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IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 1:52AM CST

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A Tale of Two Cities
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE BIG ONE! This is it—the battle every TRANSFORMERS reader has dreamed of! Titans clash on CYBERTRON! The fate of the LOST LIGHT! And ORION PAX fights fist-to-face against his ultimate nemesis! And from here on? Things only get bigger!!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review
Literally


Story

With only three issues left after this one, it feels as though writers John Barber and James Roberts really decided to throw a spanner into everyone's idea of where the plot may be going, pointing and doing their best Nelson Muntz mock laughter impression. But with Shockwave. And battling Metrotitans.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review
Devious devious purple


The plots so far have been more or less playing around with the separate storylines of the Lost Light, Dead Universe and Cybertron (in and out of Iacon), but the ninth chapter makes sure they all finally clash - except for the DU, not quite there yet. Megatron is in for a bumpy ride too, also tightening up some plot elements almost left behind earlier - and he smiles.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review
Well.. kinda


The events in the DU are actually quite interesting in their development, with Nova Prime embodying everything Orion has been fighting against, yet so alluring in its power and heritage that it takes Rodimus not-Prime to shift the paradigm, push the envelope and watch it bend. And Pax lives up to his name.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review
Role reversal?


I was so pleased with the action, pacing and plotting in this one that I got very angry (in the best way possible) at the later pages with Shockwave, Jhiaxus, Galvatron and the revelation - sort of - of the wider scheming. Will we ever really know?!

Art

The relatively new artists on the series leave their place back for Andrew Griffith to step in, along with Livio Ramondelli still in the Dead Universe. And it feels good to have him back on 'his' title, actually. After the impressive visual work with Prowlestator, the clash of (Metro)titans really comes across well. Ramondelli's battle between Pax and Nova is also really impressive, and satisfyingly grim.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review
Drippingly grim


The colours help Ramondelli's tone, of course, and he plays with them himself. Josh Perez, on the other hand, really delivers an amazing brush to Griffith's linework, just as he's been doing so far in the books. There is so much going on in terms of lighting, it's amazing what he can do with it.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review
Oh, hey, Starscream


The lettering by Tom B. Long's really adds to the action scenes, both on Cybertron and in the Dead Universe - and some dialogue lines are excellently executed. In terms of covers, Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente's Optimus fight is glorious, we have an great looking Whirl by Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr, and yet another titanic clash by Livio Ramondelli.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

For the first time since More Than Meets the Eye #1, Bumblebee and the Autobots find out that the Lost Light are not dead. For the first time since Megatron Origin and Chaos Theory, Megatron does something unexpected. For the nth time, Shockwave surprises and teases everyone. Need I say more?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review
Oh Swerve


I'm really intrigued to see where the plot goes with this, and how Megatron turns out in his Autobot badge self. The DU plot felt satisying enough to 'end', and the aftermath is to watch out for. There is a lot being set up for the final stretch, one issue of each title and the coda - I'm buying extra seat belts.

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1549944)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 12th, 2014 @ 3:03am CST
It's nice to have Andrew Griffith back on art. While his is indeed simpler than that of Milne or Raiz, the new guy who has been doing the Iacon portions was WAY too...for lack of a better term, bland for my taste. The proportions seemed a little wonky, and I thought Megs looked small compared to Bumblebee (not that scale matters, given this brands history! :lol: ).
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1549981)
Posted by bluecatcinema on February 12th, 2014 @ 9:23am CST
Getting serious movie vibes from that Orion/Rodimus shot.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1550200)
Posted by DaRonin on February 12th, 2014 @ 9:50pm CST
my favorite part?


Bumblebee telling prowl to shut the eff up. Putting him in a choke hold to make his point. Love how in this story Bee is owning up all over the alpha bots. First Megatron, now Prowl. Bee really has come into his own in this story
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1550208)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 12th, 2014 @ 10:29pm CST
I agree with DaRonin. And if I may, was Prowl actually smiling, as if he wanted to get that reaction? Or is that just the art?
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1550298)
Posted by Va'al on February 13th, 2014 @ 11:31am CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:I agree with DaRonin. And if I may, was Prowl actually smiling, as if he wanted to get that reaction? Or is that just the art?


Maybe it's not the reaction. Maybe he likes it. :saint:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1550302)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 13th, 2014 @ 11:54am CST
Va'al wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:I agree with DaRonin. And if I may, was Prowl actually smiling, as if he wanted to get that reaction? Or is that just the art?


Maybe it's not the reaction. Maybe he likes it. :saint:

Well, given his implied past relationship with Chromedome, that would mean Prowl is into some "out of the box" stuff when not in cop-mode.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1550306)
Posted by Va'al on February 13th, 2014 @ 12:02pm CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:I agree with DaRonin. And if I may, was Prowl actually smiling, as if he wanted to get that reaction? Or is that just the art?


Maybe it's not the reaction. Maybe he likes it. :saint:

Well, given his implied past relationship with Chromedome, that would mean Prowl is into some "out of the box" stuff when not in cop-mode.


Is that really surprising, though?
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1550328)
Posted by DaRonin on February 13th, 2014 @ 2:05pm CST
Wow, this thread didn't even need a portal to go to a dark place quickly. :shock:

I think he's just kinda proud that the Bee decided to man (mech?) up and take control.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1550466)
Posted by Renne on February 14th, 2014 @ 1:46am CST
DaRonin wrote:Wow, this thread didn't even need a portal to go to a dark place quickly. :shock:

I think he's just kinda proud that the Bee decided to man (mech?) up and take control.


certainly took him long enough
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 (DC9) Review (1550570)
Posted by mooncake623 on February 14th, 2014 @ 1:05pm CST
I'm kind of glad Dark Cybertron is going to be over soon. I want MTMTE to go back to the way it was. you know enjoyable. Not that dark cybertron wasn't good, just not as good as it was.
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