The finale is here. Transformers Unicron #6 ends the IDW shared universe. Worlds have been destroyed, the body count is astronomical, and all the survivors are prepared to make a last stand on Earth. If they lose Unicron destroys everything. The stakes are high in this final issue!
The cover features Unicron on the bottom half of the page, with energy emanating from him into the top half. Shards bearing the images of several transformers appear to be getting drawn into Unicrons chest. The cover is great, and makes Unicron look nearly unbeatable, and makes the struggle against him feel hopeless.
This is a big book and the art is done by a full team. Alex Milne takes the lead, and has some help from Sara Pitre-Durocher, Andrew Griffith, and Kei Zama. One might think this could lead to a bit of a mess in tone and style, but the art team does a great job keeping things consistent. David Garcia Cruz and Joana Lafuente handle the colour work on this issue, and again make the art pop on every page. This has been a really good-looking series, and the final issue doesn’t disappoint in this department.
John Barber finishes the Transformers finale with a bang. This is a jumbo sized issue, yet reads like a regular sized one. It’s really a quick read, and not for a lack of content. It’s just an action packed book that sprints from start to finish. This book didn’t disappoint. The stakes are high, and with the IDW Transformers universe ending, I wasn’t sure that they wouldn’t end it with everything being obliterated(spoiler: they didn’t). Optimus plays the hero, with many Transformers having their moments. Starscream, the dinobots, Soundwave; they all have their moments. The final battle between Optimus and Unicron takes place on a metaphysical plane, and is actually quite satisfying.
Really, this was a fantastic book, and if you haven’t been following it, I strongly recommend you pick up a trade copy of it. I’ve linked to my reviews of previous issues before, and will include one final spoiler after them.
I’ve also looked at the previous issues:
This is one of my favourite parts of the series, and when Issue #5 ended, I thought that Thunder Cracker and his dog would be separated forever. Luckily, John Barber made my day and allowed my favourite seeker to get back to his best friend!