Transformers #23

Writer: Brian Ruckley Artist: Anna Malkova Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: September 16, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
7.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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"We Have Deceived You." Cybertron has suffered. The world is in chaos. The situation on the ground truly is a crisis. Sentinel Prime, head senator and leader of the Autobots, will denounce the Ascenticons, the Rise, and anyone he thinks is an enemy of Cybertron's security. But to do it, he'll have to get through Senator Megatron first.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Quinn Sep 17, 2020

    Transformers #23 is an exciting issue. Its extremely emotional and a true turning point for the Decepticons. The creative team did a wonderful job handling the range of characters and events in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Sep 19, 2020

    Transformers #23is a highlight in IDW's reboot as it finally kicks off the long-awaited war with plenty of tension and interesting character choices. The spotlight on Megatron is great as the uncertainty over what he'll do next continuously builds until he reveals the full scope of his plans. Ruckley makes a fast-paced climax to this current story arc that entertain both old fans and new fans while still delivering interesting character work. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Sep 18, 2020

    The tipping point has finally come to set off millions of years of civil war, and you get a front row seat for its beginnings. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Oct 1, 2020

    The series has reached an expected point in an issue offering some fantastic color and lettering work. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Sep 16, 2020

    The art by Anna Malkova and colors by Joana LaFuente bring a simple clarity to the action and drama. It is welcome to have a Transformer comic where every character is easily recognizable even in battle scenes and crowd scenes. The art is not memorable but it does serve the story well. Hopefully as this story unfolds in future issues the conflict can move away from such obvious parallels into deeper thematic waters. Senate proceedings and political debates truly matter, but making this comic tow so closely to our real world reduces both this comic and the real world drama. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Jamie Lovett Sep 16, 2020

    Transformers #23 proves to be the end product of a narrative with all the moving parts of a great political thriller, but that can't deliver the goods. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Feb 10, 2021

    In the previous iteration of the Transformers comics that IDW regularly published, the Decepticons initially emerged as a rebellion against a Functionalist society; one that determined your role based on your alt-form. I found that this made them all the more interesting, as they seemed to have a noble cause at first before becoming corrupted.

    This current iteration of Transformers has the Cybertronions choosing their own function some time after being forged, so the previous dynamic isn't possible. Instead, the Decepticon are a reaction to centuries of austerity, wherein Sentinel Prime has rationed out energon to keep everyone's power levels too low to stir up trouble. This means that the Decepticons are reactionaries that glori more

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