IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 2:45am CDT

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So close, and yet..
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
DEATH OF A HERO! BUMBLEBEE! RODIMUS! ULTRA MAGNUS! PROWL! One will fall in final battle with SHOCKWAVE! This one is for all the marbles, folks—it just doesn’t get any bigger than this!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
It begins


Story

We're almost there, and quite an almost it is. John Barber and James Roberts keep building and building and building, something is going to have to tear (other than the space-time continuum). And here it is. But does it really not get any bigger than this? Read on to find out more, and yet not spoiling the book. Ish. Where I can.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
Ok, those are pretty big


Shockwave really takes the spotlight once more, and understandably so, now that we know his plans for everything becoming one (sound familiar?). But the rest of the cast are not neglected, and there are plenty of good moments for individuals throughout the issue overall. Including both Prowl and Bumblebee, continuing from last week's MTMTE.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
He's a funny fella, too


And there's a lot of strategy in the fight, too. We get to see Autobots, NAILs and Decepticons actually working together, in some cases quite literally uniting forces, and there are some really good points being made about the blurred boundaries between 'good' and 'evil' - as the two series, but especially RiD has made clear for a while now.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
See above


It felt as though it didn't pack as much of a punch as its predecessor MTMTE #27, at least in terms of action. But is the death unexpected? Yes. Completely by surprise? No. But yes, unexpected in terms of the overall scheme of things. And it kind of works, actually. It may not be Pipes and Rewind, but it works.

Art

We've left the Dead Universe pretty much behind us (or have we?), so one artist has been left to rest too - and Andrew Griffith takes centre stage. And it's a good stage to be on. His Shockwave is magnificent, for one thing. There are not one, but two amazing double page spreads, and an impressive splash page, none of which I can really show. But they're good.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
Here's an ensemble instead


Let's take a moment to deal with the stratospheric work that colourist Josh Perez has been doing in this event run, shall we? He manages time, styles, places and lights amazingly throughout the whole issue just as he has done so far. Some of the wider shots would really not makes sense without the colours, and those that do just look even better.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
Exploshun ond letturs


Tom B. Long is still on letters, and there's a bit more than last time to go on, and brilliant as usual - some defining moments are really enhanced by the soundcolours. Three covers overall, and other than excellent regulars Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr, Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente, we have the quite stunning Bludgeon by Marcelo Matere and Priscilla Tramontano (see thumbnail!).

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Let's see then, penultimate chapter: death death death fighting alliances fight fight fight jokes talk talk fight death. One of which is really meaningful to the story. As I said above, on first reading it did not pack as much of a punch as chapter 10 did, but it may have also been due to *everything* happening at the same time. Including the Jhiaxus toy explanation.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
And yet...


I am really really interested to see what on earth (or Cybertron) the aftermath of this issue will be in the 'conclusion' next issue, because there are a lot of things to be answered for. The issue looks stunning, too, thanks to Griffith, Perez and Long, and it really helps move the story along when the story is mostly action - and keep it in the present when it's needed. It's doing all good things on a different plane than the last issue, so it gets the same mark; but they are not the same book.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: ½ out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review (1558716)
Posted by Joetx on March 19th, 2014 @ 10:06am CDT
Monstructor is big enough to do a lot of damage to Metroplex???

:shock: :???:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review (1558725)
Posted by DaRonin on March 19th, 2014 @ 10:58am CDT
Joetx wrote:Monstructor is big enough to do a lot of damage to Metroplex???

:shock: :???:


well, conisdering metroplex has a billion or so things to worry about, and is severely weakened, monstructor would be more of a problem then he normally would.

A good Penultimate issue. Finally we get to see the kind of damage Bludgeon can do in his pretender shell. He is definitely quite the handful. Also still loving the Bee and Megatron bits. They make quite the odd couple dont they? Kind of remind me of Londo and G'Kar from Babylon 5 seasons 4-5. I would have liked to see some of these matchups resolved though. For next issue we got Starscream Vs Jhiaxus, Monstructor Vs Devestator (ummmmmm, spoiler?) Megatron Vs Shockwave. Cybertron Vs the Ammonites, and one other group matchup I wont spoil. Needless to say thats a bit much for one issue, I get the feeling its going to end in a cramped and rushed way. I hope not, but with that much ground to cover... I'm pretty nervous.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review (1558790)
Posted by Joetx on March 19th, 2014 @ 4:36pm CDT
DaRonin wrote:
Joetx wrote:Monstructor is big enough to do a lot of damage to Metroplex???

:shock: :???:


well, conisdering metroplex has a billion or so things to worry about, and is severely weakened, monstructor would be more of a problem then he normally would.


True, but Metroplex should also be able to step on Monstructor or squeeze him with one hand.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review (1558818)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 19th, 2014 @ 7:25pm CDT
Joetx wrote:
DaRonin wrote:
Joetx wrote:Monstructor is big enough to do a lot of damage to Metroplex???

:shock: :???:


well, conisdering metroplex has a billion or so things to worry about, and is severely weakened, monstructor would be more of a problem then he normally would.


True, but Metroplex should also be able to step on Monstructor or squeeze him with one hand.

Seconded - 'Plex is the size of a large space cruiser; Monstructor is three-and-a-half robots tall.

Of course, i would believe he has a similar ability to the Hulk, in that he grows bigger the angrier he gets.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review (1558836)
Posted by DaRonin on March 19th, 2014 @ 8:48pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Joetx wrote:
DaRonin wrote:
Joetx wrote:Monstructor is big enough to do a lot of damage to Metroplex???

:shock: :???:


well, conisdering metroplex has a billion or so things to worry about, and is severely weakened, monstructor would be more of a problem then he normally would.


True, but Metroplex should also be able to step on Monstructor or squeeze him with one hand.

Seconded - 'Plex is the size of a large space cruiser; Monstructor is three-and-a-half robots tall.

Of course, i would believe he has a similar ability to the Hulk, in that he grows bigger the angrier he gets.


True, but then that leaves room for the Ammonites to move in and do a lot more damage. Or he ignores Monstructor and fights off the Ammonites and leaves monstructor to do some damage. So yah, Its not so much as monstructor being a threat, just adding to the damage thats already being dealt.

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