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TRANSFORMERS #8 – A CHANGE IN THE GUARD

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TRANSFORMERS #8 by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, JORGE CORONA, MIKE SPICER AND RUS WOOTEN (Credit: Image Comics via Skybound Entertainment)

EXIT STARSCREAM. ENTER SOUNDWAVE.

Coming off the heels of an explosive first arc, the Energon Universe has a new threat leading the Decepticons. Soundwave has emerged from loyal soldier to defiant leader. Starscream has been dealt with. The only thing standing in his way now is Optimus Prime and the Autobots.

They are worse for wear after the last round of their forever fight. With the Earth’s fate as the prize, either side can afford to lose in the next round of combat.

TRANSFORMERS #8 by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, JORGE CORONA, MIKE SPICER AND RUS WOOTEN (Credit: Image Comics via Skybound Entertainment) continues to be the talk at the comic shops. The series has warranted a joint review from Marty Stoked (N.I. Comics Assistant Editor) and Yours truly (Ken – ODPH Podcast/N.I. Comics EIC).

Let’s see how the latest chapter shapes up. (*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***)

HOW WAS THE WRITING:

Ken:

Johnson ushers in the Soundwave era with a bold start. Seeing the cold and unapologetic manner in which he deals with the USS Henry Henderson crew makes a big impression. The dialogue between Thundercracker and him during this moment connects his method of business.

It is a very big contrast with Optimus Prime. Johnson features the effects of Prime’s battles taking a grave toll on him. The ramifications of the first arc still linger on the Autobot leader’s soul. Johnson droves this point home with the growing emotions of Carly and her reaction to the Autobots. The writing mirrors her anger and confusion of events. This only adds to a more complicated scenario as the conclusion brings in another big player for Prime to deal with.

Marty:

Daniel Warren Johnson crafts a narrative with a deliberate pace, allowing characters like Carly and Spike to grapple with profound losses. Carly’s struggle to trust the Autobots resonates deeply, showcasing their human-like complexity. Johnson’s dialogue, particularly in the exchange between Carly and Arcee, delves into emotional turmoil, illustrating the Autobots’ growth and the shifting dynamics of trust.  Amidst this introspection, the Decepticons unveil their next steps, adding layers of intrigue to the narrative. With a blend of action, character development, and world-building, Johnson delivers a captivating chapter.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ART AND LETTERING:

Ken:

Corona and Spicer give ample page time to Carly’s growing frustrations. The images convey her rage towards the Autobots’ choice concerning Starscream. This plot point continues to be one readers have a strong connection with.

Soundwave’s actions towards the military crew also stand out. The panels leave no doubt about how driven the new Decepticon leader is on his plans. This leads into a near full page reveal about the next phase in plans that spell disaster for the Autobots. None might be bigger than the closing image. With a new factor joining in the fight, the art team leaves nothing in question as the series delivers another strong chapter.

Marty:

Jorge Corona’s art, complemented by Mike Spicer’s vibrant colors, evokes nostalgic vibes reminiscent of the beloved cartoon show. The attention to detail in the cartoonish style enhances the storytelling, immersing readers in Cybertron’s universe. Rus Wooton’s lettering adds depth to the Transformers’ voices, skillfully balancing action and emotion.

FINAL GRADES:

Ken: 8.5 With new leadership in place, the Decepticons take action in another solid issue from the Energon Universe. Johnson’s writing leans into the emotional themes from a never-ending fight. Corona, Spicer and Wooten compliment the dialogue with fantastic imagery. Combined, it solidifies why this series is on many pull lists.

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Marty: 8.5 Transformers #8 excels in both storytelling and visual presentation, offering readers a transformative experience. From poignant character moments to dynamic artwork, this issue is a must-read for fans old and new. Get ready for a journey that will leave you eagerly anticipating the next installment.

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Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
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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