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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great compilation, though the quality of stories takes a dip, 12 July 2012
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This review is from: Transformers Classics Volume 3 (Paperback)
Volume 3 of IDW's wonderful Transformers Classics series (that reprints the original Marvel US Transformers stories of the 1980s) collects issues #26-38 which feature some major upheavals for both the Autobots and Decepticons. Following Optimus Prime's death in the previous volume, the Autobots are leaderless, with Ratchet taking Prime's death particularly hard. But they don't have much respite for selecting a new leader before new enemies - the human Mechanic and the Decepticon giant Trypticon - come a-calling.

The appointment of Dinobot Grimlock as new Autobot leader sends us into a rash of stories focused on the 'deserters' Blaster and Goldbug, umhappy at their new leader's tyrannical approach. Many old-time readers will remember this point of the comic book as the start of a general decline in Bob Budiansky's storytelling abilities. And it's true - compared to the first twenty or so issues, the series has dropped a notch in quality. However, these stories are still wonderful. The plot moves thick and fast - unlike modern comics, where storylines are decompressed in order to fill X number of comics (regardless of whether the story actually deserves such a length) these stories zip along at a cracking pace; because of the deluge of new toys being released at the time that required promotion in the comic, Bob does his best at focusing on a particular set of characters before moving on to the next. It's clear this sudden shift to more characters is starting to weary him, but he battles on valiantly and does his best.

It's really here that Autobot Blaster gets his definitive characterisation - a world away from the cliche music-loving "rock dude" of the cartoon series. If you remember these stories from way back when, you'll love them all over again; if you haven't read these before, get ready for some truly wacky Transformers stories. Carwash of Doom anyone?
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5.0 out of 5 stars more than meets the eye part 3, 26 April 2014
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Carrying on from where the previous volume left off though the change from Bumblebee to Goldbug happened in the G I Joe v Transformers mini series it sees the introduction of new Transformers and sees Grimlock take over as leader of the Autobots with disasterous results. He's not quite like the Grimlock from the cartoon series, all slow talking and low intelligence saying things like me Grimlock me king but he cares little about humans only interested in beating the Decepticons no matter the cost. A real blast from the past these graphic novels looking at the early comic book roots of the Transformers. Again these will probably only appeal to fans but if you are one then you'll love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars USA Transformers., 2 Mar. 2013
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This volume of the USA classic Transformers contains some great stories and is a must read for all Transformers fans. I don't want to give away any spoilers but a lot of great characters get introduced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 14 Mar. 2013
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Its a great book glad I got it cant wait for the next book in the series awesome stuff buy it now
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