REVIEW: ‘Transformers Galaxies,’ Issue #4

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Transformers Galaxies #4

Transformers Galaxies #4 brings with it a devastating conclusion to the first arc of Transformers Galaxies. Published by IDW, written by Tyler Bleszinski, with art by Livio Ramondelli, and letters by Jake M. Wood, this final issue will leave you both horrified and elated. Transformers Galaxies is an anthology comic series that provides tangent stories to IDW Publishing’s new 2019 Transformers comic book series. The first set of issues has focused on one of the more well-known sets of combiners while the next set of issues will focus on Cliffjumper and a tale of mistaken identity.

Transformers Galaxies #4 begins where the last issue left off. The Constructicons’ benefactors are seen collecting energon in the most horrific ways all so that the Constructicons can finally combine again. With energon in tow, the Constructicons now have a way to escape their exile and gain their freedom. But at what cost?

Through the last few issues of Transformers Galaxies, you’d be hard-pressed not to feel for the plight of the Constructicons and this sentiment continues in this issue. Although we know that these ‘bots aren’t good people—or won’t be in the future—what’s done to them is unfair. But does this ill-treatment justify the horrific acts they commit in this issue along with the carnage wrought by the Insecticons to enable them? This is where the writing excels. Where you feel sad for these combiners, there is also a part that is horrified of the power they have and what they can do with it.

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The story excels in that the reader knows exactly where this issue is going but it doesn’t stop you from reading it through to the end. What keeps you reading is the emotional connections instilled from previous issues; what was done to the Constructicons was unfair and their innocence is what really makes you empathize with their unfortunate situation. But this story stretches the boundaries of right and wrong by the fact that these ‘bots are at their breaking point and they’re given an out that is undeniably and morally wrong but they take it anyways. This story isn’t black and white; the ending will leave you both happy and sad and unsure of whether or not you should be rooting for the Constructicons. This undeniable grayness is what makes this story so great.

There is an element of horror in this issue that surprised me but had the horror-junkie inside me reveling. From the demented acts of the Insecticons to the deadly steps, the Constructicons take to ensure their freedom, the use of dark shadows and dialogue led to a collection of panels that are brutal but effective in instilling that element of horror.

Transformers Galaxies #4

The writing has not only created a story that will leave you with mixed feelings, but also dialogue that stays true to the characters. Beyond the physical designs of the Constructicons, the dialogue differentiates the six ‘bots with its differences in word choice, slang usage, and even cadence. These small differences elaborate greatly on the individual personalities of the Constructicons. Even the seedy, sordid Insecticons are well represented in their dialogue.

Truthfully, the art isn’t something that I would normally reach for when looking for a Transformers comic to read. However, Bleszinski’s art just seems to fit the rag-tag group of Constructicons and has definitely grown on me over the length of the series.  The art gives a sense of being unrefined; it’s a bit grungy and rough much like the current state of the Constructicons. The textures used only enhance this, leading to a greater depth to not only the backgrounds but the characters themselves.

Although the characters are not as cartoonishly expressive as other Transformers comics, Bleszinski still finds a way to convey emotion, particularly in focusing on the optics and taking advantage of shadows to showcase the atmosphere. The use of inky, thick shadows and dark colors support the tone of this issue; the panels are just as dark as the situation the Constructicons are in and the atrocious acts they, and the Insecticons, commit.

Transformers Galaxies #4 is a great conclusion to this arc. I was glad to see the Constructicons highlighted and I think that the creative team did an excellent job creating an emotive, complex story while at the same time tying it into the greater Transformers series in just a few short issues.

Transformers Galaxies #4 is available now wherever comics are sold.

Transformers Galaxies #4
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TL;DR

Transformers Galaxies #4 is a great conclusion to this arc. I was glad to see the Constructicons highlighted and I think that the creative team did an excellent job creating an emotive, complex story while at the same time tying it into the greater Transformers series in just a few short issues.