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Transformers: Monstrosity [Kindle Edition]

Chris Metzen , Flint Dille , Livio Ramondelli
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In the early days of the war on CYBERTRON, OPTIMUS PRIME puts everything on the line to unify the planet—but not everyone agrees that this new Prime should be in charge... Meanwhile, the fallen DECEPTION leader, MEGATRON, begins a journey that will change everything. Plus--what is the terrible secret of the DINOBOTS?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Monstrously Good 23 Sept. 2014
Transformers: Monstrosity follows on from Transformers: Autocracy. Whereas Autocracy was largely concerned with Orion Pax becoming Optimus Prime, Monstrosity splits its focus on G1 stalwarts Grimlock, Megatron and Optimus Prime.

Grimlock is struggling to control the beast within, Optimus Prime is struggling with the mantle of leadership and Megatron is struggling to survive (although not for long) after being dumped on Junkion.

My favourite parts are those relating to Megatron. Where Autocracy showed Optimus IS Prime, Monstrosity equally shows Megatron is undoubtedly top 'Con. Megatron reasserts his leadership by being an almighty badass and it's thoroughly enjoyable.

Like Autocracy, the artwork is fantastic and honours the source material of Generation 1. The character developments of Grimlock, Megatron and Optimus Prime flow naturally and the pacing of Monstrosity has good rhythm.

All-in-all, a fantastic follow-up to Autocracy and a fantastic Transformers read. Bring on Transformers: Primacy! 5/5 Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Transformers story I've been waiting for 22 Dec. 2013
After the epic and hugely enjoyable Autocracy, the follow up is here. And it's even better.
Focusing mainly on Megatron's ascent as ruler of the Decepticons (though with other interesting threads to explore), the story is a vastly enjoyable space-romp.
There's plenty here to enjoy, especially for G1 fans. Aside from the main story of Megatron, the Dinobots are explored, along with a newly Primed Optimus Prime. There's even a creepy Quintesson presence, which leaves the reader wanting more...
Oh, and I can't forget to mention the simply stunning artwork of Livio Ramondelli. He gets better and better, with both action scenes and planet-scales looking simply breathtaking.
Even the lettering stands out here, with some very creative flourishes.
Overall, a supreme Transformers story. My favourite for a long while.
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By Blew1
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The second in the pre-earth trilogy (along with 'Autocracy' and the soon to be released 'Primacy') picks up straight were 'Autocracy' left off and continues to thrill and engross.
The issue has many arcs including : the Dinobots and their struggle to get off world, Optimus Prime's struggle to keep Cybertonians on Cyberton, Megatron's exile to the hellish Junkion, Scorponok's unpopular leadership and an ancient terror lurking in the planet's depths.
IDW has remade Transformers Comics into a darker and more adult-themed comic, and has also introduced a more intelligent and subversive side to the storytelling; including political troubles, civil war and violence.
It's again a pretty quick read at just over a 100 pages, but is very memorable and engrossing.
The only real problem with this collection (like its predecessor) is that sometimes the dark art style -whilst being truly amazing to behold - can make it really difficult to work out exactly what's going on in the strips. There is one part where Grimlock goes on a rampage that is particularly hard to make out.
Other than that, this is another brilliant piece of Transformers comics from IDW and is both as thrilling and engrossing as 'Autocracy' and definitely aimed at the older, more mature reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome! 9 April 2014
By Jon P
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Seriously, I love Transformers so my opinion is very biased but... great story, great art and feuds I didn't even know about come to light. GET IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Transformers You Will Love This 29 Dec. 2013
By Travis Starnes - Published on
Optimus has only recently become Prime, but unfortunately it is the rulership of a dying Cybertron. Having fought off the last vestiges of the old leadership he is left with a fractured and decaying council who have decided that the only chance they have for survival is to flee this broken planet. On the other side of the divide the Decepticons are in no better state. Megatron was left broken by Prime and Scorponok has decided that death is too good for him; throwing him out of Astrotrain into exile on Junkion. The comic then follows both Prime and Megatron as they fight for control over their respective sides and as an ancient evil within the heart of Cybertron seeks to break to the surface.

