Furman knows Fallen.
Taking an unexpected turn this month, Tales of the Fallen #4 is actually a tale of The Fallen. Another solid entry into the Tales series, #4 explores the motivations of The Fallen’s character (that is to say it gives him some).
Like its predecessor Tales #4 explores the time before Autobots and Decepticons, when Cybertron was ruled by the Primes and The Fallen trolled the galaxy for Suns to eat. So close are the time lines of the most recent Tales books that this issue actually portrays events that take place in Tales #3 from a reverse perspective.
Beyond the welcome character exposition, this book also introduces some fascinating new ideas to the movie-verse, especially about the All Spark and why the Primes were juicing stars, and how the Fallen was able to destroy his Prime-ly brothers, while Optimus mopped the desert with him.
Also like Tales #3, Tales #4 does not seem to quite gel with Revenge of the Fallen continuity, in fact even more so. It does however fit nicely in with the parts of Transformers: Defiance that were abandoned in the final cut of the film.
Dude! Are those Pocket Dimensions?! Is there a trailer in there?
Despite the fact that the movie designs never look great in comics, Carlos Magno turns in an admirable performance. The Fallen himself is especially accurately portrayed and you can actually tell one Prime from another. The color seems a little drab, but that may just be the movie-verse.
Overall, good comic with interesting insight into the movie-verse’s premier villain. This is a must read for Fallen fans.
|Date||November 23rd 2009|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|