Transformers Galaxies #7
Curate Gage is a "drone" working on the planet Primus, working and going to devotion. He makes a startling discovery and from there, he quickly becomes a fugitive.
This issue begins a brand new story arc about a “worker bee” on Primus that suddenly starts to question everything he’s doing. This is not a new story, but I believe that it’s the first time that I’ve seen it told in the Transformers universe. Writer Sam Maggs gives us the story of Curate Gauge, a young Transformer on Primus who’s happy working, meditating, and going to devotions to Plenary Heretech, the chosen of Primus. The story is very entertaining, but in my opinion, it’s a bit too long. I could see this getting cut by about 6 pages and still be as powerful and entertaining as it is. Some of the pages are a little repetitive and I got a sense of déjà vu ¾ of the way through. I think Maggs’ biggest strength is her use of character. Shortly after they’re introduced, you have a firm grasp on who they are, what they want, where they came from, and where they’re going. This makes for really great dialogue and reactions from each Transformer in this issue and gives a little sizzle to a slightly below average steak. I’m very curious as to where the story goes from here, it has a lot of potentials, unfortunately, there’s also a lot of ways that potential could be wasted.
One thing that I really liked about this book is the work by artist Beth McGuire-Smith. She is SO talented. One thing that I immediately noticed and really liked was her rendering of Transformers crowd scenes. A crowd scene is hard enough to get right, but one full of robots with all sorts of moving parts, their own tech, and facial expressions? Wow!!! Besides that, there’s a lot of reasons that I was impressed by her art, her style really fits this book. Her artwork is super creative, never confusing (which happens a lot in a book about multiple robots) and everything reflects the time this story is set in in the Transformers timeline. VERY well done!!!
I believe this issue fell a little bit short of my expectations. This is a really formulaic story, and while it looks great, the entertainment value falls a little short,
Transformers Galaxies #7: Less Than Meets The Eye
Writing - 4/104/10
Storyline - 5/105/10
Art - 8.5/108.5/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 7/107/10
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