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Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers (Transformers (Idw)) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Transformers (Idw)
  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600107168
  • ASIN: B005HKLJ8U
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,233,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes a comic lets you down. Sometimes Transformers stories start out great... and then lose their way. Sometimes, no matter how much you wanted to like a series, it just doesn't live up to its promise.

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.
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Last Stand of the Wreckers is a non-stop shoot 'em up story about fightin' robots from the '80's. It's also a densely-packed (just five issues!) war story about legendary soldiers and idealistic recruits on a doomed mission.

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.
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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. After surviving every impossible mission they've faced before, the Wreckers now face what may be their last. Only the thing that may destroy them isn't the enemy, but rather the truth about their own past sins. Transformers has never been better, and this is the book that made IDW's run with the franchise into a must read.
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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. This story didn't involve itself too much in those series and just told a good story. The Wreckers go to rescue a captured prison planet turned arena. But, there are some underlying reasons that aren't quite so forthright that they are sent in for. A good read, great art, and an entertaining contribution to the IDW Transformers universe.
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I had heard a lot of good things about this story, but in that end it felt like a total failure. First of all, as a hardcore fan of the original series, one problem that stood out was the lack of familiar faces. The only familiar Wreckers were Springer and Kup, and even they didn't get that much exposure other then the 1986 movie back in Transformers' golden years. Very few recognizable decepticons were involve in this too, which made the characters hard to get attached too. There are also some really pointless characters thrown in, like this bratty human girl who comes with the wreckers on the mission to do...absolutely nothing! Seriously, guys? What was the point?

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.
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