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xx The Transformers: Chaos Review
« Thread started on: Feb 23rd, 2012, 6:08pm »

The Transformers #24-31 is the Chaos arc which is actually 2 arcs in one Chaos and Police Action. I'm going to start with the main arc Chaos which is set on Cybertron where Optimus Prime and the Autobots fight Galvatron's army and the D-Void. Cyclonus and the Sweeps capture an Autobot space station called Kimia some of the crew escape. As that happens Optimus Prime and company land on Cybertron in Omega Supreme's rocket mode, and meet with Galvatron, who tells Optimus that they must join forces, of course Optimus refuses and all hell breaks lose. Galvatron orders the Kimia to be transformed into it's alt-mode a giant space cannon and he fires it on Cybertron. Optimus orders Silverbolt and the Aerialbots to attack it, Rodimus and Trailbreaker go with them, but they are unable to it from firing again Trailbreaker tries to stop the cannon by using his force field and it doesn't work and he's knocked out by the backlash. The cannon is destroyed by Lightspeed and Nosecone two of the Technobots who stationed on it before Cyclonus took it over as Rodimus Prime in Omega Supreme's rocket mode crashes into it. Rodimus lands back on Cybertron, and regroups with Optimus, Ironhide, and Drift who are following Galvatron down the crater to Cybertron's core.

Back on the surface Megatron escaped using guns made from his old body that the Autobots took off of humans and he also uses it to makes a new super-armor for him (I WANT THAT AS A TOY!) and starts attacking the Sweeps and while the Autobots think this two-for-one deal (Megatron takes care of the Sweeps and he would be so exhausted that he will be taken care of) when suddenly the Decepticons that were on Earth where Optimus dropped a satellite on them appear and it's quickly explained that they must have used a Space Bridge built inside Megatron's new body to get to Cybertron. The Constructicons form Devastator even though Scarper is dead, when Devastator is formed his leg doesn't work all that well because Scrapper is dead.

Sunstreaker has explosives strapped to his hover chair and confronts Devastator and as Devastator is about to crush Sunstreaker he jumps out of the chair and transforms and the chair explodes defeating Devastator.

As Optimus, Rodimus, Ironhide, and Drift near the planet's core they realize that the Heart of the Darkness that Galvatron thinks will save the universe from D-Void is in fact D-Void and is using Galvatron to create a portal to bring it into the universe! Then something happens to all the Sweeps and the Decepticons (except for Megatron) they start talking in Binary then merge into a giant monster! Drift, a former Decepticon, stabs himself to stop from hurting Optimus, Rodimus, and Ironhide and becoming part of the monster. Rodimus believes that Drift can be saved and Optimus agrees and orders Ironhide to take him back to the surface.
Optimus Prime tells Megatron that he once said he would die to save Cybertron and it's time for him to back up his words with action.

The crew of Kimia are rescued by Arcee and Hardhead who explain what is going on to them. They then take their ship to Cybertron.

Optimus and Rodimus confront Galvatron but he's already unleashed the Heart of Darkness into Vector Sigma, the core of Cybertron. Then Galvatron beats up Rodimus and Optimus. Arcee and Hardhead crash their ship on Galvatron, but recovers and beats them up as well. Only Optimus is left to face him and he's in bad shape Galvatron, who believes that he has won and starts gloating to Optimus when Cyclonus attacks him! Cyclonus tells him that he never followed him and he was controlled by Galvatron, who quickly shoots him.

Meanwhile on the surface Megatron is beating the D-Void monster and getting beaten up as well in a last act of defiance he unleashes the full fury of power on the monster by shooting it's head off. Galvatron feels the pain and realizes at last he's been played as a sucker, as the D-Void is about to enter the universe. Optimus Prime uses the full power of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and finds himself transported to desolate world with only the shell of the Matrix.

In an epilogue set millions of years into the future. A trio of young Autobots are wanting Alpha Trion (who looks remarkable well for the oldest Transformer in the universe) to tell them a story of the old days. The trio can't agree on the kind of story they want to hear, then Ironhide appears and Alpha Trion tells the trio to go home and watch the media-tron because it's a Holiday. Ironhide is invited to speak to a new generation of Transformers who apparently have created a galactic utopia after his speech Ironhide and Alpha Trion talk and Ironhide says that he feels he shouldn't be honored because he didn't help to create the paradise all he did was punch things. Alpha Trion tells him that by honoring him the new generation remembers the past and learns from it. One of the trio asks Ironhide if Megatron would return he would stop him, and asks him to tell the story of Megatron's final battle.


