Review for IDW Transformers vs. The Terminator 4
Sunday, October 4th, 2020 11:44pm CDTCategories: Comic Book News, Reviews
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A Review of Transformers vs Terminator #4
Very light spoilers
Bayhem is back BABY!
Last week marked the final installment of the Transformers vs Terminator comic and I have to say, this issue felt more bombastic than any Michael Bay movie. That's because this is done in fifteen minutes and it's just non stop action. You've got another classic Optimus vs Megatron Battle, you have Megatron vs Starscream, and the Terminator killing left right and centre with a bombastic finish. Plus you have quite a bit of Ravage thrown in, which is always nice to see from Alex Milne.
However, throughout the cacophony there is also some plot and I will be honest, I didn't get it. The writing was not the strong suit of this series, far from it. Since this is a Terminator story, there is a time travel semi paradox story to tell, kinda, and that part totally escaped me. Meaning that the end made absolutely no sense to me. And aside from a tease to what may come later, a good part of this comic really goes out of its way to say that this part is done with an ending that almost reminds me of Beast Machine's ending with a new tomorrow being born from the wreckage. Except if you don't really get how we got to the this ending, then you're just left bewildered.
Hey Bee, buddy, the Terminator just said he hasn't killed all Cybertronians yet, why in the world would you agree to help him finish the mission? You want the suicide hotline number?
Also, Optimus rapidly gets over the death of his fallen comrades, who he has spent eons battling with. It felt really insincere, like the writer had to address it and just dedicated a quick line of dialogue. I don't know what it is with Transformers comics in general, they are very tedious for a long bit and then wrap everything up in a larger than life sort of way that never leaves me satisfied, with writing that jumps around all over the place, never making the comic feel cohesive. It reminded me a lot of the opening arc of the Optimus Prime, or All Hail Megatron or even Stormbringer in structure. I know that last one has it's fans and so may this Terminator crossover but I am not one of them.
Back to the art, it's always a treat to see Alex Milne draw Transformers. He draws as many transformations as he could, almost like he is making up for the times he didn't on the Roberts run to the point where it feels unnecessary. For instance you'll have Bumblebee in robot mode in one panel and then soon after you see him transform from car to robot in the next. I do really wish the shadows were left to the colorist, however, rather than adding a grid pattern, it muddies the art.
In the end, this was a well drawn short series that shows that the franchises can work together, I just wish it was better written overall. If you are going to write a yarn dealing with time travel, you have to make it simple and clear and I didn't get this here. In the end, my score for this issue is the same as the first issue and the series overall.
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This article was last modified on Sunday, October 4th, 2020 11:46pm CDT
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I don't know what it is with Transformers comics in general, they are very tedious for a long bit and then wrap everything up in a larger than life sort of way that never leaves me satisfied, with writing that jumps around all over the place, never making the comic feel cohesive. It reminded me a lot of the opening arc of the Optimus Prime, or All Hail Megatron or even Stormbringer in structure.
I think the issue is writing to three-act structure, or something close to it, which leaves almost no time for things to wrap up after the climax. Alternately, the writers don't care about the ending as much as they cared about the way there, which is fine for a crossover book but also one of the reasons they have a tough time being more than diversionary exercises in brand awareness. I think the structure of the My Little Pony crossover might be my preferred thing for this kind of book - humorous short vignettes that don't get too worried about convoluted overarching plots which could never get enough space to be resolved in a satisfying way.