IDW The Transformers #46 Review

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 10:26am CDT

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The Spark of Doubt
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CONQUERORS part 1! OPTIMUS PRIME struggles to find his place on CYBERTRON where half the population hates him and the other half worships him. Meanwhile, on Earth, GALVATRON doesn’t care what anybody thinks.

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And Sky-Byte writes poetry


Story

In the write-up to the preview for issue 46 of The Transformers, I asked three questions that may or may not have been answered in this issue: What is Galvatron up to? Has Optimus come to terms with his status as a Prime? What happened to the Autobot crew on Earth? While the latter is only briefly dealt with, there is so much more to work with in John Barber's wonderful script for the other two.

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*All that Jazz joke here*


Galvatron, the smarmy, smirking warrior of old who has clearly never really left his old ways - biding his time, as it were - has started placing his pawns and pieces on the game board. We are reminded of his backstory, shown some more of his cruelty, and brought to his intentions insofar as we can determine a potential endgame. Maybe.

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Smirky smirk


The major player, even more so than Smugmatron, is Optimus Prime, who takes some time, most of the issue, trying to figure out his place in the new post-colony reality of the Cybertronian race. Spurred by the Mistress of Flame on Camien, and new character Aileron on Cybertron, he needs to find a new balance of his multiple selves, playing a longer game than what we, and the other Transformers, have seen him do so far.

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GOOD QUESTION


Optimus and Galvatron are not the sole foci of the story, of course, but definitely offer the most interesting looks at the developing, and building, story-line. Nonetheless, Starscream is shown to still be battling some of his own doubts, as Soundwave is contacted by a surprising character, and Redemption is seeded subtly.

Art

After Combiner Hunters, and several covers, we get to see Sara Pitre-Durocher's own take on the regular artwork for the series, and what a job does she deliver. Incorporating some of the elements of the recent generation of artists, and bringing her own softer flair to the characters, we get a sometimes moving look at the struggle of Optimus as he finds new leads on how to present himself.

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Sup


The emotional side, both positive and negative (looking at you again, Purpletron), is beautifully highlighted by the colourwork of Bumbleburrito fan Josh Perez, blending elements nicely of the visual aspects so far with the new art style, seamlessly but still keeping some uniqueness for the development of the linework.

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Broodimus Returns


Tom B. Long is still here, still lettering, still doing an amazing job at conveying the intensity of the words and tones used in various interactions, as well as setting the wider tone in more dynamic scenes. The covers come in different types, feeding into convention season and the Artist Edition initiative that IDW run regularly, as Casey Coller offers a wonderful dual Optimus in black and white (thumbnailed), and Coller and JP Bove collaborate for Ricomicon on a classic OP vs Megatron piece.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If last month's issue brought an epicentre to a massive shift in the status quo for the Transformers universe, issue 46 deals with the initial ripples that will - undoubtedly - lead to the further repercussions of All Hail Optimus early next year. The parallels, however forced, between the corrupt Primes, Galvatron and Optimus are setting themselves up for a massive collision.

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Purply and the brain


The new visual team, staying on the book for a while at least, are an excellent showcase of talent. They bring a good blend of dynamics, posing, emotivity and physical language, mixing the colour skills of Perez and animated lines of Pitre-Durocher, with a side dish of font magic by Long. I'll be looking out for more of this next month, for sure.

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Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735678)
Posted by Randomhero on October 21st, 2015 @ 12:11pm CDT
I said it last issue and I'll say it again, this is a dumb good version of Galvatron. It's awesome to have a galvatron that's not entirely crazy. He's cold, calculating and dangerous and it's awesome!

This was a really good issue. There's just so much going on on different fronts.
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735683)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 21st, 2015 @ 12:41pm CDT
I do love seeing Galvatron at his best and he makes for a compelling villain. It's funny actually comparing him go himself a year ago. It seemed like Soundwave was more in charge but now...well so begins the purple reign
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735699)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 21st, 2015 @ 1:47pm CDT
Makes you wonder what Wave is up to. There is no way that he doesn't know what Galvs is up to, so what is his goal wish Galvatron? :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735710)
Posted by 1984forever on October 21st, 2015 @ 2:16pm CDT
Worst issue of the series so far. The only reason I picked it up is because I wanted to see what happened to the Earth crew after the events of last issue. Jazz, Sideswipe and co. got a lot less page time than IDWs fanfic characters. Instead of real Transformers I get another homage to the never ending "Back to the future 2" 26th anniversary celebration.
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735713)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 21st, 2015 @ 2:22pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Makes you wonder what Wave is up to. There is no way that he doesn't know what Galvs is up to, so what is his goal wish Galvatron? :BOT:

I think Sound wave may try a coup at some point as it becomes clear that Galvatron was just using him to build an army.
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735721)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 21st, 2015 @ 2:31pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Makes you wonder what Wave is up to. There is no way that he doesn't know what Galvs is up to, so what is his goal wish Galvatron? :BOT:

I think Sound wave may try a coup at some point as it becomes clear that Galvatron was just using him to build an army.

