LETTING GO! After years of tragedy and misadventure, Rodimus and Co. are finally happy—eager to see out their days on a peaceful world where contentment is inevitable and good things keep happening, whether they want them to or not. Is there a downside? No… Oh, alright then, yes. And it’s a big one!
Wednesdays 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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Picks: Daredevil #601 (Marvel) – The Mayor Fisk arc has been wonderful, and with the twist from last issue I am waiting what this one will bring. This is turning into one of the best runs on Daredevil I have read in years, and Soule and Garney keep rolling!
Infinity Countdown #2 (Marvel) – The Adam Warlock issue and the first issue of this event that is leading to another event (but don’t call it an event!) was filled with great set up. I am more than excited that Logan is back, and the characters they chose to have the infinity stones is very interesting and should lead to some great fun.
The Avengers #689 (Marvel) – Every week this comic delivers classic Avengers action while jugging many team members and creators, and I can not recommend it enough.
Action Comics #1000 (DC) – A landmark moment for comics, superheroes, and the one to spawn generation after generation of heroes. This is the guy who made it cool to wear the underwear on the outside (wait that’s not cool?). One thousand issues is insane!
The Black Monday Murders Vol. 2 (Image Comics) – I love this creepy detective occult series and this volume is just as wild as the first. Hickman is one of the best writers around today, so do not miss this!
Fight Club 2 TP (Dark Horse) – I am fangirling pretty hard for this soft cover version of my signed never taken off the shelf hard cover copy. Finally a copy that can come with me and an excuse to reread it.
Harley Quinn #42 (DC Comics) – I’ve been warming to the new team behind Harley and I am a sucker for seeing what the future holds my favorite villain.
John Wick #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – More of the John Wick origin story and it should keep me going until the 3rs installment comes out next year.
Kick-Ass #3 (Image Comics) – Patience Lee is taking names and kicking ass so obviously I am all the way here for it.
Runaways TP Vol. 10 (Marvel) – Teens being teens and trying to save the world the way teens would.
Calexit #1 (4th Printing) (Black Mask Studios) – Because it is the start of an amazing series!
Top Pick: Fence #5 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has been killing it with sports series that bring the popular manga genre to the west and this series is one of the best out there. Great characters, interaction, and stories.
Lucy Dreaming #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A fun start that seems to blend the magical girl genre with sci-fi.
Mister Miracle #8 (DC Comics) – One of the most intriguing comics out today. The second half of this series has me excited to see where it all goes and what the creative team has in store. A brilliant maxi-series and will absolutely be on many best of lists.
James Bond: The Body #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – An intriguing series that has explored Bond in a new way and really breaking down the character in various aspects. A must for any Bond fan.
Transformers: Optimus Prime #17/Transformers: Optimus Prime #18/Transformers: Lost Light #17 (IDW Publishing) – Any week with Transformers comics I’m happy, but three in one week makes me beyond excited. So much more than meets the eye.
Story: James Roberts Art: Jack Lawrence
Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long
Editor: David Mariotte
ALL GOOD THINGS…! Rodimus and the Crusadercons have reached their final destination. The trouble is, it’s not Cyberutopia. In fact, it’s not ANYWHERE. But they’d better get used to it, because they’re going to be there until the end of Time…
Story: James Roberts Art: Brendan Cahill, Sara Pitre-Durocher Cover: Jack Lawrence
Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long
Editor: David Mariotte
SECRETS AND LIES! As the Scavengers’ journey reaches its ignoble end, the architect of their downfall puts the fate of half the Cybertronian race in their hands. Only one question remains: Are the worst Decepticons prepared to become the ONLY Decepticons?
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence, Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Alex Milne (c)
Rodimus and his Autobot crew continue their adventure as they chase the starship Lost Light—and its mutinous new captain! A witty, smart, emotional take on fan-favorite Transformers characters in a sci-fi world unlike any other! Collects issues #7–12.
James Roberts (w) • Brendan Cahill (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)
MACGUFFIN QUEST! The Scavengers have never had it so good. The war is a receding memory, their patchy service records have been forgotten, and the five of them can roam the galaxy as they please. All’s well that ends well? Not quite. Because unbeknownst to Krok and Co., their next adventure… will be their last.
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)
CABIN FEVER! Crammed into a dead Decepticon astropod that’s ten sizes too small, the displaced crew of the Lost Light face their most serious threat yet: each other. As tensions rise and tempers fray, only one Autobot is arrogant enough to think he can save the day. Enter Rodimus, expert mediator.
NO TURNING BACK! Getaway has crossed one too many lines and made one too many enemies. Hunted down on his own ship, the master manipulator has one last trick of his sleeve-something so shocking, so audacious, that it would put the most evil Decepticon to shame. No one is safe as the “Mutineers Trilogy” reaches its jaw-dropping climax in Transformers: Lost Light #12.
“The Mutineers Trilogy” kicked off with one of the best issues of the year and though the next two have been enjoyable, they haven’t reached that high bar. Transformers: Lost Light #12 though still shines as all hell breaks loose and Getaway’s psychosis gets even worse.
Writer James Roberts has been exploring how far Getaway will go to complete his mission. This issue though starts giving a bit of a reason for his obsession. What I’m enjoying is Roberts painting Getaway as a religious extremist willing to do whatever is needed to get to Cyberutopia. And Getaway will do whatever he needs to in order to drag more individuals into his orbit. The combination of action, shock, and the themes have created a fascinating read.
The art by Jack Lawrence is fantastic as expected. There’s lots of action and lots of carnage. Every bit of it is detailed. Lawrence also delivers a lot of emotion. Each death and dismemberment has emotional depth to it.
Where this is all going, I’m not sure. The issue is full of surprises including the ending. There’s death and lots of questions to be answered. It’s clear this ship is full of traitors but what that means… who knows? There’s also an interlude that’s beyond exciting and has me wanting to see what’s next. This has been a great story arc with some of the best writing in a while. That’s impressive considering IDW’s Transformers both entertains and makes you think. Still more than meets the eye.
Story: James Roberts Art: Jack Lawrence Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
NO TURNING BACK! Getaway has crossed one too many lines and made one too many enemies. Hunted down on his own ship, the master manipulator has one last trick of his sleeve—something so shocking, so audacious, that it would put the most evil Decepticon to shame. No one is safe as the Mutineers Trilogy reaches its jaw-dropping climax.
Success? The crew of the Lost Light, led by the mutinous Getaway, is now only weeks away from completing their quest. But such remarkable progress comes at a price. Just how far is their new captain prepared to go to find Cyberutopia? Unfortunately for the likes of Riptide and First Aid, it turns out the answer is “very far indeed.”