IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review

IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review

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Falling Inside The Black
A Seibertron.com somewhat Spoilerish Review of IDW Transformers: Unicorn Issue #1


Synopsis

Bumblebee investigates a dark corner of Cybertron’s past, searching for answers: what is Unicron, and why does it want to destroy Cybertron? Meanwhile, Windblade scrambles to figure out a plan as Chromia makes her return—with a Decepticon fleet in pursuit!


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Tonight I'm so Alone, This Sorrow takes a hold


Story

And here we are again, on issue 2 of 6 of the grand IDW finale. Unicron is here. Unicron has killed planets and fan favorites. Unicron is unstoppable and unquestionably powerful.

Does part 2 of the tale live up to the hype? Just wait and see!

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Your Touch used to be so kind, Your Touch used to give me Life


So to catch up, Issue 0 was the first attack by Unicron, and in a way Issue 1 was a longer version of 0 with some more material and more action and attack and Maximals. So issue 2 was the fallout, the scene of defeat, the realization that Unicron had no weakness and burns full bore for Cybertron now. And the way the different characters were placed in that context was quite enjoyable to read.

We get some good ole fashioned Starscream, to an extent. We get some optimistic Bumblebee, paired with the used to be equally as optimistic but still very eager to at least do something Aileron, and then Optimus, more Starscream, and the council. Old plotlines and characterizations continue, even older plotlines and characters make returns, and it all blends together quite well. We got some history, we got some resolutions, and we got more questions to be asked. And we got a killer final 2 pages.

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Don't leave me alone, Cause I barely see at all


Story wise, Starscream is a standout here. Also important is Bludgeon, and his attack on Unicron and position in the grand scheme of things. At this point, Bludgeon is a con to keep an eye on, like really, go back and read all his adventures post Death of Optimus Prime, and then finish with this one.

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Falling in the Black, Slipping through the Cracks


Finally, as a nod to the Hasbro Universe itself, we get 3 different stories worth of appearances and 2 different creation/backstories, with the 3rd actually being a back up comic featuring a well known Maximal and the final stand of Scarlett's Strike Force.

Is it a filler issue? Yes, it is. It is the lull between storms. Is it a boring or not overly good filler? Absolutely not. It gives us so much, it still gives action, it still has the characters, it still has all the moments, and it has the perfect build up and a great lead in to the next. It is serialized, but it does not suffer all that badly for it.

And in case you forgot, Skywarp is equally as fun as Starscream. Now all we needed was a Thundercracker appearance and we would have had seeker gold.

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Dreaming of the Way it used to be, Can you hear me?


Art

Simply put, the marriage of artist and colorist for this series could not have been any more perfect. And this is not just me, this is the Seibertron.com review room talking here folks. You cannot beat the lines of Milne fused with the colors of Cheng. You can't, it's that simple.

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Falling to the Depths can I ever go back?


The vast backgrounds and equally vast cast, the uniqueness of each Cybertronian's design, the fun of space and the grounds of Cybertron, it all looks and feels so good. And it owes everything to Milne and Cheng. They have done fantastic for all 3 Unicron titles released so far, and there is no indication that we should expect less in the remaining 4. And if the last page is anything to go by, epic will still fail to describe the coming events.

And a final nod to the important final part of the art team: Tom B. Long. Letters are so easy to overlook, but in this issue, between Bludgeon, Omega Supreme, and the rest of the cast, the letters get a chance to shine, and it is fantastic at how many different ways you can create a conversation.

Well done crew!

Final Thoughts

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Falling Inside, Falling Inside.... The Black


As you can tell, this issue was mainly character driven, by interactions between characters fresh back for their final appearances. It has some action, some backstory, some main story, and bit of final payoffs. It was a good story with excellent art, and a great lead in that managed to not bore the audience nor make them think anything less than a good story is ahead.

With that all in mind, despite what we learned here, next issue cannot come soon enough. We have reached what appears to be the big moment fairly early in the story. While it may not be the climax of the story itself, it still will be big and fun, especially with characters by Barber and art by Milne, Cheng, and Long.

Have a score, and let's get on to that issue 3 folks.

:MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: out of :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL:


And finally, as with all Unicron reviews, we feature a Skillet song as the theme for this review, and ultimately for things to come.

Credit(s): IDW, D-Maximal_Primal


This article was last modified on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 2:30am CDT

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Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974077)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2018 @ 2:17am CDT
Good review d-max! To think we're already a third of the way through this series...
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974079)
Posted by Va'al on July 26th, 2018 @ 2:23am CDT
Good stuff in here D-Max!

The way in which Starscream is being re-used, with Optimus Prime's reaction to it all, is a very nice way of playing with a character that has been established as mercurial but also considering the developments he's been through in recent stories.

I do wonder what on earth Bumblebee's role in all of this is, and I'm still not too keen on his return right now. Much as I wasn't with Shockwave. I mean, what's done is done, but still...


