IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review

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Hammer Time
(Spoiler free-ish)


Synopsis
THE ANSWERS! BUMBLEBEE's search for the truth about the rival AUTOBOT TEAM on Earth leads TEAM BEE to a thief with deep connections… but knowing the truth may be worse than getting lied to.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review
Kid Friendly, Am I right?


Story
With Robots in Disguise now stuck in that rut between seasons show-wise, the comics are the main source of story entertainment, and Georgia Ball does not fail to impress with the finale to the first main story arc.

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Character Development!


We finally get the showdown that the previous issues have been leading to, and in true Robots in Disguise fashion, we are not disappointed with all the little things thrown in there for our enjoyment, not to mention Sideswipe. Sideswipe definitely shows his best sides here. And yeah, he does kinda take the issue.

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We're all laughing with you, Sides


This issue definitely was the arc finale that we could be hoping for, and it features some of the most classic comic book endings you can find. Plus things do get a bit heated for those who like a little seriousness in your goofy, but there are jokes abounding and references that will just make you smile when you read them.

Art
Priscilla Tramontano once again does not fail to make me smile, as she continues to bring her cartoony look to the book that adds so much fun to just looking at it let alone reading it. Not to mention the great faces that pop up, both funny, mean, serious, and accomplished.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review
Uh-oh! Angry Buffaloid! Angry Buffaloid!


Josh Burcham once again delivers brilliant coloring that keeps the scenes bright and loud, just as you would expect from this series. He also creates some pretty amazing contrasts, and he is pretty dang good at making a swamp feel…swampy.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review
And that’s just a taster!


The lettering in the issue is also spot on, but then again, when is it not with Tom B. Long working the letters? Just look at that very first picture in the review. That is all you need to know about how good the words fit the art. And we once again are treated to marvelous covers featuring our favorite Prime and Robots in Disguise characters courtesy of Tramontano and Travis Sengaus.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

This issue was a fantastic issue and one that certainly makes for a great bookend to this first story arc. One could not have asked for a better story to tell, and the entertainment value is there to hold us over for a while until the show starts back up again. And the fact that Prime and Robots in Disguise work so closely together for such a short time yet make such a big impact (and show some big impacts) makes this all the more enjoyable.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review
Quite the light show eh?


Nevertheless, Ball delivers, and we are ready to receive. Another great issue has arrived and I strongly recommend you seek this out. The whole story arc is fascinating and certainly fun, and the finale definitely is worth anyone’s time. So what are you waiting for? Rev up and Roll out!


.:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Credit(s): D-Maximus_Prime, IDW


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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1745953)
Posted by Va'al on December 5th, 2015 @ 3:19am CST
No new comics incoming next week, but we do have a three-page preview for the next issue of IDW's Transformers: Robots in Disguise, as uploaded to iTunes (thanks, Mariel!), including a synopsis and group photos - check it out below! Note: This issue was meant to be released in November, but has been pushed back to mid-December.

Hot on the heels of completing their biggest mission ever, BUMBLEBEE and his team are hoping for a little downtime. Unfortunately… a sinister new DECEPTICON has other ideas—and it’s right back into full-throttle, 100%-adventure down the rip-roaring RID road!


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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1746063)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 5th, 2015 @ 7:10pm CST
Anyone else notice the goof where Strongarm's word bubble points to Windblade while Windblade's points to Strongarm in that one panel? Whoops.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1746226)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 6th, 2015 @ 8:24pm CST
Well that was a pretty big story jump! :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1747624)
Posted by Va'al on December 13th, 2015 @ 4:07am CST
Ready for the next IDW release for the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series comic? Issue #5 is coming this week, and includes the first half of the final arc of the run, ending with issue #6 - what will happen to team Bumblebee, now that Steeljaw has his optics on them? Check out the full preview below.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #5
Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
Hot on the heels of completing their biggest mission ever, BUMBLEBEE and his team are hoping for a little downtime. Unfortunately… a sinister new DECEPTICON has other ideas—and it’s right back into full-throttle, 100%-adventure down the rip-roaring RID road!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet Points:
Set in the world of the TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE animated series on Cartoon Network!
All-new stories, all-new art, all new excitement!


