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1.0 out of 5 stars Jarring disappointment, 18 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Transformers: Bumblebee (Paperback)
This graphic novel is part of the "IDW reboot" story arc that began with Megatron:Origins and Infiltration. It is set after For All Mankind 1 (which comes after the All Hail Megatron and Infiltration series).

Bumblebee is a huge departure in quality. The artwork doesn't compare to previous novels, the dialogue is poor and unconvincing, the scenario (albeit inherited from For All Mankind) is lacklustre and not quite believable, and the story is uninteresting.

Since I became aware of the "IDW reboot" I've been collecting all of the graphic novels and often had several on pre-order at once. For me there have been highs and lows, but For All Mankind 1 was the first to make me pause and wonder if my money had been well spent. Bumblebee felt like a waste of money and my reading time.

I can't help but think that IDW have taken Transformers as far as they can take it, or simply no longer have the necessary talent available to them. The rot seems to have set in when Simon Furman stopped writing for the series.

Hopefully Bumblebee is the series at its worst.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Passable fare, but not great, 10 May 2012
This review is from: Transformers: Bumblebee (Paperback)
As an avid follower of the IDW Transformers comics I always skipped this one until I got hold of a cheap trade paperback. And with good reason, it turns out.

IDW's Transformers comics have gone through some ups and downs in recent years in terms of quality, and currently I am pleased to say that they are getting a lot better with the stellar MTME and RiD books, which are some of the most exciting comics Í have ever had the pleasure to read. "Bumblebee", however, remains firmly pinned down along with much of "All Hail Megatron" and the Mike Costa- scribed stuff. While (mostly) not terrible, the writing never really exceeds your average 1980s Generation one cartoon episode, and as one reviewer on here has rightly pointed out: this book has a distinct Ladybird Book vibe, which is sometimes charming but often is there for all the wrong reasons. The characters are very cardboard cut-out, the plot is pretty thin and the art, while overall nice in a retro sort of way, has pretty much every character sporting the dreaded "dull surprise" look.

I would say that this is for completists only. It was mildly entertaining but if you want to show someone new to Transformers what the franchise is capable in terms of storytelling, then by all means show them "Last Stand of the Wreckers" instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Do you remember the Ladybird Transformers books?, 19 Sept. 2010
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As a parody of storybooks published in the 1980s, this series is quite fun. It's got painted-style art, the character designs look appropriately blocky and inspired by toys of the era, and the characters behave as stupidly as necessary in service of the plot (which is that the Autobots wear big comedy badges through which a nasty, two-faced human general can spy on and control them.)

Kids and readers who take it for what it is will probably enjoy it as much as a big bowl of Energon soup.
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Transformers: Bumblebee by Zander Cannon (Paperback - 20 July 2010)
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