue would have been stronger focusing just on his story and building up the tension and fear better. As is, the ending feels a tad out of place and not the impact it was going for. Instead of terror and dread leading to sadness the overall delivery is that of melancholy.

The art doesn’t help matters either. A trio of artists work on the issue as they have in the past and their differing styles are standing out more. Anna Malkova, Angel Hernandez, and Sara Pitre-Durocher all would be great on their own. Together though, the styles don’t quite work anymore. At times it also doesn’t quite match the tone either. Opening pages have a more cartoon like quality which doesn’t work for Megatron’s serious nature and moment. That transition to the next segment and art style becomes more abrupt due to the mismatched nature of the start. With a bi-monthly comic, picking two artists and switching off would make for a stronger comic visually or banking issues with one artist and switching on the next arc would have been the best overall.

Transformers #5 is absolutely an improvement on the series moving the murder mystery forward and adding more political intrigue. Still, the issue’s pacing and narrative structure works against it creating an experience that again falls short of what was and what could be.

Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Anna Malkova, Angel Hernandez, Sara Pitre-Durocher
Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Transformers #5

Transformers #5

Brian Ruckley (w) • Angel Hernandez & Cachet Whitman (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

The investigation into the mystery of Cybertron’s first murder continues! Windblade closes in on answers, Rubble finds a job that suits him, and Bumblebee… well, Bumblebee has a secret that could lead to chaos.

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Transformers #5

Review: Transformers #4

Transformers #4

Prowl and Chromia are investigating the disappearance of a missing scientist in the wilds of Cybertron when a mysterious figure crosses their path. Who is he and what does he know about the disappeared scientist? And where is Bumblebee disappearing to at all odd hours?

Brainstorm is dead and the search for his killer continues. There’s also political unrest brewing. All of that is set upon the background of a forging and Brainstorm’s funeral.

Transformers #4 can be summed up with one word… dull. It slows the story down even more so taking its police procedural genre and turning it more into drama. This wouldn’t be bad if there was some emotion and excitement about it at all. Writer Brian Ruckley has taken all that has made the previous volume so interesting and sucked it out in four issues. The glimpses of a solid story before the Transformers Civil War are teased and then put to aside focusing on mentorship and a murder mystery. Its result is just a slow plodding story that you want to get to the point.

The art by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Angel Hernandez, and Andrew Griffith is as solid as always and though there’s differences in their styles none of it stands out enough to create a bump in the reading experience. Still, having one artist consistently on an issue would help the series overall.

From what was an amazing run to this, this new volume is a drag of a story facing pacing issues. The series plays out more as a drama and police procedural than anything else delivering a drab experience that’s a struggle to enjoy beyond playing spot the bot. A “Bold New Era” is exactly what it’s not.

Story: Brian Ruckley
Art: Sara Pitre-Durocher, Angel Hernandez, Andrew Griffith
Color: Joana Lafuente, Josh Burcham
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Transformers #4

Transformers #4

Brian Ruckley (w) • Angel Hernandez & Ron Joseph (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)

Prowl and Chromia are investigating the disappearance of a missing scientist in the wilds of Cybertron when a mysterious figure crosses their path. Who is he and what does he know about the murdered scientist? And where is Bumblebee disappearing to at all odd hours?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers #4

Transformers #1 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing

IDW Publishing announced today that Transformers #1, the start of a bold new era of Transformers comic book continuity, has sold out at the distributor level. Due to its broad appeal, the swift sales of Transformers #1 has prompted a new printing of the issue, slated for release on June 5th.

Written by Brian Ruckley, author of the Godless World fantasy trilogy, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Cachét Whitman, the new Transformers series explores a critical time in Cybertron’s history: a world at peace, shaken by the first act of violence in generations. As a murder mystery unfolds, young Rubble and his mentor Bumblebee must come to grips with swirling conspiracies shattering the harmony of the society they hold so dear.

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