THE TRANSFORMERS: COMICS, BOOKS AND MANGA
CURRENT TRANSFORMERS COMICS FROM IDW PUBLISHING
Fall oc Cybertron #6
Reviewed by Blackjack
It’s messy. Art still hasn’t improved, certainly, and I say it for the last time: it’s bad. It’s really unclear what’s happening. Kind of impossible for Grimlock to remember the future, so I’m assuming it’s just a Quentin Tarantino-style non-linear storytelling and just having timeskips randomly in the panels telling the Dinobots in the Fall of Cybertron game itself. Grimlock and Shockwave actually get some nice domination dialogue between them, and the flashback kind of works to see Shockwave’s mind-control, but it really would’ve worked better if the pacing wasn’t so terribly awkward. Was it necessary to show everything that happens in a disjointed fashion? It’s not as horrid as the previous entries, but it’s still bad.
Shockwave mentions that he merges the alien DNA with Grimlock’s CNA. The latter term, first introduced in IDW’s Spotlight Arcee, also make an appearance in the Fall of Cybertron game, but I can’t remember if Shockwave mentions dinosaur DNA.
Grimlock is not shown being moved to another part in Shockwave’s facility (which is what happens in the Fall of Cybertron game) and in the last issue the Dinobots are all in the same room. This issue does show Grimlock meeting up with Slug and Swoop later, though in the game Grimlock meets the two of them in separate places. It might just be Grimlock’s mind muddling things up.
Again, an inconsistency with the Fall of Cybertron game – the Insecticon trio are completely absent, when in the game they were the ones torturing Grimlock.
How the heck did Shockwave obtain the dinosaur DNA? Fall of Cybertron makes it clear that the Space Bridge requires a whole lot of energon to activate, and Shockwave hasn’t done it before.
During Grimlock’s triumphant declaration, ‘Dinobots’ is misspelled as ‘Dinbobots’.