Transformers Autocracy #4
Autocracy #4 Covers and Images
Autocracy #4 Release Info
|Release Date||February 2012|
Autocracy #4 Print Data
|Total # of Covers||1|
Autocracy #4 Artists, Writers and More
|Cover||(Artist: Livio Ramondelli)|
|Writer||Chris Metzen, Flint Dille|
|Editor||Carlos Guzman, John Barber|
Autocracy #4 Synopsis
Autocracy #4 Review
Review Submitted By: Tim Formas
Waiting a month for the next issue of a Transformers comic can be excruciating, especially if one really enjoys the series. We live in a nice little block of time now, where IDW staggers the release of two ongoing series along with the Autocracy mini-series each month. Fortunately for the fans, we don’t even have to wait four or five weeks for the next issue of Autocracy as it has a release schedule of two of month.
Autocracy #3 featured a manhunt for Soundwave, from where he was identified as a spy in the Citadel to the outskirts of Kaon. The issue ended with the Decepticons ambushing Orion Pax and his crew on the outskirts of Kaon. Rather than a battle ensuing, the Decepticons report that Megatron is impressed with Orion and wants to meet with him. As Autocracy #4 begins, Orion Pax meets with Megatron where they discuss their viewpoints of the Cybertronian government. Following the outcome of that conversation, Orion has to deal with Zeta Prime and the outfall from not returning with Soundwave.
Co-writers Chris Metzen and Flint Dille turn in their best performance of the mini-series thus far in Autocracy #4. The conversation between Megatron and Optimus covers what is the true underlying theme and subject of the mini-series. Megatron even name-drops the title of the mini-series, which serves to remind the reader that Orion Pax’s reaction to the Cybertronian leadership he serves is indeed the focal point of this whole 12-issue story. The flow of the series thus far has been great as well. While Issue 1 served as an introductory issue, Issue 2 a backstory piece that served to identify the current state of the Cybertronian government. Issue 3 changed the tone, providing a non-stop manhunt. Issue 4 is a mixture of everything we’ve seen thus far. Backstory, action, and plot progression. The Orion/Megatron conversation contains all of the above, while the Zeta Prime follow-up serves as set-up for the next issue. And, wow, what a set-up. The tease at the end of the issue comes as quite a shock and will provide an origin story for a character we have never received one for before.
Livio Ramondelli’s art again seems to fit the tone of this story and truly excels in this issue with the outcome of the Orion/Megatron discussion. We also get to see how imposing of a figure that Zeta Prime is, who hovers over Orion during their discussion.
I may sound like a broken record lately, but IDW has really been hitting their stride with their Transformers comics. When it comes to those comics that you can’t wait for, More Than Meets the Eye, Robots in Disguise AND Autocracy all are such titles. We live in such a spoiled time. Enjoy it!
Overall Rating: 4.5