(CONTAINING SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS RID ISSUES, HOWEVER)
With the last page of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #7, their centerfold appearance in Transformers: Regeneration One #2, and IDW's Transformer theme for the month of August, it's quite obvious who's the center of attention in this week's Transformers: Robots In Disguise #8 - the Dinobots! Swoop, Slag, Snarl and Sludge are back in IDW action and are paired alongside the Autobot with newly found seer powers, Ironhide. As evidenced in RID #5, Ironhide believes that the Transformers race will return to its glory, and that he'll live to see the day. Hanging out with a group of Dinobots isn't the best way to make true to his premonition.
Now that the Dinobots are back in the current ongoing, aswell as the Generation One comics, and the upcoming video game, Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron, it's fair to compare the three different Dinosaur groups! Aesthetically they all fit very well to their respective media, however the one nack against the ongoing group has to be Swoop's robot mode design. Haven't been a fan of it since his appearance back in early IDW works. In regards to their characterization, Barber does a fantastic job at continuing off where Furman left off in Maximum Dinobots.
Say my name, say my name, say my name
As much as I wish my comic reading palette was bigger, I can relate Ironhide to a character from the Green Lantern series, Guy Gardner. Mostly because both of them speak the same dialogue, and they both like to think with their fists rather than with their mind. Ironhide`s personality certainly leads him into situations where he`s not likely to abide by the rules. Thus I find it intriguing that he wasn't on the Lost Light when Rodimus departed - he'd be a great character to have in MTMTE.
Everything is bigger in Tex.. Cybertron
Moving on to the other groups on Cybertron - Barber shows a very interesting side to Prowl when faced with the reality of political unrest among the Autobots, Decepticons, and NAILs. Let's just hope that his counterpart, Bumblebee, doesn't fall under the pressure with the situation that he's in. #8 also gives light to what's brewing in the Decepticon camp, and we get another great appearance and dialogue from Swindle.
It's Starscream's fault my FoC toy is so bad!
Ultimately, I feel that RID #8 is a great issue. The Dinobots and their quirky, rebellious attitude shine through, while events and emotions are starting to pick up politically on Cybertron. Barber shows us that whether it's war time or peace time, you never truly know who's got your back.
My name is Dirge, and I have a problem...