Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 3 (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/3/15
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The re-presentation of IDW's Transformers Universe continues in Volume 3! This volume includes the Transformer series Devastation, as well as Spotlights: Galvatron, Ramjet, Wheelie, Blaster, Arcee, Grimlock, and Mirage.
The comics themselves aren't quite as good as those in the first volume, in my opinion, although there are certainly some very interesting stories to be seen here. For example, the spotlight of Wheelie gives a fascinating backstory as to how the little Transformer came to the planet with the Quintessons, and why he speaks in rhyme. Spotlight: Arcee presents a very different character to the G1 cartoon, but one that is an interesting spin and a compelling one.
Overall, the collection suffers a little of a lack of consistency in design/feel, although this can be viewed as a strength rather than a detriment. The negative aspect perhaps stands out most in the Avengers story, where the humans are nicely drawn, but the Transformers are not, probably due to the choice of an artist whose strength is in the Marvel characters. Nonetheless, despite the obvious weaknesses, this is a worthwhile volume to add to one's collection.
For completeness here are my ratings for the individual comics included here (Both numbers out of 10, first # Art, second # Story):
Avengers/Transformers - 8/7
Devastation - 8/9
Galvatron - 8/8
Blaster - 7/8
Arcee - 7/7
Grimlock - 6/8
Wheelie - 6/8
The reboot is handled well. I liked the choice to use the G1 designs, but use a story more similar to the recent live-action films. Furman does a great job of blending 80's nostalgia with modern character development and plot progression. The opening story arc, which flows thru the Infiltration, Escalation, Stormbringer, Devastation, and Maximum Dinobots mini series is a lot of fun. It reintroduces the idea of Transformers in a coherent manner. If you have never watched or read any Transformers stuff you won't be confused. If you are a huge fan of the entire history, or just a particular version, you won't be offended.
My favorite elements were the reimaging of Ultra Magnus, the Headmasters, the Dinobots, and Soundwave. They become very deep and layered characters. That was always a plus to Furman's writing. My only complaint is that the new series is not particularly...powerful. Not sure how to put it. The story is fun, but that's it. it's a fast-paced action tale for quick enjoyment, not a story that has a lot of depth and that will become "classic".
basically, i don't see myself wanting to re-read these issues. There good for a one off.
Spotlights on Galvatron, Blaster, Arcee; the New Avengers vs The Transformers and Devastation mini-series; and Spotlights on Grimlock and Wheelie.