THE TRANSFORMERS: COMICS, BOOKS AND MANGA
CURRENT TRANSFORMERS COMICS FROM IDW PUBLISHING
Fall oc Cybertron #5
Reviewed by Blackjack
It’s a very sub-par issue. The art is still malformed, and straight-up reuses panels in some moments. I understand that Grimlock being separated into his individual parts is supposed to be horrific and painful and stuff, but it ends up just looking… well, bad. Shockwave’s monologues are uninteresting although I suppose it can’t be helped. I really can’t feel much about the issue but apathy. Shockwave actually feels more like an idiot with his monologue here. I understand that digital comics have very little space to tell a story, and thus this ends up being the introdump story, but it’s just bad and boring and generally uninteresting.
The reason Shockwave is an idiot and picked Autobots to be turned into indestructible monsters of mass destruction is explained here: the Dinobots are the only ones strong enough to be intact and not broken through the experiment. Which, of course, bites Shockwave right back in the ass (well, hand) when they do escape in the game and are not-broken enough to destroy Shockwave’s entire operation.
The pre-Dinobots are close to unrecognizable in the background and generally being poorly-drawn silhouettes, so I don’t try to.
The Space Bridge allows Shockwave to see through time in a limited fashion, and he had observed the rise and fall of the dinosaur race on Earth. He considers them the ‘pinnacle of greatness’ similar to Cybertronians.
Sludge is killed during the battle against the Insecticons in Fall of Cybertron, although it's not mentioned here. So it's presumed that the three Dinobots strung up are Swoop, Snarl and Slug.
Earth is already in its modern continental shapes when in the past it should be different.