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Transformers: Monstrosity (Transformers (Idw))
Transformers: Monstrosity (Transformers (Idw))
by Chris Metzen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
Buy!!!!!


Transformers: Complete Drift
Transformers: Complete Drift
by Shane McCarthy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice!, 13 July 2013
Includes both Spotlight Drift and the 4-part Drift mini-series, along with some cool sketches at the back.
I had hoped for a few more extras (see the Last Stand if the Wreckers Hardcover for how it's done!), but it's nice to have the series collected in hardback.
Although not my favourite Transformers mini-series (I feel it dips in the middle with too many talking sections), Drift is a fine story with superb artwork.
Good, but probably not essential if you already own the single issues or TPB version.


Saga Volume 2
Saga Volume 2
by Brian K. Vaughan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!, 13 July 2013
This review is from: Saga Volume 2 (Paperback)
A truly fantastic, original, roller-coaster ride of a series. The characters are well fleshed out, the universe created here is mesmerising, and the story is compelling and very well arranged.
Volume 1 was a breath of fresh air (I followed the series as Brian K Vaughan's Y: the Last Man is probably the best comic out there), and volume 2 continues to prove this is comic writing (and drawing and colouring!) of the very best quality.
Very highly recommended. In fact, I insist you buy it!


Transformers Classics UK Volume 4
Transformers Classics UK Volume 4
by Simon Furman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-period UK Transformers classics, 13 July 2013
What a fantastic book! It unfortunately got released late, but this has been more than justified by the amazing amount of extras/features/just plain awesomeness that is packed within this book.
The first 3 volumes of this Classic UK series have been a joy, and a real labour of love, and this latest edition is probably the best yet.
If you're a fan of the original UK Marvel Transformers series like me, you'll be thrilled by this trip down memory lane. If you're a newer Transformers comic fan hopefully you will pick this up and not only enjoy the sheer quality of old-school tales on offer, but also learn a lot about the history of the franchise from the master: James Roberts, as he delves into the rich past of the Transformers comics.
Stories included in this book are Ancient Relics (Action Force cross-over), Burning Sky (Galvatron vs Ultra Magnus), Wanted: Galvatron - dead or alive, and many more. There's stories featuring the awesome bounty hunter Deaths Head, and also the Headmasters and Targetmasters! There's even stories from the annuals in here.
This book is jam-packed, and has been on my bedside cabinet since it arrived. It's a book to come back to again and again, like the others in the series, and will surely prove itself the definitive retrospective in these incredible comics. I urge you to check out not just this volume, but the rest in the series.


Stairway to Hell
Stairway to Hell
Offered by Books2anywhereUS
Price: 2.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome comeback! Open a beer!, 20 Jun 2013
This review is from: Stairway to Hell (Audio CD)
That's right people, the original 90's chart bothering surf metal band are back!! Whether you're excited about that or not probably depends how you felt about these guys the first time round, 'cos unfortunately I doubt this release (mini-album) will win them any new fans.
First song 'Devil's Paradise' out DC's AC/DC, especially with the vocals which is a bit of a curveball. Great song, but the second track 'You Make Me Sick' wipes the floor with it, with an irresistible slowed down thrash metal chug, similar to Neighbor or So Damn Cool. Classic UKJ.
The impressive 'No one survives' which has a very interesting lyric and nicely building song structure follows, with my personal highlight 'I'm Alright' next up. This tune should've been track 1. It showcases what UKJ do best, by bringing insane catchiness but still rocking hard. Well worth cranking up.
Track 5, 'Love Ain't True' is fun, with some parping horns but let down slightly by some awful lyrics. The last of the new songs, the country flavoured 'Another Beer' is a great melancholic closer.
That's not all though, as they've tagged on 3 acoustic versions of their songs to the end of this mini-album. They're ok, and nice to have, but after hearing them once I doubt I'll return to them too often. Definite B-side fodder.
Overall this is a very solid release, and bodes well for the future. This is the soundtrack to a great beer fuelled BBQ. Definitely one of the better comebacks of recent years. Hopefully we'll get a full album soon. Welcome back!


