Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 12:18pm CDT

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Robots in (Micro) Spaaaaaaace
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THEY CAME FROM MICROSPACE! What terror reaches through the tendrils of entropy into our universe—and why does ROM want to kill it? Meanwhile, M.A.S.K.’s MATT TRAKKER makes a startling discovery about the TRANSFORMERS—but will G.I. JOE’s SCARLETT believe him?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)
..does it really matter?


Story

Is this review a week late? Yes, yes it is, my apologies. I'm sure that whoever was wanting to read the third issue in the core story of Revolution has done so already - if you're a fan of any of the other franchises involved, make sure to check Tigertrack's guide to who this book might appeal to here - but nonetheless, we have a series to follow, a rep to maintain, and finally a spare afternoon to catch up!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)
DRAMATIC RECAP CONCLUSION


And, admittedly, there's not that much more that can be said as we hectically stumble across the midpoint in the story, really. There was some brief discussion at Seibertron HQ, and the points raised are essentially the same as for the previous two issues: a lot of new material, a lot of old material reused, not enough space, time, or any other dimension to allow it to fit properly.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)
..or aliens, sure


If, on one side, the Micronauts are finally close to finding out the much larger world out there - i.e. here - the fact that they are now part of that wider universe also waters down the charm that the title had kept while operating more or less on its own. They have yet to properly interact with the rest of the IDWverse, but I'm dreading what might happen at this point.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)
Like, literally anything


The biggest sore note in Barber and Bunn's script, I'm sorry to say, is still GI Joe - and in particular, Scarlett. They have been proven incompetent, non-existing, pointless, replaceable, and the result? They're all angry, or sassy, or mouthy, or angry caricatures of the already tropey ensemble that they risk to be given the nature of their original characterisation.

Art

Much like the previous two issues, Fico Ossio's art has some wildly swinging reactions, in terms of consistency, in terms of clarity, in terms of getting the newly developed designs (which I still like!) to shine on the page instead of just making them flashier and bolder. Again, it's a shame, because the style can really work if taken at a slower pace and more neutral layouts.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)
Oh, Kup


Similarly on the colours: Sebastian Cheng does some excellent work with lighting, and shades of different colours according to light sources, environments, characters and adding some sheen and chrome where it really can work - but I can't help but feel that sometimes it's just a little too vibrant, tripping into flashy for flash's sake.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)
Best example of *everything* or what?


I also still have nothing else to add to the stellar work - that follows suit from the previous two comments - that Tom B. Long does on the lettering, not only following the visual narrative, but helping out with character and voice establishing too. And as for the covers, there are at least 8 variants (the thumbnailed one by Brandon Easton), and they're all worth a look, for sure! Make sure to check them out where you can.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said above, I have very little to add to previous comments that staff have made about the book, in the previous two reviews. If anything, we now have virtually all players on board for the ride, so it can only move forwards from here - with the final two issues, somehow. A lot of story, a lot of characters, a lot of patience to keep up with something that is not as engaging as it really wants to and deserves to be.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)
Me, keeping up


I am actually going to say, though, that one of our comics readers on staff made an extremely good comment on the boards, and I'll use it to close off this review. Kurona, take it away:

it feels like some sort of labour of love; some well-intentioned fans of these series who wanted to do something awesome and bring them all together in some ultimate universe of great team-ups and diversity and all around fun. But then they had no clue how to do it and hastily ended up writing something really generic and disappointing.

This is what it feels like to me. Like someone had a really great idea and was really excited to do it but fell short at executing it. I can't say I feel rage at the guys behind this; just... a lot of pity, honestly.


. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

Credit(s): IDW, Dr Va'al


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Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1834745)
Posted by Big Grim on October 19th, 2016 @ 12:44pm CDT
Gotta say, I feel the same way as Kurona. I just hope that when this unholy mess is done with, the TFs can go back to normal with Optimus Prime, Lost Light and TAAO continuing on their original courses and quietly ignore the "Revolution".
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835564)
Posted by Va'al on October 22nd, 2016 @ 4:28am CDT
The next book to tie in with the IDW Publishing Revolution crossover event is the John Barber/Andrew Griffith The Transformers series, wrapping up (for now) the presence of Cybertronians on Earth - with a good dose of Thundercracker and Buster (plus Bob, DOC, and Marissa Faireborn). Check out the full preview via Comics Alliance below, and head back to Seibertron.com next week for our review!

Transformers: Revolution #1
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
THUNDERCRACKER AND BUSTER SAVE THE WORLD! A DECEPTICON who wants to be a screenwriter. A dog who wants to, I don’t know, eat stuff and chase squirrels or whatever dogs want to do. A White House under siege by DIRE WRAITHS. And the phone call that brings them all together.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835565)
Posted by Va'al on October 22nd, 2016 @ 4:30am CDT
In other IDW Publishing news, and still in the Revolution event, we follow Windblade to Earth as she joins the other Cybertronians already present, and as the link between Titans, Primes and Microspace is explored in all its tiny but giant ramifications. Check out the iTunes screenshots below!