As for Unicron's true nature, and that organic character showing up - I know there's a lot of talk about that behind the scenes, but I don't know what I make of it. Yet. :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974092)
Posted by Steponahen Day on July 26th, 2018 @ 5:32am CDT
Having caught up with the whole thing, I really just want to see Unicron devour a universe in its full before he dies, if he even dies considering he has pretty much all of Shockwave's ores on him. But I hope that with Megatron's return things take a change, hoping Megatron isn't a Decepticon again which seems unlikely.

But Unicron needs to be able to devour an entire universe in our view for once, we've been told he's done it before but we've never seen it happen apart from a few planets getting eaten. In fact, I feel as if I might be the only one wants Unicron to win and devour everything. So All hail Unicron, the Chaos Bringer.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974093)
Posted by Steponahen Day on July 26th, 2018 @ 5:32am CDT
Having caught up with the whole thing, I really just want to see Unicron devour a universe in its full before he dies, if he even dies considering he has pretty much all of Shockwave's ores on him. But I hope that with Megatron's return things take a change, hoping Megatron isn't a Decepticon again which seems unlikely.

But Unicron needs to be able to devour an entire universe in our view for once, we've been told he's done it before but we've never seen it happen apart from a few planets getting eaten. In fact, I feel as if I might be the only one wants Unicron to win and devour everything. So All hail Unicron, the Chaos Bringer.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974096)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2018 @ 6:09am CDT
Hate to break it to you but I doubt the return of that character will impact the unicron series. Would love to be wrong but everyone involved with ll is just going to sit this one out.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974118)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 8:17am CDT
Steponahen Day wrote:Having caught up with the whole thing, I really just want to see Unicron devour a universe in its full before he dies, if he even dies considering he has pretty much all of Shockwave's ores on him. But I hope that with Megatron's return things take a change, hoping Megatron isn't a Decepticon again which seems unlikely.

But Unicron needs to be able to devour an entire universe in our view for once, we've been told he's done it before but we've never seen it happen apart from a few planets getting eaten. In fact, I feel as if I might be the only one wants Unicron to win and devour everything. So All hail Unicron, the Chaos Bringer.



Yeah I kinda want a continuity that’s been the longest running amount of stories not be destroyed. The series deserves a good ending and Megatron and LL arnt part of this.

Also hate to break it to you but Optimus Prime #25 takes place after unicron #6. It’s an epilogue to the entire IDW-verse. So spoiler alert: they win. Shocking.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974120)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2018 @ 8:29am CDT
Well to be fair, they win...but at what cost? It's going to be fun to see what the fallout is still this universe draws to a close. Though it will be interesting to see how long we'll have to wait till the next iteration begins :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974143)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 9:22am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Well to be fair, they win...but at what cost? It's going to be fun to see what the fallout is still this universe draws to a close. Though it will be interesting to see how long we'll have to wait till the next iteration begins :-?



Probably January.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974149)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 9:33am CDT
I don’t even want a new G1 continuity after this. Just do a Cyberverse ongoing to go with that show. Give G1 a break for a while.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974154)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2018 @ 9:44am CDT
I could be open to that :-? Or even do miniseries based on other continuities, like rid 2001 etc
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974169)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 10:43am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Hate to break it to you but I doubt the return of that character will impact the unicron series. Would love to be wrong but everyone involved with ll is just going to sit this one out.



Ya know while reading lost light 22 and halfway through all dialogue of the coming of something that’s a threat to the universe I was literally saying out loud “oh god is this really tied in with Unicron?!” And then the final page reveal made me say “oh thank god!”

I really don’t think it’s going to have to do with Unicron. It’s james story that’s he’s planned since the get go however with Megatron back I am questioning that now. However with him back Lost Light will either end with them heading home and Optimus Prime#25 will be the a reunion with everyone(as it should be since it’s the final al IDW-verse issue coming out in October) or megatron takes whoever is left alive back to the functionalist universe.

I’m kinda good with either.

Cybertron isn’t surviving. I’ve made peace with that. The last stand will be on earth and when they defeat unicron earth will be this place everyone lives together.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974174)
Posted by ScottyP on July 26th, 2018 @ 10:51am CDT
Randomhero wrote:I don’t even want a new G1 continuity after this. Just do a Cyberverse ongoing to go with that show. Give G1 a break for a while.
I'd be down for that.

ZeroWolf wrote:I could be open to that :-? Or even do miniseries based on other continuities, like rid 2001 etc
This too. How long have Animated fans said they'd settle for a comic? Basically forever, yeah?

Never-gonna-happen pipe dream for me: the conclusion of Furman's Energon run gets made.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974179)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 11:04am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I don’t even want a new G1 continuity after this. Just do a Cyberverse ongoing to go with that show. Give G1 a break for a while.
I'd be down for that.

ZeroWolf wrote:I could be open to that :-? Or even do miniseries based on other continuities, like rid 2001 etc
This too. How long have Animated fans said they'd settle for a comic? Basically forever, yeah?

