Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer(s): James Roberts & John Barber
Artist(s): Alex Milne & Livio Ramondelli
Release Date: 12th March 2014
“I wanted to be a medic.” – Megatron
“Really? I wanted to be a genocidal despot. Funny how things turn out, isn’t it?”- Ratchet
Welcome back, Transfans! Big Dave here, back after a 2 issue hiatus to finish off Dark Cybertron! Last we left off The Necrotitan had been destroyed, the death plague had been cured and Nova Prime had been defeated – with only Shockwave remaining to be dealt with! We’re in the home stretch now, only 3 issues left to wrap-up. Are we headed for a bang… or a whimper?
Let’s dive right in. This issue delivers. All those questions we’ve had since, well, since Syndromica part 1 – this answers those questions. By the end of the issue Shockwave’s plan is laid out for the reader to see and it makes complete sense. From what I’ve read a lot of people had guessed the reveal correctly so you may or may not be surprised – either way it’s relieving that the intricacies of it all fit with everything we’ve read. The real area this issue excels in is, unsurprisingly, the character beats. Since the dual ongoings began there’s been an underlying promise that, at some point in the future, these characters were going to meet back up and there were going to be words had. In fact, while reading prior issues it was somewhat surprising to see how interconnected the two series were – Chromedomes mental manipulation of Prowl, Prowl putting Overlord on the Lost Light, Swerve’s idolisation of Blur, all of these twists feed into this issue to give pay-off to plot reveals that happened, in some cases, over a year ago. By taking a moment to give the characters room to breath we get to connect the dots and show some real character development, with plenty of teases at what the post-Dark Cybertron world will hold for these guys and gals. It’s the eye of the storm. While the ‘bots and ‘cons may not know it, things are about to get much, much worse.
It’s a joy to have Alex Milne back on “his” book. The art is more consistent than it has been since the start of DC. It’s full of all the expressive, detailed, characterful line work that we’ve come to expect of the man – but the real tar of the show here is Brendan Cahill. We haven’t seen him dance on the pages of MTMTE since issue 12 but his work here is head and shoulders above what he displayed in that issue. josh Perez’s colours also shine here, aiding Cahill and Milne to blend seamlessly. Undoubtedly last issue was Ramondelli’s moment in the spotlight, what with the Prime/Nova face-off but what little pages he has here are exactly what we’ve come to expect. I tend to stay away from solicits so I have no idea who’s drawing next issue but hopefully it’ll stay on track with the top-notch artwork we have here.
Cover props here have to go to Alex Milne’s Retailer Incentive cover, with Shockwave and his disciples taking centre stage. It’s dynamic and splashy, exactly what a crossover events cover should be and it’d make an excellent choice for the Dark Cybertron Vol. 2 TPB. Casey Coller deserves a shout-out too, providing us with a cover that fits in more with the rest of the MTMTE covers. RiD #27 and Dark Cybertron #2 are just around the corner, hitting shelves before the month is done – and with them we’ll get the climax of this 6 month 12 issue epic. As it currently stands it looks like it’s going to be a doozy – but make sure you check back with us when those issues are due to hit the stands to find out if they manage to stick the landing!
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David McIntyre aka (Big Dave)
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