Transformers: War's End

Transformers: War's End is an American comic book limited series published by IDW Publishing. Based upon the Transformers franchise by Hasbro and Takara-Tomy, the series is set in the same continuity as the 2019 mainline comic book, set parallelly during the events of issues #40–43.[1]

Transformers: War's End
Transformers War's End, issue n° 1, cover A, May 2021, IDW Publishing.jpg
Cover A for issue #1 by Angel Hernandez and Fran Gamboa.
Publication information
PublisherIDW Publishing (licensed by Hasbro)
FormatLimited series
Publication dateFebruary 23 – May 25, 2022
No. of issues4
Main character(s)2019 IDW Transformers universe
Creative team
Written byBrian Ruckley
Penciller(s)
Inker(s)
  • Matt Froese
  • Maria Kaene
  • Rik Mack
Letterer(s)
  • Nathan Widick
  • Jake M. Wood
Colorist(s)
  • John-Paul Bove
  • Ben Pierre
  • Ed Pierre
  • Priscilla Tramontano
Editor(s)
  • David Mariotte
  • Riley Farmer
  • Tom Waltz

The series debuted on February 23, 2022, and concluded on May 25, 2022.

PremiseEdit

A long time ago, Exarchon, a once peaceful and respected Transformer, somehow became a warlord and started his war against Cybertron through his faction, the Threefold Spark. Sometime later, during the conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons, Exarchon reunites with his former generals, Skywarp and Shockwave, to finish what they started.[2]

Publication historyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Transformers was first announced by IDW Publishing on December 18, 2018.[3][4] The title is written by Brian Ruckley, and was initially illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Cachét Whitman,[4] and started publishing issues twice-monthly in March 2019.[5][6] Ruckley described the writing opportunity as a "privilege", and stated that the title would be a great opportunity for new readers to familiarize themselves with the universe and characters of the Transformers franchise, which he describes as of the "biggest [and] best that science fiction has to offer".[7]

DevelopmentEdit

In November 2021, IDW Publishing announced Transformers: War's End, a limited series written by Brian Ruckley (writer of Transformers and Transformers: Escape) and drawn by Jack Lawrence (artist of Transformers: Lost Light and Wreckers: Tread & Circuits), and was set to be released in February 2022.[8]

Ruckley said "War's End is about unfinished business: for both the characters and for Cybertron as a whole. It's the return of Cybertron's traumatic past to upend its present... and answers the question: If your planet has at its core the collective Spark of your entire civilization, just how vulnerable might that make you?"[8]

Lawrence said "Up to now, my Transformers work has been post- or pre-war, so with War's End, I'm excited to contribute to the Cybertronian war itself. This story is, understandably, darker and grittier than what I've worked on before, so I'm looking forward to going shadowy and ominous with it."[8]

David Mariotte (editor in IDW and writer of Wreckers: Tread & Circuits) said “Since launching in 2019, all our Transformers universe titles — the ongoing, Galaxies, Escape, Wreckers: Tread & Circuits, the 2021 Annual, the Valentine’s Special, and the Halloween Special — have been the quilted pieces of an epic story, helmed by Brian Ruckley. War’s End and the ongoing series are where those threads weave together, showing the full picture of the Transformers mythos — past, present, and future — that we’ve been building for years.”[9]

