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Review: @IDWPublishing The Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker #1

The Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker #1 Cover

The Hunting Party

In the dark days of the war for Cybertron, THUNDERCRACKER had a special mission-one never revealed before! Now, as he faces off against BUMBLEBEE for the first time, the fate of METROPLEX-and an entire civilization-is at stake!



See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic

Cover & Solicit 5/5

I really liked the variant cover by Livio Ramondelli. The detail and model he use for Thundercracker looks great. The other two covers are decent as well. We have one by Chee Yang Ong that kinda depicts Thundercracker as a unique member of the Seekers. The Retail Incentive cover is done by Clayton Crain and kind has a Revenge of the Fallen feel to it.

Art, Colors & Inking 4/5

The art itslef in this issue was done by Chee as well. The colors are vibrant and they do a good job of adding what looks like a sepia filter to the flashback scenes to give it that old look. I did have a problem with a few of the vehicle modes. Considering this takes place after Autocracy and therefore the Transformers have not been to earth, I found it odd that the Meyhem Attack Squad had insect forms, and most of the seekers appeared to have Earth Airplane forms. They should have been drawn with a more Cybertronian form IMO.

Layout & Flow 5/5

This issue can stand on its own without having to read any of the past IDW series, Autocracy, or the current Robots in Disguise or More than Meets the Eye. Spotlight issues are meant to give a nice one-shot story similar to Spotlight: Orion Pax that I reviewed, and allow readers to learn more about the history of different Transformers. They do a good job of catching readers up with the events that took place prior and why the Metrotitans left Cybertron in the first place.

Story 5/5

The issue revolves around Thundercracker and the Decepticons trying to find the Metrotitans that had left Cybertron, in particular Metroplex. They want to acquire him to use against them in their fight with the Autobots. Thundercracker seems unsure about his role and feels that their search is futile. He even sabotages their attempts by lying to Bludgeon about the readings he found. The Autobots make an appearance with Bumblebee, Jetfire & Nightbeat following the Decepticons to a planet they believe Metroplex is refueling at. Of course the Decepticons want to acquire Metroplex at any cost, and of course the Autobots won't let innocent lives be harmed. It's nice to see Thundercracker question the motives of the other Decepticons, it seems like he might have a higher moral ground than them, and the reason he joined was because he originally believed in their cause to remove the immoral corruption of the original Senate. This was a nice issue and I appreciate the fact they are taking one of the lesser know Transformers and showing his motives and mindset during the War. Highly recommend this to anyone, and if your a Transformers fan you have probably already picked this one up.

Verdict 4.7

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