IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers

IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 10:27am CDT

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Guilt and Violence
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
WEB OF DECEIT! The search for PROWL leads the WRECKERS deep into enemy territory—and that’s where they’re at their best! Unfortunately, with the lives they’ve lived—the pasts they battle to escape—even their best isn’t enough to save everybody.

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How the tables (heh) have turned


Story

After the break in the mini-series, we return to the happy escapades of a bunch of loveable misfits, who just happen to wander through the woods and get caught in the web of a spider. Imagine if Nick Roche approached Sins of the Wreckers in that fashion, and then move several steps opposite - darkness falls. Again.

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Sorry Guzzle


We move through Tarantulas' web as guilt weaves its tale through the minds and past of Roadbuster, Hubcap, Prowl, Arcee and Springer, with the biggest and the smallest of the lot revealing the beginning of the shared sinful paths, and how they have encountered and become who they are now.

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It's... not pretty


On the other side, the team of Wreckers and the Chimeracons, are still working their way through to Tarantulas and his prey, finding a way through the Noisemaze, finding their way through the mess that Prowl has landed everyone into. And they're fairly straightforward about it. Wrecker style.

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Prowl, always the charmer


There is also - as is to be expected by now - some seriously dark humour in the book, almost a breather in between the even darker actions and dialogue taking place. But be ready for another big, dense, heavy read (in a good way, ultimately, but heavy nonetheless), as issue #4 is where Roche falls into the rabbit hole. More thoughts on this below.

Art

As expected, the darkness in the story crawls and creeps not only into the linework, where the organic and the mechanical blend in a really intriguing fashion - if not grotesquely so - but also into the panel composition, with a lot of blank and black spaces, filled yes with dialogue, but also with ominous pauses...

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All together now!


Josh Burcham and Joana Lafuente's colours are wonderfully attuned to the linework provided, and we get some seriously murky, shadowy, closed and/or trippy, depending on the scene, backgrounds to accompany the story being told - or the plans being set in motion. From the past to the present, via the Noisemaze, we see the colourists' skills at full power.

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Whheeeeeee...


As for the lettering, this issue allows for some of the most varied and appreciated work from Tom B. Long, given free rein over a number of techniques, from fading, to fonts, to sizing - the result is an integral part of both story and visuals, without which it might not work the same. On he cover front, the main Roadbuster narrative is taken on by Roche and Burcham, with the latter also playing with Prowl playing with lives (Kup in particular), and Jack Lawrence brings us the new, complete team of Wreckers in the thumbnailed variant.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Other readers have pointed out how, much like Roberts in recent MTMTE issues, there are some parallels here in SOTW with the previous Wrecker-centric volume. While that is undoubtedly true, it is also the case that Roche has taken the issues of guilt and violence very much to their limit, here. The issue may not be an easy read for some, as it is as graphic as it is dense, physically and mentally for the characters, and the latter for the readers too.

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The way in which Roche, Burcham, Lafuente, and Long collaborate on the same story shows a level of passion and understanding of the different dynamics, between characters, between creators, between book and readers, that can only end up bringing about a book like this. The one concern, perhaps, is about the pacing - the build-up is so strong, the development so good, that it feels like this could've been the end of the story. How will next month rack up?

. :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: - out of :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS:

Credit(s): IDW, Dr Va'al


This article was last modified on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 4:59pm CDT

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Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1784567)
Posted by Genericon #378 on April 27th, 2016 @ 12:11pm CDT
Ok, this is just getting ridiculous. Who thought of the great idea that was "kill all the actually interesting characters and leave every predictable character alive"? I can literally predict what the remaining characters will do. Impactor and Guzzle will murder more interesting characters, Kup and Springer will be the only interesting characters left, Prowl will do some stupid treachery shit, and Tarantulas will be a dick to everyone.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1784568)
Posted by Randomhero on April 27th, 2016 @ 12:17pm CDT
I don't know what is about this series but it's just not really amazing to me anymore. I don't hate it, I like it but 'the wow factor' isn't there. I don't want to blame the 2 month delay or the fact we know prowl comes out fine in this and that Arcee and Kup are fine as well but it's just kind of a forgettable story and comic. I get the stakes are high but we know how this ends in the larger picture of things. Prowl doesn't change by the end of this. He's not nicks character anymore, he's john's. Maybe that's it.

It's like I've said before, this is not the series everyone really wanted as a sequel to LSOTW. I think it's a good story and I do enjoy it but I find myself asking "is this story relevant in the current era of transformers comics that we're getting because it's a story doesn't matter if it happened or not because other bigger things are happening in James and Johns books"
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1784623)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 27th, 2016 @ 1:56pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:
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Really? You had to pick that one huh?

