Transformers: Robots in Disguise Vol. 4 - John Barber & Andrew Griffith

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Vol. 4

By John Barber & Andrew Griffith

  • Release Date: 2013-10-30
  • Genre: Graphic Novels
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 6 Ratings)

Description

Megatron’s back… and CYBERTRON will never be the same. Everything BUMBLEBEE and his AUTOBOTS have built teeters at the edge of collapse—and STARSCREAM has to make the choice his whole life has been leading to. And meet the new PROWL—deadlier than ever, colder then any other AUTOBOT, and ready to end the DECEPTICON threat. Collects issues #12–16.

Reviews

  • Cracking, cracking read.

    5
    By Debaser of the Beef Canoe
    Anyone not willing to argue that John Barber is the equal of Roche or Roberts? Feast your eyes on this. Almost every issue of the series to this point has been moving pieces around the board for Megatron's return to New Iacon, and this is where we get the payoff, as Autobots, Decepticons, NAILs, and outsiders fight to survive as the city erupts into war. Admittedly, some of the exposition on the Decepticons' plan is rather info dump-y, but it's an understandable necessity and the payoff is jaw-dropping. I won't spoil new readers, but this book contains one of the most fascinating portrayals of a combiner's mind ever, a highlight of the standard (but supremely executed!) take-over-the-world plot. While sister series More Than Meets the Eye does take the cake when it comes to nuanced characters, a large part of the reason this book is such a triumph is its character interaction. Prowl is appropriately torn, Wheeljack is kind, Ironhide is inspiring, Arcee and Shockwave are mysterious as ever, and the 'bots on the street (mostly Swindle and Dirge) bring a certain poignance to their heartwarming scenes. The only real weak point here is Megatron as a basic thug, but as Autobot Megs was only a twinkle in James Roberts' eye at this point, I'll let it slide. Even Bumblebee and Metalhawk get a few scenes to shine rather than simply be flawed. The show-stealer, though, has to be Starscream, who has perhaps the most quintessential moment in the history of the character in the final issue. Andrew Griffith's art continues to reach new highs. While Post Dark-Cybertron sees perhaps better-drawn faces on the characters, the ones here are already a considerable step up from his earliest work. And he can do no wrong when it comes to the layout of New Iacon, which remains fascinating to look at. Though the aforementioned info dump issue has its gravitas undercut by an oddly light and cartoony coloring job, most of Josh Perez's coloring is lovely, so good you can literally see one character's nervous system shut down as he dies. In brief summation: BUY THIS BOOK. You may have to do some other reading to understand everything that happens, but I doubt you'll regret it.

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