WINDBLADE ON EARTH! The mysterious link between METROTITAN and MICROSPACE threatens to tear two universes apart, and only WINDBLADE has a chance to heal the Titan… and there she learns a terrifying secret that changes the stakes of the REVOLUTION.


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Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835568)
Posted by steve2275 on October 22nd, 2016 @ 4:43am CDT
yay for all
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835609)
Posted by Shuttershock on October 22nd, 2016 @ 10:32am CDT
I see Thundercracker has been catching up on his Seinfeld recently. Excellent!
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835636)
Posted by BumbleDouche on October 22nd, 2016 @ 11:53am CDT
Shuttershock wrote:I see Thundercracker has been catching up on his Seinfeld recently. Excellent!


I answer the phone the same way when it's obvious who it is & they're (predictably) frantic about "nothing." The reactions are hilarious, but people rarely get the reference.
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835645)
Posted by Kurona on October 22nd, 2016 @ 12:22pm CDT
And so the rest of the preview continues to prove the Thundercracker one-shot is going to be the best thing about this event. Trust him to do so :')

And Windblade's should be fun too. Nice to see an actual Torchbearer not combined. Maybe we can get around to giving them some personality soon?
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835677)
Posted by ricemazter on October 22nd, 2016 @ 1:03pm CDT
Wait, if the human government is aware that dire wraiths exist doesn't that put ROM out of a job?
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835681)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 22nd, 2016 @ 1:28pm CDT
A good Thundercracker story is always good, and this one looks to be just as cool.

And that artwork for TAAO is interesting
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835710)
Posted by Shot Put on October 22nd, 2016 @ 3:55pm CDT
ricemazter wrote:Wait, if the human government is aware that dire wraiths exist doesn't that put ROM out of a job?


It didn't when they found out in the Marvel book. They still have no idea how to tell who's a Dire Wraith and who's not.
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835713)
Posted by Kurona on October 22nd, 2016 @ 3:57pm CDT
And, uh. Earth is one planet. Apparently they're spread out through the entire universe.
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835816)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 23rd, 2016 @ 12:58am CDT
iTunes has provided us with a new preview, this time for Revolution #4! This sneak peak picks off right where #3 ended, and in a special way. With the silent Snake Eyes taking center stage, the whole 3 page preview is done in the "silent" form with only the art speaking for itself, and no speech bubbles to be found. It is unclear if the whole issue will follow this suit. Check out the full preview below.

SILENT INTERLUDE! One human has the skill to break into AUTOBOT CITY—but what is SNAKE EYES going to do when he finds himself face-to-knee with OPTIMUS PRIME? And outside, MILES MAYHEM and the M.A.S.K. team wait to see who walks out alive…


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Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835817)
Posted by steve2275 on October 23rd, 2016 @ 1:01am CDT
looks great
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835846)
Posted by Kurona on October 23rd, 2016 @ 8:46am CDT
Not entirely sure how much of a fan I am of the... very heavy artistic liberties on Victorion.
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835917)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 23rd, 2016 @ 12:46pm CDT
And poor Jazz still doesn't have a new arm
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1836972)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 26th, 2016 @ 9:43am CDT
So, with regards to the comics that came out this week:

Transformers: good read and a nice send off to the title. Thundercracker remains a great character that I enjoy, and his little animal team was adorable. Wonder where Sunstreaker is though? But combining has made them friends, which is fun for me. the whole Dire Wraith thing felt like it came out of nowhere, but apparently Revolution #4 is supposed to help with that. the fact that so many were in the White House was an issue was well. Plus, that one dude totally had his fingers ripped off, metal. Storytelling did feel a bit rushed and there were lots of jokes, but overall I liked it.

Action Man: I thoroughly liked it. The Iron Giant made the whole comic for me honestly. Plus, we're finally getting around to the point that people are liking Transformers, realizing they are living things, and that Mayhem is slime. Plus, Action man + Kup + Mayday = revolutionaries set up. Spike and Talon felt completely useless in the story though, like they were obligated to be there but there was no effort to make them mean anything. they were just annoying and grumbling.

Both good, both somewhere between a 3 and a 4 out of 5 for me.
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1837437)
Posted by Va'al on October 28th, 2016 @ 1:14pm CDT
Josh Boyfriend Saves the Day
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THUNDERCRACKER AND BUSTER SAVE THE WORLD! A DECEPTICON who wants to be a screenwriter. A dog who wants to, I don’t know, eat stuff and chase squirrels or whatever dogs want to do. A White House under siege by DIRE WRAITHS. And the phone call that brings them all together.

