As a child of the 80s, my favorite part of watching “The Transformers” television show was The Dinobots. Any episode they showed up, I knew there was going to be some awesome Decepticons smashing. I confess, I never understood why Optimus Prime and The Autobots didn’t just send them into every battle and mop the floor with their enemies. I always wished they would somehow merge into some gigantic robot and destroy that punk Devastator…sorry, cartoon flashbacks.
Ahem. Where was I?
Oh yes, Transformers Prime: Rage of The Dinobots #1 showcases the new version of the Dinobots, and they’re not the ones I grew up with.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Johnson and Mairghread Scott
ART BY: Agustin Padilla
RELEASE: November 28th, 2012
From the start, this version of the Dinobots seems smarter than the ones I grew up with on TV. All the ‘bots are here: Grimlock, Sludge, Snarl, Slag (not Slug), and Swoop. Basically, the Dinobots are a team of Hulks that can also turn into giant dinosaurs. They like fighting and smashing enemies and bragging to each other how strong they are. Wow, they really are like the Green Goliath, aren’t they? They are cooler because they are robots and shoot lasers and have swords. Also they all have job titles now for some reason.
The story takes place during the evacuation of Cybertron. We get a glimpse of another classic character that the Dinobots have to rescue from the Forged, the Predacons and their master, Shockwave. I don’t know who the Forged are except that many of them have bolted-on eye patches. Seeing Agustin Padilla’s art on display here really gives the Dinobots some heft and weight. They are big beasts and Padilla makes them look thicker, armed-to-the-teeth. The story starts as an exodus and turns into a quest to save one of their own. Although some of the Dinobots don’t feel like part of the bigger Autobot family, Grimlock rallies his men to fight and prove to others that they are.
Questions are raised about their identities and if these alien dinosaur forms define them now. Are they more animal than machine now? This is deeper than I thought The Transformers could ever get. I personally don’t think it’s necessary for this story. All I want to see is Dinobots transform and destroy! Bring on Devastator! I hope this series is more fun than serious in the future.
Score: 2.5 / 5 Skulls
Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady