Review – Transformers #35 (IDW Publishing)

TF_RiD35_cvr - CopyPublisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: John Barber
Artist: Andrew Griffith
Release Date: 12th November 2014

They’re bringing out the big guns this issue. Which is literally true in the case of many of our Cybertronian chums. But more importantly, TF #35 is where Robots in Disguise becomes the main TF title. Now technically there is a degree to which this is a jumping on point. It says on the comic it’s part one (of 5) so it must be true, right? Well, ish. They bring in a Witwicky, something on everyone’s Xmas list.

In this issue we see Prowl formally united with the Constructicons for some unholy purpose. The quest for the secret of a gestalt seems to be at the core of all of this, which we’ve been jollied along with for a while but actually seems at odds with – I would argue – Decepticons as staunch individualists. Yes, that’s an inherent contradiction with their need for monomaniacal governance, but still.

The dialogue is spunky. The art is cracking. But it’s starting to feel a bit lack-lustre. I’m starting to feel a real need for a fresh voice to this narrative: I just don’t know where it’s going. It still raises a smile it still gets a knowing wink., but I’m starting to want more, frankly.

Rating 3/5.

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