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Transformers #5 - IDW - Comic Book

Has it been 5 issues already?

It’s hard to tell what to make of the Transformers ongoing series thus far. Leaping out of the gate at break neck speed, killing major characters, reformatting the setting, and force feeding us the previously unsupported notion that the Cybertronian civil war had been over for some time, Transformers #1 was to be the new “jumping on point” for readers.

It’s follow up efforts have however generally not kept up this pace. Last month, Transformers #4 rewarded stalwart readers with the best effort of the series so far, a character piece. Transformers #5 only partially capitalizes on that character work, and then just has time to work in a good cliffhanger. Sadly the issue suffers from an ailment that afflicted issues 2-3, the Bumblebee Mini-series.

This unreadable albatross of a mini has hung off the neck of the ongoing ever since Prime surrendered. First, time was spent establishing the premise for the mini, and then dispersing characters for it, now issue #4 is forced to re-integrate it. A waste of time considering the only effect it seems to have had is that Bumblebee is exactly like he was in #3, except with go faster stripes, ala the live action movies. How original.

One can hardly blame Mike Costa for reverting to his default Bumblebee. Zander Cannon left him an undefined mess at the end of Bumblebee 4. Costa even tries to mention the villain from Bumblebee, presumably to aid in tying the two narratives together. Sadly, the line is uttered by “Rodimus”, who it seems would be unlikely to even know what happened to Bumblebee in his absence, much less the identity of his assailants.

The other two thirds of the book are filled with Prime pleading the Fifth, again, and, *gasp*, actual forward story motion!

Sadly this modicum of story motion is marred by a big dose of predictability. If you didn’t see the ending cliffhanger of this issue coming the last few issues, you need to pay more attention when you read comics.

Once again, Swindle is the saving grace of the book. He’s the one who needs a mini series.

It’s still fun cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for next issue. Maybe free of Bumblebee baggage this series can finally start to move on. Though if Striped Bumblebee starts talking through the radio, or decides he’s too cool for Prime, I may have to switch to Archie comics.

DateMarch 30th 2010  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  

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Jason X
3:43 pm

Saying "Roll out!" is simply representative of a change which will manifest itself in the main title. If Bumblebee were another ongoing title we would see it there instead. A series as big as AHM warranted epilogue issues. This did not. I understand what you're saying about happen... read more 
1:57 pm

I know he was supposed to have shifted attitude, but where does that actually happen, in the comic? How can you call saying "Roll Out" Character Development? I can see where it was supposed to be, but it's not on the page. Nothing happens to him to justify a change in attitude. 
Jason X
5:09 am

MY point is that we got to see him make a bad decision and deal with the consequences. He went against his better nature, making tough choices to resolve the mess he created. More than a new look, he came out of the series with a new attitude. Being bigger and more heavily armored probably isn'... read more 
7:18 pm

That's my point. He DID stagnate for 4 issues. All that changed about him was the addition of movie stripes. He didn't learn anything, he didn't change at all. He's the same character on the last page of #4 that he was in AHM #16. It was a pointless mess from start to finish. 
Jason X
1:23 pm

I'm not saying it was some sort of masterpiece. As long as Bumblebee is wearing the mantle of leadership his character can't stagnate. The physical changes were apparent by the end of his series and hopefully the changes to his leadership style will manifest in ongoing. It obviously wasn'... read more 
8:29 am

What evolution? What Leading? He spent over half the series alone. If there was anything to be learned from the events of that series it was that Bumblebee should resign. There was no impetus for character change at all. He wandered around, not because he was leader, but because he was the sole fr... read more 
Jason X
5:10 am

I haven't read issue #5 yet so I'm not going to read this review. I just wanted to stick up for the Bumblebee limited series. I just finished reading issue #4 today an really enjoyed Bumblbee's evolution as a leader. In fact, they should've called the LS All Hail Bumblebee. Just sayi... read more 
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