Writer: Georgia Ball
Artist: Priscilla Tramontano
Release Date: 26th August, 2015
After a solid opening issue that I called a “light-hearted, accessible dose of Transformers action”, the second installment of IDW’s Robots in Disguise Animated series keeps up the same tone as the first, with Bumblebee’s makeshift team dealing with an unpredictable Decepticon menace called Transit before coming face-to-face with some of ‘Bee’s former teammates.
The humour is broad and the sense of peril is mild, much like the Cartoon Network series the comic is based on. Writer Georgia Bell once again does a great job with the banter between Bumblee’s team, firmly establishing the simplistic but easily identifiable characteristics of the individual members. The meeting with Team Prime is a definite highlight due to the shell-shocked sense of wonder from Team ‘Bee, with Strongarm’s interactions with Arcee worthy of particular mention. Sure, the ‘big picture’ is still a little slow to develop, story-wise, but the ending of this issue hints at more twists and conflict to come, something that will definitely help this series endure as time goes on.
Once again, Tramontano does a stellar job in recreating the cartoony aesthetic of the animated series, with her wonderfully stylised versions of the Autobots and Decepticons all picked out in bright primary colours. The level of detail is relatively low in places, but to be honest, it doesn’t really need to be any higher given the simple stories and larger-than-life characters.
Simply put, this is a series that is under absolutely no pretensions about what it really is; a wonderfully light-hearted take on the Transformers Universe that is bound to appeal to younger readers. While there are definitely more involved, complex and dramatic titles available in IDW’s Transformers catalogue, this is undeniably one of the most fun, and while it may not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea, no-one can argue that this is a series that hits the all-ages mark beautifully.
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