Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!
The first three issues of this series has established the Constructicons as pretty cool dudes who just want to build stuff. They stumbled upon an Enigma which allows them to combine into a huge robot (Transformers fans know him as Devastator but he hasn’t been given a name or really devastated anything yet in the first three issues). When combined, the bots struggle to maintain control and there is a mysterious 7th personality that is drawing them to the darkness. As a result, they are sent to a planetoid to build an energon factory and get them conveniently out of the way. Bombshell and the Insecticons, also on the planetoid, have other plans.
This issue is definitely darker than the first three, shading more the tone used in the Insecticon focused second issue and adding a body count. While they are just robots, some of it is quite graphic. It seems like our poor Constructicons have quickly done a darkside turn as the issue begins with them planning to destroy what they just finished building. This was a big leap given the amount of time the series has devoted to showing they started out as pretty decent guys. It was so jarring I went back to issue 2 to see if I missed something (I still don’t think I did). I think it might have been more effective to incrementally descend into being bad, but considering this was pitched as the conclusion of Constructicons Rising, I won’t question Tyler Bleszinksi. The ending in particular felt authentic and hit the right chord. The art in this issue is also outstanding, with some very good action scenes.
TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #4 is now available.
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