Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Transformers: Rising Storm TPB [2011]

TRANSFORMERS: RISING STORM TRADE PAPERBACK 
After Optimus Prime sent the Allspark into space, Shockwave sent his lieutenants in pursuit of the Allspark while he remained behind to kill the Autobots. He discovers the Allspark will die with the humans so he travels to Earth to bring it back to Cybertron. Shockwave lands in the frozen tundra of Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 where his body goes into stasis lock and taken to a Soviet Gulag until Megatron frees him in the present.

In the present Shockwave and his henchman Astrotrain gather materials for an unknown purpose from an oil refinery plant in China. One of Shockwave’s drones which is a data-storage unit gains sentience by calling himself Brains. Realizing the malfunction within the drone Shockwave sends Starscream and his lieutenants to retrieve it. The drone Brains travels to Philadelphia where he meets Bumblebee, Wheelie, and Sam Witwicky. 

Starscream arrives with his forces to retrieve Brains while Sam calls Optimus Prime for help who assembles and deploys the Autobots. Optimus Prime and the Autobots have been tracking down Starscream who has been selling Cybertronian weaponary to humans. The Autobots team-up with the organization called NEST to protect Earth. 

This story is very convoluted unless you patiently sit down and breakdown the story. Individually the issues would be horrible however reading them in a trade paperback format lets the story flow and shine. The story didn’t add much except introduced mechanical tenacles which will be seen in the upcoming Transformers 3

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
- Bumblebee takes on Barricade as both Wheeljack and Mirage arrives on the scene
- Sam meets his new girlfriend Carly in the midst of the battle between the Decepticons
- Elita-One, Arcee, and Chromia discover what Astrotrain is building in upstate New York
- Shockwave used Starscream to distract the Autobots from what Astrotrain is building
- Shockwave travels to NEST Headquarters kills the director and harms the Autobot refugees
- Shockwave kills Elita-One before facing off against Optimus Prime

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5