Issue 6 of Transformers Galaxies is the conclusion of “Wannabee,” which began last issue. At the end of part 1, Cliffjumper faced a moral dilemma as he and Deathsaurus were collecting Energon from a planet inhabited by ‘organics.’ The plot is interesting, but the real reason to check this arc out is it’s glimpse into Cliffjumper’s backstory. When the Transformers toys came out in the 1980s, Bumblebee was yellow and Cliffjumper was basically just a red version of the same toy. Perhaps due to the cartoon, Bumblebee’s popularity took off and Cliffjumper’s…didn’t. One of the things I love about Wannabee is the writer’s acknowledgement of this fact and how they worked it into the story.
This issue does not immediately pick up where the cliffhanger left off. Instead, we get a … dare I say heartbreaking view of the day Cliffjumper was born back in the day on Iacon. This dovetails nicely with the characterization in issue 5 and really provides the heart of the issue.
Moving to the present, we resume the conflict between Deathsaurus (still the craziest name for a Transformer) and Cliffjumper. One panel in particular does a great job of showing Cliffjumper transforming, which is hard in a comic. I also appreciated seeing Deathsaurus in alt mode, as it gave me a better idea of his design as a character.
This issue is a great resolution to the two issue “Wannabee” arc. This issue is perfect for fans of the classic characters who would like to learn more of their backstory and Transformers fans who like glimpses of life before the Autobot-Decepticon war.
TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #6 is now available.
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