This comic has more than a passing resemblance to the 1980’s movie. In fact the story behind the facade is pretty much identical, but replaces certain characters with others. It is not just the story, but actually the dialogue as it steals some of the best lines from that film in their entirety. If I had seen the film more recently than perhaps 15 years ago I would probably have picked up even more but the comic starts with Megatron being thrown out of Astrotrain with the parting line of ‘Wait… I… Still Function;’ which is exactly what he says when Starscream throws him out after his defeat by Prime about half way through the film. I wonder if I had read the preceding series ‘Autocracy’ if it would have also stolen scenes in the same way from the first half of the film.

At first I thought the ‘borrowing’ of lines would annoy me, much the same as it annoyed me in Star Wars when the prequel films did exactly the same thing to the original three. However this is done over a full twelve issue series and it chooses the perfect lines to borrow. More importantly it does not take all the good lines and try and shoehorn them into the book irrelevant of if they would fit simply because they were memorable from the film. The dialogue in the comic is really strong whether it is new or borrowed and they manage to find the right voice for all the characters in the book.

I mentioned ‘all the characters’ and therein lies a problem for the uninitiated. This book has a huge cast and apart from the bolded text they get no introductions. Anyone familiar with the older comics or even the TV show will have no problems picking this up, but anyone else will be utterly lost by the end of the first two pages. I am not sure if reading the first series before this one would help and if they give greater depth of detail about each of the characters there, but I could not recommend someone picking this up who would be confused by someone saying ‘Iacon or Trypticon.’

No matter who you are or if you even know what a Decepticon is, you will be impressed by the art. With a couple of strange appearance changes this is exactly what I want from a Transformers book. They are bright enough coloured that it makes for easy identification, but it steers clear of the TV shows day-glow colour scheme as everything is toned down and given a patina of dirt. The one thing that I do find bizarre is the change of Optimus’ appearance. I have no clue what is going on with that massive pyramid shape on his chest and it means from certain angles you cannot see part of his face because it blocks it out. It is a tiny issue in what is otherwise a stunning book to look at and a stand out factor is how they deal with the characters eyes or visors. This is definitely a book to read digitally with a backlit display because their eyes will actually glow then but I do not know how that would transfer to the printed page.
3.0 out of 5 stars An honest review. 30 Mar. 2015
By H. Tague - Published on
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I'll be the first to tell you that personally I think the IDW G1 story has been touch and go. There's been some nice story elements, but only a scattered few a midst a sea of underdeveloped characters and preachy dialog and artwork that is touch and go, depending on personal preferences. Overall this story is really more of the same.

It features the same artwork from Autocracy, as well as most of the other major plot lines from recent years (Chaos Theory, Dark Cybertron). The art has a simplistic retro look with a grimy filter over it. Whether you like it or not will largely depend on if you prefer the original artwork from the eighties for the Transformers. Personally I find it too simplistic and stylized. Also because the artwork is so dark it can be hard to tell what you are looking at sometimes.

In terms of the writing, the story picks up right where Autocracy left off, by lifting material straight from the old animated film. If you are tired of transformers lifting lines and scenarios from that movie (after the live action films, the Prime cartoon, and the Cybertron video games) then this book is going to leave a bad taste in your mouth. Without spoilers the story has it's ups and downs. I like what they do with a lot of the material but Optimus soon devolves into his mopey self, and this time Grimlock is joining him in the moody club. The action is nice, when you can tell what is going on.

It's not a terrible book, but it isn't great.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic story, gorgeous art, lots of characters and locations 27 Jan. 2014
By W. McCoy - Published on
Optimus has found himself the new Prime of a dying planet. With energy shortages, and factions out to stop progress, he's got a fight on his hand. Add to this the Dynobots, the Decepticons, the Terrorbots and a threat named Scorponok and it all adds up to a very epic story. It does have a few flaws though.

There are a lot of characters and a lot of locations. While it's easy enough to keep track of the characters, the story shifts locations every page or so. This kind of shuffling felt a little jarring to me after a few dozen pages. The art is done in a widescreen format (and it's gorgeous), but it makes the action feel a bit cut off at times, kind of like when movie directors choose to shoot action scenes too close. The art is so good, I wanted fuller panels instead of the chopped versions that run throughout the book.

But the art by Livio Ramondelli is spectacular. Each chapter starts with a full page illustration that is suitable for framing. All in all, I liked the story, and it's an interesting world, so it kept me engaged throughout.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me review this graphic novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Jan. 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Fantastic book! Great story and new look into Megatron's history.
3.0 out of 5 stars not IDW's best TF book 3 Jan. 2015
By Jeffrey D. Yoders - Published on
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Okay, not IDW's best TF book.
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