Transformers Ongoing #6
It’s the AUTOBOTS versus the biggest foe they’ve faced since DEVASTATOR! But with OPTIMUS PRIME in captivity, do our heroes stand a chance?
Transformers Ongoing #6 Covers and Images
Transformers Ongoing #6 Release Info
|Series||Transformers Volume 1|
|Release Date||April 2010|
Transformers Ongoing #6 Print Data
|Incentive Description||Transformers Ongoing #6 features one incentive cover. One copy of the incentive cover was provided for every ten copies ordered through Diamond Comic Distributors.|
|Total # of Covers||3|
Transformers Ongoing #6 Artists, Writers and More
|Cover A||(Artist: Don Figueroa) (Colorist: J. Brown)|
|Cover B||(Artist: Don Figueroa) (Colorist: J. Brown)|
|Cover RI (Retailer Incentive)||(Artist: Andrew Wildman)|
|Colorist||Andrew Dalhouse, J. Brown|
|Editor||Andy Schmidt, Denton J. Tipton|
Transformers Ongoing #6 Synopsis
Transformers Ongoing #6 Review
Review Submitted By: Tim Formas
Our review of the last issue of the ongoing series called the Transformers #5 a beginning and an end, with the multiple storylines moving forward towards a unified end that will create some new result. Transformers #6 is that result. The events towards the end of Transformers #5 create change that will move the story past much-debated actions and characterizations featured through the first five issues.
Leading up to Transformers #6, Spike Witwicky and Optimus Prime have a discussion that identifies the reasons why Optimus Prime surrendered to Skywatch. Following that discussion, Spike loses possession of the imprisoned Breakdown when attacked by Breakdown’s fellow Stunticons. Ultra Magnus, meanwhile, has taken Bumblebee and his crew of Autobots to confront Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime at the site of the Autobot/Decepticon shuttle construction. Swindle’s true motives are revealed as the recently-united Stunticons merge to form Menasor and turn on all Autobots.
As Transformers #6 begins, Menasor and the Decepticons face the fractured Autobot forces. Having finally reached a revelation, Spike turns to Optimus Prime in seeking help to ensure the battle in the desert does not reach any populated area.
Writer Mike Costa’s material shines in this issue. The writing of the action scenes featured throughout the first half of the issue was both thrilling and full of humor. Allegiances become clear and storylines start to meld. You’ll tend to find yourself cheering after various parts of the issue, whether it is from the intense action, humor, or ballsy comments by some fan favorites. Meanwhile, he managed to pull together content from the first five issues into a satisfying result. For example, Thundercracker’s changes in beliefs from Transformers #4 are tested in this issue. Costa also seems to have taken feedback from readers to heart, using the story to provide justification for such actions or moving the story forward in a way that should satisfy those who have had issues with that content. The sudden change of how Autobot leaders are chosen is explained. Ultra Magnus essentially gets told that he has to deal with it. While nothing happens to change the often debated, new take on Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime’s characterization, the character appears to be written off in such a way that he could be missing from the story for some time and be forgotten.
Don Figueroa’s style is consistent with his art from the first five issues. Because of the action scenes featured throughout the first half of the issue, Don gets to shine with multiple panels of robot carnage, explosions, and full page illustrations. Liked the full page shots at the end of Issue #5? You’ll get more of the same in this issue.
Transformers #6 makes a bold move forward, attempting to move the current storyline forward in such a way to keep current fans happy while also attempting to confront and implement changes suggested by those who have had issues with the content. For the avid followers of the series, this is yet another positive step in the ongoing joyride. For all others, it is IDW’s attempt to win your heart back. If you’ve been waiting to give the series another shot, picking this issue up is heavily suggested.
Overall Rating: 5