Overall not bad. Kinda got what I was anticipating too. Now just gotta wait for the finale :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1784689)
Posted by Optimizzy on April 27th, 2016 @ 5:21pm CDT
I dunno. I like this series. I like how they are incorporating different transformers and themes into this one universe and in a way that makes since. I stoked on the beast modes now because they make a lot more since. I like what is going on but I do have to agree that I wish we didn't already know these characters fates.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1784692)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 27th, 2016 @ 5:24pm CDT
Can't even find it on iBooks so I can read it and share my own thoughts... :(
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1784736)
Posted by Randomhero on April 27th, 2016 @ 7:04pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:Can't even find it on iBooks so I can read it and share my own thoughts... :(



For whatever reason it wasn't on iBooks, I just went and picked it up on comixology.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1785199)
Posted by LE0KING on April 29th, 2016 @ 5:02am CDT
I got to agree with randomhero here. If this story was given to us before RID and MTMTE it would be great. But we have a higher quality of tf comics out now and this just doesn't make the cut.
Every character besides tidal wave has the same boring personality and make the same bad jokes. Hi, I'm angry and sarcastic. Me too. Me too.
Im just disappointed to see the wreckers story reduced to this.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1789436)
Posted by Va'al on May 13th, 2016 @ 4:36pm CDT
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1789970)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 16th, 2016 @ 5:37am CDT

Hehehe! That is a good one. I love these stupid little GIFs :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1790272)
Posted by Dagon on May 17th, 2016 @ 9:30am CDT
LE0KING wrote:I got to agree with randomhero here. If this story was given to us before RID and MTMTE it would be great. But we have a higher quality of tf comics out now and this just doesn't make the cut.
Every character besides tidal wave has the same boring personality and make the same bad jokes. Hi, I'm angry and sarcastic. Me too. Me too.
Im just disappointed to see the wreckers story reduced to this.



I haven't read the rest of the content of this thread, but I'm just going to agree with this comment. I was really hoping for something on par with the Last Stand of the Wreckers story, and Sins has been a let down for me. I don't have any investment in the Wreckers, and I generally think they are a really overhyped bunch, but Last Stand was an excellent story, so I was hopeful that there would have been more of that here, and I haven't found it. I'd love to see there be some kind of penalty for Prowl being this really terrible, manipulative guy, but there isn't, and I'm going to go out on a limb here and say there won't be at the end of this series either. Most of the characters in his feel like another round of "hey!! It's that guy!! Cool!" and that is crappy.
I do like Tidal Wave though.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793243)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on May 28th, 2016 @ 12:00pm CDT
Calling it now: What ever Tarantulas did to Verity is going to turn her into an animorph.

We've seen some non-TV Beast Wars characters in this story, so what not? :KREMZEEK:
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793259)
Posted by Va'al on May 28th, 2016 @ 1:14pm CDT
BATTLEMASTER IIC wrote:Calling it now: What ever Tarantulas did to Verity is going to turn her into an animorph.

We've seen some non-TV Beast Wars characters in this story, so what not? :KREMZEEK:


Why not a HeadTitanmaster..? :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793261)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 28th, 2016 @ 1:17pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:
BATTLEMASTER IIC wrote:Calling it now: What ever Tarantulas did to Verity is going to turn her into an animorph.

We've seen some non-TV Beast Wars characters in this story, so what not? :KREMZEEK:


Why not a HeadTitanmaster..? :-?


*mindblown*

I'd be down for that. Who'd it be for if it happens, I wonder? Arcee, maybe?
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793268)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on May 28th, 2016 @ 1:38pm CDT
If that were the case, a titanmaster for Roadbuster would make more sense considering he has a need to get ahead in life now.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793274)
Posted by Va'al on May 28th, 2016 @ 2:09pm CDT
Who's getting toys, though?
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793276)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 28th, 2016 @ 2:11pm CDT
BATTLEMASTER IIC wrote:If that were the case, a titanmaster for Roadbuster would make more sense considering he has a need to get ahead in life now.


#toosoon :-(
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793474)
Posted by ScottyP on May 29th, 2016 @ 10:39am CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:Who's getting toys, though?
The Minerva rumors are strong. Not saying Verity would be Minerva's head, but rather, that could make a base mold for a Stakeout which could then have a Verity Titanmaster.

All I really know is that this line is the perfect time for Sunstreaker with Onions.
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793543)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on May 29th, 2016 @ 6:45pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
#toosoon :-(


I know, I'm sad about Roadbuster too :(
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793596)
Posted by Va'al on May 30th, 2016 @ 3:24am CDT
ScottyP wrote:All I really know is that this line is the perfect time for Sunstreaker with Onions.


Kekeke
Re: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Review #SinsOfTheWreckers (1793734)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 30th, 2016 @ 8:30pm CDT
Ya know what? That's perfect!

We get a Sunstreaker with Hunter

We get someone with Verity (which could be canon)

All we need is Jimmy to somehow get wrapped up in this (where'd he get to anyway)

And BLAM! We have the original IDW human cast in toy form as titanmasters!!!! :MAXIMAL:

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