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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 Vol. 5 Horrors Near and Far

Transformers Vol. 5 Horrors Near and Far

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova, Bethany McGuire-Smith, Jack Lawrence (CA) Cryssy Cheung
In Shops: Jun 08, 2022
SRP: $49.99

The war grows desperate for Optimus Prime’s Autobots. With Energon and morale running low, they seize on a dangerous plan to boost Jumpstream’s teleportation abilities. Meanwhile, Bumblebee enters a criminal alliance and Megatron learns that his former mentor holds an artifact that could be the key to the Decepticons’ victory. The fall of the tether that anchored Cybertron’s moon was a critical step on the road to war, and the ancient Titan Vigilem caused it. Now the only other active Titan, Lodestar, and her cityspeaker, Lightbright, must hunt him down! And when Starscream follows rumors of a disembodied spark in the desert, what he finds will horrify and rattle him to his core!

Transformers Vol. 5 Horrors Near and Far

Preview: Transformers: War’s End #4 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #4 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Jack Lawrence
In Shops: May 25, 2022
SRP: $5.99

End of the line! Exarchon makes his final push to claim all Cybertron as his own. Can a ragtag group of Autobots and Decepticons working in parallel defeat one of Cybertron’s all-time greatest threats? And what happens if they fail and Exarchon gets his hands on the sparks he needs to be unbeatable? An extra-long final issue leading to next month’s Transformers Special 2022!

Transformers: War's End #4 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers: War’s End #4 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #4 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Jack Lawrence
In Shops: May 25, 2022
SRP: $5.99

End of the line! Exarchon makes his final push to claim all Cybertron as his own. Can a ragtag group of Autobots and Decepticons working in parallel defeat one of Cybertron’s all-time greatest threats? And what happens if they fail and Exarchon gets his hands on the sparks he needs to be unbeatable? An extra-long final issue leading to next month’s Transformers Special 2022!

Transformers: War's End #4 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers #43

Transformers #43

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova (CA) Stefano Simeone
In Shops: May 18, 2022
SRP: $5.99

End of the road! Optimus Prime leads the Autobots in a desperate battle on multiple fronts-against the maniacal Decepticons, against the swarming Insecticlones, against the teeming rust worms, against Cybertron itself. But how many problems will the Autobots be able to solve and what offer could stop their journey? An extra-long final issue leading to next month’s Transformers Special 2022!

Transformers #43

Preview: Transformers: War’s End #3 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #3 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Sebastian Piriz
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The origin of Exarchon revealed! Find out the secret history behind one of Cybertron’s greatest threats, the Threefold Spark. As Exarchon looks for a third body to make himself complete once more, he also receives backup that could prove devastating to all who oppose him.

Transformers: War's End #3 (of 4)

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: Transformers: War’s End #2 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #2 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Angel Hernandez, Chris Panda
In Shops: Mar 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Trapped at the bottom of the Sonic Canyons, a group of Autobot scientists come face-to-face with Cybertron’s greatest threat, Exarchon, and his lost armory. Can the peaceful Autobots hold out until help arrives-and with the Crystal City under siege, can the Autobots spare any help to begin with?

Transformers: War's End #2 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers #41

Transformers #41

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova (CA) Umi Miyao
In Shops: Mar 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99

In “The Landscape of Fear,” the Crystal City, last refuge of the Autobots, is under siege. But with the arrival of last-minute reinforcements, do they have what it takes to turn the tide of battle in their favor? And what of the other threats to Cybertron-Insecticlone swarms, rust worms, and a great evil reborn?!

Transformers #41

Review: Transformers: War’s End #1

Transformers: War's End #1

IDW’s run with the Transformers is winding down ending at some point later this year. Who knows how things will wrap up or where the current series will go in that time. Transformers: War’s End #1 feels like it kicks off the plan to bring the current run to a close. Exarchon is back, threatening to ramp up the current war even further. His third faction looks to shake up both Decepticon and Autobot and their current war.

Written by Brian Ruckley, the series feels not so much a stand-alone read but a spin-off to the current storyline. It’s an interesting concept and story with a direction that feels a bit obvious in some ways. But, it adds a layer to the ongoing tale Ruckley has been spinning. And that’s both good and bad.

If you’ve been reading the ongoing Transformers comic series or know the lore, you’ll be able to dive into Transformers: War’s End #1 fairly easily. If you haven’t been keeping up with the ongoing comic, like me, or your eyes glaze over from the words “Three-fold Spark”, this is a tough one to get into. It’s a comic I could appreciate in its broad concepts and where things were going but the specifics and details is what lost me. There’s a lot thrown in for ongoing readers, which is totally fine. It just makes it more difficult for new readers to pick up and read this debut. It’s doable but maybe not as enjoyable if you have all of the details.

The art by Jack Lawrence is good. With ink by Matt Froese, color by John-Paul Bove and Priscilla Tramontano, and lettering by Jake M. Wood, the comic looks like the consistent style IDW has put out for some time. The action is entertaining, the characters expressive, the designs nailed down. It’s standard style with a bit more of the cartoony look the latest volume has delivered.

Transformers: War’s End #1 is good. It has me wanting to check out the second issue but also had me a little lost as to the various factions and who Exarchon is. The threat is hinted at but the case is never really made that this is a major deal that could destroy everyone. The issue really missed that throwing readers into the story instead of building up things so we have a villain to really fear.

Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Jack Lawrence
Ink: Matt Froese Color: John-Paul Bove, Priscilla Tramontano Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comixology/KindleZeus ComicsTFAW

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