THE SMASH-HIT SERIES CONTINUES!
The Decepticons have been unleashed! As Optimus Prime and Autobots regroup, Starscream terrorizes humanity.
This issue features a surprising first Energon Universe appearance!
COMICONWhile Optimus Prime regals the horrible history of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons, the latter continue to take what they need with humanity suffering at their hands. Another action-packed, world building issue that even has time to add a familiar face as a surprise guest star. Highly entertaining and fan-pleasing.
AIPTMan, what a book. I’m just so excited for the future of this comic, and for what Johnson does with Transformers. I’m already impatient for the next issue, and I get to read these friggin’ things early.
Lyles Movie FilesThis creative team is already dialed all the way in to making this one of the more memorable Transformers comic runs we’ve seen in the illustrious history of the franchise. And the fun is just getting started.
Get Your Comic OnA brilliant second issue both furthering and complicating Daniel Warren Johnson’s story. The added context and depth is a welcome addition to the franchise. A must-read for Transformers fans.
GonkbonkOptimus Prime and Starscream take the spotlight in this issue as they embody what it means to be a hero and villain in a war where the battlefield is fragile and full of life.
ComicBook.comTransformers never lets off the gas in its second outing, even as the Autobots and Decepticons establish their own distinct camps on Earth. The most powerful moments of the issue involve no action at all, though, as they depict Optimus Prime acknowledging the new planet he has discovered and its natural beauty. Prime's form carries an immense weight, both literal and metaphorical. His massivity is evident in every panel which serves to spotlight the care and consideration he applies to every interaction. Even when presented with acceptable excuses, Prime is devoted to his responsibilities and (re)emerges the iconic hero from so many childhoods. This is contrasted by the gleeful violence displayed amongst the Decepticons. Although the issue is sure to hint at Megatron's existence, Starscream is presented as a vicious antagonist in some astounding action sequences. Daniel Warren Johnson's style provides a violent rapidity to Starscream's actions in the sky resulting in an abundance of tension and terror. The inclusion of an easter egg for readers doesn't distract from the cruelty and power displayed throughout the battle. Transformers #2 further establishes the stakes for this new Transformers saga and there's no doubt that what lies ahead will deliver both beautiful comics and a story capable of handling the franchise's most mature themes.
Comical OpinionsTRANSFORMERS #2 mixes equal parts well-done exposition, action, and emotion when the Autobots take stock of their new home while the Decepticons go on a deadly rampage. Johnson’s reimagined Transformers feels familiar but more mature, and the art is fantastic.
Nerd InitiativeThe second round of Autobots vs. Decepticons keeps the hype and excitement going with an excellent combo of action and drama. With a high-profile debut stealing the spotlight, Superb writing and imagery raises the stakes for the robots in disguise with an issue you can’t miss!
Graphic PolicyTransformers #2 begins to deviate a bit from the classic comic delivering a bit more gore (humans are so squishy) but it also expands the world as well. Much like Void Rivals, we get teases of something bigger coming, the full “Energon Universe.” As said before, it’s the details of the issue that stand out including setting up motivations for what’s to come on all sides. Fans of Transformers and G.I. Joe won’t want to miss this issue but it continues a solid start for those new to both to dive in to and enjoy.
Henchman-4-HireA good second issue builds nicely on the first, while fleshing out the characters and building out the larger world. Though I still don’t think it’s telling a particularly new or unique Transformers story.
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Comic Book RevolutionTransformers #2 draws the reader in with incredible character interactions that pull on all the emotional heartstrings. Daniel Warren Johnson understanding of the Autobots, Decepticons, and human characters of the Transformers franchise is clear. Add in the intriguing ties to the greater Energon Universe, and Transformers #2 is yet another can’t miss comic book.
Derby ComicsI can appreciate Daniel Warren Johnson’s new series for what it is and for the audiences who will likely love it, but this book is likely just not for me. As someone who isn’t a huge fan of the robots in disguise franchise or DWJ’s art style I feel like I’m reading something I don’t “get” and there aren’t many on-ramps for new fans to assimilate to what’s happening. It’s a lot of homages and nostalgic winks and nods best served for those already familiar with the established universe. The plot development comes across pretty elementary with heavy handed dialogue that belabors situations. I also find many of DWJ’s designs for individual Transformers to be far too similar to keep track of which Autobot or Decepticon I’m supposed to be following. I’m very happy for those who are loving this series so far though.