Three issues in, and the voice of IDW’s Transformers ongoing is loud and clear. Andy Schmidt teased that this book would be about change, about transformation, and every issue has made it exceedingly clear that this is a promise IDW plans to deliver on.
This issue introduces even more Figueroa designs for old favorites. It furthers the multitude of plot threads that Costa is so deftly crafting and weaving together. And Hot Rod doesn’t go snikt even once! Okay, okay, I’ll quite with the Wolverinimus Prime jokes. Someday.
Until then, there’s lots to love about this issue, not the least of which is Spike becoming relevant. The exchange between he and Prime builds the tension between man and machine nicely, paving the way for a conclusion that will force the former leader’s hand.
There is one small complaint I have with this issue. Once again, a book falls prey to scheduling conflicts. I honestly don’t understand how or why this is such a prolific problem, but this issue takes place after a book that has yet to come out and before the one we got a couple of weeks ago. Admittedly, IDW was kind enough to give us that editorial note inside the front cover. It’s a step in the right direction that other publishers need to learn to follow. But honestly… we couldn’t just get these books in the right order?
Minor hiccups aside, Transformers #3 comes in at 4.5 out of 5 robot headaches