Issue #8 focuses on the Autobots, currently stranded on Cybertron, and their problems with dissent and treason, while also featuring a few jaunts to Decepticon-occupied Earth.
We get some important revelations in this issue. Most importantly, the identity of the Autobot “traitor” and what appears to be his demise, but also a deeper look into how the Decepticons defeated the Autobots on a galactic level. This involves the fate of another seminal IDW TF character. (Bring a sick bag.)
Back on Earth, Starscream is the primary mover in Issue #8, playing politics with the Insecticons, and later speaking conspiratorially (does Starscream talk any other way?) with an unseen accomplice.
The artwork is, as usual, great. Guido Guidi seems to get better every month, and that’s saying something. Shane McCarthy’s traitor story is creative and unexpected, and there is some great dialogue between Ironhide and Kup near the beginning of the book.
The “next issue” spread offers some hope we’ll see more of the fate of the newly introduced Witwicky clan in issue #9, whom we haven’t seen since #5.
The failing of the issue is the typical IDW Transformers problem. If you haven’t been keeping up, the blurb at the front isn’t going to be enough to keep you afloat. It’s a rich story, connected to several others, and if you’re not up on your IDW Transformers, not to mention your general Transformers “lore,” you’re not going to really get what’s happening.
If you’re a G1 fan and you are not reading IDW’s Transformers you should be, but do yourself a favor and read them as they’re meant to be read: in TPB.
|Date||March 13th 2009|
|Score||(8 out of 10)|