TRANSFOMERS GALAXIES #12 review – Ultra Ultra Magnus (Easton, Griffith, Burcham, Wood) IDW Publishing

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Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

As the cover indicates, the third issue in an arc about Ultra Magnus, gives him a chance to put on some funky cool exo-suit. It isn’t really ever explained why he needs it, but it does look pretty sweet. When we left off, Ultra Magnus and his crew had found the missing Alpha Trion, along with his robot beard. Hanging out with Alpha Trion was the Soundwave clone Soundblaster. Soundblaster’s origins were a mystery to me until I watched the Transformers cartoon Japanese episodes that never aired in the U.S. – he’s basically remade from Soundwave after Soundwave died. I don’t know if the comics use the same origin story, but it was nice to know something about Soundblaster.

The bulk of the issue involves Magnus flying around in the aforementioned battle suit to help his crew escape a large fleet of enemies and the “black sphere” where they found Alpha Trion and Soundblaster.

The color palette in this issue relies on shades of purple, pink, and blue, with the yellow/orange of Victory Leo standing out as an exception. As is usually the case, the bots look like their cartoon counterparts. However, thanks to his armor, Ultra Magnus was rendered unrecognizable, with even his trademark shoulder extensions largely being hidden. Spinster and Octane look a little more similar than usual in this issue as well.

This issue finishes the Ultra Magnus arc and effectively ties the story in with the main series as well as the new Transformers: Escape series. If you like Ultra Magnus, I do recommend starting with issue 10 of the series, which kicks off the story arc.


TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #12 is now available.


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