IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #22 Review
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 10:13PM CDTCategories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Dr Va'al Views: 36,921
For all you digital readers, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #22 is out today! It's not presently showing in the Comics by comiXology iOS app, but is available NOW online (http://read.idwpublishing.com or http:/comixolology.com), in the Transformers Comics app (http://itunes.com/apps/idwpublishing/transformerscomics) and the IDW Comics app (http://itunes.com/apps/idwpublishing/idwcomics). If you buy it in any of those locations, it will show in your purchased list in the Comics app too.
SOUNDWAVES! The origin of SOUNDWAVE concludes as the master of sound confronts SHOCKWAVE in the ruins of Cybertron! Will they be friend—or foe? Will the DECEPTICONS stand with SHOCKWAVE—or will they join the AUTOBOTS? It’s the moment of ultimate choice.
Er.. a hint?
Almost there. This issue finally marks the end of the long-winded, at times dragged out, pulled along, kicking and screaming prelude to the big event - Dark Cybertron. John Barber takes his time a little longer to give us more of a look at two (well, several) of the key players.
A big happy family, really
Continuing almost seamlessly and effortlessly from last month's story, issue 22 dives right back into Soundwave's story, weaving together his past with his present, his rise in Megatron's crew and his now questioning of Shockwave, whom we come to realise he never actually trusted all that much.
The early years
It's not just talk, as a lot of action takes place between the different characters, with some excellent fight scenes between Shockwave and Soundwave and their respective minions. But the real pulp of the story is Soundwave's own development. Barber has really pulled out all the writing pens on this one, just as Roberts did with Shockwave.
Yep, he's making it up
In a highly personally enjoyable Memento-with-literary-moments story, one of the most inconic characters in the franchise has finally been given a good, meaty backstory that you can sink your teeth in, revealing a whole new side to him. Top notch, I say.
As with the previous one, Andrew Griffith and Livio Ramondelli alternate art duties, with the former focusing on the present and the latter working on flashbacks from the past. Some readers have complained about the stark contrast, but personally I adored the transitions, and how the script linked them.
Or you know, a couple of months
Colour duties fall again to Priscilla Tramontano for Griffith's linework, and boy does she keep on giving. Especially compared to Ramondelli's smokey work (though still fantastic) for the flashbacks, Tramontano's work in the present is crisp, glossy and pleasure to look at.
LOOK AT IT
Shawn Lee's lettering is still impressing me, and the first image of this review shows just what a good letterer can do to a script, to make it look even better. A shout out also goes to Casey W. Coller, who provides the art for cover B, assisted on colours by Joana Lafuente.
Barber knows how to play with continuity, and it's nice to see a two-parter story with some sort of closure, even if it is moving backwards through time. We see an early Soundwave and his real powers, we see the real importance of Ravage and the bird-cassettes, we get so much good stuff in here it's unbelievable.
All together now!
A lot of people still complain about the art, but I adore it. Griffith, Ramondelli and Tramontano do a terrific job, and the lettering works really well. I'm really looking forward to Dark Cybertron next month, and these past two issues have definitely set it up even more for me.
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Posted by sabrigami on October 30th, 2013 @ 11:37pm CDT
Posted by Henry921 on October 31st, 2013 @ 6:36am CDT
Will anyone think harshly of me for reading this in my local comic shop and then getting the hell out of dodge before anyone can try to make me pay for it? I promise I'll get the trade paperback!
Posted by Dr Va'al on October 31st, 2013 @ 8:43am CDT
mooncake623 wrote:great review Va'al! Me I personally hate this one. I can Barely follow Livio Ramondelli's Art and nothing really happens in this one. Huge disappointment after RID #21... Cant wait for dark Cybertron though!
Thanks man! Sorry to hear it wasn't to your liking - I really enjoyed Barber in these last two, and going deeper into Soundwave's origin was just fascinating.
And I do think that Ravage and Soundwave are one of the best couplings in the franchise, especially the kitty.
Posted by Dr Va'al on October 31st, 2013 @ 8:46am CDT
sabrigami wrote:I am really on the fence about this issue. I didn't really get into the last one. The way Soundwave speaks and talks about emotions and colors and stuff just kinda flew over my head a bit I will probably get it, if only because I already have the first part, but I'm in no hurry. Will get it next week along with Dark cybertron
There is a more emotional shift taking place in Soundwave's dialogue, moving towards the very very personal. I think you'll enjoy it more than the last (if that's what got in the way), but I can see why you'd be cautious about it.
Henry921 wrote:Will anyone think harshly of me for reading this in my local comic shop and then getting the hell out of dodge before anyone can try to make me pay for it? I promise I'll get the trade paperback!