Transformers: Regeneration One Volume 1
Transformers: Regeneration One Volume 1
by Simon Furman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.72

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue return to the original Transformers story, 29 Jan 2013
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Yes! After over two decades, the orignal story of the Transformers (which was first published in the 1980's/90's) returns! It's been a long wait. As a massive fan of the orignal comic (it was pretty much all I read when I was growing up), I was overjoyed to hear of its comeback - and with the original creative team too!
Just got my copy today, and even though I've been buying the single issues of this comic every month I read it straight away. It reads great in trade form (perhaps even better than in single issues), and the story builds nicely. There's lots going on in this first stork ark (sic) and plenty of surprises.
The art (from original artist Andrew Wildman) is great, and the vivid colouring (by newcomer John-Paul Bove) is also excellent, giving the book a very distinctive and fresh look. The art somehow manages to be retro, yet relevant, and took me by surprise when I picked up the first issue (well, issue 80.5 - given away on Free Comic Book Day, which is also thankfully included here). My only slight quibble with the art is that sometimes I struggle to get a feel for the environment, but that doesn't affect my enjoyment at all. Credit should also go to inker Stephen Baskerville, who's thick linework looks amazing.
It's great that all the covers from the series are included throughout this book (by Andrew, Guido Guidi and the excellent Geoff Senior - my personal favourite Transformers artist of all time). There's also a nice tribute page to one of the fallen Transformers at the end of the book, which came as a nice bonus.
If you were a fan of the original series, this book is much more than a trip down memory lane. I'd definitely recommend picking this up, and hopefully newer readers will also give this a chance. It was almost impossible for Regeneration One to live up to my sky-high hopes, but it has started well, and I can't wait to see where the story will take these characters next...


Transformers: Robots in Disguise Volume 1 (Transformers (Idw))
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Volume 1 (Transformers (Idw))
by John Barber
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic series in the making, 26 Jan 2013
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I frickin' love RID. Since it started at the beginning of 2012, the series has built dramatically, with plenty of great character development and a twisty/turny storyline.
Basically, the story focuses on the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron after the war between Autobots and Decepticons has ended.
It's a tale of how the robots deal with post-war life as they try to rebuild their home planet (which itself doesn't seem to want them there). It's great to see the robots in 'peace time' as opposed to their usual warring ways. There's plenty going on to keep the reader hooked, as Starscream, Bumblebee and MetalHawk (a neutral transformer who has returned to Cybertron) all try to steer their planets population towards their own version of 'peace'.
Oh, yeah, and the artwork is fantastic!
Gripping stuff, and a must for even the most casual Transformers fan.


Hide And Seek
Hide And Seek
Price: 16.93

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing follow up to Pins and Needles, 26 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Hide And Seek (Audio CD)
I was really looking forward to this album after the excellent Pins and Needles, but for me at least this album doesn't even compare.
On first listen it sounded like a bunch of cast-offs from Pins and Needles, with nothing really new to offer.
A few of the songs are of the same excellent standard (Down, Need and One Promise), but the rest of the album is too forgettable, which in an album this short (36 minutes), is not great.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great band. They're just capable of better.


Transformers: Autocracy (Transformers (Idw))
Transformers: Autocracy (Transformers (Idw))
by Chris Metzen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesometocracy!, 8 Aug 2012
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Finally IDW's experimental 'digital only' mini series makes it into paper - and it's a read not to be missed by Transformers fans.
The series worked very well in its digital format, being released fortnightly in short condensed bursts, but as we all know, comics are best enjoyed on paper!
This series succeeds in many ways, the most obvious being Livio Ramondelli's striking and epic vision of these robots. His art brings an atmosphere and dynamic to the story, which would be difficult to convey with words. There are occasions where the bots look chiselled out if steel, and the colouring effects are out of this world.
The story (by Flint Dille and Chris Metzen) is equally fantastic, and charts the rise of Orion Pax (Optimus Prime) against all odds (a particularly insane Zeta Prime, and a ruthless Megatron. I'll not spoil the story, but it's one I'm surprised hasn't been told before. Look out for many references to Transformers the Movie too.
The writing is sharp, and not overly heavy, with some superb cameos (Sky Lynx in a show stealing scene, for example).
If you're a fan of Transformers, you owe it to yourself to get this. It would also be a great starting point for new readers. The series has made the jump from my phone to my bookshelf effortlessly.


Transformers Volume 7: Chaos (Transformers (Idw))
Transformers Volume 7: Chaos (Transformers (Idw))
by Mike Costa
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaos!, 29 July 2012
I'm gonna keep this short, but I absolutely loved Chaos.
This mini series segment of the 2011 ongoing series sets the scene for the two recent 2012 ongoings - More Than Meets The Eye and Robots in Disguise.
This is essential reading, taking the Transformers back in space and on to Cybertron, to engage in the biggest battle since Unicron showed his face all them years ago.
There's lots going on here, and newer readers may need to brush up on older comics to fully understand what's going on, but the main story is basically just one big battle.
The artwork requires a special mention, from the rising new(ish) talent of Livio Ramondelli. His visuals are quite frankly, stunning. The Transformers are given a weight and dynamic not seen yet in the series. Truly original. Livio has gone on to do even greater work since (see Transformers Autocracy), but his fantastic work brings a freshness to the franchise which is very welcome. It may not be to everyone's taste, and may even be a deciding factor on how you view this book, but give it a chance - its epic.
In short, give this a try. Its awesome!


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