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Transformers #3 - IDW - Comic Book

The word ongoing for a comic is both a blessing and a curse. Ongoing comics tell longer more intertwined stories, but in these early days of a new ongoing there is nothing to really overlap with. IDW made moves to compensate for this with the All Hail Megatron: Coda series, but it hasn’t saved them from the problem with issue 3, too much set up.

As opposed to the first issue, which arguably had way to much happen in it, Transformers #3 doesn’t have much happen in it at all. Ultra Magnus arrives and is… going to do something later. Hot Rod and Swindle have a plan to get off of earth involving Jetfire that… they’re going to tell us later. Prime and Spike were about to talk last issue, and they’re about to talk for most of this one as well. As for Bumblebee and Co., they’re next move is covered in Bumblebee #1.


The only real forward story movement here is the (annoyingly easy) capture of a few Autobots with an escape by Blurr (also to be explored in the Bumblebee series). Also Ultra Magnus’ role is somewhat clarified, though sadly not the reason for it.


Now all this is not to say this is a lackluster comic. The art is great, the denatured faces are really working out. The characterization is solid, and the dialog is fluid and fun.

This is my new favorite picture of Swindle.

Like last issue, Transformers #3 leaves the reader excited about what’s to come, but it feels like an extension of the close of #2. This is sort of Transformers #2.5

Overall there is nothing wrong with this issue, it’s a fun read. It just doesn’t move the story forward very much.

DateJanuary 12th 2010  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  

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8:58 pm

I agree about the Bumblebee series. since they're running Ongoing into Bumblebee, and Bumblebee back into Ongoing, I don't see why they don't run it every other month as a double-sized issue, with Ongoing being story A, and Bumblebee being Story B (or vice versa), depending on how the s... read more 
12:57 pm

I'm probably in the minorty in not hating the art work. I actually like it. I agree with the faces looking strange, but in a way I prefer it to the bland look of the G1 faces. THe only thing I don't like about the art work is how Hot Rod looks. I really dislike/hate that design. As for thi... read more 
5:23 pm

Fair enough....i can agree with that. 
3:46 am

Ok, I don't mind the body designs. I take extreme objection to the faces. They look lifeless. There is no emotion. This "hybrid" style is killing me. Until it goes, I won't be buying a single issue of this ongoing series. 
3:44 am

I'm a HUGE G1 fan.....and i like the art. It's not bad artwork. I absolutely hate the movie designs but this hybrid style isn't bad to me. The faces mind you leave something to be desired but all in all it looks great to me....I like your post though....sure live up to your name....bril... read more 
3:18 am

I don't care how good the story gets, I hate that artwork. I feel like my G1 TFs have been violated. Please, let's keep the Movie designs separate. They can rot in their own section of TF lore. 
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