Never-gonna-happen pipe dream for me: the conclusion of Furman's Energon run gets made.



Yeah that’ll never happen for a lot of reasons. Mostly because IDW isn’t gonna she’ll out the cash to give everyone who participated in that series the back pay that Dreamwave didn’t pay them and becuase Simon already released the scripts for the issues never made.

It’s an okay read to see where that series was going but like Worlds Collide it was Furman not using existing characters and toys from the line that it’s suppose to be about which was kind of a middle finger to Energon.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974262)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 26th, 2018 @ 4:51pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:Cybertron isn’t surviving. I’ve made peace with that. The last stand will be on earth and when they defeat unicron earth will be this place everyone lives together.

Unless, hear me out, unless the last issue of LL and OP reconcile the 2 and finish it properly by reuniting everyone either in a functionist universe, or even on one of the 5 Cybertrons that has shown up in LL. Or even Luna 1, since it is still out there.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974315)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 7:36pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Randomhero wrote:Cybertron isn’t surviving. I’ve made peace with that. The last stand will be on earth and when they defeat unicron earth will be this place everyone lives together.

Unless, hear me out, unless the last issue of LL and OP reconcile the 2 and finish it properly by reuniting everyone either in a functionist universe, or even on one of the 5 Cybertrons that has shown up in LL. Or even Luna 1, since it is still out there.



See I have so many issues with those 5 cybertrons. How are they powered? They don’t have a vector sigma? What are they made out of? If they’re pristine and brand new why do they have cities? We’ve seen Cybertron brand new. The matrix reformatted cyberton to how it was when it created and it’s a giant metal ball that’s got an all natural looking surface. It bugs me. I see them exploding honestly. I see those 5 just blowing up as the grand architects plan falls apart.


I see lost light having a full on ending with Rodimus saying “set a course home” and then 25 of Optimus Prime ending with the lost light finding everyone who survived unicron(I really think it’ll be earth) and everyone reunited.


Just please for the love of god don’t end with Rodimus faceplanting on the ground millions of years later and Botanical coming out of a giant metal flower....
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974393)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 27th, 2018 @ 2:06am CDT
You say that like it's already happened...

*remembers the ending of regeneration 1*

Oh...
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974494)
Posted by ScottyP on July 27th, 2018 @ 8:22am CDT
Randomhero wrote:See I have so many issues with those 5 cybertrons. How are they powered? They don’t have a vector sigma? What are they made out of? If they’re pristine and brand new why do they have cities? We’ve seen Cybertron brand new. The matrix reformatted cyberton to how it was when it created and it’s a giant metal ball that’s got an all natural looking surface.
They're made from a mold using Cybertron as it was at a particular time as the base, not necessarily the planet's original state.

It's like when the Chinese KO companies made G1 Dinobots by recasting molds using the old toys, rather than by re-engineering them from scratch.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974541)
Posted by Randomhero on July 27th, 2018 @ 10:39am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Randomhero wrote:See I have so many issues with those 5 cybertrons. How are they powered? They don’t have a vector sigma? What are they made out of? If they’re pristine and brand new why do they have cities? We’ve seen Cybertron brand new. The matrix reformatted cyberton to how it was when it created and it’s a giant metal ball that’s got an all natural looking surface.
They're made from a mold using Cybertron as it was at a particular time as the base, not necessarily the planet's original state.

It's like when the Chinese KO companies made G1 Dinobots by recasting molds using the old toys, rather than by re-engineering them from scratch.



I know before th issue came out I guess that those were made from the necro world mold and Cybertron wasn’t made it but the mold itself was made from Cybertron.

My problem is how do they work. They don’t jave a vector sigma to power them. And they have cities and an atmosphere! We’ve seen Cybertron brand new becuase that’s what everyone has been living on since the war ended. It doesn’t have cities and roads and they say this is pristine out of the package Cybertron. and these look just like the cartoon Cybertron. In fact that what they’re based on but how do they work? They’re just knock offs but they have power to them becuase they work.
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1974543)
Posted by Randomhero on July 27th, 2018 @ 10:42am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:You say that like it's already happened...

*remembers the ending of regeneration 1*

Oh...



Yeah that happened...

Took about a year regen ended to go back and reread the series and go “oh this is just awful...”
Re: IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 Review (1975380)
Posted by snavej on July 30th, 2018 @ 2:57pm CDT
I always had a problem with the Cybertron 'mold' idea. The effort involved in planet molding would be ludicrously vast. The workforce would number somewhere in the quadrillions. Anyone who's seen construction in progress knows that it is very time-consuming. Surely the Galactic Council would have done something about the project. They wouldn't tolerate such high levels of power-building, posing an existential threat to them. How would the mold be removed without it catching on all the detailed buildings? If someone had the power to mold Cybertrons, he/she could use that same massive power to conquer the galaxy and whatever else was desired.

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