Amongst comic and Transformers fans, it's fair to say that IDW (who have held the comics licence to the franchise for the last six years) have received a decidedly mixed reception. Some stories (such as "Last Stand of the Wreckers") are almost universally praised; others such as "All Hail Megatron" seem to engender the Marmite-esque "love it/hate it" kind of reaction.
IDW itself seems to keep changing its mind as to what it really wants to do with the "Generation 1" continuity. We've now had two "soft reboots" (2008 and 2009) with a third imminent. Over the last couple of years we've had an ongoing series, supported by several mini-series. "Heart of Darkness", collected here as Vol 4, is one of them.
And it's terrible.
I am a huge Transformers comic fan, and am willing to forgive a lot. But the artwork, though stylised, is atrocious; the storyline - such as it is - is padded out and, given the maverick character it focuses on, should have been far more entertaining. The fact that it is contradicted by other issues of the Ongoing series only add to its woes.
It's a wretched tale that I'd only recommend to completists. To casual buyers who just want a decent TF story to indulge in, there are far more better choices.
Having been collecting transformers comics for a number of year now, i thought i had seen it all. but this was just awful. story was way over the top, none of the characters seemed right, the art work was so childish it hurt to look at, it was just a big let down start to finish.
I have to agree with the previous reviewer, this was not good. Admittedly Galvatron is not one of my favourite Transfomer characters and there were few others in it to balance it out properly, the story was, well lame and the art work although coloured well was childish and well odd- the face of Galvatron was naff! it was a shame that Casey Coller who did some of the covers was not used for the actual comics as his work is far superior! . On the whole i like what IWD are doing with Transformers but this is a weak link and if you miss it you are certainly not missing out on much!