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Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #2

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #2

(W) Nick Roche (A) E. J. Su (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: Jun 08, 2022
SRP: $5.99

After ages of isolation, the Last Bot meets with the Visitors, the last straggling survivors of a dying race and the greatest threat Donnokt’s ever seen. But how will the locals react to not only mysterious Visitors from the stars but also a robot in disguise in their midst?

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #2

Review: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

As a child of the 1980s, I loved watching Transformers. There was nothing like it, as the cartoon got me into mecha anime altogether. It showed a world where robots coexisted with humans. It also gave me one of my first examples of good and evil.  We saw the Autobots and Decepticions as refugees from planet light-years away from Earth who brought their conflict to our world.

The cartoon was pure fun growing up and was able to surprise fans with major moments like the death in Transformers: The Movie. It rocked most of us to the core, killing off a major character. I still think of how I felt when I saw it and how deaths in most cartoons now are no longer shocking. In the debut issue of Transformers: The Last Bot Standing, we catch up with Rodimus Prime

We’re taken to the planet, Donnokt where a spaceship has just crash landed on this desert planet. We also meet one of the locals, Shib, who runs a small mining business with her brothers. Everything gets tuned on it s head when long slumbering secrets wake up bringing a conflict to Donnokt. By the issue’s end we’re left with many questions as we ponder what the conflict is and how certain bots arrived in the situation they’re in.

Overall, Transformers: The Last Bot Standing #1 is a great beginning to this space western. The story by Nick Roche is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, it’s a story that’s a fine addition to the Space Western canon.

Story: Nick Roche Art: E.J. Su and Nick Roche
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Johanna Nattalie
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

(W) Nick Roche (A) E. J. Su (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: May 11, 2022
SRP: $5.99

When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? The planet Donnokt sits on the edge of the universe, far away from all the stars that are flickering and fading out one last time. It is a world on the precipice of revolution-industrialization-taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. And on the far edge of nowhere, a Visitor arrives, and Donnokt will never be the same again. The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Review: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 is an intriguing concept of a comic. After billions of years of battle, what happens to the last Cybertronian and who will it be? There’s a lot of directions this series can go and after the first issue, I’m not sure which it’ll be in what is a rather frustrating debut.

Written by Nick Roche, Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 takes us to Donnokt, a planet that’s somewhat like the Wild West but a bit more technology. After a tease of a crash landing of an object, we’re introduced to the locals of a town and particularly one, who is their local delivery person. She’s challenged by a new team offering similar services who use a bit more technology to get it done. The comic, for what feels like about 3/4 of it, is a story of a struggling business who is facing the challenges of new technology. It’s a rather slow, plodding opening where you feel like you want it all to speed up and get to the point. Sure, it throws out some potential themes for the series, but we’re here for the Cybertronians!

Eventually, that happens with a big reveal which doesn’t go as expected. In fact it’s far from that which instantly got me to take notice. Unfortunately, it takes too long to get there. That last 1/4 of the comic is great for its feints and what it sets up. As I said, there’s a lot of potential and a lot of questions to ask and be answered.

Art is provided by E.J. Su and Roche with color by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Johanna Nattalie. The art is pretty good but feels like it fits more in a Back to the Future story than Transformers. The setting and art style felt more Back to the Future III than the world it’s set in. The art isn’t bad but it doesn’t excite and doesn’t deliver quite enough detail to really give us more of an idea about this world. There’s enough to get the story going but it doesn’t have that little bit extra of small details to really give it a boost. Like the story itself, the art in the last quarter of the comic is what stands out with a brutal battle and some emotional kick.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 isn’t a bad start, it’s just not exciting. It has all the chance of people something great going forward but it takes too long to get to the point and what we’ve come for. It almost feels like two comics and those two don’t quite line up. Still, there’s just enough I want to read more and see if the series goes where it could and really deliver something special.

Story: Nick Roche Art: E.J. Su and Nick Roche
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Johanna Nattalie
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus ComicsTFAW

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Solo Leveling Vol. 4

Wednesdays (and 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.

Archie Meets Riverdale (Archie Comics) – When Archie “meets” folks, it’s usually an entertaining read. So seeing how this one plays out should be real fun!

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1 (Dark Horse) – With a trailer for the sequel film dropping this week, the timing is damn near perfect for a new comic series. That solid release is worth a mention here alone.

Blood Syndicate: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The next wave of Milestone begins here as the classic series returns!

Bunny Mask: Hollow Inside #1 (AfterShock) – The first volume was great and the Free Comic Book Day issue solid. We’re pumped for this next volume and to find out more about this horror series.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 (Marvel) – Sam Wilson is taking on the mantle of Captain America again in his own series. With two different Cap books coming out, it’ll be interesting to see how the two differ.

Eight Billion Genies #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Charles Soule and Ryan Browne would be enough to get on this list. The concept of everyone on earth getting a genie and wish at the same moment is too interesting to not check out.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Saturday Morning Adventures #3 (IDW Publishing) – The series has nailed the tone and look of the classic animated series. Absolutely fantastic in every way.

Grim #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Jessica Harrow is dead. But her journey has only just begun! This is a hot comic having already sold out at the distributor and getting a second printing.

Hulk vs. Thor: Banner War Alpha #1 (Marvel) – Celebrating 60 years for both characters!

Nottingham #7 (Mad Cave Studios) – The series has been great as a whole and if caught the Free Comic Book Release, you know that’s the truth. The issue is solidly timed to build off the FCBD release which was one of the best this year.

Past the Lat Mountain #2 (CEX Publishing) – After a war, fantasy creatures were rounded up and put on a reservation. Some have escaped hoping to find freedom while the government wants to stop them.

Science Comics: Birds of Prey (First Second) – We’re big fans of this educational graphic novel series that’s also entertaining. Great for kids and adults.

Solo Leveling Vol. 4 (Yen Press) – The series is awesome taking place in a world where dungeon hunting is an actual job.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 (IDW Publishing) – The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends. When the last star flickers, who will be the only Cybertronian left?

Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

(W) Nick Roche (A) E. J. Su (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: May 11, 2022
SRP: $5.99

When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? The planet Donnokt sits on the edge of the universe, far away from all the stars that are flickering and fading out one last time. It is a world on the precipice of revolution-industrialization-taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. And on the far edge of nowhere, a Visitor arrives, and Donnokt will never be the same again. The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Say Farewell to the Transformers with Last Bot Standing

When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? Beginning this May, IDW Publishing propels fans into the far-flung future with Transformers: Last Bot Standing, a four-issue miniseries spectacle of speculative fiction by fan-favorite Transformers comic alums Nick RocheE.J. Su, and Rebecca Nalty!

While the war for Cybertron may be long over, the war from Cybertron never ends! On the edge of the universe, at the end of time, hangs the planet Donnokt…a world on the precipice of an industrial revolution, taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. But when a visitor—a shape-shifting robot from a long-dead civilization—falls from the sky, nothing will ever be the same!

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 will be available with two cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy. The primary cover will see series writer Roche performing double duty as the artist, while a Retailer Incentive edition will feature illustration by series artist E.J. Su.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1
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