IDW Transformers #26 Review

IDW Transformers #26 Review

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 10:28am CST

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A Review of Transformers #26

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He did look like Optimus all along anyways

I enjoyed Transformers #25. Then Transformers: Galaxies #12 and Transformers: Escape #1 came out and I enjoyed them as well. It felt like things had finally turned around, or at least that the overall new-ish reboot series had started to. This feeling has been betrayed. By what?

Walking and talking. They're back, and I am not pleased.

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Even he looks bored and he's the one talking

That's right, if you missed your monthly dose of robotic characters talking at one another in the midst of all the actual things happening in the last few issues, well hold on to your easy chair because that will mean you aren't having to hold this comic and read it. This series has had a problem with momentum almost from the beginning, and any fears it had turned a corner on this have not been assuaged. Sometimes it's good to have a break from the action, to take a beat to reset things and let the characters react to and stew about in everything that has occurred. That's what this issue attempts to do, but it hasn't earned it yet. The battle in issue 25 presumably just ends and everyone goes back to their bases. It's like if Hot Rod opened the matrix from within Unicron then popped back over to Autobot City to regroup. I don't get it.

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My bad, there's also standing and talking

Maybe it's a "me" thing, but I'm not the only one on staff just disillusioned with this book, so maybe it's an "us" thing that doesn't apply to you, reader of this review. An extremely cursory look at Amazon reviews for the second hardcover volume of the series shows it has an audience, and if you indeed prefer Transformers to not be an action series then this issue is probably for you - and you should ignore my score at the end if this applies.

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Features special preview of Botbots Titan Class

It's not just a lack of fighting though, Transformers can do cool things outside of that. However, very little of that is present here either, with only some last page "please come back next month" reveals doing anything remotely within the realm of on-brand for the Transformers franchise. There are also some plot progressions that are significant, all surrounding Megatron, so while the issue's not a total dud its density still leaves something to be desired.

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At least it still looks nice

The visual presentation is excellent regardless of what it's depicting, with Anna Malkova again on line art providing some long-due consistency as well as continued improvement. David Garcia Cruz is now handling colors and while my limited art vocabulary won't be able to articulate this very well, there's a depth he's given to the linework here that I really appreciate. The sunset lighting effect throughout is a great touch and used appropriately for the environment in which the characters are present. Jake M. Wood has the unenviable task of fitting in some super dense word balloons within limited page space, but does well at placement and in addition of beats in between paragraphs. Perhaps the editorial grouping of David Mariotte and Riley Farmer can work with writer Brian Ruckley to make some of those a bit more succinct.

As always, you can find all the cover images as well as full credits for the issue through our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers #26.

Verdict
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That's not how these scores work

I'm so tired of this. My apologies to the artists and other creative personnel doing their best with the provided script and plot.

Again, please ignore the below score if you are someone that prefers the slow-paced, vapid, dialogue heavy style ever-present in this series.
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Re: IDW Transformers #26 Review (2091797)
Posted by Counterpunch on January 6th, 2021 @ 11:18am CST
One issue, perhaps the main issue, is that the outcome is certain and that there's no possible surprise to what is going to occur: Optimus Prime's Autobots will enter into a civil war with Megatron's Decepticons.

The wind up, the build up to this is drawn out as if there's a possibility it might go some other way.

It won't.

If you're telling a story about a certain outcome, like Anakin's fall to become Darth Vader, then the action needs to be amazing OR...

the stories about the small people caught up in this event needs to be compelling. It isn't.

Why did the most awful things or the most incredible teams get formed? How did Monsterbots come about in light of this? What caused bots to be so desperate to become Powermasters or Nucleon addicted?

How does a regular bot get radicalized into a Decepticon?

No one knows, especially this continuity.
Re: IDW Transformers #26 Review (2091808)
Posted by Big Grim on January 6th, 2021 @ 11:54am CST
Well damn. Looks like last issue was an anomaly. Shame.

~ Grim
Re: IDW Transformers #26 Review (2091817)
Posted by ScottyP on January 6th, 2021 @ 12:38pm CST
Counterpunch wrote:Why did the most awful things or the most incredible teams get formed? How did Monsterbots come about in light of this? What caused bots to be so desperate to become Powermasters or Nucleon addicted?

How does a regular bot get radicalized into a Decepticon?

No one knows, especially this continuity.
First, excellent post. Second, for this particular quoted part, this is one reason why using the Rainmakers to kill off Sentinel rather than the classic/standard Seeker trio was a weird move. A great opportunity to make them known, and make Starscream more legit than whatever the hell he is in 26, but nah let's use the Rainmakers because, uh, one of them is invincible now or something.
Re: IDW Transformers #26 Review (2092325)
Posted by Bounti76 on January 11th, 2021 @ 3:43am CST
We only got issue 26 of the current Transformers ongoing less than two weeks ago, but we're being graced with the next issue a week from this Wednesday. Continuing on the "War World" arc, this issue sees Slipstream and her team continuing their attack on the Winged Moon. Check out the summary and pages below!

Cybertron’s winged moon, untethered from the planet and adrift in space, is in peril – from its slow descent towards the solar system’s star to new visitors who have their own plans for what to do with the moon. 



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This issue is scheduled to be released on January 20th. Are any of you fellow Seibertronians picking this issue up? Let us know what you think below!
Re: IDW Transformers #26 Review (2092340)
Posted by PhunkJunkion on January 11th, 2021 @ 8:46am CST
"Of course it's a word, Hyperdrive. I couldn't say it if it wasn't a word, could I?"-Flamewar. Now THAT is a great line... :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers #26 Review (2092378)
Posted by bluecatcinema on January 11th, 2021 @ 1:22pm CST
Has a certain someone been taking English lessons from Rumble?
Re: IDW Transformers #26 Review (2092394)
Posted by Mr.MicroMaster on January 11th, 2021 @ 6:01pm CST
The art looks fantastic in this issue.

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