Ample chance given to leave?
Well, read on if you wish, but from here on in, here be spoilers~
I'm of two minds reading this, one side reflecting back over Dark Cybertron as a whole, the other looking back over everything Transformers since DoOP. There's something about this book that just perfectly bookends the entire run of RiD and MTMTE here and encapsulates it, small moments, flashes all throughout that go back to the beginning from DoOP and I have to say, there's a little sentimentality of mine reading these pages.
A few years ago Transformers had a single main title, with the odd mini series made and an occasional spotlight series that had since whimpered away.
Now look at us just a few years later!
Two ongoing series, a returning classic series reaches it's 100th issue, a whole new set of Spotlights and next month a new mini series and possible third ongoing?
Did anyone seeing Transformers getting this size?
All while following the original story since Furman penned Infiltration? Sure there have been soft reboots, new starting points, but it is STILL the same universe.
I'm happy to be a Transformers fan at a time like this.
Nostalgia aside, Dark Cybertron has had its share of bad knocks, the original issues with the Necrotitan dragged on for a lot of us, but with the finale looming and the final issue upon us, everything reached a focal point where it burst into flames and took off with reckless abandon, and while it's not the way many of us would have hoped it would happen, it still certainly lived up nicely to a crossover in its final issues I think, and I'd rather it happen that way then the other way round of starting good and ending bad.
True, I'm not entirely satisfied with the resolution on Brainstorm and the other Dead Universe characters trying to explain what the hell happened that he gave birth to two Primes and a handful of other characters, but one Rodimus button-push later and we'll settle for funny rather than informative. I guess.
The heart of the issue boiled down to me for three players: Optimus, Megatron none Shockwave...
Shockwave's tied it all together back since Shadowplay, and everything for him now ties up, I'm sad and a little misty eyed I guess to it all, but I know I can see this being a decisive finale for more reasons than one, and Shockwave will be a big one I can see being controversial, but I'm happy his tale is now resolved.
And as one story ends, three new ones begin.
I'm not sure where the future lies, and I'm honestly a little nervous, coming to the end as everything now leaves off right where Dawn of the Autobots begins, I'm left a little bittersweet over everything.
I'm not without a few gripes and technicalities, but, gribble are there, overall, I've enjoyed reading Dark Cybertron and I hope the creative team can learn from this book for future endeavours about how to improve crossovers, so that maybe one day we can be here again reading this.