IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 6:08am CST

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Something naughty this way comes...
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
SECRETS AND SINS! PROWL’s past—shrouded in mystery—begins to come to light… and the revelations aren’t pretty. But to get ahold of the missing AUTOBOT, the WRECKERS will have to face… the NOISEMAZE.

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u kno it


Story

Issue three, and we're still untangling a gigantic knot of garbled vines (and lumps in throats, after reading). Surprising no one really, but still executed really well, we find out who and what Mesothulas Tarantulas is - he even gets a catch phrase - what his goal might be, and just about what the Wreckers may have to do with any of this series to start with.

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Oh yeah, them


I can see the problem with that last part, of course, as other readers have pointed out: if anything, this book so far is more about Prowl and his past than the Wreckers. And Prowl and the Wreckers haven't really had stellar relations in that past, either. This issue, however, may be leading towards the meeting point of the two pasts.

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Hmmmmmm


There is one particular piece of dialogue, shown in the preview, which illustrates just how well Roche can work with words and visuals - as it's a layout within the panel that will show up a number of times in the issue - and speaks to his strengths as a grey-moral-area-lover-of-ambiguity. As we have seen several times before now.

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Coloured words


Roche takes a quick dip in established Transformers history, from the IDWverse anyway, as he brings us up to speed with what happened to Mesontulas, which will please some readers. He also unearths some not-yet-established historical connections, as we catch up with what the Wreckers might know about it all, which will intrigue readers. Either way, he's still spinning threads, over halfway in.


Art

What I have said for the verbal part of Roche's appraisal, I have to reiterate in the visual - though with not as many reservations on the complexity of what he's doing. Yes, he is a storyteller, and working with both tracks in sync allows his art and words to bounce off each other, but the art has a smidge over the words at times, especially in character design.



What Josh Burcham brings to the page, in his colouring, is truly remarkable. The emotional side of the story and its characters is played out with tonal contrasts, juxtaposition of bright and positively (negatively?) dark colours, and sprinkled with some seriously heebie-jeebie vibes throughout. Plus, we get the trippy swirl effects of the Noisemaze.

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Also, accurate for the story


Tom B. Long has a field day with the number of font variations: each faction, plus Taranmesothulalala, and juiced up Guzzle, the Noisemaze - there is so much going on in the different voices, and he claims them all, pointing them out brilliantly. The covers are pretty much as dark as you would expect, with multi-layered Roche/Burcham main Impactor and Kup art, heart-scrunching incentive variant by Priscilla Tramontano (seen here), and an ominous Pri-- Prowl by guest artists Andy MacDonald and John-Paul Bove (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Even with the caveats mentioned above, I found a solid balance in Roche's writing: we may get some exposition in spots, but it allows for character fleshing out too; if on one hand there is a lot of Prowl and Tarantulas, on the other there is a big build-up of expectations. And both allow for some excellent visuals, in both layouts and creepiness, and surprising emotional turns. And Obtenteum (really?).

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Another image of Nick Roche


We get some additional background and character work, though very brief, on Hubcap, Verity, Carnivac, Stakeout - and some of it will hurt, some of it will enrage, most of it will leave readers wanting for more, that's for sure. Whatever happens at the end, with its 'mild' cliffhanger, will have to wait quite a while for a resolve, unfortunately. So strap in to your spider, and let it crawl.

. :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: ½ out of :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS:

Credit(s): Va'al, IDW


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Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759807)
Posted by Randomhero on January 27th, 2016 @ 6:47am CST
Good issue but again, this is not a wreckers book. This is a sins of prowl book.

I hate to say this but am I the only one who thinks its blatantly obvious who Ostaros is? I mean the reveal of who Mesothulas is was called by the beginning of issue two, everyone figured out who the traitor was by the iTunes preview weeks ago. Are we really suppose to read Ostaros and not go "oh yeah, there's Springer" ?
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759812)
Posted by Va'al on January 27th, 2016 @ 7:07am CST
Randomhero wrote:Good issue but again, this is not a wreckers book. This is a sins of prowl book.

I hate to say this but am I the only one who thinks its blatantly obvious who Ostaros is? I mean the reveal of who Mesothulas is was called by the beginning of issue two, everyone figured out who the traitor was by the iTunes preview weeks ago. Are we really suppose to read Ostaros and not go "oh yeah, there's Springer" ?


I dunno. There are several pointers going in that direction, yes, so I wouldn't be terribly surprised if that were the case. Especially with Impactor's behaviour in the series so far.

There is also some sort of tenuous etymological connection, with Eostre/Oster-Easter/Paschal-Spring. :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759813)
Posted by Crosscheck on January 27th, 2016 @ 7:08am CST
Yeah, so the artificial not is Springer. It is why his eyes grow so bright. I know They want you to think it is Hubcap, but he is just a traitor.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759816)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on January 27th, 2016 @ 7:19am CST
I'm not enjoying the comic but I'm stuck in a 'started so I'll finish' sorta mood.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759824)
Posted by Randomhero on January 27th, 2016 @ 7:45am CST
Va'al wrote:
Randomhero wrote:Good issue but again, this is not a wreckers book. This is a sins of prowl book.

I hate to say this but am I the only one who thinks its blatantly obvious who Ostaros is? I mean the reveal of who Mesothulas is was called by the beginning of issue two, everyone figured out who the traitor was by the iTunes preview weeks ago. Are we really suppose to read Ostaros and not go "oh yeah, there's Springer" ?


I dunno. There are several pointers going in that direction, yes, so I wouldn't be terribly surprised if that were the case. Especially with Impactor's behaviour in the series so far.

There is also some sort of tenuous etymological connection, with Eostre/Oster-Easter/Paschal-Spring. :-?



