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Preview: Transformers: Escape #5 (of 5)

Transformers: Escape #5 (of 5)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Arks are prepped and ready… or should be. With thousands of lives on the line, Hound, Wheeljack, Glyph, Tap-Out, Road Rage, and the rest have to fend off a swarm of enemies threatening to sabotage the launch, and a traitor in their midst in the thrilling conclusion!

Transformers: Escape #5 (of 5)

Preview: Transformers: Escape #4 (of 5)

Transformers: Escape #4 (of 5)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

As Wheeljack, Hound, and the others lead the evacuation efforts, they learn that one of their allies has secrets of their own that could ruin the whole escape plan. Meanwhile, the Decepticons search for the renegade Insecticons, but who’s really hunting who?

Transformers: Escape #4 (of 5)

Preview: Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $3.99

As preparations for the escape ships continue, Wheeljack and Hound work to move what remains of the A’ovan population and habitat to a safe location for evacuation. Unfortunately, the Insecticons are insatiable and a caravan full of Cybertronian and organic life is too good a meal to pass up.

Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

Preview: Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $3.99

As preparations for the escape ships continue, Wheeljack and Hound work to move what remains of the A’ovan population and habitat to a safe location for evacuation. Unfortunately, the Insecticons are insatiable and a caravan full of Cybertronian and organic life is too good a meal to pass up.

Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

Preview: Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: May 05, 2021
SRP: $3.99

As preparations for the escape ships continue, Wheeljack and Hound work to move what remains of the A’ovan population and habitat to a safe location for evacuation. Unfortunately, the Insecticons are insatiable and a caravan full of Cybertronian and organic life is too good a meal to pass up.

Transformers: Escape #3 (of 5)

Preview: Transformers: Escape #2 (of 5)

Transformers: Escape #2 (of 5)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

With war on the horizon, a team of unaligned Cybertronians hatches a plan to save themselves and as many civilians as they can from the impending destruction. Wheeljack, Hound, Highbrow, and other great thinkers and legendary heroes know their plan will work… if they can get the Arks up and running again. But the Decepticons have something else in mind…

Transformers: Escape #2 (of 5)

Review: Transformers: Escape #1

Transformers: Escape #1

With Cybertron spiraling into war there’s far too much story to be told within the pages of the main Transformers comic book series. Transformers: Escape #1 kicks off the miniseries focused on certain aspects of the ensuing chaos and an attempt to escape.

Cybertron is descending into a state of war catching the civilians and unaligned in the crossfire. Organics are under attack from the Insecticons and the wounded are hunted by Decepticon gangs. If there’s hope, it looks to lie in the Ark program, the giant ships decommissioned from an earlier time.

Transformers: Escape #1 is an interesting comic featuring some well known characters in roles that feel rather odd since we know them from a later time. Characters we associate with the Autobots play pacifist tending to the wounded or only acting in defense. There’s talks of the numbers not being there to withstand Megatron and the solution is… to run.

Writer Brian Ruckley delivers a rather frustrating story whose lesson feels like it’s mostly to let bullies win and run for your life. It’s such an un-heroic story it’s hard to not lose respect for some of the future Autubots we love. Sure, we’ll see them evolve in their thought process but there’s little debate and the choice is so clear to head elsewhere, not stand and fight. It comes off as cowardly especially compared to those who are indeed taking a stand with Optimus Prime. Transformers: Escape #1 feels like it’s telling a sliver of the story and one where it’s really difficult to respect the decisions made. Maybe it gets better in future issues but there’s some characters here I just wanted to punch.

Beth McGuire-Smith provides the art with Priscilla Tramontano on color and Jake M. Wood on lettering. The characters look good but there still feels like there’s a crispness to the art that’s been missing since the new volume started. There’s nothing bad at all to it it’s just missing that little extra special. There is some solid detail though when it comes to the Insecticons and especially their teeth. It might seem like a small thing but it really drives home their characters and motivations of eating.

Transformers: Escape #1 isn’t bad in any way. If you’re reading the main series, you’ll want to get this. But, it feels like a missed opportunity. We get characters on the run from war, unwilling to stand and fight. They also don’t in any way come off as heroic by hatching a plan to get innocents to safety. They’re saving themselves as much. But, that’s emphasized by those that are doing exactly that and that may be the point of it all? The first issue doesn’t quite hook the reader but it’s possible it’s done what I dislike on purpose to deliver some growth as the series progresses.

Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Beth McGuire-Smith
Color: Priscilla Tramontano Letterer/Design: Jake M. Wood
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Transformers: Escape #1 (of 5)

Transformers: Escape #1 (of 5)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: Dec 30, 2020
SRP: $3.99

World War spills into this all-new limited series! As Cybertron descends into a state of war, countless civilians-unaligned with the Autobots, Decepticons, or any faction-are caught in the crossfire. Fortunately, a solution may be coming… Wheeljack, Hound, and some of Cybertron’s greatest (and most infamous) scientists seek to reactivate the Ark program and evacuate the planet with huge spaceships. On the verge of war, will their efforts be enough to escape?

Transformers: Escape #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Avengers #40

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Avengers #40 (Marvel) – “Enter the Phoenix” begins as the cosmic force returns to Earth looking for a new host.

Bad Reception (AfterShock) – If you missed the individual issues of this slasher horror comic, now’s your chance to see what you missed.

Batman Annual #5 (DC Comics) – Clownhunter gets the spotlight in this issue where we learn more about the intriguing character.

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1 (DC Comics) – The event wraps up next week but we’re getting one final spin-off one-shot before the big finale.

Ghost Rider: Return of Vengeance #1 (Marvel) – The rather interesting Ghost Rider gets the focus in the next chapter in that pocket of the Marvel universe.

Kaiju Score #2 (AfterShock) – A robbery under the cover of a kaiju attack is a nice twist on the genre. The first issue had a lot of personality and details that stood out and where this all goes should be a lot of fun.

Nailbiter Returns #8 (Image Comics) – The horror series wraps up the year and it’s been a great addition and return. It’s proof not all horror sequels have to stink.

Power Pack #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a fun return of the team of kids. The tie-in to “Outlawed” also has worked out well so far. There’s a nice mix of event and standing on its own and it has us wanting an ongoing series.

Transformers: Escape #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new limited series that spins out of “World War”. With war raging, the Ark program is reactivated to get those caught in the crossfire off the planet.

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