The official description from IDW:
DEATH OF A HERO! BUMBLEBEE! RODIMUS! ULTRA MAGNUS! PROWL! One will fall in final battle with SHOCKWAVE! This one is for all the marbles, folks—it just doesn’t get any bigger than this!
On the whole, this is more bearable than you might expect. The last issue ended on a suspenseful cliffhanger and this issue meets that promise – mostly. As a whole, there is a lot to read into here, but the overall action seems a little off. Despite a wave of evil robots, everyone has time to stand around talking. It’s entertaining, sure, but it doesn’t seem quiet right and, along with other factors, makes everything feel a little off. Likewise, it’s still Dark Cybertron so there’s the usual over complex, ‘why does Shockwave want to destroy time’ thing.
The highlights here, at least, come from the character interactions. John Barber and James Roberts understand the franchise and look to be exploring some new spaces. The interactions between the likes of Bumblebee and Megatron are some interesting, new areas, even if it takes away from aspects I liked from Robots in Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye. For instance, the whole interaction between Starscream and Metalhawk takes a back seat for the most part.
Visually, the art’s good with just the one style – Andrew Griffith is on pencils and Josh Perez on color duties. However, most of the scenes try to fit plenty of characters in and, well, Transformers are very detailed designs. As such, some of the smaller panels seem over complex and hard to look at, while the larger panels have much more impact.
All in all, it’s still Dark Cybertron, but it’s an improvement. With only one more to go, it’s almost bearable.