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  • Series: Transformers (Idw) (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613770510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613770511
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zachary W. Dyer on December 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Let's take a fantastic evil insane villain, his two most dark and dangerous minions, and write a story that completely spits on their established character personalities. Add in a boring go no where plot and poor 80's style comic art, and you get IDW's Transformers: Heart of Darkness.
I've written some scathing reviews of IDW's most recent Transformers books, however in retrospect had I read this first I would have nothing but praise for previouse entries to the franchise.
Between the poor dialog and aweful art, the story itself goes no where. I understand it's supposed to set up the Chaos storyline however a setup's job is to make me interested in the main story, not make me wish I'd just set fire to the money i've spent on the book.
Basically Galvatron is on a mission to build an army to combat some creature called D-Void. Which sounds like bad street talk to me.
On his journey he resurects a bunch of dead no name transformers to follow him. Of the few that actually get names besides Cyclonus and Scourge, is a new bot named Thinkbox (yea). Thinkbox is described as "one of the ancient Headmasters". Thinkbox has no relevance to the plot in anyway shape or form and pretty much is a waste of 5 pages of already terrible art. He's simply there as one more person for Galvatron to give a bunch of poorly designed exposition to.
In conclusion don't waste your money. I have yet to read Chaos yet, and after a surprisingly better experience reading IDW's Transformers, Vol. 3: Revenge of the Decepticons I was highly dissapointed with this product.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Chavez IV on January 1, 2012
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Mike Costa and the Heart of Darkness team are hacks who have, in an effort to 'revitalize' the IDW TransFormers universe after McCarthy's 'All Hail Megatron' trainwreck, ground out and ruined what was left of Simon Furman's engrossing and compelling early run. I waste my money because I have an addiction to feed. Do not waste yours.

Seriously, read Costa's interviews and he hear him openly admit how he doesn't care for the characters and doesn't know how to write them. He was simply padding out issues to collect a second paycheck from IDW while he actually put some solid effort into 'G.I. Joe: Cobra'. The Cobra series shows plainly that when Costa cares, he can do some really great work. That makes this seem that much worse.

As for Abnett & Lanning, who teamed up for the Infestation zombie apocalypse super-(tedious)-crossover, they continue that thoughtless, dull, talent-free tradition here. This book ruins Galvatron as a character and sets the story up for the not very epic or interesting Chaos arc. Stay away from this and read some old Furman (or some new Roberts) stories to see how a decent Transformers comic should read.
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I started reading the TRANSFORMERS on-going with volume 1 and really enjoyed the first three volumes. After reading HEARTS OF DARKNESS I was baffled by the complete inconsistency of the whole book. Characters who had not appeared in the first three volumes are highlighted and are given no practical re-cap to explain who they are or what they are doing. (Where's Jim Shooter when you need him!) All that with the mind numbing narrative cut-away to another book that is never explained (you'll see it in chapter four) I was left scratching my head as to what I just read. Don't feel too bad for me though as I borrowed it from the library.

Jump ahead a few years and I started collecting the TRANSFORMERS IDW COLLECTIONS and got all the back history for what happened in this volume. Reading my way through from the VERY beginning all the events in this comic made complete sense and I found it to be rather enjoyable. In context, this is a fun comic with crazy action and very unique art. The art has a very European style to it and not what is common to TRANSFORMERS comics.

So to sum it all up, why this is volume four of the ongoing is beyond me. A Who's Who page would have helped immensely and would have contextualized the whole thing. Still no excuse for the narrative jump in issue four. That's just terrible editing.
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By catlover524 on November 1, 2013
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I like this book, but as far as the storyline goes, until you read the next three books, this one seems a bit out of place. However, it does help with the storyline later on, and it is an okay one. I would recommend this book, but if you're a big fan of the Decepticons, then you would definitely like this book.
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