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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1747630)
Posted by Autobot Roadburn on December 13th, 2015 @ 5:42am CST
"Yibba Yibba" :KREMZEEK:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1747788)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 13th, 2015 @ 10:36pm CST
Adorable little squirrel. yippa yippa :lol: :lol: looking forward to this. Poor Steeljaw: damaged ego :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1748264)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 16th, 2015 @ 5:59am CST
My name is...
(Spoiler free-ish)


Synopsis
Hot on the heels of completing their biggest mission ever, BUMBLEBEE and his team are hoping for a little downtime. Unfortunately… a sinister new DECEPTICON has other ideas—and it’s right back into full-throttle, 100%-adventure down the rip-roaring RID road!

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Ring-a-ding-ding-dinga-ding-ding-dong!


Story
Picking up after season 1 of the Robots in Disguise cartoon, this comic gives us a little look at what has happened since the big finale. We’ve got some fun looks at what the team is now trying to do after defeating a great evil, and we even see some nice character interaction. And of course we see Sideswipe ridiculing Bee for his speech patterns, but that should not be spoilerish by now.

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Business as usual ‘round here


On the flip side, Steeljaw once again finds himself abandoned and in need of assistance, and he finds some in very surprising ways and places. Who knew that so many years after prime, we would get some callbacks, and even some inside jokes for those who love a good nameless drone?

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But where’s Gary???


Art
Art duties for the issue are taken up by both Priscilla Tramontano & Travis Sengaus, with inks being provided by a large cast including John-Paul Bove, Josh Burcham, Joana Lafuente, & Priscilla Tramontano. Inks are, as usual, provided by Tom B. Long, and despite the mix of artists and colorists, we get an issue that really has uniform shape and beauty, and no real difference between the art. But the one thing that stood out for me: Steeljaw’s nose is a thing of beauty!

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Cranky old wolf


Not to mention the fact that there are some awesome slashes and hacks going on here. The quiet, peaceful moments and the times of chaos and destruction are all beautiful in their own way, and the issue overall carries on the proud tradition of good art RiD had given us.

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SQUIRREL!!!!!


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Overall, the issue was quite good. Not as big as it could be, but still impressive nonetheless. Afterall, we are picking up in the aftermath of season 1, so it’s hard to get the ball rolling again. At least Bee found and likes his new rollout call, and at least Grimlock is trying to find some new disguises. As the first issue in a new series of books, it starts off well, and it has a nice setup for the remainder of this series that has looked and performed really well story wise.

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CHOOOOO-CHOOOOOO!!!!


Overall, not bad, and this certainly has the potential for a great storyline to come.

.:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1748295)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 16th, 2015 @ 9:50am CST
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STEVE!!!
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1748324)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 16th, 2015 @ 1:42pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Image

STEVE!!!

I had really been hoping for a Gary :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754602)
Posted by Va'al on January 12th, 2016 @ 5:08am CST
A couple of Transformers comic updates courtesy of IDW Publishing digital assistant Mariel Romero and iTunes, starting with the final issue of the Robots in Disguise series. Check out below the first three pages of the conclusion of this second arc - featuring an old friend from this continuity!

VEHICONS AMOK! When the DECEPTICON called STEELJAW stumbles upon three lost VEHICONS, he convinces them he's on a mission from MEGATRON-a deception that puts them on a collision course with BUMBLEBEE and company!


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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754606)
Posted by Optimall on January 12th, 2016 @ 5:49am CST
Um are these the same vehicons bumblebee used to destroy easily at the end of TF Prime? Man I'm sure he was taking out lots of 30 plus on his own, and now 3 are a problem? Bee, you gone soft.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754628)
Posted by Shockwave7 on January 12th, 2016 @ 8:52am CST
Yeah, really. As weak and ineffectual as they portrayed the Vehicons in later seasons and episodes of TF Prime? Now we're supposed to believe they're a threat, and be all impressed and intimidated? They may as well bring out Foofie the Woo-Goo Fairy to try and scare us.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754637)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 12th, 2016 @ 9:48am CST
Well, Predaking returns! and we finally have the fate of the Resonance blaster!! Finally!! (even if both kinda don't make much sense in terms of location) :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754653)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 12th, 2016 @ 10:17am CST
Optimall wrote:Um are these the same vehicons bumblebee used to destroy easily at the end of TF Prime? Man I'm sure he was taking out lots of 30 plus on his own, and now 3 are a problem? Bee, you gone soft.
Shockwave7 wrote:Yeah, really. As weak and ineffectual as they portrayed the Vehicons in later seasons and episodes of TF Prime? Now we're supposed to believe they're a threat, and be all impressed and intimidated? They may as well bring out Foofie the Woo-Goo Fairy to try and scare us.
Law of Conservation of Ninjitsu, guys. The more ninja, the lesser the threat level. The fewer, the greater the threat level. Same goes for the Vehicons. ;)

After all, just two Vehicons alone were too much for Arcee and Bumblebee in the first episode of Prime.

