New Avengers/TransFormers #3
Quick Rating: Bad
With Latveria and Symkaria on the brink of war, the Decepticons attack!
Writer: Stuart Moore
Pencils: Tyler Kirkham
Inks: Sal Regla
Colors: Annette Kwok
Letters: Todd Klein
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Art: Ed Mcguinness
Publisher: Marvel Comics/IDW Publishing
The first issue of this crossover was just kinda mediocre. The second issue was lousy. With this third issue, I officially throw my hands in the air and give up. I can’t even tell what’s going on anymore. After last issue’s plot device wore off, the Avengers and the Autobots team up to take down the Decepticons and Dr. Doom, who have a giant force field over their lair where Spider-Man is being held captive. For some reason, which completely escaped me and I’m not masochistic enough to look for, if they don’t get in there and stop the bad guys, Europe will be plunged into war.
I’ll give the book this much – this really is an equal-opportunity crossover. Everyone is written poorly. From the silly sniping between Ratchet and Prowl to the terrible dialogue from Captain America and Luke Cage, it’s pretty much equally bad. Iron Man might tip the scale with the introduction of a giant (read: Transformer-sized) suit of armor he just happened to have built for just such an occasion, but somehow neglected to provide an adequate power supply for. (Here’s a hint, Tony – call up those Sentinel O*N*E guys and ask what they’re using.)
Tyler Kirkham’s artwork is still adequate. He actually does quite a good job with the TransFormers, and his Avengers aren’t bad. He just doesn’t have much to work with.
Stuart Moore has done much, much better work than this in the past. The whole book has the feel of a story slapped together in committee and rushed into production to take advantage of the TransFormers’ movie buzz. As this issue proves, that’s just not the way to make a comic book.