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Beast Wars: The Gathering #3 (of 4)
Reviewed by Bombshell

Issue Review

I’ve been told that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, that I shouldn’t say anything at all. Unfortunately, were I to apply this axiom to this situation, this review would not exist. Indeed, were I not obligated to write reviews of this series, I would not have wasted my time. So frankly, you will have to forgive me if this review comes off as being rather biased and heavy handed. It’s just the honest way I feel.

Once again, we have to deal with the introduction of new characters without any real reason for it (in this case, the Mutants). Their existence seems to bring little to the plot other than to kill off some of the other already “established” (note the quote usage) characters (and someone wanna tell me why they couldn’t use any of the dozen characters already in the book?) Also, as I said in my review of #2, I get the feeling that the important plot points of these two issues could have been strung together. It would have been better, in my opinion.

And then we get to Grimlock. Hoo boy, where do I start with this? For those who don’t know, a repaint of Dinobot was released in 1997. This toy was given the named Grimlock. Unlike the majority of the other G1 namesakes, this Grimlock was meant to be the Grimlock. You know, the “Me Grimlock kick ass” Grimlock that Furman is rather famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for creating. He is, without hyperbole, the main contention I have with this issue. It’s not that I didn’t know it was coming (one of the dozen covers of #2 hinted at such a situation happening), but the fact that it’s happening now doesn’t give me a lot of hope that he’ll be treated any differently than the two dozen other characters thrown into the book for no reason.

On top of that, Grimlock + Furman = …well, you figure it out. And if they even think about doing a G1 flashback scene explaining his situation…well, let’s not go there. That’s not a very comforting thought.

That’s not to say that the issue is totally bad. The artwork, as usual, is superb. And it was nice to see the TV show cast, even if it was brief. And the introduction of both Ravage and Grimlock was rather well done. (I’m also a fan of the blend of Ravage’s “Tripredacus Agent” form, with the beast mode head and the robot body).

Still, all the good can’t compensate for what is, essentially, twenty two pages of some of the worst (in my opinion) Transformers writing ever. (And yes, I am including perennial stinkers “Carwash of Doom” and the majority of G1 Season 2 in this statement). From the letters column, we can look forward to an announcement next issue about the fate of this miniseries. It better be the publishing of a ongoing series, because if it isn’t, then this has one final chance to do some good.

And I really don’t think they can do it.

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