IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review

IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review

Monday, February 15th, 2010 5:27pm CST

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Due to hit stands this week (February 17th domestically), LSOTW, as it has become affectionately called (‘cause face it, LAST STAND OF THE WRECKERS is a mouthful), is the second issue in this five issue mini-series. This should be a nice week for Transformers fans at the comic shop, as Bumblebee #3 also comes out the same day! Read the two reviews and you can figure out which one to read first after this week’s trip!

LSOTW #2 picks up with the action and excitement right where issue #1 left off (Check out First Gen's review of Issue #1). I want to keep the spoilers for this issue vague, but intriguing, you should know I will be referencing plots and characters in issue #1 as if you have read it!

First of all, for those of us who have begged and pleaded to start seeing more variety (and Verity, I suppose) in the cast of Transformers used in the comics other than Seasons 1, 2, and 3 of the old cartoon series, this series is a ‘must read’ for you. With the introduction of uber-Decepticon baddie Overlord as this series main villain, and obscure new Wrecker recruits such as the later G1 lightformer Ironfist, UK aerial acrobat Rotorstorm, and Optimus Prime wanna-be firefighter and Pyro, we get some new blood to enjoy characterizations of.

Then there are all the numerous background robots who just make you salivate because you want to see and hear more of them. Issue #2 continues to build on this and should not disappoint. This reader was happy with a huge revelation, provided by the inclusion of one of these characters...

The plot continues to thicken as in issue #2, we learn more about Overlord’s motivations, and origins. Kup generously provides these, partially from first hand experience, as the Wreckers learn from last issues climactic character reveal... Impactor... that Overlord is the cause of the Garrus-9 situation, and then the nightmares begin to be shared. As we saw the fear created in the eyes of the Decepticons attacking Garrus-9 in issue #1 when Overlord showed up and took leadership of the mission from Skyquake, we now see the same fear reflected in the Wreckers’s eyes as they hear the Decepticon commander’s name mentioned with the incident they are now going to navigate. Overlord’s character development in this issue has made THIS Overlord fan feel like IDW has treated this Decepticon with the amount of respect he deserves.

Interested in some character development? How about learning more about Overlord and Megatron’s relationship? Or if Autobot’s are more your ‘kup of tea’, the Springer and Impactor dynamic is beginning to unfold and the rockiness of their relationship makes even the reader feel awkward for the two of them. And as the Wreckers start forming their plan of attack and retrieval, a new mystery is revealed in the name Aequitas. Who or what that is will have to wait until future issues of the mini-series.

Nick Roche and company have clearly created a book worth reading and continuing to read. The characters are new and fresh, and yet the story also gives us new insight into some previous characters. The art is top notch and fun, leaving the reader secure in knowing they are reading a Transformers comic, and that they can pretty freely identify characters, both known and unknown without too much wonder. The dialogue and writing is also witty, and yet, interwoven with a sense of straightforwardness, and also a bit of psychoanalysis, as one wonders who might betray whichever team they are routing for first, and just how will the Wreckers survive this, or will they (note, the title of the series is, “Last Stand of the Wreckers”).

There are some great moments that I don’t want to spoil, but you should enjoy this both intellectually, and artistically, but mostly as a TRANSFORMERS fane. It should leave you impatiently waiting for the next issue.

I was disappointed that, even though we have added the huge new cast of characters that may or may not be recognizable to others, they opted to leave out the “More than meets the eye” profile this time. More pages for story, or advertisements? Regardless, I really enjoyed reading more about Rotorstorm last issue, and was looking forward to seeing another on Ironfist, Overlord, Pyro, Guzzle, Impactor, Snare, Fortress Maximus, or even Skyquake, or Kick-off. There are plenty of new characters to choose from, and it can be used as a device to help tell more of the story that we are perhaps not going to see in the panels of the comic.

If the sellout, and 2nd printing of Issue #1 are any indicators, this is an issue you should not miss.

TRANSFORMERS: Last Stand of the Wreckers

Written by: Nick Roche and James Roberts
Script by: Nick Roche
Pencils by: Nick Roche
Inks by: Nick Roche and John Wycough
Colors by: Josh Burcham
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
Associate Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Editor: Andy Schmidt



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Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047718)
Posted by Prime Evil on February 16th, 2010 @ 1:33pm CST
Is it true that Black Shadow makes a cameo? Cause if he is, then this is officially my favorite TF comic book...EVAH!!!
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047719)
Posted by Tigertrack on February 16th, 2010 @ 1:36pm CST
Prime Evil wrote:Is it true that Black Shadow makes a cameo? Cause if he is, then this is officially my favorite TF comic book...EVAH!!!

:KREMZEEK: 8) ;)
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047720)
Posted by Tigertrack on February 16th, 2010 @ 1:42pm CST
tigertracks 24 wrote:
Prime Evil wrote:Is it true that Black Shadow makes a cameo? Cause if he is, then this is officially my favorite TF comic book...EVAH!!!

:KREMZEEK: 8) ;)


If you would like to see for yourself, check out the 5 page preview spread here, which may have the said cameo in it. :-$
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047728)
Posted by Windsweeper on February 16th, 2010 @ 2:39pm CST
I'm just wondering when is it set?
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047733)
Posted by Calvatron on February 16th, 2010 @ 2:59pm CST
Is black shadow pretty much the same thing as nemisis prime in the sense of being a black repaint of Megatron, or is their more to the character than that?
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047840)
Posted by Tigertrack on February 16th, 2010 @ 7:35pm CST
Calvatron wrote:Is black shadow pretty much the same thing as nemisis prime in the sense of being a black repaint of Megatron, or is their more to the character than that?


