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TRANSFORMERS #7 – THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE WHO LEADS

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TRANSFORMERS #7 by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, JORGE CORONA, MIKE SPICER AND RUS WOOTEN (Credit: Image Comics via Skybound Entertainment)

Welcome to an all new edition of Parlay Points!

For this entry, a new arc is set to begin for the Energon Universe flagship title. Since its debut, the “Robots In Disguise” return has been THE book fans have circled on their NCBD lists. Coming off the heels of its first arc conclusion, the title switches artists.

The story of Autobots and Decepticons hasn’t changed but looks poised to have a major change for one side moving forward.

TRANSFORMERS #7 by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, JORGE CORONA, MIKE SPICER AND RUS WOOTEN (Credit: Image Comics via Skybound Entertainment) leads fans into an exciting new chapter.

Let’s take a closer look at how things play out.

*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***

The issue begins with a flashback to Cybertron. An Autobot unit leads an assault onto a holding area. The Decepticons are onto their attack. It turns into a losing effort as the onslaught pours down on the team. Elita sneaks into the building. What she finds is a literal shell of someone she used to know.

The events shift to Earth. A battleship (USS Henry Harrison) is summoned to investigate “Robots” on the coast of Washington. Readers quickly find out that who they’re looking for might not be so welcoming.

TRANSFORMERS #7 by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, JORGE CORONA, MIKE SPICER AND RUS WOOTEN (Credit: Image Comics via Skybound Entertainment) cover: Jorge Corona

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The remaining Decepticons from the battle with Optimus Prime’s forces have a meeting about their future. Soundwave calls for Starscream to step down as leader. This doesn’t go well with the ineffective leader of the group. Under Decepticon law, this action is needed to be handled via trail by combat.

Readers sit back and watch as Soundwave and Starscream battle for the crown. It is a vicious battle with a startling outcome. Once the smoke clears, Autobots need to brace for what is coming. Can they overcome another fight while still recovering?

They may not have another option. The closing moments dictate there is no rest for the wicked. A decree is thrown down that will ignite a fanbase to another incredible story.

Johnson doesn’t brake from the fast pacing of the series with its’ latest chapter. The trial for Decepticon control features Soundwave in an unlikely role. Always being Megatron’s loyal right hand, Johnson brings Soundwave’s unwavering allegiance to their mission to the forefront.

Readers see a glimpse of the levels he goes to achieve success. The fallout sets course for a new sense of urgency. This plays well to the leader’s counterpart – Optimus Prime.

TRANSFORMERS #7 by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, JORGE CORONA, MIKE SPICER AND RUS WOOTEN (Credit: Image Comics via Skybound Entertainment) – Cover: Caspar Wijngaard 

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Prime gives readers a sense of the toll the previous arc has taken on the Autobot leader. The writing reflects Prime’s shaken attitude but unbreakable will. What effects this will have long term is unknown. In the short time, readers are gifted a very well-balanced introduction chapter.

Corona steps into the art role ad doubles down on the big action. The fighting between StarScream and Soundwave is brutal and unforgiving. Each panel screams of the intense action portrayed.

Even when Soundwave fights unfair, the art shows there is no limits he won’t go to win. This leads into a half page panel that announces to the readers who is the one left standing in Decepticon rule.

VOID RIVALS!

The autobots get their fair share of page time as well. In the Cybertron period, readers see a near full page visual of who lies in captivity. This is fast forwarded to Prime reliving the previous issue events.

The closing images show Prime returning to focus with a near full page panel. All in all, the winning formula of drama and action continues to stay balanced for the readers.

FINAL POINT: 8.8

“If you aim for the crown, you had best not miss” is a perfect way to sum up Decepticon mentality in this latest issue. Johnson’s writing leans heavy into the big battles readers know and love. Corona steps in for art duties and gifts fans with the winning formula this series has been known for. Its’ conclusion lays down a proclamation that might not be able to be kept, but only time will tell that story.

Hit me up on ODPHpod social media and let me know your thoughts on Transformers #7. Thanks for reading Parlay points on Nerd Initiative.

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Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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