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Jessica (HDB)

I'm a bookworm of the highest caliber! If you see me, I'll probably be reading. There's nothing I love more than finding a good book, and then sharing it with the world!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Volume 1

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Volume 1 (Transformers (Idw)) - John Barber, Andrew Griffith

Part 2 of my buddy read with Grim! We're alternating between Robots in Disguise and More Than Meets the Eye because it's showing the two different experiences of what was once one group of characters. Let me tell you, after reading this I'm in the Rodimus camp. I'd rather be missing in space, on the Lost Light. Poor Bumblebee. He's got his hands full on Cybertron. Not just with rebuilding what was lost, but with everything. It's twisted.

 

Remember when I said that part of what I love about this whole world is that it very much mirrors our own? Well that just got amped up ten fold. Cybertron is a war-torn world that's now suffering from the aftermath. When the war was on, there were only two sides: Autobots and Decepticons. That was the truth that everyone operated on. Now, with those who left the planet returning home to find that their world is a ravaged mess, things are much worse. New lines being drawn, friends turning against friends. This graphic novel ate at me. War is hell, but rebuilding afterwards is just as bad.

 

I still really love this half of the story, but I had to deduct one star because this is the really serious side of it all. I missed my laughs, and some of my favorite characters who left the planet. Still, I found new favorites to latch onto. Despite his cold and calculating demeanor, I'm intrigued by Prowl. He also terrifies me, but I see what he's doing. Plus, Ironhide and I see eye to eye. I don't know how well his optimism will serve in this new world, but I have faith. Let's hope it's not misplaced.

 

Oh, and the art here is different too. I liked it, but not as much as the art in MTMtE. It's a lot more colorful, but also a lot more sharp. I'll admit that it works well for a lot of the panels. Especially the ones where political upheaval is in the works. It just doesn't have the same spark for me. I like it, I just don't love it. Still, there's a great story in the works here! I anticipate I'm going to be devastated at some point, and I'm trying to prep for it.