Karl bore witness on Friday to my picking up this book, opening it and then putting it down again without reading it so I can't comment on the story quality. However my two TF peeves (over sized gestalts and gendered robots) flashed before my eyes on the only page I briefly turned to. This was enough. I bought an issue of the Star Trek Starship Collection model for four times the price and felt.. happy.
A lot happens, but we are in effect not much further forward than the final page of last issue. That's no a bad thing, in the context of the issue as it tied up a few things and drew some battle lines.
I'll be very interested to see where this road takes Optimus Prime.
I think this is going to be the IDW crossover event in 2017 - ROM looking so much like a Titanmaster so expect to see a series of one shots. A new super powered Titan master that turns out to be ROM, X-files - ROM is a secret weapon locked away, Turtles, etc.
Volumes 8 and 9 of the trades have been read, courtesy of the library. It starts off badly as clearly a big chunk of story has happened between volumes 7 and 8 to do with the Combiner Wars storyline but there's no notice in the vol 8 trade to direct readers to what they have missed. Lazy or a presumption only a specific audience will read these books? You decide.
As for the contents themselves, it settles down into a more focussed direction after the previous nonsense post Dark Cybertron but I honestly can't say it interested me that much. The notable exception is the issue told almost entirely from the point of a view of a dog and a robot drone as they team up to save their robot pals. Clever, smart, funny and genuinely inventive. A real highlight as a stand-out issue and also with doing something different in a Transformers comic. If only the surrounding material had been as well done.
Got TPB v10 today - but #50 reprint, prints the 2 stories but missed out the extra section that I've seen states was in #50 (if there was one in it) - but did MTMTE #50 have a review section in it too?