IssuesEdit

Issue Title Written by Drawn by Colored by Publication date
#1 "War's End: Part One" Brian Ruckley Jack Lawrence
Inked by: Matt Froese
John-Paul Bove and Priscilla Tramontano February 23, 2022
While most of the Autobots remain in Crystal City to fight the Decepticons,[note 1] another group of Autobots (Landmine, Geomotus, Zetar, Sureshot and Pointblank) walks to the Sonic Canyons in search of clues linked to Exarchon. Outside Decepticon Headquarters in Iacon, Cyclonus tries to reason with Megatron about Exarchon's return, but Megatron remains skeptical. Starscream insists Megatron about this news as an opportunity to make a positive public image for the Decepticons, but Sixshot does believe Cyclonus, pointing out what happened to Ruckus, Flatline and Deathsaurus. Exarchon/Ruckus reunites with his previous generals, Shockwave and Skywarp,[note 2] revealing more secrets about the vision he received from his mysterious benefactors. He then reunites his own group of Decepticons (Soundblaster, Onslaught, and the Combaticons) to infiltrate the Sonic Canyons, but only Skywarp deserts. Back in the Sonic Canyons, the Autobots find the mysterious facility, only to confront a lot of hidden traps alongside the presence of Exarchon/Deathsaurus.[10]
#2 "War's End: Part Two" Brian Ruckley Jack Lawrence John-Paul Bove March 30, 2022
After deserting, Skywarp warns the Decepticons about Exarchon and Shockwave's activities, which convinces Megatron to reconsider about a temporary truce with the Autobots. While Pyra Magna goes to the Sonic Canyons with her Companions, she orders Jumpstream to step aside in order to avoid her future death.[note 3] Zetar's team escapes from Exarchon/Deathsaurus, only to find a secret base that builds Skywarp clones, as well as an imploder, which Exarchon has been planning to use in order to possess the AllSpark. Exarchon/Deathsaurus and his forces fight against Cyclonus, the Companions and most of Team Stream. While reconsidering the future she saw, Jumpstream gets alarmed when she sees Devastator returning to Cybertron.[note 4][11]
#3 "War's End: Part Three" Brian Ruckley Jack Lawrence John-Paul Bove (with Ed Pierre) April 27, 2022
Against the vision she saw, Jumpstream goes to the Sonic Canyons to warn to Pyra about Devastator’s return. While searching for a third body, Exarchon/Ruckus reveals Shockwave more about his benefactors, and why he wants to take over Cybertron in their behalf. When he reunites with Megatron, the latter shoots him, causing him to be killed by a radioactive Sunstorm. In response, Exarchon/Deathsaurus plans a meeting in order to possess Devastator.[12]
#4 "War's End: Part Four" Brian Ruckley Jack Lawrence John-Paul Bove (with Ben Pierre and Ed Pierre) May 25, 2022
Devastator proves to be inmmune to Exarchon/Deathsaurus' possession, but it causes the Constructions to be separate again. As Team Stream retreats, Flamewar is about to be possessed by Exarchon/Deathsaurus, but Soundblaster warns him about retreating before more enemies arrive. Outside the Sonic Canyons, Mindwipe presents Pyra and Sixshot a modified Titanspark chamber in order to trap Exarchon's spark, and Cyclonus offers himself to use it. Inside his bunker, Exarchon/Deathsaurus posssess his giant drill machine, causing to dig to the Allspark's location. With Landmine and Geomutus' help, Pointblank's team manage to find the drill, but Soundblaster and Frenzy are after them too. Cyclonus uses the Titanspark to seal Exarchon/Deathsaurus' spark before Pyra destroys it before Megatron can take it. Zetar manages to destroy Exarchon's drill before it gets to the Allspark, killing Exarchon for good, but it causes a debris that leaves Frenzy trapped. Landmine decides to leave him there, as he remembers Frenzy murdered Brainstorm, which caused all of the recent events on Cybertron.[note 5] With Exarchon dead, Sixshot takes the Constructicons to Megatron, but Cyclonus decides not to be involved in the current war. When Pointblank's team returns to Exarchon's bunker, Skywarp returns to take an imploder.[note 6][13]

ReceptionEdit

Issue Publication date Critic rating Critic reviews Ref.
#1 February 23, 2022 7.2/10 3 [14]
#2 March 30, 2022 6.0/10 1 [15]
#3 April 27, 2022 4.0/10 [16]
#4 May 25, 2022 [17]
Overall 5.3/10 6 [18]

Collected editionEdit

Title Volume Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN
Transformers, Volume Six: War's End 6
  • Transformers #37–43
  • Transformers: War's End #1–4
  • Transformers: Fate of Cybertron
304 November 1, 2022 1684059410, 978-1684059416

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ As depicted in Transformers #40.
  2. ^ As depicted in Transformers #39.
  3. ^ As depicted in Transformers #31–32.
  4. ^ As depicted in Transformers #33.
  5. ^ As depicted in Transformers #1.
  6. ^ To be continued in Transformers: Fate of Cybertron.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Terror, Jude (2021-11-17). "Exarchon to Return in New Transformers: War's End Mini in February". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  2. ^ MacNamee, Olly (2021-11-16). "Transformers: War's End Unleashes An Ancient Evil This February From IDW Publishing". COMICON. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  3. ^ "IDW Relaunches Transformers Comics". IDW Publishing. December 18, 2018. Archived from the original on December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  4. ^ a b McMillan, Graeme (December 18, 2018). "'Transformers' Comic to Explore Cybertron Before the War". The Hollywood Reporter. Valence Media. Archived from the original on December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Wade, Jessie (December 18, 2018). "Transformers Comic Relaunch to Explore Cybertron Before the Autobot/Decepticon War". Archived from the original on December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Silliman, Brian (December 18, 2018). "Comics: Detective Comics #1000, Meet the Skrulls, and Transformers". Syfy. Archived from the original on December 23, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Stone, Sam (December 18, 2018). "IDW to Relaunch Transformers Comics in 2019". Comic Book Resources. Valnet Inc. Archived from the original on December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Arrant, Chris (2021-11-16). "The 2022 Transformers event War's End to weave together the past, present, and future of the franchise". gamesradar. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  9. ^ Morales, Carlos (2021-11-18). "NEWS WATCH: IDW Unleashes an Ancient Evil in Transformers: War's End Comic Book". Comic Watch. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  10. ^ Transformers: War's End #1 (2022). IDW Publishing.
  11. ^ Transformers: War's End #2 (2022). IDW Publishing.
  12. ^ Transformers: War's End #3 (2022). IDW Publishing.
  13. ^ Transformers: War's End #4 (2022). IDW Publishing.
  14. ^ "Transformers: War's End #1 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2022-02-27.
  15. ^ "Transformers: War's End #2 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  16. ^ "Transformers: War's End #3 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  17. ^ "Transformers: War's End #4 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  18. ^ "Transformers: War's End Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2022-04-01.