Sunday, July 29, 2018

Transformers: Unicron #2 Review

Writer: John Barber
Artist: Alex Milne
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 25, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99

Review by Chris Groves

Bumblebee investigates a dark corner of Cybertron’s past, searching for answers: what is Unicron, and why does it want to destroy Cybertron? Meanwhile, Windblade scrambles to figure out a plan as Chromia makes her return—with a Decepticon fleet in pursuit!

We begin with Starscream as leader of the Decepticons arguing with Prime and Windblade trying to convince the refugees of the ten swallowed colonies to follow him.  Through this exchange, we learn that Starscream has called back the renegade Decepticons who left Cybertron after the war ended.  Shortly after, we see that Bludgeon (not dead) has wrangled these Decepticons into a vast fleet and they are on their way to help in the fight.  The council of worlds meets with Optimus and Starscream and tries to pieces everyone's revelations together only to receive contact from Chromia and her lost ship.  The other major storyline focuses on Bumblebee interfacing with the barely functioning Omega Supreme to gain his knowledge and understanding of Unicron.

Spoiler Thoughts:
Man the art in this series makes me wish this was animated.  There is so much detail that requires multiple readings to see everything.  In this issue, we get to see previously thought dead characters return and get to have proper goodbyes for a few integral characters. The Decepticon “net” to slow Unicron was a cool idea until we get to see him transform, then that became even cooler.  The confession by Bumblebee in the last panel that the only way to win is to die really cements the dire situation, especially since the transformed Unicron is above him.  I didn’t mention in the last review that there are backup stories at the end to give closure to groups in the Hasbroverse. The last issue was Rom and this one is to GiJoe, specifically Scarlett’s crew and Skywarp.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue was more about the characters dealing with each other rather than characters dying at the hands of Unicron.  Starscream stands out in particular.  This series is so amazing and everyone should read it whether or not they have read previous Transformers issues.


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