Revolution #4 (of 5)
IDW Publishing 2016
Written by John Barber & Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Fico Ossio
Coloured by Sebastian Cheng
Lettered by Tom B. Long
One human has the skill to break into AUTOBOT CITY—but what is SNAKE EYES going to do when he finds himself face-to-knee with OPTIMUS PRIME? And outside, MILES MAYHEM and the M.A.S.K. team wait to see who walks out alive…
Yes, yes yes all kinds of YES I tell you! Finally things are shaping up and alliances are formed and the truth is being revealed. Snake Eyes is breaking into Cybertronian headquarters where he meets up with, albeit unknowingly, the Micronauts and once all are subdued by Optimus Prime and Soundwave more level heads can prevail.
Meanwhile Miles true colours are being shown as Matthew isn’t able to learn the truth until things are way too late, or are they? The writing, characterisation and story advancement here are incredibly well done. Surprisingly the Joe’s are the ones in the dark here with what’s really going on even with Snake Eyes in the thick of things. Showing how without Joe Colton they aren’t as important to the Dire Wraiths.
Fico’s interiors are beyond amazing. With Sebastian’s colouring the interior pages here are an absolute thing of beauty. From the opening page with that majestic looking Autobot towering over things it’s abundantly clear what the tone of this issue is going to be. The attention to detail here is phenomenal from the cut of Snake Eyes suit to the depiction of the living machines not to mention all the human and humanoids we see. The use of page layouts with angles and perspective with the use of the backgrounds are eloquently done.
That (almost) all the major players have a role to play here, I am missing Action Man in all this, alongside the revelations that they bring to the story makes this feel complete. The pieces are all finally in place and the end is nigh. It’s been the perfect pacing for a story in quite some time as all the players on the board are finally in the same place. With Rom and the Cybertronians getting to actually see the Micronauts and understand the importance of the Microverse was great to see and plays off the whole Transformers All Are One tie-in for this week.
There’s an energy and excitement to this issue that you can really feel. Whether it’s seeing the Dire Wraiths upping their timeline or that finally everyone is aware of who the real enemy is, the Wraiths, you can tell it’s a pivotal issue. Next issue will wrap up this arc and set the stage for the next to follow including the Revolutionaries ongoing series and I can’t wait. If the now single universe is going to keep bringing this kind of intensity and action to it’s pages while not only working on the unity of the franchises then it’s clear to me at least we’re in for one hell of a ride.
IDW has done something here with more success than I could have dared dream, and let’s face it kids who play with toys have doing crossovers since they could hold them, they’ve managed to create a cohesive, interesting and fun new reality.