Let me just say this up front – after last week’s onslaught of mediocre or flat-out unenjoyable books, Transformers #4 is a breath of fresh air that reminded me why I read comics in the first place. As much fun as Atomic Robo was, it was just that – fun. I plan to read more, but it’s nothing I was invested in going into it. Transformers, on the other hand, is one of my childhood favorites and a series I’m currently very involved in. Therefore, each and every issue that comes out has high expectations to meet. Each issue has done this with grace, but the latest obliterates even the loftiest hopes I could ever have had for this series.
What makes issue four so great? It starts and ends with a monologue from Thundercracker that sums up the overall theme of this series so far. These book ends elevate and evolve the character in a very new and interesting way. And it is that very same evolution that is the main theme here, working its way into every nook and cranny of the book. Costa does such an amazing job of making each plot and character point be – in some way, shape, or form – an allusion to the central theme, and even Figueroa’s art carries that theme forward visually.
But don’t worry if the thought of matching monologues seems a bit dull to you – they’re interesting enough on their own but the plot points that make up the meat of this sandwich should be sufficient to keep even the shortest of attention spans held in rapt anticipation of what’s to come. Hot Ro… uh, Rodimus Prime… may have played it smart by keeping the Consctructicons in separate corners, but after Swindle’s laundry list of misdeeds, I suspect the Stunticons’ reunion may be more menacing than anybot anticipates.
Transformers #4 blew me out of the water with a full 5 out of 5 violations of the Tyrest accord