IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 1:19pm CST

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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!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review

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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review

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?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review

But where’s Gary???


[underline]Art[/underline]
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!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review

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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review

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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review

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:

Credit(s): D-Maximus_Prime, IDW


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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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 #5 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....
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review (1756585)
Posted by Va'al on January 17th, 2016 @ 5:45pm CST
Via Comic Book Resources, we have the other full preview for the upcoming week from IDW Publishing, with the final issue of their Transformers: Robots in Disguise series. Check it out mirrored below, and head back to Seibertron.com for our very own review come Wednesday!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #6
Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
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!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
All-new stories set expanding the universe of the hit Cartoon Network series!
More fan-favorite characters from TRANSFORMERS PRIME enter the world of TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE!


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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review (1756590)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 17th, 2016 @ 5:53pm CST
And in just these few preview pages, Steeljaw proves just how competent, wise, and well-learned a leader he is. Many a Decepticon leader could learn a thing or two from him.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review (1756758)
Posted by Va'al on January 18th, 2016 @ 4:18am CST
Sabrblade wrote:And in just these few preview pages, Steeljaw proves just how competent, wise, and well-learned a leader he is. Many a Decepticon leader could learn a thing or two from him.


Don't forget the deceit is still there, of course.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review (1756773)
Posted by psj333 on January 18th, 2016 @ 6:17am CST
According to the online preview of the IDW Issue #6 of the RID comics, Thunderhoof re-appeared in the comics, meaning that he is schedule to return in season 2, as issues 5 and 6 took place after season 1. When he does, expect him to use his machine gun, as this is shown on the toy itself. If that is true, this might also seems very likely for other captured Decepticons to return for season 2, including Quillfire, Springload, Clampdown, and many others. In your own words does this mark the return of the captured Cons for season 2? Will Steeljaw form an army in Season 2 this time for sure? :CON:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review (1756782)
Posted by Randomhero on January 18th, 2016 @ 8:11am CST
psj333 wrote:According to the online preview of the IDW Issue #6 of the RID comics, Thunderhoof re-appeared in the comics, meaning that he is schedule to return in season 2, as issues 5 and 6 took place after season 1. When he does, expect him to use his machine gun, as this is shown on the toy itself. If that is true, this might also seems very likely for other captured Decepticons to return for season 2, including Quillfire, Springload, Clampdown, and many others. In your own words does this mark the return of the captured Cons for season 2? Will Steeljaw form an army in Season 2 this time for sure? :CON:


Or he and the rest of the rereleased Decepticons will be captured again by the end of the issue so it doesn't create a continuity error.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review (1756988)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 18th, 2016 @ 7:02pm CST
If anything, this shows that Steeljaw may not release all the prisoners in season 2 if he ever would as he has trust issues following Megatronus. But that's if the cartoon ran following events from the comic, so yeah. Just a thought though :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review (1757021)
Posted by psj333 on January 18th, 2016 @ 9:12pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:If anything, this shows that Steeljaw may not release all the prisoners in season 2 if he ever would as he has trust issues following Megatronus. But that's if the cartoon ran following events from the comic, so yeah. Just a thought though :BOT:


Well, you saw what Steeljaw, did to Kickback, right? He has a deep hatred for bugs. Does that mean that won't release Pseudo and Zizza? Luckily, Kickback got away. If he is scared of bugs, then why he hired Clampdown in the first place? Clampdown in a crustacean. Pseudo, Kickback, and Zizza are insects. Chop Shop is a spider. Together, these animals are arthropods. So does that mean that Steeljaw hates all arthropods in general? If so, which ones? :CON:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #5 Review (1757058)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 18th, 2016 @ 10:20pm CST
I really think you're way overthinking the animalistic part of this. they just look like that, they really haven't shown anything to indicate hatred towards a particular type, like constructed cold guys in IDW. I just mentioned how Steeljaw is being smarter and more cautious with his force. loyalty is what he needs. :BOT:

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