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TRANSFOMERS GALAXIES #9 review – Reversionist History (Spoilers for issues 7 and 8) (Maggs, McGuire-Smith, Burcham, Wood) IDW Publishing

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

This issue caps the three part “Gauging the Truth” arc that started with Arcee, Greenlight, and Gauge fleeing the chaos of Cybertron on a Reversionist ship. While I’m still a little unclear about what the Reversionists are all about, I’m going to say they are like a cult. They imprisoned Greenlight and Arcee and brainwashed Gauge. Gauge starting figuring things out and freed her captured mentors only to find the Reversionists had returned to Cybertron with a nasty plan.

My thoughts on this issue are complicated. It supplies some closure on the story and completes Gauge’s arc. My problem is, the only character I have any substantive knowledge of is Arcee and the focus on the issue is squarely on Gauge and to a lesser extent, Heretech (the big bad of the story). I haven’t fully invested in learning about Gauge because she’s been pretty much a blank slate being filled in by this arc. There’s nothing wrong with that, as it is perfectly fine for readers who are not as familiar with Transformers. I just found myself wanting to see Arcee do more since I know who she is.

Another problem with not being familiar with the characters is their alt modes when they transform. Normally, I get a kick out of seeing how the vehicle modes for the characters I know translate into Cybertron forms.  Here, I had no context for the vehicles I was seeing. If my memory serves me, Gauge’s form is a little different than when I saw her transform in the past and it doesn’t necessarily seem to match her robot form. While Gauge’s character design (aside perhaps from her vehicle mode) has stayed pretty consistent, Arcee and Greenlight’s seem to have changed. Arcee in particular has harder edges and more pointy parts. Perhaps because the color scheme is muted, with a purple tint, Greenlight’s coloring doesn’t pop as much.

This isn’t to say this is a bad issue. For the Galaxies line, I prefer examinations of the histories of generation 1 characters, while I’ve come to expect new characters and complex history (like Reversionists) in the main line. If you haven’t read the prior to issues, you will be a bit lost in this one, and the ending will lack meaning.

TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #9 is now available.

Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on issue #10 of the series.

Have you read the title? What are your thoughts? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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