Review: ‘Transformers Beast Wars’ #6 Changes Things

by Benjamin Hall

Overview

The villainous Precadons continue their all-out assault on the Maximals’ ship. Will they succeed?

Overall
7/10
7/10

Writer Erik Burnham does a mostly good job at characterization. However, some of the dialogue for one of the Predacons feels a bit out of character. This is mainly due to the fact that it would work better with a voice actor saying it. There is also the nitpick level problem of a villainous character’s trait appearing so soon. Otherwise the characterization is fine. As far as the plot goes there are some nice deviations from what Beast Wars: Transformers (1996-1999] does to characters and events. This greatly helps to keep things interesting.

Transformers Beast Wars #6 (2021) cover A art by Josh Burcham

Artist Josh Burcham does better with the action scenes than in Transformers Beast Wars #5. This is mostly because splashes of color are not replacing backgrounds in as noticeable a way. Also the choreography feels slightly more in keeping with the medium of comics. Nevertheless, Burcham has a good deal more improvement that can occur in this area. As for the coloring the palette is of the same quality as most of the prior issues.

When it comes to the covers only the retailer incentive by artist Nick Roche and colorist John-Paul Bove truly stands out. This is partly due to cover A by Josh Burcham and cover B by artist Dan Schoening and colorist Luis Antonio Delgado having obvious problems. In the case of cover A there is simply too much depth. Also Burcham oddly chooses to use a severe looking dutch angle. While cover B looks great in terms of its coloring it feels off due to the character Nyx being in robot form while upside down. Although it is arguable that simply switching Nyx to beast form and Skold to robot form would improve things. Thus, while the retailer incentive cover may spoil a future development it at least works on every aesthetic level.

Last, but not least, is the work of letterer Jake M. Wood. The font would uses is still going strong in terms of clarity. However, Wood does go a bit too small at sizing when suggesting certain bits of dialogue are at lower volumes. Yet, like one case of questionable positioning this sizing issue seems a bit the fault of the art. Meaning Burcham may need to work on leaving more room for certain bits of text. Nevertheless, this issue displays how overall the entire creative seems to be putting effort into their respective jobs.

Transformers: Beast Wars #6 (2021) is out now from IDW.

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