The second arc called Police Action is set on Earth where Prowl, Ultra Magnus, Bumblebee, Jazz, and Streetwise try to figure out what is going on with Spike Whitwicky and Skywatch. As Prowl spies on Spike he is attacked by Breakdown a Decepticon that Spike captured and used as a car, Streetwise smashes Breakdown and is ordered back into car mode. As Prowl and Streetwise argues Breakdown escapes. Back at Omega Supreme's base mode (Omega Supreme has both a rocket mode and a base mode he can separate and be in two places at once) Ultra Magnus gives them both a stern lecture. Prowl continues his investigation at the site where Scrapper was killed now an office building. As Prowl finds some evidence he is attacked by an assassin who drops the building on him. Streetwise saves Prowl who scans where the assassin is and Streetwise takes off after him only to learn it's Brawl, one of the Combaticons. Streetwise literal runs circles around him as Prowl shoots him and Streetwise puts an inhbertor disc on him. They drag Brawl back to base and question him during which Brawl shorts out and goes into statis-lock (basically a Transformer version of a coma). Pennington one of the members of Skywatch who has agreed to help the Autobots finds the woman who betrayed them and Prowl brings back to base where she explains that Spike think of himself as an action hero and has a giant ego. Spike sees her in base and he confesses to Prowl that he killed Scrapper, as a safety precaution to stop Devestator from being reformed, but Prowl doesn't buy it.

Skywatch and the Autobots have another problem: Ben Simpson, the leader of a group called The Children of the Earth and they believe that he and his group have been selling the Megatron guns. They raid his house and Simpson is killed by Skywatch they learn that he is facmile (a clone created by the Decepticons to sow chaos in the world) and the Autobots trace the signal that controlled him to Swindle and Ultra Magnus blows Swindle's arm off and drags him back to base where Swindle tells the Autobots that he was selling Cybertronian tech to a certian human before they form the alliance with Skywatch and that the human is Spike! Spike has fled taking as much of the technology with him. Jazz and Pennington head back to Skywatch's old base. Once there Jazz confonts the Joint Chiefs and tells them what Spike has been up to and the alliance is over. Jazz then destroys all the remaining Cybertronian technology and wipes the hard drives cleans and says goodbye to Pennington.

While Chaos is the better of two arcs due to it's better pace and spectular artwork. The epilogue is only the problem first off the issue comes off as a senceless recap of earlier storylines and I'm not a big fan of knowing what the future holds even if it's 15 mlillion years from now. I give Chaos a 4.5 out of 5.

Police Action starts off good but is quickly rushed and it's ending is really weak, Spike's actions are never properly explained. Prowl comes off as a bad Rorachasrh wanna-be. The artwork is good but nothing special. I give it a 3 out of 5.
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xx Re: The Transformers: Chaos Review
« Reply #1 on: Feb 23rd, 2012, 6:09pm »

And then there is The Death of Optimus Prime #1, a one-shot that has Optimus remembering the day he died. As Optimus awakens he finds himself on Cybertron but a primodial Cybertron and as he heads to the where the rest of the Autobots are he finds a makeshift shanty-town and learns that he when used the Matrix to stop Galvatron it reset Cybertron and sent out a message to every Cybertronian to come home. The only problem is that a lot of the Transformers coming home are not Autobots or Decepticons, but neutrals that Prowl calls NAILs (Non Aligned Indigious Lifeforms) and they see the Autobots as miltary overlords and want them to leave Cybertron. The surviving Decepticons are in prisoned in the cannon portion of Kimia and have ID chips in them. The Autobots examine the remains of the Matrix and find an anicent star map that be the location of Cyberutopia the home of the Knights of Cybertron the creators of Cybertronian culture Rodimus and Drift want to find it while Bumblebee thinks it's a waste of time, and that they should start rebuilding Cybertron. The NAILs riot against the Autobots and they are quickly outnumbered, Prowl unleashes the Decepticons on them and finally to stop the fighting Optimus Prime states that he will leave Cybertron forever if the NAILs will let the rest of the Autobots stay and they agree.

Rodimus still states that he plans to find the Knights of Cybertron and Bumblebee tells him that it's stupid, Optimus walks by and them each half of the Matrix and then takes a ship and leaves. In the ship Optimus states that while many of the Autobots may think that his exile is act of scarifse it's actually a selfish act he's now free of the burdens of leadership and that Optimus Prime is dead and Orion Pax is reborn.

Defentaly a different kind of death than one expected in most comics, it's more of the death of the legend of Optimus Prime. The writing by John Roberts and James Barber is top-notch and sets up both of their respective new series quite well and resolves a few unresolved bits of the Chaos storyline as well. The artwork by Nick Roche is good but I still find his style and designs very goofy looking at times (mostly because his style reminds me too much of Animated, Prime and the LAMs designs and they don't fit the G1 Universe very well IMHO). Overall a nice epiloge to IDW's first real The Transformers ongoing series and prolouge to the new The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye and The Transformers: Robots in Disgues ongoing series as well. A 5 out of 5.
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