REVIEW: ‘Transformers,’ Issue #13

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Transformers #13

Transformers #13 is published by IDW Publishing, written by Brian Ruckley, art by Angel Hernandez and Alex Milne, with colors by Joana Lafuente and Josh Perez, and letters by Tom B. Long.

In Transformers #13, we are back on Cybertron after the aside of issue #12. Following the reveal of the new Ascenticon symbol show in issue #11, which happens to be the very familiar Decepticon symbol, we see all the Ascenticons happily accepting the new emblem. Even Bumblebee allows the symbol to be attached to his chassis despite his recent concerns with the integrity of the organization. Since the situation with Sixshot and Barricade, Bumblebee has been suspicious of certain members of the Ascenticons.

At the same time, Windblade still hasn’t woken up after the damage she incurred while raiding a hidden base controlled by The Rise. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Ratchet is sure Windblade is making good progress and that they can wake her up in a few cycles after her self-repair systems run their course. Chromia, with Ratchet’s help, is still working on going through the list of possible murder suspects that they took from the base.

After Sentinel Prime’s return to Cybertron, he is slowly being brought up to speed on all the events that have transpired in his absence. The panels showing this reveal just how impatient he is and the effect all this negative information is having on him. All this chaos caused by The Rise has spurred Sentinel Prime to go on a witch hunt to not only persecute members of the terrorist organization but also go after who he thinks is personally responsible—Sixshot and his support squad from the war. Although the sweeps for members of the violent group may seem like the best choice, Chromia thinks this may only cause more of a ruckus.

Things are progressing very quickly in this issue. We see a lot of different events occurring all of which have some connection to each other. We definitely are starting to see some of the tendrils of popular unrest that we can only assume will lead to the further formation and development of the Decepticon cause. Bumblebee is finally realizing not all is as it seems. And we’re getting more background information on some of our big players.

Although this series is a start-over, our characters still have plenty of background we haven’t seen or even considered. Even though we’re back at what we consider the beginning, before the civil war that we all know rocks the very foundations of Cybertron itself, there’s still a history we haven’t necessarily seen. Many of the characters have backgrounds that go beyond the golden age of peace; many of these characters fought in past wars. Some were spies or even intelligence officers. And some of this information is beginning to come to light in this issue as points begin to connect. With this information, we begin to understand what motivates some of these characters.

All of this really just goes to show how well-written this series is. Brian Ruckley has managed to concoct an interesting, twisting plot filled with intrigue and writes these characters really well. I think I mention this every time I review one of the issues for this series, but the dialogue and art really represent these characters well. With such a large cast, I’m sure it’s hard to keep true to a character’s personality or give adequate life to characters that may only be in a couple of panels. But the combination of dialogue and art really lend these characters distinct personalities and they stay true to what most avid Transformers fans would expect.

And, as always, the large amount of characters present in this series always brings me joy. I get excited every time a new character is show-cased or even mentioned by name. There are 2-3 new, well-known characters to watch out for in this issue.

Angel Hernandez is back, lending some amazing artwork to this issue. However, we also have a new artist, Alex Milne, who worked on this issue. Milne was one of the main artists for More Than Meets the Eye, one of my favorite Transformers comic series, so I was excited to see that he worked on this issue. The two artists have very distinct styles so the transition between the two is rather harsh, but both artists contribute some great panels to this issue. There is a great deal of action in this issue, perhaps more than any of the previous issues, and the fight scenes are very fluid and easy to follow from one panel to the next. I really enjoy the way Milne draws facial expressions, leading to some really funny and serious panels.

This issue was really entertaining between the fight scenes and all the action. There are also a lot of events that occur in this issue that seem to be coalescing into something big. This issue ends with an eerie feeling that something is about to happen and I get the vague notion that the Autobots are not going to be ready for it.

Transformers #13 is available now in comic bookstores everywhere.

Transformers #13
5

TL;DR

This issue was really entertaining between the fight scenes and all the action. There are also a lot of events that occur in this issue that seem to be coalescing into something big. This issue ends with an eerie feeling that something is about to happen and I get the vague notion that the Autobots are not going to be ready for it.