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Featuring: Bob


Story

I am still catching up on schedules and timings, so apologies for the slightly late review again! And, with that out of the way, a word of warning: I have not had the easiest time with this comic or its review. I spoke to other staff members, and took a look around other readers to form a better idea of it. I'm still unsure about some aspects, too. BUT - read on for more!

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Buster


The Transformers ongoing dips its toes in the Revolution pool by letting John Barber bring us back to one of the unsung heroes of the series, Thundercracker - and it's definitely the most apt choice that could've been made for the setting and plot: Earth lover, dealing with Earth issues and truths and things that may not be what they seem.

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D.O.C.


The device used in the script - using the infamous Josh Boyfriend screenplay as running introspective commentary - is well placed, and nicely executed. Sometimes, however, I felt like some of the action was forced for the sake of a joke or a twist in the words, and it jerked me out of the enjoyment. On the other hand, we also get some very nice Faireborn characterisation, and some good moments with sounboards Buster, DOC, Bob, too.

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..and Marissa Faireborn


The plot itself, while obviously not irrelevant, is nothing to write home about, and the book truly is about Thundercracker's place in the conflict, in the story, in the factions, and in relation to the characters around him since we've seen him return in the IDWverse. But for me, sometimes, that doesn't land fantastically. Yet more thoughts below.

Art

It's good to see the other hand responsible for this incarnation of the big blue back in action on the title, and Andrew Griffith brings all of his experience into the visual side of the book, with some great layouts and accompanying presence to the wordings - including some of the human features that I still at times find a little off putting (some of the jawlines, mainly), though never too distracting.

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Composition!


A relatively new colour collaborator joins Griffith on the book: Teyowisonte Thomas Deer. We've seen in on covers and in action on Till All Are One, but the style he uses with this linework is more muted, perhaps a little grittier and definitely fitting the Dire Wraiths plot side of the story - and a pleasure to watch, really. Some of the contrasts in palette are top notch.

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Fonts!


Lettering wise, we also have a new name: Gilberto Lazcano. And he really does bring it all: the screenplay captions, the Dire Wraith dialogue, the differences in volume and the sound effects are incredible, and incredibly well balanced, something that is very much needed with this type of issue. And of course, we once more have a whole lotta covers, so you can pick and choose, from Matere to Griffith and Lafuente, to Christiansen to Ramondelli (thumbnailed), to Tyndall and Moss, via Coller and Bove.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The script device, while amusing and introspective as I said above, can also lead to some crowded panels, and the visual team are good at making sure they're not over crowded, but still. It got in the way at times, and I kept thinking something was off - though I still cannot figure out what or why (there are definitely some editing issues, that much is true).

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This issue, more or less


The dialogue is good, but the words are busy; the art is busy, but it does everything pretty much right; the lettering, the colouring, the layouts are clearer than what the script might create, and the story is impacting the Revolution plot somewhat tangentially, and it leaves a great hook for Thundercracker from here on. So please bear with me as I try placing my finger on what didn't work for me.

. :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: ½ out of :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS:
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1837482)
Posted by Kurona on October 28th, 2016 @ 3:37pm CDT
I loved it personally. Easily the best thing out of Revolution so far - it's funny, it advances the plot, it has characters that are fun and I actually care about, there's none of the trite let's-me-and-you-fight-over-stupid-shit-even-though-we're-obviously-gonna-end-up-allies that has made Revolution such a bad read... this is great. I loved it.
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1837492)
Posted by Va'al on October 28th, 2016 @ 4:00pm CDT
Kurona wrote:I loved it personally. Easily the best thing out of Revolution so far - it's funny, it advances the plot, it has characters that are fun and I actually care about, there's none of the trite let's-me-and-you-fight-over-stupid-shit-even-though-we're-obviously-gonna-end-up-allies that has made Revolution such a bad read... this is great. I loved it.


I know that's what it was, and by all means and reasons I should've loved it too. But I didn't. And I cannot figure out why. :-?
Re: Review of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1837495)
Posted by Kurona on October 28th, 2016 @ 4:04pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:
Kurona wrote:I loved it personally. Easily the best thing out of Revolution so far - it's funny, it advances the plot, it has characters that are fun and I actually care about, there's none of the trite let's-me-and-you-fight-over-stupid-shit-even-though-we're-obviously-gonna-end-up-allies that has made Revolution such a bad read... this is great. I loved it.


I know that's what it was, and by all means and reasons I should've loved it too. But I didn't. And I cannot figure out why. :-?

I can certainly see why it'd fall flat for someone too. It has all the ingredients it needed to be great - great characters, great dialogue, great art, great... an okay story for those to play on - but it was kind of... a bit overcooked? I don't mind that because if my fish is a little burnt it's okay, but it's definitely not gonna taste as great as it could have been.

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