Welcome to an all new edition of Parlay Points, the comic book review blog to the ODPH Podcast!
For this entry, New Comic Book Day is more than meets the eye as the Energon Universe takes center stage! Ever since its’ debut in the pages of VOID RIVALS from IMAGE COMICS and Skybound Entertainment , the new version of the legendary pop culture characters has been the talk of fans. Now ready to drop its’ next chapter, Optimus Prime and company have their work cut out for them with the Decepticons making waves.
TRANSFORMERS #2 by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, MIKE SPICER AND RUS WOOTEN shifts events into high gear with the fate of Earth hanging in the balance! Let’s take a deeper dive and see how things unfold here, shall we?
*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***
The issue kicks off with Optimus Prime talking with Spike Whitwicky. Optimus is admiring the beauty of Earth but accidently steps on a deer. Readers see how the pair spins out of that moment into giving a soft introduction into the other’s past.
With the past issue’s events of losing Bumblebee and Jetfire, Optimus needed the moment to regroup and refocus for what is his mission now.
All the while, Starscream is leading the Decepticons into hunting down Energon. They attack a power plant and are preparing to harvest the energy to feast. The surrounding humans are not going down without a fight. They try resisting but are easily disposed of.
Reinforcements are informed of the situation. One hero flies his fighter jet right into the crossfire of danger. Waiting in his path is Starscream, ready to end this interference once and for all. Who wins this round?
Readers witness a major player make their debut into the Energon Universe as the action ramps up. Once the encounter ends, an opening shot is taken that will not be the last from a Real American Hero. It appears they might have some back-up coming in this fight. The question lingering when the chapter ends is: will it be enough to save Earth?
Johnson wastes no time catching readers up to speed on what Optimus Prime is all about. The heart-felt conversation with Spike leads to a glimpse at the greater picture involving the conflict between Autobots and Decepticons.
Readers bare witness to how Prime is adapting to his new home and fighting the good fight. They also see that he’s not alone in protecting the Earth from the unwelcomed.
The debut of the recognizable character feels like the big event longtime fans want it to be. The action is crisp and moves quickly. There is no wasted set-up.
The closing moment of the battle will be one to get fans excited about what is coming down the road without question. The closing act brings the energy back to a normal level as more set-up work is done for an already engaging story.
The art is vintage DWJ. BIG action when it happens. Excellent character moments to invest the readers in-between.
The opening moments with Optimus and Spike reflects the caring Optimus has while showing the pain he’s dealing with losing members he considers family. This is capped off with a near full panel shot of Cybertron as Optimus descibes it to the readers.
This is offset by the amazing high-flying action battle between Starscream and THAT character. The panels pop off the page with every motion taken by the combatants.
Even when Starscream makes a deadly action, it is answered with a striking line of panels, letting the character have a closing moment to fully announce their debut to the EU. Leaving with a subtle reveal, the art closes the door on this chapter, leaving fans wanting more as soon as they can read it.
FINAL POINT: 8.5 OUT OF 10
The second round of Autobots vs. Decepticons keeps the hype and excitement going with an excellent combo of action and drama. With a high-profile debut stealing the spotlight, Superb writing and imagery raises the stakes for the robots in disguise with an issue you can’t miss!
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