See the only thing I can't stop saying with this is "nick is not James" I don't mean that as an insult but let's be honest, nick is not James. James will throw little hints here and there and will throw stuff in to completely throw you off. That is not how nick writes. Nick is not a mystery writer. I think he's trying but the mysteries are so obvious
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759828)
Posted by Randomhero on January 27th, 2016 @ 7:54am CST
Carnivius_Prime wrote:I'm not enjoying the comic but I'm stuck in a 'started so I'll finish' sorta mood.


I can see that. This is series people have been waiting for for 5 to 6 years and it's really not the story people have been waiting for. I personally am enjoying it but I'm also finding myself saying "this isn't mind blowing"
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759829)
Posted by Ironhidensh on January 27th, 2016 @ 8:06am CST
Carnivius_Prime wrote:I'm not enjoying the comic but I'm stuck in a 'started so I'll finish' sorta mood.

Same here, but I've relegated the book to "wait till the digital price gets cut in half" status. MTMTE is rapidly becoming the only official Transformers media/product I still enjoy. :(
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759833)
Posted by jogunwarrior on January 27th, 2016 @ 8:19am CST
I'll pick this up when its collected like I did with Last Stand, but I just wanted to say that Tarantulus is my favorite Beast Wars character and I am so happy to see him brought into this IDW Universe. I'd love to see what a writer like James could do with him in the future.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759845)
Posted by Crosscheck on January 27th, 2016 @ 8:42am CST
Did a little digging. Definitely confirmed that Springer is Ostaros. Ostara is the Germanic goddess of spring. Additionally, the name can roughly translate as "to shine" (like Sprinters eyes do). Add in the fact his profile is quite similar and the head is a dead ringer, definitely the same person.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759847)
Posted by Va'al on January 27th, 2016 @ 8:48am CST
Crosscheck wrote:Did a little digging. Definitely confirmed that Springer is Ostaros. Ostara is the Germanic goddess of spring. Additionally, the name can roughly translate as "to shine" (like Sprinters eyes do). Add in the fact his profile is quite similar and the head is a dead ringer, definitely the same person.


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Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759854)
Posted by Crosscheck on January 27th, 2016 @ 9:08am CST
Va'al wrote:
Crosscheck wrote:Did a little digging. Definitely confirmed that Springer is Ostaros. Ostara is the Germanic goddess of spring. Additionally, the name can roughly translate as "to shine" (like Sprinters eyes do). Add in the fact his profile is quite similar and the head is a dead ringer, definitely the same person.


viewtopic.php?f=23&t=105166&p=1759845#p1759812
Derp, I missed that post. Sorry!
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759857)
Posted by Va'al on January 27th, 2016 @ 9:17am CST
Crosscheck wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Crosscheck wrote:Did a little digging. Definitely confirmed that Springer is Ostaros. Ostara is the Germanic goddess of spring. Additionally, the name can roughly translate as "to shine" (like Sprinters eyes do). Add in the fact his profile is quite similar and the head is a dead ringer, definitely the same person.


viewtopic.php?f=23&t=105166&p=1759845#p1759812
Derp, I missed that post. Sorry!


:D
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759872)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 27th, 2016 @ 9:54am CST
Well, there were those moments. Hubcap as a traitor was correct, some kind of protoform x style story where X may or may not be Springer, Stakeout is dying, so he and Verity shall die together. Wow. :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1759881)
Posted by Va'al on January 27th, 2016 @ 10:19am CST
In more Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers news today, a new listing has popped up on online retailer Amazon, showing that the collected trade for the mini-series from IDW will be released in July 2016 (also due to the mid-series pause). There is obviously no cover image selected yet, though it is probable that it'll be one of the variants used during the run itself. Head here for more info, as it currently stands!

Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (13 July 2016)
ISBN-10: 1631406698
ISBN-13: 978-1631406690
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1760076)
Posted by Bounti76 on January 27th, 2016 @ 4:54pm CST
Can someone tell me please.....is the SOTW series pausing for some reason? I don't follow it like I do MTME and not-RID.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1760103)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 27th, 2016 @ 5:41pm CST
There is no comic in February and #4 is in March. Va'al might know why but I don't know the reason :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1760113)
Posted by Bounti76 on January 27th, 2016 @ 5:54pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:There is no comic in February and #4 is in March. Va'al might know why but I don't know the reason :BOT:


Cool, thanks. I wonder if it's because they (IDW) want the focus to be on the 50th issues of MTME and not-RID? They're out in February.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1760123)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 27th, 2016 @ 6:04pm CST
Bounti76 wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:There is no comic in February and #4 is in March. Va'al might know why but I don't know the reason :BOT:


Cool, thanks. I wonder if it's because they (IDW) want the focus to be on the 50th issues of MTME and not-RID? They're out in February.

Logical guess. Both are double issues :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1760164)
Posted by Tigertrack on January 27th, 2016 @ 7:06pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:There is no comic in February and #4 is in March. Va'al might know why but I don't know the reason :BOT:


Cool, thanks. I wonder if it's because they (IDW) want the focus to be on the 50th issues of MTME and not-RID? They're out in February.

Logical guess. Both are double issues :BOT:


Actually on Twitter Roche thanks IDW for giving him time to take care of family business and then return to it. No specifics, but it's not an IDW thing.

If I owned a transformer of that tarantulas, it would never, ever be in alt mode...ever.

I'm sorry to all of you, but even if this isn't the Wreckers story I wanted I am still enjoying it. But I enjoy a lot of the characters being used and focused on here, so, yeah.

Angry about Stakeout... Stupid giant tcog.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review (1760167)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 27th, 2016 @ 7:09pm CST
Ah thanks! now we know!

And actually I am very much enjoying it, though I agree about Stakeout. I really like him :BOT:

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