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xx The Transformers: Heart of Darkness review
« Thread started on: Jan 26th, 2012, 3:48pm »

The Transformers: Heart of Darkness is a four issue mini-series written by Dan Abnet and Andy Lanning (aka DnA) with art by Ulises Farinas.

I honestly didn't think any series would be as bad as The Transformers: Revelation, The Transformers: Maximum Dinobot, and Dragon Age vol. 1 I was wrong because this series, in one word: SUCKS and it sucks in every possible way.

The story (as it is) follows Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, and the Sweeps investigating the disappearance of all life on Golan Prime they find only Jhiaxus who Galvatron revives with the power of the Heart of Darkness and they find another portal to the Dead Universe, (the liquid metal lake is gone) than they are later attacked by Arcee and Hardhead. The fight injuries Galvatron who touches the portal and takes a bad acid trip through the Dead Universe and learns that an Unicorn wanna be called the D-Void as destroyed all life on Golan Prime and wants to eat all the Transformers. The Heart of Darkness restores Galvatron and he turns the tide of the battle and they beat up Hardhead as Arcee flees she is shot off a bridge by Cyclonus and Scourge. Galvatron uses the Heart of Darkness to see how Hardhead and Arcee survived the D-Void. He learns that somehow Hardhead was immune to the call of the D-Void who called all of the inhabits of Golan Prime and Arcee into the liquid metal lake portal Hardhead saves Arcee and every inhabit of Golan Prime enters the lake and they are ate by the D-Void.

Galvatron lets Hardhead live and he sets out to gather a huge army to fight the D-Void. Arcee survives the explosion on the bridge and vows to find a way to get the Autobot to stop Galvatron because she thinks he's insane (oh the irony).

Galvatron then heads to the planet Spindrift where he finds the ancient Headmaster Thinkbox inside the wooden flying ship crewed by lobster men and he finds more deactivated Transformers and he uses the Heart of Darkness to revive them he then takes his army back Golan Prime where his old boss Nemesis Prime has returned from the Dead Universe brought back by the D-Void.

Galvatron and company fight the D-Void/Nemesis Prime who grows into an over-sized monster and they ultimately defeat him. Galvatron then takes his army to Cybertron because he knows that the D-Void is still coming and that Cybertron will be it's first target.

Realizing that he needs more help Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge then head to Earth to recruit Optimus Prime and the Autobots. And of course Prime says no (this explained in the first Infestation crossover/event).

Rodimus and Wheelie then land on the planet and are attacked by a Sweep and then they see Galvatron and they flee back into space and Galvatron declares that Cybertron is now his planet.

The pros: it's only 4 issues long.

The cons: everything else. The story is horrible and jumps all over the place and fucks up the continuity wasn't Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, Jhiaxus, Arcee, and Hardhead in the Dead Universe and where did Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, and the Sweeps, go after the events of All Hail Megatron) and didn't Scoropok create the Headmasters?

The stupid tie-in into Infestation crossover/event feels ham-fisted and a waste of time. And the D-Void? Why didn't they just use Unicorn is a bigger mystery.

But what really pisses me off is that I read other works by DnA and most of the work are much better than piece of shit this feels like it was written by a very bad Grant Morrison wanna be.

Now the story might have been salvaged if the artwork had been good. And at first glance it looks good. but other than the artwork to the cover of #1, artist Ulises Farinas who relies way too much on splash and double splash pages and he drawings of Galvatron gets worse as the series progresses.

Final thought: If you haven't read it yet, then do yourself a huge favor: DON'T. This series is about as bad as comics can be. 0 out 5.
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