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TRANSFORMERS #5 Review – A rollercoaster ride of epic proportions! (Johnson, Spicer, Wooton) Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment

Writer and Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Publication Designer: Andres Juarez
Editor: Sean Mackiewicz

Thanks to Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment for the review copy!

In this issue Optimus Prime and the Autobots appear to have gained the edge in battle having revived a few comrades to join in the fight. That is until Starscream revives one of the most powerful Decepticons ever and gains an unfair advantage over the Autobots and their attempts to save humans and Earth. 

What an issue. Simply exhilarating! Daniel Warren Johnson continues his contagious and refreshing new take on Transformers lore with new but familiar faces, fantastic action sequences, and dramatic tension that exceeds some of the finest rivalries we’ve seen in comics to date. The way he’s given the Autobots, especially Optimus Prime, the ability to relate to humans both as soldiers and defenders of their home is brilliant. I love the side by side sequences showing just how closely the Transformers and humans mirror each other and how Optimus Prime even sees his own humanity in his human counterpart Sparky. Grounding the story in this way expands these characters beyond the original source material and creates something new entirely. Watching the humans fight along the Autobots as the Decepticons ruthlessly and violently try to dispatch both races gives me goosebumps. The frenetic way it’s drawn and brought to life in each panel hits you right in the face. The colors rock too! Spicer’s bombastic colors pull this all together in true Spicer fashion. It’s just gorgeous. Then, to build the drama just a tad more, as if it’s not been crazy enough, they drop a surprise bomb on the final page that leaves your jaw hanging open. Even knowing it’s likely going to lead to some Autobot fatalities in the coming issue. Just bonkers stuff! It’s a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions! Don’t miss this issue and the surprises this creative team has in store!

My rating – 10/10 Superb!

Transformers #5 is now available.

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Corey Newell
Corey Newell
“Just a guy who loves comics, movies and stuff” ⁃ Independent blogger, dad, dork, comic nerd and pop culture lover hailing from Spencerport, NY

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