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Void Rivals #9 review

Who is Rivalling the Void this month??

Void Rivals continues here with issue # 9! It’s Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici new sci-fi comic that tells the tale of two crumbling planets linked by a “Sacred Ring” (it’s not Halo), their peoples at war for generations. When a member of each culture are stranded together, the two find they must put aside their differences if they want to survive. This story takes place in the so-called “Energon Universe”, Skybound Entertainment’s new initiative to relaunch properties like Transformers and G.I. Joe within a shared universe that also happens to include the original characters and setting of Void Rivals.

In this ninth issue, our protagonist duo Darak and Solila are still on the run from the deadly hunter Proximus, when they stumble upon a new ally who has better things to do this night than die! Also, we look in on our pal, the Skuxxoid!

Forget all the rest then, how’s Skuxxy doing??

Sad. Sad and alone.

Oh. What about the rest then?

Proximus is still hunting Darak and Solila and they stumble upon Autobot Springer, who lends them a helping hand (or sword.) Not much of a SPOILER, considering Springer’s been plastered over all the solicits and covers for this issue. He takes more of an interest in the organics than Jetfire did in issue one, and it seems like he’ll be a regular part of this book for the foreseeable future. He’s very reminiscent of his Sunbow Productions cartoon self and you can hear Neil Ross’s voice in many lines of dialogue here.

In fact, this issue mostly focuses on Transformers characters, with Springer, the Skuxxoid, and the Quintessons being the focus on their own scenes. Darak and Solila’s predicament is mainly seen through the lenses of these characters here, so anyone just following for Transformers will enjoy this issue.

So cube?

Art’s still on point and the Transformers connection is stronger than ever here, which might be a detriment to the original characters of Void Rivals. Still, I enjoyed Springer’s role and am curious how these threads will knit together in the future. Plus, this issue made me feel sad for the Skuxxoid, which has gotta be worth something!

Buy this issue this week because believe it or not, this is the fun part!

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