Writer: Simon Furman
Artists: Joe Ng (p), Elaine To (i)
Publisher: Dreamwave Productions
Oh god. The kid sidekicks look like theyíre here to stay. Yes, theyíre grown up, but theyíre still naff, and itíd be really nice if one of these big robots could accidentally squish them. Far too much of this titleís focus is on these characters who really donít have much to do with anything. True, one of them has this Energon-sniffing ability, but Iíd really like to see that explained in a bit more detail before putting it at the centre of the plot. Actually, Iíd like to see it explained in any kind of detail at all. Anything will do. Say heís a mutant, or heís been modified by aliens, or something. Donít give him a robotic battlesuit and make him one of the gang. It was cheesy as heck in the Movie, and it certainly doesnít work twenty years later. Pah.
Plot-wise, we have yet another fight scene. I realise that a comic about giant warring alien robots isnít going to be Shakespeare, or even Bendis, but Iím losing count of how many consecutive issues of fighting thereís been in this comic. It doesnít help that the visual storytelling is somewhat confused. As nice as the art is, I really have no idea what Optimusí grand plan for defeating the Terrorcons was, even after seeing it on the page. If itís what it looks like, then itís a crap plan that really shouldnít work, and if not, Iím just baffled.
Everyoneís really chatty as they fight, calling each other by name (in bold lettering of course) as theyíre shooting each other in the face, which is either a case of Furman channelling Claremont, or itís a directive handed down by the toy company. Product recognition and all that. While it does make an ever-growing cast of characters easier to follow, the brazen artificiality of it derails things far too much, and has quite obviously become a crutch for Furman, allowing him to differentiate the characters without actually having to give them different personalities.
Iím probably being too harsh. This could be a lot better, but itís not a bad comic. Perhaps the target audience donít care about the things I dislike, but Iím not sure anyone from the target audience is reading this. If they are, and theyíre enjoying it, good for them, but Iím personally losing interest in this title.
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