Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!
While issues 1-4 of Galaxies told the tale of the Constructicons, issue 5 is part 1 of “Wannabee” which makes it a good jumping on point for the series. Wannabee is a whole new story featuring Cliffjumper. This story is a fun nod to the fact that the Cliffjumper character is basically a red re-skin of Bumblebee. Cliffjumper has always been an underdeveloped character and less popular than his yellow twin. Bumblebee got his own live action movie,while Cliffjumper had to settle with a blink and you’ll miss it cameo in it, so this issue is a fun way to fill in some of his backstory while winking to us that IDW knows what we think about poor Cliffjumper.
The other main Transformer in this issue is Deathsaurus (there are some neat cameos in the flashback). I must admit, while I’ve seen him in some IDW comics, I am not familiar with his character. I think this series takes place before the Decepticon/Autobot war, which would explain why Cliffjumper is hanging out with such a jerk (His name is DEATHSAURUS so I hope that’s not a spoiler). The big reveal at the end of the issue is not really much of a surprise, but the journey to get there is fun and the issue ends on a Cliffjumper, er’ cliffhanger.
Artist Alex Milne’s art style is consistent with IDW’s other Transformers comics, but the flashback panel in this issue is notable in that it makes good use of a different style that harkens back to the Generation One cartoon (or earlier comics).
Transformers fans who missed issues 1-4 of Galaxies will find this is a great place to start. It starts a new storyline and features one of the original (if not necessarily beloved) Autobots.
TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #5 is now available.
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