IDW reviews 12/30/20 – Transformers: Escape #1, Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #2

Transformers: Escape #1

This new limited series reveals another side of the Great War on Cybertron. Writer Brian Ruckley examines a nearly extinct race of organic creatures that have taken residence on the planet forced to decide to stay as war threatens to erupt or find a new home.

Helping to protect this race are Hound, Wheeljack and Nautica, who already fear time might be running out for this great evacuation effort.

Non-mechanical Cybertronian residents is an interesting concept and foreshadowed the responsibility Optimus Prime and the Autobots feel toward Earth residents when they land on the planet.

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Buckley also lays the groundwork for how Prime and the Autobots were prepared to leave Cybertron on their own thanks to the Ark program. The mounting sense of dread is escalating and characters like Ratchet and Hoist find themselves on the wrong side of the war as Megatron rallies larger amounts of followers. Buckley does an excellent job of setting the stage and race against the clock mentality for the Autobots.

Artist Beth McGuire-Smith does solid work establishing the bully mentality of the Decepticons with clever perspectives and subtle nods of them operating in the shadows. The action sequences were crisp and easy to follow with interesting alt modes for some familiar characters.


With so many Transformers books in rotation it might be hard for new readers to decide where to start without feeling overwhelmed. Thanks to a tighter core cast and a clear agenda, Escape offers an easy launch point to familiarize themselves with this new era of the franchise.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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