Transformers: Galaxies #7. Time to check in and see what’s been going on with Arcee, Greenlight and Gauge after we saw them flee the violence on Cybertron. For those who need a reminder, Gauge is officially the youngest of the Transformers, having been forged after the death of Rubble in the mainline series, and Arcee and Greenlight were jointly her mentors. Immediately, I have a problem with one of the covers here. Cover B outright gives away the end of the comic and there’s no reason or excuse for that. It’s like a trailer that gives away a movie’s big plot twist.
The story picks up with the Reversionists and some time has passed, it seems. Gauge is now a Reversionist, spending her days as a Curate, her life dictated by prayer and ritual but all the time she’s doing this, she dreams, she thinks, she questions, things that set her apart from those around her. Into this life of rigid routine and regimen sneaks a glitch, a code, something that taunts her from monitors, trying to tell her something, something she doesn’t understand, something that will eventually lead her to forbidden knowledge and forbidden parts of the ship.
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A lot of this issue is set up. We get to see what life is like for Gauge aboard this floating monastery full of Transformers, everyone acting in unison. Cybertron is described as being little more than a hellish warzone they were lucky to escape but at the same time I could personally have done with a bit more fleshing out of the other characters and what life on this ship is like. The reader understands that there are all these different factions within the Transformers, not just Autobot and Decepticon, but we never really get a chance to delve too deep into them. A bit of a missed opportunity when you have a spinoff like this that focuses in on specific characters.
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Other than Gauge’s mentor, Accelerator, the only other character who gets any sort of introduction is Precept Heretech, the leader of the Reversionists, and even his appearance is the briefest of introductions, as intense an encounter as it may have been. It’s interesting that he has what appears to be an icon of the Autobot Creation Matrix/Matrix of Leadership on his head, presumably tying into the Reversionist religion.
Hopefully the next issue will delve deeper into that missing time between Gauge and the others boarding the ship and the situation the characters are now in.
Transformers: Galaxies #7 is out now from IDW Publishing.