IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 3 review.

IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 3 review.

Monday, March 12th, 2012 5:10am CDT

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The Sound of Music


Diving straight back into the action, issue 3 of Transformers Autocracy follows immediately on from Soundwave's escape from the Iacon senate security meeting. Zeta Prime, having unveiled his new ‘weapon’ now orders Orion Pax and his elite team of Bumblebee, Hound, Prowl, Ironhide and Silverbolt to track down and stop the escaping spy, setting up an epic chase and an exploration of Soundwave’s capabilities that IDW have woefully ignored in their time in charge of this franchise.


"Transform and um ...hover out!"

Again the art and lighting is of the highest standard, you still feel as though you are remembering these images from eons ago, but there is a trade off for the stunning visuals as some of the action shots seem to lack clarity. The fight between Bumblebee, Hound and Ravage is over quickly but without Silverbolt's narration, it would difficult to tell exactly what happened at the end, although the other cassettes used are a bit clearer, and a special mention should be made of the sound effect lettering by Robbie Robbins which adds to both the tension and narrative allowing the various crashes, bangs and explosions to entertain in the background and actually enhance the art.



This is the sort of episode where the writing steps up, Soundwave fleeing for his life masterfully using his cassette army as a defensive strategy, and the interchange between Soundwave and Frenzy is fitting and well written by Metzen and Dille and they squeeze a great deal into a limited space, especially with the twist at the end. Soundwave's fight with Orion himself is intense and every bit as brutal as the signature of this series, not afraid to show a little mech-on-mech violence and it makes this darker comic an engrossing read, and the teasers of other well known Decepticons on the last page all add to this cliff-hanger of an ending.


Pax just loves those hard-hitting beats.

Those in the know will have an idea of what to expect from issue 4, and this polished showcase of one of the Decepticons' best known lieutenants abilities just further emphasises what Orion and his band are up against from both sides.
How will our heroes get out of this one?

Credit(s): Psychout

This article was last modified on Monday, March 12th, 2012 1:08pm CDT

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Re: IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 3 review. (1357549)
Posted by Down_Shift on March 12th, 2012 @ 5:38am CDT
I really want to start reading this series, but the cheap-skate in me will wait for the TPB.
Re: IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 3 review. (1357673)
Posted by F Prime on March 12th, 2012 @ 12:15pm CDT
This was my favorite issue so far. I loved Soundwave's use of his cassettes. My main complaint about this entire series has been the black-and-white nature of the narrative. I have no problem giving the Decepticons some grievances via overbearing Autobot rule, but this series just takes it too far. The Autobots are not just overbearing, they are (or, at least Prime is) outright evil. They have taken the problem of the 'cons being too evil and the 'bots being too good and gone too far in the other extreme. I like making the storyline more sophisticated, which is usually the intention when they try to blur the lines between clearly good and clearly evil, but they aren't making it convincing for me in this series.
Re: IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 3 review. (1357797)
Posted by Stormrider on March 12th, 2012 @ 5:22pm CDT
I really like the artwork and style that I have seen in the reviews and I want to read the series. What's the scoop with these being inked and bound in comic or book form?
Re: IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 3 review. (1357804)
Posted by Psychout on March 12th, 2012 @ 5:34pm CDT
It's already up on Amazon as a TPB, Publication Date: July 24, 2012 ... 1613772904

Ill be getting this when it comes out, I'm loving these stories so far.
Re: IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 3 review. (1357866)
Posted by Stormrider on March 12th, 2012 @ 9:03pm CDT
Thanks :)

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