IDW’s core Transformers series continues where Escalation left off with a six-issue series titled Devastation. The battle on Earth between the Autobots and Decepticons has reached a boiling point and there’s no turning back now. Not everyone will survive the coming battle. How did this comic rank compared to previous parts of the series including Infiltration and Stormbringer?
Devastation is all about action. Megatron summons the living weapon Sixshot to Earth, and commands him to unleash devastation. The Autobots must stop Sixshot…if they can even hope to survive his unrelenting onslaught! Meanwhile, Hunter uncovers a secret about Sunstreaker and himself that sets the stage for the next phase of the war. What is the human organization the Machination planning behind the scenes of the conflict between the Decepticons and the Autobots?
Simon Furman knocks it out of the park yet again with Devastation. The numerous plot threads set up in previous issues come to a head in an exciting way. The action is entertaining and the deaths of several characters are believable. I admit, however, that there were two characters I feel like were killed off since they received little characterization, but it didn’t hurt the story overall. Furman took a number of risks as he altered some characters significantly from their “classic” iterations, but I think these changes were for the best. The ending was especially powerful and bittersweet, and made me feel like I need to keep reading to see what comes next.
E.J. Su, Nick Roche, and Robby Musso comprise the art team’s core for Devastation. Su’s work is the vast majority of the piece, and his style has clearly evolved since Infiltration. I still feel like his human characters look a bit odd, but overall his art has greatly improved. Meanwhile, Roche and Musso show off their stuff and draw some exquisite scenes. The battles in this comic, especially the final one involving the Decepticons and the Reapers, is downright spectacular. If you’re a giant robot fan, you owe it to yourself to at least look up the artwork from this comic.
Transformers: Devastation is truly a great Transformers comic, probably the best I’ve ever read. The story is exciting, the art is great, and a number of plot threads are wrapped up nicely while setting the stage for future plots. Obviously, this isn’t a jumping on point: read Infiltration, Stormbringer, and Escalation first. That said, it’s worth the investment of both time and money to check this series out.
-battle scenes are superbly written and drawn
-wraps up plot threads satisfyingly but sets up well for future arcs
-human characters look odd in some scenes
-a few characters killed off without receiving much characterization
-not a good starting point for new readers
Brett Simon is a twenty-three year old comic enthusiast. This will sadly be his last review of a Transformers comic for the foreseeable future.