Black Shadow is not a repaint of Megatron. He is a repaint of the pretender Bludgeon mold, albeit with a new shell head.

He appeared in Masterforce or Victory... a bit of a jerk he and Blue Baccus were.

Windsweeper wrote:I'm just wondering when is it set?


This is set to be going on pretty much simultaneously with the other two. UM is dropping the Wreckers off and heading to Earth.
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047851)
Posted by Prime Evil on February 16th, 2010 @ 8:15pm CST
Hehe, I think Tigertracks means he is a black repaint of Thunderwing. LOL!!

And whooohoooo!! He does get a lil cameo!! Thanks for the link TT!! Nice to see that he's on the same level of badassery (i know, not a word. :P ) as Sixshot and Overlord.
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047856)
Posted by Tigertrack on February 16th, 2010 @ 8:34pm CST
Prime Evil wrote:Hehe, I think Tigertracks means he is a black repaint of Thunderwing. LOL!!

And whooohoooo!! He does get a lil cameo!! Thanks for the link TT!! Nice to see that he's on the same level of badassery (i know, not a word. :P ) as Sixshot and Overlord.


Bludgeon, Thunderwing, Megatron...oh my!

Yeah, I really did mean that too... Thanks! =P~ :KREMZEEK:
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1047928)
Posted by lowman_x on February 17th, 2010 @ 4:51am CST
Verity = Truth

Aequitas = Justice/Fairness

If this is gonna play out like I think it is then I'm thinking that Verity is going to be a more integral part of this storyline and I reckon Aequitas will be a new character...


Of course, I could be blowing smoke out of my own arse... :lol:
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1048448)
Posted by Hairball178 on February 18th, 2010 @ 11:17am CST
I have a lot of faith in how Nick Roche picks up dangling plot threads & tying them into stories well. I haven't read #1 yet, but would anyone else think that maybe Metroplex and his "it" that he's protecting will somehow tie into LSOTW? I had this notion that whatever "Aequitas" is could be what Metroplex is supposed to be guarding--just a hunch I had.
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1048454)
Posted by Tigertrack on February 18th, 2010 @ 11:29am CST
Hairball178 wrote:I have a lot of faith in how Nick Roche picks up dangling plot threads & tying them into stories well. I haven't read #1 yet, but would anyone else think that maybe Metroplex and his "it" that he's protecting will somehow tie into LSOTW? I had this notion that whatever "Aequitas" is could be what Metroplex is supposed to be guarding--just a hunch I had.


Totally forgot about that hanging thread...
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1048634)
Posted by lowman_x on February 18th, 2010 @ 8:13pm CST
Hairball178 wrote:I have a lot of faith in how Nick Roche picks up dangling plot threads & tying them into stories well. I haven't read #1 yet, but would anyone else think that maybe Metroplex and his "it" that he's protecting will somehow tie into LSOTW? I had this notion that whatever "Aequitas" is could be what Metroplex is supposed to be guarding--just a hunch I had.


I can't remember: was Metroplex on Garrus 9 in his spotlight or was he heading to Garrus 9 at the end of that issue?
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1048684)
Posted by Hairball178 on February 18th, 2010 @ 10:10pm CST
Metroplex basically ditched the Throttlebots after stepping on Sixshot. Searchlight had no idea what this "it" was, but that plot point takes place around the time that the Decepticons were hacking the Autobot defenses through Hunter & Sunstreaker's link in AHM. Maybe 'Plex had something to do with Nova Prime's expansion ideas?
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1048778)
Posted by Mechabreaker on February 19th, 2010 @ 8:30am CST
Hairball178 wrote:Metroplex basically ditched the Throttlebots after stepping on Sixshot. Searchlight had no idea what this "it" was, but that plot point takes place around the time that the Decepticons were hacking the Autobot defenses through Hunter & Sunstreaker's link in AHM. Maybe 'Plex had something to do with Nova Prime's expansion ideas?


Yeah I remember that. This is turning out to be an interesting series. I can't wait for the next issue to come out, because I want to read more!
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1049134)
Posted by Seibertron on February 20th, 2010 @ 12:04pm CST
This series really makes me want to bust out Overlord for a gallery. Hm ... going to pass gallery #2,000 really quick here. Maybe I'll do his gallery soon.
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1049213)
Posted by Tigertrack on February 20th, 2010 @ 4:35pm CST
Seibertron wrote:This series really makes me want to bust out Overlord for a gallery. Hm ... going to pass gallery #2,000 really quick here. Maybe I'll do his gallery soon.


You like me to send over my boxes, specs, and sticker sheets for my Japanese and UK versions??? :grin: ;)
Re: IDW's TRANSFORMERS 'Last Stand of The Wreckers'- Issue #2 Review (1049878)
Posted by ponycorn on February 23rd, 2010 @ 12:14am CST
The first time through I could only take up to three pages at a time fore fear of passing out like Ironfist did in LSOTW #1! LSOTW #2 did not dissapoint. It's been a while since I've had to read with the comic in one hand and my laptop with Wiki in the other trying to figure out who all the characters are. That is a very good thing!

Speaking of passing out, did anyone else catch Ultra Magnus questioning what was really going on when Ironfist had his fanboy fainting spell? Something's not quite right there.

I'm also not totally trusting Snare's motives. I don't think he's loyal to Overlord, but from what I've read of his character, he sounds like the type of guy who just likes to stir scrap up. He's definitely playing Impactor.

The back-story between Megs and Overlord seems a bit hollow now. We're just seeing it from Kup's perspective about it, and a breif meeting with the "Phase Sixers" but I think there will be more to it than that, just don't know what yet.

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