Writer: John Barber
Art: Andrew Griffith & Brendan Cahill (pgs 7, 10, 11, 13)
Colors: Josh Perez & Joana Lafuente (pgs 7, 10, 11, 13)
Letters: Tom B. Long
Editor: Carlos Guzman
I've held off on reviewing the Transformers: Robots in Disguise series for a few months mostly because I wasn't really sure how I felt about it. Which is a terrible place to be when you're reviewing something. It features some of the most recognizable Autobots (Optimus Prime! Jazz! Prowl! Jetfire! Kup! Arcee!) back on planet Earth after a couple years in Cybertron and other space locales. However, I was unsure whether I liked the theme and character directions that the book was taking. Prowl has been working at cross-purposes to the rest of the team and it was making Optimus Prime's latest tenure of leadership look weak.
I'm actually still on the fence about how I feel about Prowl and Optimus Prime but this issue was filled with so many good things that it just needed a review. And maybe Prowl and Prime's actions are good in that they provoke an emotional reaction out of me and encourage discussion? Probably that, too.
Issue #32 is the conclusion of the first post-Dark Cybertron story arc for Robots in Disguise and it doesn't disappoint. Autobots versus Decepticon! Revelations regarding the human's anti-Cybertronian arsenal! The death of a major (kinda) character! Thundercracker and his faithful companion! There's a lot of good stuff going on, here.
Even better than just being an ending point to this particular storyline is how it works to set up things that will move future storylines forward. There's some beautiful set-ups that'll put Robots in Disguise on top of my reading list for a good long while.
John Barber has grown into one hell of a Transformers writer, combining political intrique, humor, strong characterizations, and an amazing knowledge of Transformers continuity to bring us a comic series that continues to impress and surprise every single month. Andrew Griffith's artwork just keeps getting better. And then even better. And Josh Perez on colors? This book is ridiculously good looking. It's rare that a comic that takes place mostly in darkness can look this good. All those ambient light sources make for very pretty robots in disguise.
Brendan Cahill (lineart) and Joana Lafuente (colors) contribute a few essential pages of artwork that fit seemlessly with Griffith and Perez's pages. It's a quality package all the way through.
Andrew Griffith is even getting better at drawing humans! I figured that was only a matter of time.
In short, it's good to be back on Earth. It's good to explore this cast of characters. It's even good that Prowl is a complete prick! Bring on more Robots in Disguise!
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SuperginraiX is the biggest sap on The Outhousers' payroll (wait, we get paid?). He reads every issue of every crappy Marvel crossover so you don't have to. Whats worse is that he pays for his books, thus condoning Marvel's behavior. If The Outhouse cared for his well being at all, they'd try and get him into some sort of rehab center. But, alas, none of us even know how to say his name. For a good time, ask Super why Captian America jumped off the Helicarrier in Fear Itself. Super lives in the frozen wastland that is Minnesota with 15% of the state's population living under his roof: a wife he makes wear an Optimus Prime mask, two gremlins, and his mother-in-law.
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