The weekly invasion continues: AUTOBOTS vs. DECEPTICONS vs… MARTIANS?! The invaders from Mars take advantage of the colossal Cybertronian’s conflict and begin their assault on Earth in full force. It’s Martian vs. Machine as the audacious Autobots and the devilish Decepticons begrudgingly join forces to repel the inhuman invaders and save the planet!
Mars marches on as another battle begins in IDW’s Mars Attacks event. This time the Martians have set their sights on the Transformers and Decepticons. The story is written by Shane McCarthy with art by Matt Frank. Josh Perez provides colors with Neil Uyetake handling lettering. Ray Dillon continues to provide amazing covers inspired by the Mars Attacks trading cards. Does the penultimate issue in the crossover event bring the goods or will Optimus tell it to roll out?
Our story opens as the Autobots are dealing the final blows in yet another battle with the Decepticons. Optimus and company have defeated Megatron yet again and the army has the Decepticons under control with a stasis cuffs called WHEELJACKs. Spike comes around to speak to Optimus, much to the General’s chagrin. Just when a regular Transformer’s book would be ending, Mars swoops down and starts blasting the place up. Some of the Transformers think the pint sized invaders won’t put up much of a fight, but the little men quickly prove they won’t go down so easy. The Decepticons are set free during the chaos and Megatron quickly puts a plan together. Does Megatron ally with the Martians or is this one threat that can finally bring the Cybertronians together?
McCarthy has put together a fast paced, action-packed story. Things move incredibly fast in this issue, but it has a good beginning, middle, and end. McCarthy walks the fine line between a fast story and one that just feels rushed well. Mars Attacks Transformers is also a very funny story. Even during all the chaos you get a laugh a minute. It’s a very fan friendly book with all your favorite characters thrown into the mix. The art is very bright and vibrant. Frank draws a solid Transformers book with enough cartoony influence to make it all work. Perez’s colors amaze as he brings both races of aliens to life.
Bottom Line: Mars Attacks Transformers is as good a crossover story as you could hope for. Fantastic art and a funny and action filled story combine to make a truly fun ride. Out of all the Mars Attacks books from this event, this one is certainly the most fun. Mars Attacks Transformers is a must get 5/5
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