IDW The Transformers #48 Review

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 1:17am CST

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Synopsis
CONQUERORS, part 3! It all comes down to this… the fate of the AUTOBOTS, the survival of the human race, and the existence of a post-war CYBERTRON depends on the two greatest heroes in TRANSFORMERS history: BUSTER the dog and D.0.C. the drone.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Wassup, dog?


Story

We've had two parts of this new storyline already in the ongoing The Transformers series from IDW Publishing, and John Barber has chosen to take a peculiar type of break while not putting anything on hold. At all. But how does the strange POV issue work, you might ask? Find out some thoughts below.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
The dialogue is riveting


It's impossible to escape the similarities with the Eisner-winning Fraction/Aja Hawkeye issue of Pizza Dog with this chapter of The Transformers series, and for a comics fan, this works suprisingly well without falling too much into heavy-handed homage. (Much like Redemption and Fury Road, really.)

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Whine?


Having two points of view, undoubtedly, helps the narrative to flow, and switches between two characters that have found their way into the fandom and the new followers of the series. Buster, as an Earth dweller close to Thundercracker, and D.O.C. as a Cybertronian AI close to the Autobots do both bring a new perspective on the characters surrounding the otherwise main cast.

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So insightful


Which leads quite nicely to the crux of the story, really, and something that I am obviously not going to spoil here, but has a lot to do with several theories that many fans have been speculating on for a while now, revolving around long-established lore and recent developments in ..well, everything.


Art

I have to commend Griffith on the clear work on an otherwise extremely hard script to master in terms of layout. The smaller amount of dialogue and narration means that most of the story has to be told with the visual component of the medium, and he does a stellar job with the frames and angles from both character perspectives.

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Good transitions, too


The same perspectives are maintained, solidly, throughout their different takes in the book, by the magnificently subtle (though not that much once you realise) colour palettes and coding for the two. In the case of Buster in particular, Josh Perez' chromatic contrasts and blending of greys is just really well done, and makes the foreground even more prominent and incisive.

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Points in cases


Also to be commended is the work of letterer Tom B. Long, as Buster and D.O.C. occupy two very different styles of font, tone and voice, which are worked incredibly well with a truly complex script for human dialogue during the Buster segments. The covers, on the other hand, have very little to do with the issue, though are pretty excellent in both the Archie tribute by Andy Pepoy and the Alex Milne/Perez triumphant Starscream (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Is the reveal present at the end of the book that surprising? No, not really, not at this point in the series. Is it pleasing? Yes, actually. It's brought about in a satisfying manner, with some good power and attention grabs, and a sustained if lighthearted narrative throughout the whole issue.

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Narrative, right here


The real treat, however, is how the book looks, from the layouts and art to the colours and lettering. Griffith, Perez and Long work wonders together to really convey the multiple angles and pairs of eyes/optics through which we're looking at this small world growing bigger and smaller in equal measure. If you take anything from this, it's a treat for your own image processors.

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Re: IDW The Transformers #48 Review (1745294)
Posted by Bounti76 on December 2nd, 2015 @ 3:23am CST
Am I the only one who's having trouble getting it to download?
Re: IDW The Transformers #48 Review (1745302)
Posted by Allenspurs on December 2nd, 2015 @ 5:28am CST
Bounti76 wrote:Am I the only one who's having trouble getting it to download?


No, it won't download. I have reported it to comixology. Wonder how long it will take to fix this time...
Re: IDW The Transformers #48 Review (1745316)
Posted by Starsaber468 on December 2nd, 2015 @ 7:22am CST
Why is buster speaking.....
Re: IDW The Transformers #48 Review (1745317)
Posted by Allenspurs on December 2nd, 2015 @ 7:27am CST
Starsaber468 wrote:Why is buster speaking.....


Panels with a grey outline translate what buster is saying and the yellow ones translate d.o.c

It's a comic about sentient robots from another planet and a talking dog is questioned?
Re: IDW The Transformers #48 Review (1745318)
Posted by Randomhero on December 2nd, 2015 @ 7:40am CST
This was good! This was really good! I had doubts a third way through that this was going to be all buster and doc not because I didn't find it fun but because this was a 4 part story that's leading into something huge but boy did it turn around!

The twist was well executed too! I was wondering how this was going to go with All hail optimus coming especially with this decepticon alliance going on but I think it was done very well.
Re: IDW The Transformers #48 Review (1745343)
Posted by Allenspurs on December 2nd, 2015 @ 8:55am CST
Finally working!!!

Great issue, especially the frame with Jetfire and Thundercracker conversing with their counterparts.

Someone better than me really need to make a buster and D.O.C on shapeways..
Re: IDW The Transformers #48 Review (1745376)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on December 2nd, 2015 @ 11:51am CST
It was cute! But not in a 'I want to kill someone for making TFS cute" way :) however I read it just before I fell asleep to take a nap... and had surreal dreams damnit.

Blackrock was a little predictable though :roll:
Re: IDW The Transformers #48 Review (1745611)
Posted by BumbleDouche on December 3rd, 2015 @ 7:01am CST
I thought this issue was great, an interesting change if nothing else. However, I'd be remiss to ignore another opportunity to slag off Livio Ramondelli lol. Andrew Griffith has done a fantastic job on this issue. Period. Limited dialogue meant that the story was largely being told via illustrations. This issue is a perfect example of artwork that is clear, unambiguous & contains an easy to follow progression, something I always consider vitally important in the comic medium. My point here is that this is exactly what Ramondelli consistently fails to do, even when he is given a more dialogue-heavy script. Figuring out what is supposed to be happening on the page when Ramondelli is behind the artwork can such a chore sometimes & I dread to think what kind of horrendous, incomprehensible mess we'd get if he was tasked with providing the artwork for an image-heavy issue like this.

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