But what gets me is how did Predaking get back to Earth, and why?
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754728)
Posted by Whifflefire on January 12th, 2016 @ 1:57pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:But what gets me is how did Predaking get back to Earth, and why?


Forgot his wallet, had to go back.

:-P

Really though, an interesting twist, can't wait to see where it goes!
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754732)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 12th, 2016 @ 2:06pm CST
Whifflefire wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:But what gets me is how did Predaking get back to Earth, and why?


Forgot his wallet, had to go back.

:-P

Really though, an interesting twist, can't wait to see where it goes!

Or maybe he ran when Cybertron repopulated :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754739)
Posted by Whifflefire on January 12th, 2016 @ 2:13pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Whifflefire wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:But what gets me is how did Predaking get back to Earth, and why?


Forgot his wallet, had to go back.

:-P

Really though, an interesting twist, can't wait to see where it goes!

Or maybe he ran when Cybertron repopulated :BOT:


Okay, that's probably a more plausible idea, but until the issue comes out my theory's as valid as yours. :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754857)
Posted by JoeMabbon on January 12th, 2016 @ 9:01pm CST
Optimall wrote:Um are these the same vehicons bumblebee used to destroy easily at the end of TF Prime? Man I'm sure he was taking out lots of 30 plus on his own, and now 3 are a problem? Bee, you gone soft.


Shockwave7 wrote:Yeah, really. As weak and ineffectual as they portrayed the Vehicons in later seasons and episodes of TF Prime? Now we're supposed to believe they're a threat, and be all impressed and intimidated? They may as well bring out Foofie the Woo-Goo Fairy to try and scare us.

They did some power leveling while they were in the cave.

D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Whifflefire wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:But what gets me is how did Predaking get back to Earth, and why?


Forgot his wallet, had to go back.

:-P


Or maybe he ran when Cybertron repopulated :BOT:

Maybe Shockwave cloned him again.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1754909)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 12th, 2016 @ 11:01pm CST
No matter what though, I think we can all say we never saw the resonance blaster or Predaking coming. Now what about Soundwave.... :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 Review (1755234)
Posted by Shockwave7 on January 13th, 2016 @ 7:32pm CST
Certainly there were a lot of questions unanswered at the 'end' of TF Prime / Beast Hunters movie.

It's true that in the very first couple episodes of TF Prime, the Vehicons were a lot tougher. Bulkhead was having trouble with just one of them (at least until after he ordered Miko to look away). But as the series progressed, they became total non-entities. So the writers of RiD will have to do a lot of explaining to get me to suspend my disbelief after all the TF Prime scenes that showed even the weakest Autobots mowing down entire armies of Vehicons bare-handed, blindfolded and hopping on one foot. Before? The writers of the show said that they couldn't 'afford' to foot the bill for CGI and animation of lots of new characters, so the Vehicons were their stock cannon fodder. What's their excuse now?

As for the Predacons... It never seemed that, well, ANYTHING could stand up to the Predacons. Predaking especially seemed to have everybody on the run and be completely invulnerable. Even if the 'returning to Cybertron after a long long exile' autobots outnumbered Predaking (and the other 2 Predacons) by a million to one, they gave the impression that Predaking would be more than a match for all of them.

In the Beast Hunter 'movie', it kind of looked like some Vehicons were helping Bulkhead work on some of the buildings and reconstruction on Cybertron. But they never really said what happened to Shockwave.

What about Zombie Airachnid and her zombie insecticons? Supposedly one of the moons of Cybertron is full of them by now.

And Soundwave is supposedly wandering around in 'the phantom zone' still. Why not bring him back? Wouldn't be the first time that someone who 'died' on a show by being blown up by a grenade somehow got 'blasted into another dimension' instead, only to come back later...

And then there's Megatron himself - who flew off into space at the end of the 'movie' to contemplate his navel or whatever. What if he comes back?

Then there's the question of what happened to Miko, Raf and Jack. I mean, the whole TF Prime series was devoted to how the Autobot team bonded and formed lasting friendships with these three misfit human kids. As fond as they were supposed to be of each other, Bumblebee hasn't even tried to get back in touch with Raf now that he's back on Earth. Unless so many years have passed now that they're all dead or something (if that's what they mean by 'several')...

So many plot holes to fill....

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