CURRENT TRANSFORMERS COMICS FROM IDW PUBLISHING
Transformers Monstrosity #3
Reviewed by Red Dave Prime
This issue collects the digital issues #10-12. The titles are “The Illusion of Control”, “Annihilation” & “Belly of the Beast”
It’s not entirely clear if it is Pentius spark that Megatron feeds to Tryptiocn, but I can’t think of where else Megatron would have gotten a spark or had one so close to hand. It should be noted that it is a green spark so it is either Pentius (who had a green spark) or a point one percenter.
The ending also explains Trypticons presence during the “big push” in Spotlight: Blaster.
It’s not explained how Trypticon produces the Minions - but he does produce a lot of them.
Trypticons creator is Mortilus – one of the five created by Primus. Mortilus was the Death Bringer and rebelled against the others.
Metroplex speaks as if Mortilus was alive at some point in his lifetime but other cybertronians aren’t as believing.
Metroplex's heart chamber resembles a giant Matrix.
“It might be the end of the world” – Bumblebee, the little scamp. Always full of optimism
“You may think of me unfair to challenge you in such a weakened state. Consider us even” – Megatron to the fallen Scorponok
“Do not speak unless spoke to Starscream. We’ll discuss your part in this coup later” – And it’s “As you were” in the Decepticon forces.
“You always kept your savagery in check against me – that will cost you” – Megatron not realising that he is setting himself up for a nasty punch-line against Grimlock.
“oh frag” – Megatron, just before Trypticon takes a bite.
“I… am… Grimlock!” – what, you thought only Megatron had dibs on that one?
Lacking originality, the conclusion to Monstrosity tries to create drama but fails thanks to a cast of characters that we all know will survive and a finish that makes you wonder why the creature was such a threat to begin with.
Of course we all know Prime won’t be destroyed. We also know that when Megatron and Grimlock get devoured that they will off course get to fight through. Which is a pity as the whole situation would have been interesting set in the present day where such knowledge isn’t available. Or if some unknown characters had been built up in the previous issues only to face their doom – much like what was achieved in LSOTW.
The past setting isn’t the only problem that we face here though.
There’s also a real lack of originality in the closing sections of this story. Trypticon (sometimes looking amazing, sometimes drawn like a giant robotic Barney) is basically Godzilla (even down to the small mini versions of himself) mixed with the Unicron of the animated movie. We all know the drill by now – swallow the heroes so they can destroy you from within. Seeing how easy it all is, it’s a wonder the likes of Omega and Metroplex can seem much of a threat – just send a discreet group of minicons in with some explosives and job done. It’s so obvious that you have to frown at a writer who would try this kind of thing. Think of something different man! It’s all so very one-dimensional of a plot that it undermines some of the better work done with Prime and Dai Atlas earlier on.
And there’s one other thing which has been running through a lot of IDW but I might as well address it here. How powerful exactly is Megatron meant to be? Seriously, while he isn’t too bad in this issue, throughout monstrosity he has been on a tear. Seriously damaged, he still managed to tear apart many a Junkion. He then uses his ability to simply attach other robot limbs to repair a damaged arm and knee before going off and taking out a few Sharkticons.
But he’s not done yet.
Terrorcons arrive. Terrorcons attack. Terrorcons get asses handed to them. Bad enough? Wait, there’s more. He arrives back on Cybertron and before he gets any repairs he takes down Scorponok as well. In a one on one fight (yes he gets the drop on him with one laser blast but still.)
I get that they want to show him in a positive light and it is nice to have such a strong villain but it’s a bit much. Still it does tie in nicely with the sheer bravado of turning up to take down Trypticon… by himself no less. How have the Decepticons not steamrolled the Autobots, even by this point? Wait, scratch that. How has Megatron
not steamrolled the Autobots, the Decepticons and the Gobots by this point.
Ah well. On reflection, Monstrosity is neither a good comic nor a bad one. It’s a very well put together piece of fan-fiction. Read it in that light and you will be somewhat entertained. The fact that the cliff-hanger indicates we will get a third instalment of early war stories doesn’t exactly fill me joy though.