Skip to main content

Transformers #5 (2023) review

Is there more than meets my eye?

Of course! With Robert Kirkman’s Void Rivals having launched Skybound’s new Energon Universe, noted writer/artist rolled-into-one Daniel Warren Johnson takes the reins on the linchpin of this new initiative, a brand-new Transformers comic series!

In this fifth issue, the Autobots and their human allies go on the offensive, trying to recover the Ark from the Decepticons. However, Starscream’s got an ace-in-the-hole, one that will undoubtedly swing things back in his favor.

So Prime ganked Megatron’s bit last issue.

Yup, Prime’s got Megatron’s arm and the attached fusion cannon grafted to him now, and he makes good use of it this issue! DWJ and Mike Spicer’s art completely sells the power of Prime’s new weapon and doesn’t hold back on its destructive potential. I enjoyed the emphasis on the “punch” of the fusion cannon, which can sometimes be overlooked.

More Autobots and Decepticons become active this issue, which is very action-heavy and has some great sequences that make full use of DWJ’s talents. I particularly liked Arcee’s debut into this continuity, with some familiar shades of Transformers: Animated in her interactions with Ratchet. The sense of escalation continues until the final scene, where the Autobots face their greatest threat yet.

Action yes, but what about drama? What about… people?

There are still some good character-building moments, especially for Sparkplug (or “Sparky”) as he continues to deal with the grief of losing one son and now having another hovering on death’s door. Carly also showcases her spunk and willingness to put her life on the line, which further bonds her to Cliffjumper. And of course, Starscream is still at his weaselly best, unable to accept his own shortcomings and cruelly mocking his foes when he thinks he has the advantage.

So what’s the cube lookin’ like?

This series continues to improve, although much of its “flash” outweighs the substance in places. The dialogue can get a little clunky at times, which is mostly limited to the Transformers and might be DWJ’s way of making them seem more alien. Again, if you’re not a Transformers comics neophyte, a lot of this is gonna feel pretty familiar, but at least the stylish presentation holds up.

The cube continues to fill slowly, but surely. There’s a lot to gape in amazement at here for new readers and old readers will find some enjoyment as well, albeit with possible reservations borne of experience.

Pick up Skybound’s Transformers # 5 this week, or Optimus Prime will go all Edward Norton on you (sheesh, ow.)

Popular posts from this blog

A Touching Tribute To The Late, Great, Bottalk Bulletin Board + Renaud FAQ!

The smartest and the most handsome podcasters on the Internet: The Fanholes and a collection of exceptional guests say au revoir to the legendary Bottalk board. Click to download or listen to this remarkable recording. And don't forget to get out your boxes of tissues! Thanks, guys! Much appreciated! Renaud FAQ

Renaud Frequently Asked Questions

Is that Autobot Stratosphere in G.I. Joe: Special Missions (2013) #3?       Yes, it is. I was Paul Gulacy's toy reference guy for most of his run on Special Missions. You ran the CTLP?       Yes, the Complete Transformers Listing Page, it linked to every single Transformers website on the internet. I kept it updated and dead links free for years and years. A titanesque task. Who was The Myth on the CTLP?       The Myth was my nickname for the youngest Transformers webmaster in the world. Today, he must be in his early 30s. Time flies.  You started a petition for G1 reissues?       Yes, in the late 90s. My online petition was signed by hundreds and hundreds of Transformers fans who wanted Hasbro to rerelease Generation One toys from the 80s.  Is that you credited on the Inhumanoids: The Complete Series - 2 Disc Set?       Yes, I supplied all the scans for it. Over the years you've helped multiple major online retailers and publishers sell Transformers and G.I. Joe products?     

Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane The Original Marvel Years review

Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane the dour English Puritan Swashbuckler gets a complete collection of his classic Marvel adventures. Sadly no Dark Horse Comics Guy Davis monster creations inside at all. You get All the pin-ups, adverts, text pieces + All the Kane stories from The Sword of Solomon Kane limited series, Savage Sword of Conan, Conan Saga, Kull and the Barbarians, Marvel Premiere, Marvel Preview, Monsters Unleashed and Dracula Lives. My favourite stories are: A Marvel Team-Up featuring the ectomorph: Kane in his twilight years and the mesomorph: Conan the Barbarian in his prime (The Moon of Skulls II: Death's Dark Riders by Roy Thomas and Colin MacNeil). Kane versus a ghost that kills (Skulls in the Stars by Ralph Reese). Kane versus a Lovecraftian cloud of blood (The Footfalls Within by Don Glut, Will Meugniot and Steve Gan). Kane versus the bat-people (Wings in the Night by Don Glut and David Wenzel). Kane versus vampires/zombies/the walking dead men (The Hills of t