By: John Barber (writer), Andrew Griffith & Brendan Cahill (art), Josh Perez & Joana Lafuente (colors)
The Story: I come from the Cybernet Space Cube. Through systems, robots, and alt modes to this place: Earth. My format: kind of an asshole…
The Review: Things were looking bad for Optimus Prime and his Earth-based Autobots at the end of last issue, but it’s slowly becoming clear that this era of Transformers: Robots in Disguise is one of ideological warfare. Without Megatron to unite them, both Cybertronian factions have begun to squabble, using their newfound freedom to fight for their own personal version of their chosen cause.
Even if he hadn’t stated as such prior to the start of the arc, it would be painfully clear that writer John Barber holds a special place in his heart for Prowl, eclipsing even the prominent position he held in the title before “Dark Cybertron”. We know that he holds a special resentment for Spike Witwicky’s betrayal, that he’s still struggling with the disconnect from his peers that Bombshell’s manipulations instilled in him, and that Megatron’s defection severely upset his worldview – but, nonetheless, it’s hard to tell exactly what is driving him. Barber opens the issue with a scene that implies that such issues have weighed on Prowl for a long time, it seems like there must be a more recent trigger. The unraveling of “Cybertron’s greatest mind”, as he so humbly puts it, is a fascinating character study, but I’m ready to actually see some movement on this plotline.
As the second arc of this new wave of IDW Transformers comes to an end, it’s hard not to notice that the vast majority of RiD’s action since “Dark Cybertron” has just been Prowl toying with everyone. Excluding Prowl and, perhaps, two exceptions, I believe you could remove any one character from the rather large cast of this series and the majority of the plot would occur exactly the same way. The Autobots are completely subsumed into Prowl’s scheming. Thank goodness for Decepticons.
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