Bumblebee #4 - IDW - Comic Book

This is by far the best issue of the Bumblebee series. It’s just to bad that that’s not saying more. Finally this story picks it self up and moves at a rate within human perception, but the only track it has to run on is the short run laid down by the first 3 issues, and all too soon it’s over and were left with what feels less like a new Bumblebee, just some one else’s.

To be fair if every issue of this mini-series had been like this one, it’d have been pretty good. With minimal, and frankly unnecessary, back tracking through Bumblebee’s swamp of a plot, Bumblebee is immediately thrust into decisions of some consequence and heroic action.

Bumblebee’s flight from the inexplicably whacko Skywarp is compelling and driven. It’s suitable comic material, and after a bit of a slump, Chee, (take his heavy stylization), has stepped the quality up for this issue.

The trouble is in the over all story arc. Bumblebee isn’t, and hasn’t been, leading anything in this book. His character development makes no sense. It’s just there. One page he’s Bumblebee, the next he’s the Bumblenator, and there’s really no discernable reason for the change. Sure he’s been on an important mission, but he wasn’t leading anything. It was just his usual (at least in media where he’s more present) spy shtick.

This comic show’s us everything but Bumblebee’s character. Except at the “insert character growth here” points in the story arc. Nothing that came before really influences the action except the ponderous explanation of the dues ex machine. Sure, Bumblebee risks it all to save his one issue “friend” the little girl, but even in All Hail Megatron 16 (by the same team) it was pretty clear he’d risk it all for a bowl of goldfish.

We’re left with our supposedly “changed” Bumblebee, who has no time to show us how he’s changed with the exception that his Pure G1 Chee look has been replaced by a Bay Movie Makeover apart from the head (thank Primus for small miracles). They don’t show his new alt-mode, but I suspect a muscle car.

Bumblebee was not a big character in the IDW-verse before now, this series has seemingly stripped him of what little character he had, and replaced it with nothing but the promise of an unfamiliar “Bad Ass” version. Yeah, that’s brand new…

If you’re wondering about this series, pick this issue up, it’s by far the best and will tell you everything you need to know. If this had been issue #1 this series might have been going somewhere.

DateMarch 9th 2010  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  

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