Cycles ago, a Reversionist ship left Cybertron in the wake of a great calamity. Gauge, the youngest Cybertronian in the universe, knows she was forged on the planet, but only remembers her life on the ship. Her life’s about to be shaken as her whole concept of the truth is thrown into question by the mysterious figures in the brig. It’s been some time since I’ve read the new volume of IDW Publishing‘s Transformers comics. Transformers: Galaxies #7 kicks off a new story-arc with “Gauging the Truth” and felt like a nice opportunity to dive back in and see what I’ve missed.
Transformers has always been an interesting series when it comes to the comics. While many see the toy tie-in or just robots fighting each other, the comics have been so much more. Like good science fiction, they’ve explored society, philosophy, culture, and religion, with a transforming exterior. “Gauging the Truth” kicks off a new story arc focused on the Reversionist sect of Cybertronians.
Reversionists are a religious sect who believe that Cybertron was once their creator Primus and thus every Cybertronian is a bit of Primus. They’re generally disliked for their piousness and also feel like a group that hasn’t been the spotlight as much as others.
We get to see some of their focus and beliefs in this comic as they come off as very regimented and not to be questioned. Through Gauge, we get to explore faith in the world of Transformers and what happens when that faith is shaken. It’s an interesting start of the story-arc and ends in a spot that’s unexpected. Where it’s going from here? I have absolutely no idea. But, it adds a bit to the Transformers menagerie of groups and factions.
Written by Sam Maggs Transformers: Galaxies #7 is presented as a mystery. But it’s one where you don’t know if the main character is going insane, being sent a message, or if they’re having a religious awakening of some sort. I actually expected that last one myself but was rather happy I was wrong (sort of). What we look to still be getting is an exploration of religion but one that’s more of an examination of cult-like following and infallible leadership.
The art by Beth McGuire-Smith is solid. Along with colors by Josh Burcham and lettering by Jake M. Wood, the look of the comic is great. The Transformers all look solid and consistent with IDW’s style. The coloring adds a dreamlike aspect that has us questioning what Gauge is experiencing. Much of the comic is told through Gauge’s thoughts so the panels are heavy in narrative boxes instead of dialogue bubbles. The design is interesting with some subtle choices that make it feel a bit more than meets the rectangle eye.
It’s been a while since I’ve read IDW’s Transformers line of comics but Transformers: Galaxies #7 feels like returning to a familiar friend. It has exactly what I want to see in a Transformers comic, an exploration of society, culture, and politics… with cool robots who can turn into things. It may sound cheesy but the property continues to be “more than meets the eyes.”
Story: Sam Maggs Art: Beth McGuire-Smith
Color: Josh Burcham Letterer/Design: Jake M. Wood
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy
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