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Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers (Transformers (Idw)) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010
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Other times, things rock so hard they threaten bladder control and you're forced to seek counseling after reading them because you realize that it is unlikely anything you read will ever rock quite so hard, ever again.
Last Stand of the Wreckers is in the latter category. (The Doctors say I'll make a full recovery.)
It's not a comic for kids. Not just because of the graphic nature of the violence, but because the emotional subtlety of the story would be lost on most of the under 13 crowd. (Note: I'm sure many kids out there are advanced enough to enjoy the book properly, I merely suggest parents use judgment, lest they find them selves in need of a therapist and/or rubber sheets.)
Every page turn brings another shock, revelation, or gut wrenching assault. It's not entertaining because its fun. It's engaging because it's visceral. It's compelling because it rings true. This is a complexity of story that Transformers fiction has rarely, if ever, even touched, much less explored. From the first panel on, the whole issue carries this horrible feeling of inevitability one can only normally experience by falling off of a cliff.
Death looms around every page, and you'll be surprised to see who survives. There is an emotional truth to this ending. Sublime Pathos mixed with the futility of violent conflict. That's what distinguishes Last Stand in the annals of Transformers media, its depth. This is quality writing, the kind people win awards for.
As always in Wreckers the dialog is amazing.Read more ›
You can read it either way, though it may take a few go-rounds to pick up on all of the complicated plot (which sneaks in some political shadiness and lots of moral gray areas with all the shooting and fighting). A re-read might also be needed to get a handle on the varied cast of characters, who are all unknowns (except maybe to hardcore Transformers fans). But the book rewards you for it, with new details and implications to notice each time.
Without spoiling anything: the story takes place in outer space, and follows a group of die-hard soldiers called the Wreckers as they bring in new recruits on a mission to liberate a prison complex under the control of a vicious warlord. There's a lot of wisecracking, a lot of vivid action sequences (with good and bad guys getting beat up and dismantled in just about every way possible), a lot of tragedy and some heartfelt speeches. Every Wrecker gets a moment in the sun, and they have well-defined, distinct personalities--you're guaranteed to care about the fate of at least one or two by the end.
It's worth reading even if you aren't a fan of Transformers--the authors have gone well above and beyond Michael-Bay style goofiness, and Last Stand is more "classic sci-fi novel" than "'80's cartoon". It's a shame that it's so short, as it seems like there's much more to tell; but what is there is fantastic.
It's just a crying shame that the other writers currently in IDW's employ aren't this skilled. But if we support this book with our wallets, perhaps that will encourage the editors to set the bar as high as this book has shown us it should be.
The art is awesome and the story is very well told. There are even extras at the end of the book with a short pre-story of what happened before the wreckers were assembled for there fateful mission called Bullets, and a few character bios and art. If you like Transformers comics and you have'nt read this I highly recomend this title, you wont be disappointed.
The biggest problem, though, is the terrible performance of the Wreckers. I was expecting something epic, like watching them die defending an Autobot Alamo, going out in a pile of Decepticon corpses. Or if it's an offensive mission, having to fighting their way to their objective knee deep in Decepticon circuits and metal shards.
But nope, what we get is a boring mission where the Wreckers just die, and die, and die, and die some more. That's pretty much it. Some of their deaths are just beyond ridiculous,, like one who upon first contact with the enemy, just tells a joke and then dies without even aiming his weapon! Later, when they go up against the "final boss" (and yeah, he really does feel like the final boss of a video game), he just rips through the Wreckers effortlessly Really? This is the elite suicide squad? Far from being impressed, the whole thing left me wondering how these bumbling lunkheads ever carried out a single succesful mission. They were so incompetent I honestly didn't fee that bad when most of them died, and this is coming from a hardcore autobot fan.Read more ›
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Very nice story, great characters, cool robots beating the hell out of each other...what's not to like. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A story where the good guys can't afford to be so good, because the bad guys are even worse. The amazing story of the Wreckers, the Autobots version of the Special Forces. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jacobtrue
A brutal and savage series. The bodycount is high and the Wreckers will never be the same again. The most vicious TF story ever.Published 4 months ago by Steven Henry
This issue will break your heart. So good and gives you some great insight that benefits the reading experience for MTMTEPublished 8 months ago by Cornelia Trombley
It's the Wreckers ( the Wreckers are a team of Autobot warriors, think special forces) doing what they do best. Taking out the Deceptions.
Solid storytelling and art.
IDW floundered for a little while. All Hail Megatron, while entertaining in its own way, had some plot holes and problems. The ongoing series after AHM took a while to get going. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Jones
A great Transformers story, great character development, you end up caring for the characters a lot and what happens to them.Published on November 30, 2013 by PhantomKaizokuX
I honestly hadn't been that much of a fan of the Wreckers until I read this book. It's action-packed and showed more of the Wreckers. Made me like them more. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by catlover524