At the rate the cycle is going, Galvatron used Wave to build an army, Wave used Needlenose to bring said cons to the commune, Soundwave also killed Horri-bull (needlenose's significant other), everything has a great potential to crash, bash and go holy bejezles here when all hits the fan :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735730)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 21st, 2015 @ 2:38pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Makes you wonder what Wave is up to. There is no way that he doesn't know what Galvs is up to, so what is his goal wish Galvatron? :BOT:

I think Sound wave may try a coup at some point as it becomes clear that Galvatron was just using him to build an army.

At the rate the cycle is going, Galvatron used Wave to build an army, Wave used Needlenose to bring said cons to the commune, Soundwave also killed Horri-bull (needlenose's significant other), everything has a great potential to crash, bash and go holy bejezles here when all hits the fan :BOT:

And it will be glorious when it does :michaelbay:
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735737)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 21st, 2015 @ 2:55pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Makes you wonder what Wave is up to. There is no way that he doesn't know what Galvs is up to, so what is his goal wish Galvatron? :BOT:

I think Sound wave may try a coup at some point as it becomes clear that Galvatron was just using him to build an army.

At the rate the cycle is going, Galvatron used Wave to build an army, Wave used Needlenose to bring said cons to the commune, Soundwave also killed Horri-bull (needlenose's significant other), everything has a great potential to crash, bash and go holy bejezles here when all hits the fan :BOT:

And it will be glorious when it does :michaelbay:

Gloriously messy in a way that only Michael Bay could beat :michaelbay: :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735743)
Posted by SlyTF1 on October 21st, 2015 @ 3:11pm CDT
Wow. I just got this comic today, yet I had no idea it just came out. I'm a couple of weeks behind on these things.
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1735813)
Posted by MrBlack on October 21st, 2015 @ 8:23pm CDT
The thing is, Arcee may be the best choice for leader of the mission on Earth specifically. Jazz is tainted by his actions the last time he was there, and he's already made a few errors in the field because of that. Kup has the experience, but he's got a lot of baggage as well. His mental state was questionable even before he disappeared into the Dead Universe for who knows how long (he was sent to the beginning of that universe after all, and may have been stuck there for several BILLION years), and Prime knows that Prowl has a backdoor into his mind. Definitely not the best guy to put in charge.

Jetfire is a scientist, not a leader of a combat unit. Cosmos and Sideswipe are both unqualified. That leaves Arcee who not only has extensive experience in combat and stealth, which are essential on this mission, but also has a burning desire to prove that she's ready to be an Autobot. It seems very Prime-like to offer her leadership of the mission in order to let her prove to herself and the others that she's ready.
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1736030)
Posted by budmaloney on October 22nd, 2015 @ 12:24pm CDT
They shouldn't call this Transformers anymore...it should be Teaseformers. Just cliffhanger after cliffhanger, no closure. It's like drinking soda from a pipette, that's what this issue felt like.
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1736033)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 22nd, 2015 @ 12:31pm CDT
What closure would u be giving when it's clear this arc will end on issue 49
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1736061)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 22nd, 2015 @ 2:08pm CDT
If a comic were a closer every issue, then there would be no good continuity, nor would there be as much excitement with what Barber has been doing :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1736169)
Posted by budmaloney on October 22nd, 2015 @ 5:22pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:What closure would u be giving when it's clear this arc will end on issue 49


Mostly, what happened to the ark and Kup, Jetfire, Skylynx. Just to close last issue's cliff hanger. Plus this issue Optimus was moping around again. I get it's character development but it just feels slow and it drives me crazy. Victorion is no where to be seen. No need to introduce need to introduce new characters, we haven't had the chance to meet the ones they introduced like 2 issues ago.

D-Maximus_Prime wrote:If a comic were a closer every issue, then there would be no good continuity, nor would there be as much excitement with what Barber has been doing :BOT:


I guess that's what makes Barber great, but sometimes at $5.99 a pop, I feel like it's chasing the dragon. Although I have to admit this didn't feel as fast as the previous one.
Re: IDW The Transformers #46 Review (1736205)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 22nd, 2015 @ 7:26pm CDT
budmaloney wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:What closure would u be giving when it's clear this arc will end on issue 49


Mostly, what happened to the ark and Kup, Jetfire, Skylynx. Just to close last issue's cliff hanger. Plus this issue Optimus was moping around again. I get it's character development but it just feels slow and it drives me crazy. Victorion is no where to be seen. No need to introduce need to introduce new characters, we haven't had the chance to meet the ones they introduced like 2 issues ago.

D-Maximus_Prime wrote:If a comic were a closer every issue, then there would be no good continuity, nor would there be as much excitement with what Barber has been doing :BOT:


I guess that's what makes Barber great, but sometimes at $5.99 a pop, I feel like it's chasing the dragon. Although I have to admit this didn't feel as fast as the previous one.

Don't forget this issue is actually setting up the Victorion introduction into the ongoing next issue, and the others may have been left out to further Cosmos view that all the people died (and some may have, we will have to wait). Poor Jazz though. He had better not die :BOT:

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