When BUMBLEBEE has a change of heart and goes back to help a little girl whom he had used to discover her father’s secrets, he finds himself pursued by the terrifying and unstoppable SKYWARP! BUMBLEBEE’s big adventure as leader of the AUTOBOTS comes to an explosive and thrilling conclusion!
Bumblebee #4 Covers and Images
Bumblebee #4 Release Info
|Series||Transformers Bumblebee Comics|
|Release Date||March 2010|
Bumblebee #4 Print Data
|Incentive Description||One incentive cover was available to stores for every 10 regular covers purchased through Diamond.|
|Total # of Covers||3|
Bumblebee #4 Artists, Writers and More
|Cover A||(Artist: Guido Guidi) (Colorist: Josh Burcham)|
|Cover B||(Artist: Chee) (Colorist: Moose Baumann)|
|Cover RI (Retailer Incentive)||(Artist: Chee)|
|Editor||Andy Schmidt, Denton J. Tipton|
Bumblebee #4 Synopsis
Bumblebee #4 Review
Review Submitted By: Tim Formas
Bumblebee #3 ended with Bumblebee stating ““You deserve a goodbye, at least”. After a disappointing third issue, Bumblebee fulfills his statement. Bumblebee #4 not only wraps up the four-part mini-series covering Bumblebee’s early days as leader of the Autobots following Optimus Prime’s surrender to Skywatch in Transformers #1 but also works towards redemption after Issue #3. The final issue in the mini-series revolves around Bumblebee protecting his new friend Serena Bharwaney, her father Sanjay, and a device developed for Skywatch by Sanjay against the Decepticon Skywarp.
The issue and writer Zander Cannon recover from a slow and uninteresting Issue #3 with an issue that offers action and explanations for motivation on all sides. Bumblebee learns what it means to be a true leader. We learn what Skywarp is up to and how that plan will affect both the Autobots and human. All human forces have some motivation to act in this issue, from Colonel Horiuchi to Lt. Klonowski. Even Sanjay Bharwaney’s actions have been motivated by an event from the past involving the Transformers!
The final, long-awaited showdown between Bumblebee and Skywarp is more than just a passing scene, lasting about half of the issue. The final payout of the battle is worth the wait, with Bumblebee acting like a leader should. Meanwhile, at least one human shows his, well, human side in treating the Transformers like they are more than playthings.
Chee’s art is consistent with what has been seen throughout the entire mini-series: stylized with the washed-out feel. Whereas the first few issues seemed to be missing high-action panels or “money-shots”, Issue #4 had several moments such as the full page panel seen in the five-page preview of Bumblebee jumping off the overpass. The issue concludes with some art that appears to attempt to a tie-in to the art of Ongoing series, but doesn’t make sense chronologically.
In a mini-series that had its ups and downs, both the writer and artist pulled out their best effort for Bumblebee #4. While it may not go down among fans as the greatest mini-series or arc of the IDW-universe, it offers the fans a satisfying conclusion. In the end, the team behind the mini-series delivered on Bumblebee’s promise of a goodbye. Mission accomplished, Bumblebee.
Overall Rating: 4